Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree Pencil

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is on Saturday March 2 and since my boys are loving the Lorax right now I thought it was the perfect time to celebrate. We made Truffula tree pencils today and they turned out so cute that I thought I would share. It also takes less than 20 minutes, and most of that time is waiting for paint to dry.

To make truffula trees, you will need:

  • pencils
  • white acrylic paint
  • black acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • glue gun
  • feather boa or feather trim

Find feather boas HERE or find them in the craft/sewing section at the store. We couldn’t help ourselves and we bought three different colors. They were too pretty.

Step 1. Paint your pencil white. Ours didn’t look perfect, but it’s supposed to be a tree, so drips and bumps are okay. Our pencil took 3 coats to get completely covered.

Step 2. Find the end of your feather boa and add a dot of glue and start rolling. Add a dot of glue every few inches as you roll.

Step 3. Then add black rings around the trunk of the tree. I just dabbed my paint on.

Step 4. Glue the Tuffula tuft to the pencil.

Step 5. This is completely optional, but in the Lorax it explains that Truffula tufts smell like butterfly milk, so my boys insisted that we spray it with body spray. It was vanilla, that’s the closest thing to butterfly’s milk we had.

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  • stephanie

    So so cute.
    Last year we built a snowman/gack and played ring the gack. My son still talks about it so I guess we will be doing it again this year. I am also planning on making a Wocket in a pocket.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I love the gack idea! I guess that’s one good reason to have snow on the ground in March. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Melissa, these truffula tree pencils made me smile! LOVE how you made them. I need to pin this now for future reference. Thanks for sharing it with us. 🙂ReplyCancel


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