DIY Pencil Topper

DIY Washi Tape Pencil Toppers

I can’t remember the last time I posted a washi tape craft.  I do know It’s long overdue.  So today I’m sharing how to make washi tape pencil toppers.  These toppers easily slide on and off pencils.  They’re also easy to make.


  • Wide straws – I use bubble tea straws that you can get at the Asian market.  You can also look for smoothie straws.  Unfortunately those pretty paper straws do not work for this project.  They’re too skinny and will not fit over the pencil which is important.
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape – any color or print

pencil topper

1. With scissors, cut your straw into 2in pieces.

2. Place a small piece of washi tape on top of the straw.

3. Cut the edges of the tape and stop at the straw. Refer to dotted lines in fig. 3.

4. Fold all pieces of tape down on the sides of the straw.


5. Wrap a piece of tape around the top of the straw to cover up the tape from step 4.

6. Continue to wrap pieces of tape around the straw until it covers the whole thing. You can stick with the same color or change the colors/prints as you go.

7. Wrap a 5in piece of washi tape around the top of the straw. The tape should extend out and come together (sticky sides together) to make the flag.

8. Trim the flag by cutting out a “V” shape on the side of it.

To personalize the pencil toppers, write a name or initials on the flag.

Frequently Asked Questions (Faqs)

What are pencil toppers made of?

The majority of the DIY pencil toppers are built using common craft items such as felt, foam, googly eyes, and craft paper. Some pencil toppers sold in stores are composed of thick plastic or wood that has been sculpted into elaborate patterns or famous cartoon characters. You can create pencil toppers out of almost anything. From polymer clay to bits of colourful paper, the only limit to designing and manufacturing your pencil topper is your creativity.

What are pencil toppers used for?

The Pencil topper fits any number 2 pencil, reduces lead exposure, is safe for teeth, is socially acceptable, is permitted in schools, promotes attention, decreases anxiety levels, and has been shown to improve concentration abilities in youngsters who are continuously seeking sensory input.


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