Miscellany

Shark Pencil Holder

See how easy it is to transform a styrofoam egg into a shark head pencil holder!
By  Kathleen George for The Dow Chemical Co. 

  • Shark Pencil Holder
  • Closeup View
  • Side View
  • Shown being used

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Egg, 6”
  • Foam sheets: grey, red, white
  • Wiggle eyes, two, 1/2”

Tools

  • Acrylic craft paint, grey
  • Philips head screwdriver, large
  • Paintbrush with stiff bristles
  • White craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, plastic knife

Pattern - Fin pattern

  • 1. Cut STYROFOAM egg so it sits on an angle with narrow end pointing up. Smooth and compress uneven spots using fingers or sand smooth with scrap piece of foam.
  • 2. Insert screwdriver into back of shark, making several holes on either side of fin slit. Hold screwdriver straight up and down to make holes. Test each hole to see if it's large enough for a pencil. If not, roll screwdriver around inside hole to make it larger.
  • 3. Paint shark grey and let dry.
  • 4. Place red foam sheet in bottom half of shark's mouth and trace around mouth edge. Cut out foam sheet, making it about 1/8" smaller on all sides. Repeat for top half of mouth. Make sure they fit together and adhere inside mouth.
  • 5. Cut out white foam triangles for teeth and adhere in place.
  • 6. Print and cut out pattern. Transfer fin to gray foam sheet, cut out, and adhere into top slit.
  • 7. Adhere wiggle eyes.
  • 8. Trace around shark's base on white foam sheet. Cut out and trim so it's slightly smaller than bottom. Adhere to shark bottom.
  • 9. Trace around shark's base on white foam sheet. Cut out and trim so it's slightly smaller than bottom. Adhere to shark bottom.