Bushcraft and the Natural World

How to Make Branch Crayons

twig pencil with crayons


I lead nature hikes for several organizations including California State Parks and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  And if you’ve hiked with me before, your first moments include adding your name to a sign-in sheet using a twig pencil.

I have several twig pencils I received as gifts from fellow naturalists over the years.  And I plan to start making my own when my current supply runs out.

That’s why this video by Wranglerstar caught my attention.  He teaches us how to make branch crayons step-by-step.  It’s a great rainy day project.  And you can use your bushcraft skills to make fun gifts for friends and family.

Here’s the video.  Enjoy!



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