Generic Construction for Making a Pencil, Crayon or Cigar

Tools for Assembling Paper Mini’s Kit:

  • White craft glue that is a “quick grab” “clear dry” type of glue.
  • X-acto blade tool and fresh blade
  • A true cutting mat
  • Small artist brush with which to paint on glue
  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue pot.
  • Scissors or small detailing scissors, if you prefer when cutting out pieces
  • Needle, if you prefer

Cut out pencil, crayon, or cigar piece.


Use a pin, needle or blade tool to press a crease along large end as shown in illustration. This helps in the rolling process. Don't roll pin or needle into pencil, for you won't be able to remove it.

Note: See end of this tutorial for specific instruction for cigar.


Reinforce the first crease. You may want to fold one more time before you start rolling the pencil piece.


Roll pencil as tightly as possible. Start over if the roll isn't straight and tight.


spread a very thin layer of glue to length of end.

Hold the seam until glue is thoroughly dry. Use a paper clip to hold it if you prefer.

A nice touch is to take a short length of  mechanical pencil lead, dab a little glue on one end, and poke it up the shaft of the pencil.

You can use colored felt tip pens to camouflage the white paper that may be found at both ends, or, you can use craft paint to add realism as shown in the following photos.


Winding cigars is the same principle, however, roll from the wide end as tightly as possible so that both ends taper to the same degree.

Glue end of cigar and hold until dry. If white ends show, use a brown felt tip pen or brown paint to touch-up the ends.


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