6 Things To Do With Pencils
If you’re just using your pencils to scribble down your grocery list, you’re only tapping a fraction of their potential. Here are six genius ways to put pencils to work all around the house.
1. Use a pencil to ease a new key into a lock
You just had a new house key made, but it doesn’t seem to fit into your door lock. Rub a pencil over the teeth of the key. The graphite powder should help the key slide easily into the lock.
2. Use a pencil to lubricate a sticky zipper
Your zipper is refusing to budge, no matter how hard you tug and pull. Pick up a pencil and end your frustration. Run the pencil lead along the teeth of the zipper to unstick it. In no time, you’ll be zipping out the door with your jacket safely zipped up.
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3. Repel moths with pencil shavings
If you’re tired of finding your winter sweaters filled with moth holes after you’ve stored them for the season, this may help. Empty your electric pencil sharpener into little cloth sacks and use as sachets in your closet. The cedar shavings will signal the moths to skedaddle!
4. Use a pencil to stake a small plant
Got a small plant that needs some support? Don’t know if it needs watering? A pencil can help with both problems. It’s the perfect-sized stake for a small plant, tied with a piece of old pantyhose or a cloth strip. Or stick a pencil in the pot of a houseplant to see if the soil needs watering.
5. Use a pencil as a hair accessory
Take a pencil to school to help with your… Hair? Believe it! A pencil can help give lift to curly hair if you don’t have a pick or wide comb. Two pencils crossed in an “X” can stabilize and decorate a hair bun, plus provide you with a new writing tool if you lose yours during the day.
6. Decorate a school picture frame with pencils
Dress up the frame for this year’s class picture with pencils. Glue two sharpened pencils lengthwise to the frame. Sharpen down two other pencils to fit the width of the frame.
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