Sunburst Pencil Clock

5 Materials
2 Hours

I love the start of the new school year, and it’s not just because my kid is out of the house and back at school. The back to school season is a great time for anyone to freshen up their office or work space and indulge in some new office supplies.
For today’s tutorial we are going to make a starburst clock with sharpened pencils. Starburst mirrors and clocks have been trendy in the interior design world for a few years now. This quirky project takes it to a whole new level.
Trace the clock onto a piece of cardboard. Trace another circle about 2 inches bigger than the diameter or the clock. Cut cardboard circle out and cut another circle smaller in the center so that you have access to the back of the clock.
Glue the clock to the cardboard using super glue
Next, sharpen the pencils and glue them to the cardboard using Elmer’s craft glue. To make the pencils in a starburst pattern they will have to be sharpened different lengths.
Place the pencils in groups of 7. Sharpen the first one and then cut the rest shorter and shorter and then sharpen the tips.
Use gardening shears to clip the pencils shorter before you sharpen them to save time.
Glue the eraser-end of the pencils onto the cardboard using plenty of Elmer’s craft glue.
Leave the clock to dry for 24 hours, then it’s ready to hang in your school or office.
Tada! Finished project!

Suggested materials:

  • 100 Pencils  (Target)
  • Clock  (Target)
  • Cardboard  (Recycling box)
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3 of 5 questions
  • Diane Nelson
    Diane Nelson
    on Sep 7, 2017

    How about colored pencils for a pop of color
    • Susan
      on Sep 9, 2017

      I like the idea! Maybe using the color wheel for placement or if you have access to a lot of old colored pencils maybe pick a color scheme to accent your room decor. How about mix it up in a child's room throwing in some crayons too!
  • Brigitta Barnes
    Brigitta Barnes
    on Oct 2, 2017

    I love this concept but was wondering how you access the back of the clock to change the battery or adjust the time for daylight savings time if it is glued onto the cardboard?
  • Beth Rohde Peterson
    Beth Rohde Peterson
    on Feb 12, 2019

    What was the exact circumference of that clock. (By that I mean, how did you know that exactly 100 pencils would fill that space? The # of pencils would be dependent on the distance around the clock, right?) This is crazy cool!!!

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  • Sue A
    Sue A
    on Sep 3, 2017

    SO stinkin' cute!!!
  • WyldSage
    on Jun 26, 2019

    Breathtakingly, Creatively Awesome! Hard to imagine your clock is just pencils, cardboard, and glue and not something expensive! Great job!

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