DIY Colored Pencil Vase (Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas)


Teacher Appreciation Week starts this Monday. (May 2–6, 2011) So, my oldest daughter and I decided to make something fun for her teacher. We made a Colored Pencil Vase. It’s so cheery and colorful. I especially love the simplicity of it.

All you need is a container such as a can, colored pencils, a rubber band, a ribbon, a ruler and a black marker or sharpie. And don’t forget the water and flowers.


Here’s my Colored Pencil Vase Tutorial:

I first wrapped a few colored pencils around a (soup) can and secured with a rubber band. I then continued to insert more pencils all around the can. Note: You could probably use any container (such as a glass jar)  that can hold flowers as long as you can easily wrap a rubber band and pencils around it.


I then cut some ribbon. I wanted it to look like a ruler or measuring tape. So, I marked it with lines (using a ruler as a guide) and my daughter wrote the numbers on it. Doesn’t it look cool? I love how the measuring tape isn’t perfect…it looks homemade. Plus, my daughter loved helping out with it.


I wrapped the ribbon and tied over the rubber band. Lastly, I put water and flowers in the can. That’s it!

My daughter’s teacher can enjoy the flowers and then later can use the colored pencils.


Here are a few other fun teacher gift ideas:


Teacher Appreciation Notepad over at How Does She. Make your own notepad and have your kids personalize with their own drawings on the sides.

You Were ‘Mint’ To Teach!
on  A Place Called Joy. Wrap up a container of Altoids Mints with a note stating “You Were “Mint” to Teach.

Printable Thanks “a latte: Gift Card Holder over at Skip to My Lou. If you know me, then you know why this gift idea got my attention! I love coffee! I could use a Vanilla Latte right now. Hot or iced…it doesn’t matter. Anyways, a teacher who loves coffee might appreciate a gift card attached to this cute printable.

Do you have any Teacher Gift ideas?! Please share in the comments.

See our other similar projects:

(I’m linking up to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Get Your Craft OnTutorials & Tips Tuesdays, Works for Me Wednesday and The Frugal Girls!)

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  1. I LOVE this idea!!

    Thanks so much for linking up this week!! I featured your post on my wrap up! Have a great weekend!

  2. thanks for the great idea!! I just love that pencil vase!! :)

  3. Supre cute! Love this idea, I think my son’s teachers will love it too.

  4. Love all of these ideas! The pencil vase is especially cute!

    The Pretty Packages Party is going on now. I’d love for you to stop by and share your fun teacher gift ideas.


  5. Love the pencil vase! A cute place to store pens after the flowers are gone!

    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!

  6. These are all wonderful gift ideas for teachers!

  7. Love the vase! Sharing with my Facebook readers!

  8. That’s a really cute and useful idea! If you stock up on colored pencils during the back-to-school sales, it would be a super great deal, too!

  9. Super cute! Love the measuring tape! I did the thanks a latte printable :)

    Fancy Frugal Life

  10. Love the colorful pencil vase! Visiting you from Today’s Creative Blog :)

  11. Great idea! I love color pencils so this put a smile on my face! :)

    [visiting from Tip Junkie]

  12. linked this up at my facebook!

  13. This is such a fabulous idea! I love this vase!

  14. Tooo Cuttteee!!!

  15. The vase is so colorful and fun! What a prefect teacher gift! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  16. Rebecca says:

    This is super cute!! can’t wait to make this tonite!

  17. Katie Drawdy says:

    Absolutely adorable!!!! Thanks for the great idea! We will be doing this tonight!! :)

  18. silvia says:

    Love it!!

  19. cs white says:

    My 4 1/2 yo son and I made the pencil-covered vase for his teacher and she loved it! Thanks for the great idea!

  20. As a former teacher, I love all these ideas and think they are creative and thoughtful! As a mom now, I love how fun, easy and cost effective they are. Thank you!
    I shared your post on my Friday Favorites today. Thank you for sharing!

  21. OOooh.. I’m a high school teacher and I doubt that any of my students will ever MAKE me
    one of these! I’m making one myself!!!!!!!

  22. Thanks for the fun ideas! I had a great time making the vase with my daughter!!! I featured you on my blog…

    • Thanks (The Crafty Copycat) – Thanks for featuring me on your blog…looks great! :) I’m glad you had a great time making it with your daughter.

  23. This is just adorable!

  24. Wow i love the color pencil idea, thats is so cleaver

  25. I am going to hot glue the pencils to the can for a more permanent hold. Hope it turns out! About how many pencil packs did you use? :)

  26. KT – I used a 50 pack box but did not use all the pencils. I’d say about I used about 37 pencils.

  27. This is soo cute and colorful. What a great idea – I can hear the children’s comments already!

  28. So it!!

  29. I made this for my daughter’s teacher. She loved it! Thanks for the great idea.

  30. I love the idea. I think I will hot glue the pencils to the can as a pencil/pen holder for my own classroom. THANKS!

  31. Thanks so much for this AWESOME idea!!! I shared it with my church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group as a craft idea…they’re always looking for fun, affordable stuff like this to make! God bless.

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  33. Adrienne says:

    What a wonderful idea. I am going to make two of these for my son’s daycare teachers. He is moving up to a new room and this is a wonderful thank you present. Great idea! Thanks for sharing it.

  34. Love this! I wanted to let you know that I featured you in my Teacher’s Appreciation Gifts round up at:

    If you would like a featured button, I have one here on my About page:

  35. LOVE THIS! I just made it tonight for my daughter Preschool teachers. Can I ask a silly question… will the can rust? Not over night right,…. Silly I know but now my mom has me paranoid…

    • Hi Ann – I hope your daughter;s teacher liked the vase. I’m not sure about the rusting. I’d have to ask the teacher who we gave the gift if she kept the can long enough to have this issue.

  36. Lovely ideas !! the vase of pencils you could make a mini one too , so lovely x thank you x

  37. I just made this tonight for my step-daughter’s teacher, and it turned out wonderfully! Thanks so much for the idea. I’m usually bad at these things, but this was so easy!

  38. Priscilla Benavides says:

    Although I was short on time during the week of Teacher Appreciation and wasn’t able to make something for my son’s teachers and had to buy something instead, I am definitely going to make these for them for the end of the year!

    • Hi Priscilla – It makes a great end of year gift. Have fun making it. I hope your son’s teachers like it.

  39. Lindsay says:

    Just wondering, how many pencils are needed to fill the outside of the can? Please reply ASAP as I need to know how many pencils to buy for this clever craft.

    • Hi Lindsay – Sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I’ve been away on vacation. I don’t know the exact number of pencils I used. I believe around 35 pencils are needed to fill the outside of a soup can.


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