What Possible Uses You Can Think of a Pencil Other Than Writing?

Updated November 26, 2017

Pencil is very cheap and easily available object which is used to write, draw or color.  A pencil is a functional tool for drawing and writing; provided that the 'lead' is enclosed in a suitable medium, it will fulfill its purpose. There are many kinds of pencils like copying, drafting, woodless, colored (for water coloring), checking, highlighter pencils etc. I teach my early year students to make a pinwheel attached at top eraser of a pencil. Same way you can make pencil decorations or toppers to create fun and crafts projects.     

 How many uses of pencil you can think of?

Or what best uses you can think of pencil other than writing?

Many people collect different kind of pencils and it is called pencil collecting hobby. You can find variety of pencils with different colors, sizes and material with attractive designs.

There are a few people who love to create crafts with pencils or lead.

A very creative use of pencil is to start plant. Made from the wood of bug-repelling incense cedar trees, a pencil jabbed into the soil is a durable support for small plants.

You may use pencil in many ways such as:

  1. Drumming with
  2. Chewing on                                                                   
  3. Throwing when frustrated.
  4. Finger exercise
  5. Pendulum
  6. Bookmarker
  7. Two pencils = chopsticks
  8. Ear cleaner (the eraser)
  9. Door stop
  10. Two pencils = a way to move heavy objects
  11. Keeps two painted surfaces from touching while they dry
  12. chase game in swimming (pencils float)
  13. two pencils = pontoons for a small watercraft
  14. pencil shavings can be used to make a lovely picture
  15. weapon of self defense
  16. Dig mud out of tennis shoe treads
  17. Exercise device to build dexterity by twirling it from finger to finger
  18. Pencils can be used as the frame for a small teepee
  19. Measuring device
  20. Sobriety testing tool for police
  21. Used to induce hypnosis
  22. 8 pencils can be used to hold toes apart while polish dries
  23. splint
  24. Garden stake
  25. Tool to pick up things you don't want to touch                      
  26. Good to rub on the ends of a rechargeable battery before recharging (The eraser that is).
  27. Rub on a key before inserting the key into a frozen door lock. (The graphite is lubricating).
  28. Balance on your ear. 
  29. A great conductor's baton alternative.
  30. Great for lubricating small joints.
  31. Great for starting a fire in your fireplace.
  32. Sharpen both ends; use it as a part of a circuit.
  33. Punch a hole in plastic wrap around various things, such as ink cartridges, computer accessories.
  34. Punch a hole in soil for planting seeds.
  35. Plug up a hole
  36. Use as a dowel
  37. Use the graphite to lubricate door/drawer edges
  38. Stir drinks
  39. Start a fire with it.                                                                      
  40. Push stuff down the kitchen sink if it gets caught in the drain
  41. Hold hair back in a twist
  42. Straight-edge
  43. Miniature sundial
  44. Anchor on which to start a small vine plant
  45. Kindling
  46. Washington Monument in a miniature version of DC
  47. Hold the door open a crack so it doesn't lock behind me while I take out the garbage
  48. Cat toy
  49. Ice remover
  50. Cutting dibber
  51. Long dice
  52. Tracheotomy maker
  53. Arrow
  54. To tap on a window
  55. To play pick up sticks with (will need a whole bunch!)
  56. To push buttons with                                                                          
  57. To prop something up with
  58. As a ruler to draw a straight line (but not with the pencil!)
  59. Mast of a toy ship
  60. To scrape mud, dirt, dried grass from shoe bottoms
  61. Pinpoint graphite lubrication
  62. Eraser end for removing corrosion from flashlight terminals
  63. Balancing exercise
  64. Charcoal sketches
  65. Metal fabrication layout
  66. Lever to pry out fuses from fuse blocks, safely                                 
  67. Conductor's baton
  68. Skewer
  69. Mini swords for a mini sword fight
  70. Magic wand 
  71. To reach something in tight spaces
  72. Foot scratcher so you don't have to take off your shoe
  73. Time passer/anxiety reducer (i.e., finger spinning, airplane noises, bouncing on the eraser)                        
  74. Making crossbow with pencils

I hope this list is not complete and may be you can think of more uses of pencil. Isn't it?

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Few facts:

A carpenter pencil is usually a large, flattened pencil used by carpenters. Their shape helps prevent them from rolling.

The World's Largest Pencil is located at Faber-Castell's facility in Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur. This pencil is nearly 65 feet tall and is housed in a glass enclosure. Completed in 2002, it is made from Malaysian lumber, fitted from small pieces tongue-and-groove fashion.

Useful links:

* World's Largest Pencil

* Uses for a Pencil Other Than Writing

* 10 Uses for the Pencil

* Inventing a New Kind of Pencil