PORCUPINE PENCIL HOLDER
These are fun to make and they are good to give as gifts or sell, if you want to. You will need:
Shape a handful of brown (but you can use any color you want) clay into the shape of a large egg. Flatten it on the bottom. Pull one end of the egg to make a long, pointed head. Put two small, round ears near the top of its head. Use a pencil to poke in two eyes. Roll a small ball of clap and put it on the pointed end of the head for a nose. Make holes for the porcupine’s quills by poking deep pencil holes into its back. To make it look a real porcupine, the holes should be on a slight angle, away from the porcupine’s head. Wiggle the pencil around in each hole, because the clay will shrink as it dries. Sharpen some pencils, and put them in the holes.
MAKE A QUILL PEN FROM A FEATHER
The only tool that you will need for this project is some kind of penknife. Make sure that your feather is big enough.
HOMEMADE POMEGRANATE INK
To make your own pomegranate ink, you will need:
Remove the seeds from a pomegranate. Put them in a square piece of cheesecloth, twist the cloth, and hold it tightly shut with one hand. With the other hand squeeze the seeds until the juice runs through the cloth and into a bowl. When you have collected all the juice you can, store it in a container. You might want to use gloves, because the juice stains – that is why it makes good ink! Pomegranate ink looks red, but it dries to a reddish-brown color.