Wednesday, March 1, 2017

DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift Pencil Holder

diy pencil holder teacher appreciation gift

Make a teacher appreciation gift that's useful for both teachers and the students.

A wood pencil holder filled with pencils for students to borrow:

diy pencil holder teacher appreciation gift

Each pencil has a 'return to Teacher Name' tag attached at the top:

diy pencil holder teacher appreciation gift

After spending a little time in my kids classrooms I quickly noticed lots of students asking to borrow items from the teacher.  We know each student begins the school year with a desk full of supplies but somehow as the year progresses pencils and supplies seem to disappear.

This pencil holder full of pencils might come in handy, especially as we near the end of the school year:

diy pencil holder teacher appreciation gift

diy pencil holder teacher appreciation gift

Simply drill holes into a 4x4 piece of wood, paint and fill with pencils:

diy pencil holder teacher appreciation gift

Add a pretty matching ribbon in your school colors and it makes for a nice gift:

diy pencil holder teacher appreciation gift

Here's how to make the pencil holder:

1. Cut a 4 x 4 piece at 6" long.
Make a template for the holes using paper cut to size of holder:

how to make a pencil holder using a 4x4

how to make a pencil holder using a 4x4

2. Drill holes using a bit size that matches your pencils.
Mark the depth with painters tape and begin drilling each hole:

how to make a pencil holder using a 4x4

how to make a pencil holder using a 4x4

3. Sand and paint white.  Distress.

4. Prepare pencils.  I choose these Staedtler 36 packs, black pencils only because THEY WERE ALREADY SHARPENED!!!!
(And I needed 72 pencils total, 2 packs was all it took.)

presharpened pencils

5. Print out 'return to Teacher Name' tags:

diy tags for pencils

6. Cut into thin strips and cut cardstock to fit.
'Laminate' each tag if desired, I used clear packing tape.

diy tags for pencils

7. Cut around the packing tape to make a finished tag:

diy tags for pencils

8. Secure tag to metal portion of pencil just below eraser using hot glue.

diy tags for pencils

Stick pencils into holder, add ribbon and you're ready to give.

diy teacher appreciation gift idea

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