Back To School/Teacher Appreciation Pencil Holder Craft

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With it being back to school time for many children, I love seeing the great projects on Pinterest for things for children and to give to new teachers. I’ll always take a peak when I’m having a break from some intense gaming, letting me check out what fantastic projects are being taken on. I saw a really neat flower holder with colored pencils around the outside and decided to do something with crayons! This pencil holder craft is really simple to do and I wanted to share it with you! If you don’t have time to do it for the beginning of the school year, these would also make great Christmas presents and Teacher Appreciation gifts in May!

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For this Pencil Holder Craft, you only need a few supplies:

Canister/Bucket/Jar (I bought mine from Oriental Trading.)
Scrapbook Paper that’s school themed (Mine is from Michael’s.)
Ribbon that is school themed (Again, from Michael’s.)
2 – 24 Count Crayons (I used a pack and a half.)
Mod Podge
Hot Glue Gun & Sticks

First you’re going to cut some of your scrapbook paper off the bottom. Just measure how long the canister/jar/bucket is and cut the excess with scissors. Your scrapbook paper probably will not fit around (mine did not and I used a tall jar). You can either cut another piece to cover the empty spot, or you can do what I did to personalize it, which you will see below. Next, put some Mod Podge on the jar and put your paper on it! I have to admit that this was my first time ever using Mod Podge (shocking, I know) and I am absolutely in love with the stuff now – it dries so quickly!

Next you will cut the ribbon you are using to fit the very top of the jar and use Mod Podge to set in place.

(If you’re planning on personalizing it, skip to below them come back here. If not, keep reading!) Now comes the fun part! You’re going to use your hot glue gun to attach your crayons to the bottom. I tried to get the Crayola part of the label to always face out, just to make it more uniform. You can do it however you wish – it might look kind of cool if just the name of the color is sticking out. Whatever floats your boat! 🙂 Make sure to try and get them all level. And warning – since it is hot glue, once you set it on the jar, it will stick and you won’t be able to move it. So try to place it exactly where you want it right away.

That’s all there is to it!

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Since my wonderful mother-in-law is a Head Start teacher and starts back on Thursday, I decided to personalize the one that I made so it had her name on it. To do this, I just cut out some scrapbook paper that looked like that writing paper we all used in 2nd grade to practice and made cut it to fit the empty spot. I did just a few lines so that the bottom of the jar wasn’t covered with paper in that area (it is covered with the crayons, so that’s not really a big deal anyways) and the top isn’t covered – I figured she can see if there’s any pencils or anything left. Then I just wrote her name on it and Mod Podge’d (is that even a word?) it on! Voil Now you can go back up to where you add the crayons. 🙂

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I really hope that you will make this pencil holder craft for your child’s teachers either for a back-to-school gift, Christmas present, or Teacher Appreciation gift. I am sure they will love it! I know my mother-in-law did! She plans on putting it on her desk! If you like this, I would appreciate it so much if you Pin this to Pinterest – you can do that just by hovering over your favorite picture and a ‘Pin It’ button will show up in the top left hand corner! Thank you so much!

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  1. I know this is the kind of thing my mom, who is a kindergarten teacher, would love to get as a little Back to School gift.

  2. I LOVE this!!!! What a great job!

  3. What a cute idea – gr8 job!

    Thanks for sharing & linking up on WW!

    Cherohala Skyway

  4. So adorable!

  5. Cute!

  6. Love your idea, very creative.


  7. Awesome idea! Love the crayons.

  8. Oh my gosh, this is just cute!! And it looks like something I could actually manage without messing all up! 🙂

  9. My mom is an elementary teacher and she would love this! I am going to make it for her this weekend. Thanks for the idea!

  10. What a fun idea! I’ll bet your kids teachers will love them! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!

  11. It looks lovely.
    JoyJonne Hooks –

  12. Super cute! Great idea!!

  13. I love this! Our son isn’t in school yet – but I will keep this project in mind when he does go to school! AWESOME!

  14. what a lovely idea! I am sure will make any teachers feel appreciated 🙂

  15. Such a cute idea! I really love this!

    I would love it if you linked up to our linkup party this week!

  16. So cute! I really like this idea. I homeschool, but this would be a nice craft idea for the kids to make to hold their own pencils and markers.

  17. Such a cute idea, and so clever! I miss doing the crafty stuff with the kids. They are all grown up now:)

  18. Very, very creative! I would love to get one of these!

  19. That is such a cute idea! Great photography and instructions, too. 🙂

  20. This is a very brilliant idea. I would suggest stocking up on the .50 cent back to school crayons. Once school starts the price will skyrocket. Also, you can recycle a coffee canister or rolled oats container.

    • I actually just bought a whole bunch of 50 cent crayons today! Great minds think alike! 😉
      I love the idea about recycling coffee canisters & rolled oats containers! Thank you for that great tip, Christy!

  21. How cute! I love that you can personalize it with the teachers name. It would make the first day that much better for any teacher.:)

  22. What a great idea! Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two!
    Make it a great day.

  23. This is TOO cute! I’d love for you to link it up on my DIY Weekend feature!

  24. This is such a bright and fun idea. I’m sure any teacher would love receiving this. Wanted to let you know I’m featuring it when my link party opens up tonight.

  25. What a cute pencil holder! I found you at the Pin Junkie Friday link party. Have a great weekend!

  26. So cute! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  27. I love this. Every year that goes by, and I don’t give the teachers little tokens on their birthdays or holidays, I feel a little blue. They deserve it. My daughter’s had some *awesome* teachers. This is an excellent idea.

  28. Thoughtful AND functional. Thanks for sharing your sweet and clever creation on BeColorful this week.

  29. Oh my gosh.. Its so very cute.. Im sure this is the perfect gift for any teacher.. its one of those that any teacher would love to receive… 🙂
    Thank you for linking into Colours Dekor last week.. 🙂

  30. I can see using Crystal Light containers for something like this if you have more than one child and want to make multiple ones…

  31. Renee Zeiner says

    This pencil case is so cute! Maybe I can help my daughter make one for her teacher

  32. Cute idea! I love anything that gives back to teachers.

  33. Nice craft idea and it looks beautiful and unique.


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