How to Make a Pencil Vase

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in crafts, Oh My Word Would You Look At That | 14 comments

My girls start back to school tomorrow!?

I’m sure that I’m not the only mom in America saying this:

“Where did the summer go?!”

I’m not ready for my girls to be gone all day every day. 🙁

I offer to homeschool them every year…but never have any takers. They love their schools and their friends!

So with the start of school, my Southern friends decided to get together to share some of our ideas for

Back To School!

One tradition we have at our house is to start each school year with a simple gift for their teacher.

I usually don’t have much time between the school supply shopping, last minute back to school parties and trips to the pool!

So here is a simple gift that can be put together is less than 5 minutes!

How to Make a Pencil Vase

And don’t forget to check out the other ideas at the end of this post!

How to Make a Pencil Vase

How to Make a Pencil Vase


small cylinder vase (or tin can)


strong rubber band


How to Make a Pencil Vase

Add the rubber band around the vase and put the pencils under the band.

How to Make a Pencil Vase

Fill the vase!

How to Make a Pencil Vase

Add a bow to cover the rubber band.

How to Make a Pencil Vase

Cut flowers from your yard {or your neighbors yard 🙂 }

How to Make a Pencil Vase

And make your child feel super special to give their teacher a gift on the first day of school!

Are you ready for more ideas!?

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  1. so so cute. hope the girls have a great first day!

  2. That is adorable Melissa! We still have until Aug 18th before school starts…hope your girls have a great first day. ~Sonya

  3. Love, love, love this! New pencils are one of my fav school supplies! I know the girls are having a great first day 🙂 Debbie

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  5. Super Cute!!

  6. What a cute idea Melissa! The yellow pencils really give it that pop of color!

  7. so pretty I bet the teachers love them

  8. This really is a fabulous idea! As a former teacher, i would have been blown away by such a thoughtful gift. It has been a big hit on my facebook page! ~Christy

  9. Well besides the gorgeous flowers the teachers can use all pencils they can get I imagine. What is it with starting school so blasted early, didn’t any of these school districts ever hear of summer vacations for parents too? Our kids here started on Monday. Granddaughters not too happy but they’re adjusting.
    What a nice Mom you are to make something so incredible for teachers. Your girls teachers will be happy people. Good for you for being such a nice person. Happy days

  10. What a great idea… I had never thought of sending a teacher gift on the first day back to school but it is a perfect way to get started off with a new teacher!

  11. Super cute gift idea~

  12. That is a very charming, cute vase that any teacher would love. I know when I was still teaching pencils were always in high demand and flowers really brightened the classroom.

  13. Back to school already?? Wow, normally we go back in September but this year our teachers are on strike so who knows when they will go back! Your pencil vase is super cute, thanks and Pinned!

  14. Super cute idea. Thanks for the tutorial Melissa. Pinned.


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