Christmas Edition Flower Pencils to be Released by TRINUS

19.November.2018 | FASHION

TRINUS is a manufacturing company that collaborates with small to medium Japanese makers of high quality crafts and designers with revolutionary ideas. The company are set to release a Christmas edition of its Flower Pencils which are made with environmentally friendly materials including scrap paper.

The set includes three Christmas-y pencils: Tree (green), Snow Crystal (gold) and Poinsettia (red). The wrapping around the lead of each pencil is covered in scrap paper which gives them a distinct soft colour and makes them easy to sharpen.

The pencil shavings turn into beautiful wintry decorations that can be used on Christmas cards. Regular pencil sharpeners can be used but it’s best to use one for thick pencils. To link the shavings together and make a decoration you need to push the pencil in a bit at a time while sharpening.

Ordinary pencils when they are made waste a lot of the wood during manufacturing, but the TRINUS Flower Pencils save on this by using recycled paper as the main material which in turn can be recycled again.

The cute illustrations on the transparent packaging come in a calm but festive gold colour.

They make for a nice simple but thoughtful gift or souvenir to friends and family, so get your hands on a set this holiday season!

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    1. Ingredients

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    2 tbsp icing sugar

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    50g unsalted butter

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    2.

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    ☆It will take take about 30 minutes at 40℃

    ☆If you own an electric mixer or home bakery it’s perfectly fine to do everything up to now in a machine.

    3.

    Once the mix has risen, divide into three equal parts and leave again for about 15 minutes. Cover with cling film or a tea towel to ensure the mix doesn’t become dry. Afterwards, gently roll into a spherical shape as shown in the photo.

    4.

    Roll the mix into a long shape that spans about 50-60cm. Line all three up on their sides and begin to braid. Once this is complete, tie them up into a wreath shape and leave to ferment again.

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    Once the second fermentation is complete, cook at 180℃ for 7 minutes, then lower the temperature to 150℃ and cook for a further 7 minutes. The timings may differ depending on your oven so be sure to make any necessary adjustments.

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    Christmas is almost upon us so why not celebrate with one of Starbucks’ special seasonal selections?

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