Tuesday, August 2

{TUTORIAL} Teacher Pencil Vase


If you liked the chocolate covered Oreo "apples" teacher gift tutorial from yesterday, then you might want this little tutorial for the pencil vase, too. This project is so easy and quick, too. My kind of craft! And it's budget friendly as well which we all might need this time of year with all the back to school shopping we've got to do.


In a few simple steps, you can have your vase assembled in no time at all.

Step 1: Gather your supplies: 

- Canned food with a pop top (or a can cut with a safety edge can opener)
- Florist foam or styrofoam
- 2 boxes of pencils
- FREEBIE BACK TO SCHOOL printables set (Print the "Welcome Back" tag and some green chevron design paper)
- Scallop or circle punch in 2" size
- Scissors and hot glue

Step 2:  

- Empty out the contents of your canned food and save for another use. Wash and dry out the can and place a small piece of florist foam inside.

Step 3:  

- Using a hot glue gun, place glue in a vertical line from the bottom to the top of your can and press one pencil into the glue, holding until the glue dries. Be sure not to skimp on the glue - you'll want your pencils to stay put.

Step 4:  

- Repeat step 3 over and over again with more pencils until you've completely covered the can.

Step 5:  

- Cut a strip of your printed green chevron paper into a "ribbon" to wrap around the pencils on your can. Fit it around the center of the pencils and hot glue in place.

Step 6: 

- Punch out a "Welcome Back" tag with your 2" scallop or circle punch and hot glue it on top of your green chevron ribbon. 


Now you're ready to place your apple Oreo pops inside the can or if you don't want to make the pops, you can always fill the can with flowers or another kind of treat. So simple and a great first impression to make on your child's new teacher. Enjoy!

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karanmi said...

What a cute idea. Makes me wish that I had kids in school but even the youngest of the grandkids are in high school this year and the great grandkids are njot old enough for school. Hmmmmm maybe my niece would like one to give her teacherr. She is 1st grade.

Thanks for the idea.


CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 5 post on Aug. 02, 2011. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

How many pencils are needed for each can...I am sure it depends on the size of the can...how many did you use?

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Unknown said...

As a teacher I would love this. So cute!!!

Amanda at Amanda's Parties To Go said...

I used 2 boxes of pencils but it will depend on the size of the can you use as well. Glad you like the project!


Brianne said...

I saw your post because you linked up at www.sugarbeecrafts.com, and I have to say I LOVE your idea!!!

Cameron said...

SO cute! Thanks for sharing!

Heather said...

Love this idea! I am having trouble (again) with the download of the printables though. Any way you could e-mail them to me? hdietsch76@ms.com

FrouFrouBritches said...

I love it! What a great idea. My boys are a handful, so I definitely need to get in good with the teacher on the first day of school. HA! I definitely need to make this. Thanks for sharing.

Brandi said...

I found your blog thru sugarbeecrafts and I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! Thanks for all the ideas. You are very talented! I may just do the pencil vase for my 3rd graders teacher!

Anonymous said...

I wish I had seen this sooner! I can't find a plain oreo mold anywhere local and my kids school starts next week, so no time to order. I think I will attempt to dip them. Such a cute idea!

Natasha Mairs - Serenity You said...

Fantastic idea!!!!! xx

Michelle@ A Full Cottage said...

This is great. You could also put some small school supplies in there as well ie: more pencils, some red pens, eraser. It would also be great as a little something at Christmas time. Thanks so much for sharing.
:) Michelle

Lisa said...

Saw your blog on Metamorphis Monady. LOVED the idea since I am a teacher! I am thinking of making them for my coleagues as a back to school gift. Thanks!

Melanie said...

How cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

I'd love to have you visit our first linky party this Thursday! It's a party specifically for kids and teenagers craft and other ideas, so your idea will be absolutely perfect! Hope you'll stop by!


Jamie @ DIY Home Sweet Home said...

What an adorable idea. If you get a chance I would love you to link your pencil vase up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

Danielle said...

I just made 3 for my daughter's first year of school, they turned out even cuter in person! Thanks for such a great idea! Oh, and for those that are asking- I used a 15 oz tomato sauce can, and it took 34 pencils.

Mandy Beyeler said...

thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - I just featured you on my FB page!

Karen said...

@Danielle - Thanks for the giving count of pencils you used! "2 boxes of pencils" wasn't helping me as they come in many different size boxes! Now I know how many I will need. Such a cute idea!

Mariel@ www.sexymodeststyle.com said...

Soooo cute! perfect for back to school! what a neat idea!!!

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Unknown said...

I love this! So fun and perfect for back to school! : )

chris said...

This is so clever. I'm sure my mom (who's a first grade teacher) would love one!

saraink said...

What a great and simple idea! And a great craft for the kiddos. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

Beyond adorable - LOVE it!!! I featured you today in my Friday I'm In Love Favorites! Stop by and check it out!!


- Jenn @ Social Salutations

Unknown said...

Hi! I'm following your blog! :)
I've found you through Just a Girl's blog.
I LOVE this idea for a teacher's gift..very cute, practical & not expensive. I can't wait to check out more!

Cris said...

Just too cute! Thanks for my Stuck on you feature today!:) Iam a fan and a follower! Have a great week!

Stef said...

I love this idea, but I'm having trouble printing the template. It's giving me pages with no images... Can you help me? stephaniac@comcast.net

Thanks so much!

Charlotte said...

Nice. I like it so much that I featured it on my monthly round-up of cool things on the web. Thank you for sharing!

(you can find the link here if you're interested:)

OUR WILD ZOO! said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I just ordered two molds for the oreo apples and plan on making 4 of these for back to school teacher gifts...I soo appreciate your tutorial and making it easy for all the busy mamas out there!

ssmilin said...

Wow I really like this, I am having a problem getting the tags to download, is there anyway you could email them to me?? i saw another post asking that. Thanks so much for a wonderful idea. Cant wait to try making them ! !

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Beth H said...

Hmmmm... I wonder if there is a way to make this so that the pencils can be use? I know it's VERY cute, but I know teachers are always looking for things to use in the classroom. Maybe glue dots then a rubber band under the ribbon to help hold them??

These will be great for Teacher Appreciation week also!

Thank you for the ideas!!!

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