I don't know about you, but it's always so exciting to me when we get to shop for school supplies. I love seeing all of the new pencils and crayons, fresh and ready for a new school year. My oldest daughters are in preschool this year and they really enjoyed their back to school shopping. They also love rainbows and everything ROYGBIV order, so I thought we'd combine the two when we were making some new hair accessories to go with new school clothes.
Start with some colored pencils, either new or used. We choose six in rainbow colors. I used a band saw to chop off the sharpened ends of the pencils. I cut mine 1 1/2" long.
They will probably be a bit rough, so use a sanding block or sandpaper to smooth out the cut edge.
If you want to make more than one hair clip, use a pencil sharpener to re-sharpen the leftover pencil that you cut. Now, just cut off another 1 1/2" section for your next hair clip. I made three of these for my three girls and I only had to use one set of colored pencils.
Line up your colored pencils, glue them onto a strip of felt, then glue onto a ribbon covered alligator clip.
You could also easily attach it to a headband.
But beware, these are very tempting to little hands! It didn't take long for them to figure out they could use them to draw perfect rainbows! :)