i should be mopping the floor: Inexpensive DIY Pencil Vase

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Inexpensive DIY Pencil Vase

There's quite a few of these roaming around Pinterest. Ours is a tin can upcycled into a great gift for your teacher or classroom aid. (Or your principal...I'm kind of partial to them since I'm married to one).

Teacher Appreciation week is the second week in May...
this would also be great for a last day of school gift!

Some sweet friends & I had a crafty morning putting these together for our school's teacher appreciation week. Crafting is even more fun with friends! We used cans (yay for my friend, Kristen, who has a sanitize feature on her dishwasher...our teachers will never know these once held Alpo!) You'll also need lots of pencils...I think the yellow #2 ones are perfect for this. Walmart had these cheaper than anyone...a box of 72 covers about two cans (with a few pencils leftover). The Walmart box was only $4.22 and the ones at Office-Something-or-Other (I can never remember which one I go to) were $7. You'll also need ribbon. And lots of hot glue.

Sometimes I think this blog should be called the House of Hot Glue.


Just start gluing your pencils to your cans. I found it easier to put a bunch of glue on the can itself and then stick 2-3 pencils on a time. Mine also ended up being the messier ones...the other girls were a little more careful than me and glued theirs one at a time.

Just keep working your way around. If you mess up, you can always pull one off and reposition it with new hot glue. Once all of your pencils are glued, take a bit of ribbon and tie it around as well. We put a dab of glue under the backside of the ribbon to make sure it wouldn't slide off. 


 Don't they look so fun? I'm planning to make one for my older son's teacher as well!

If you need another idea for teacher appreciation or an end of school gift, check out my Crayon Monogram tutorial as well:












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