If you’re looking for unique crafts to help you relax and unwind, these pencil shaving art projects will inspire you! Whether you’re crafting on your own or with your kids, pencil shaving art offers a unique way to express your creativity, and you don’t need to be an advanced artist to make these beautiful works of art. You can frame these projects to display around your home, gift them to a friend or family member, or turn them into a beautiful card to show someone you care. These pencil shaving art crafts don’t require a lot of supplies, making them a budget-friendly way to get your craft on when the mood strikes.
6 Pencil Shaving Art Tips and Techniques
1. Create pencil shavings in real time
While you may be able to repurpose old pencil shavings from a pencil sharpener for the pencil shaving art projects below, I find it better to create fresh pencil shavings with a basic pencil sharpener like this one. This makes it easier to create thicker, larger pencil shavings that are easier to work with.
2. Push your pencil into the sharpener
Applying a bit of pressure while sharpening pencils and pencil crayons will ensure your pencil shavings are thicker, making them less likely to break while you’re creating your masterpiece!
3. Sharpen slowly
Sharpening your pencils and pencil crayons slowly will help you to create longer pencil shavings.
4. Use multiple colors
While the color of the pencil you sharpen won’t be that prominent in your pencil shavings, there will be a faint outline around the trim, so don’t be afraid to mix things up for an added pop of color!
5. Experiment with different pencil sizes and shapes
Try using thick and thin pencils, and experiment with round, triangular, and hexagonal shaped pencils for different looks.
6. Use tweezers
Given the delicate nature of pencil shavings, a set of tweezers can make it easier to transfer and glue them to your artwork.
13 Pencil Shaving Art Projects
What I love most about pencil shaving art projects is that you can make them as easy or complex as you want based on your abilities. And even if you aren’t artistically inclined, you can still create beautiful pencil shaving art projects by printing off coloring pages and filling them in with pencil shavings. It’s amazing what a little creativity can do! For the purposes of this post, we’ve included links to a variety of different pencil shaving art projects of varying degrees of difficulty to help get your creative juices flowing. Remember that these are just examples, and feel free to search for printable art to use as your base if freehand drawing isn’t your strength.
Fun and Easy Pencil Shaving Crafts for Kids | Teach Starter
DIY Pencil Shaving Fish | DIY with DOLL
Flower Pencil Shaving Art | Easy Peasy and Fun
Pencil Shaving Princess Art | My Cute Little Explorers
Dancing Girls Pencil Shaving Craft | Anita’s Craft
Flower Pencil Waste Craft | TArt Gallery
Collage Hedgehog | REDBUBBLE
Dandiya Dance Pencil Shaving Art | Subham’s Art & Craft Creations
Pencil Shavings Fish | Craft Ideas for All
Peacock Making with Pencil Shavings | DIY with DOLL
Pencil Shaving Portraits | Kyle Bean via FunSubstance
Pencil Shavings Pineapple | Pebbles Craft and Drawing
Simple Sea Horse with Pencil Shavings | Kartick Art Gallery
I hope this collection of pencil shaving art projects inspires you to think outside the box and create beautiful works of art to display in your home or gift to a family member or friend!