Pencil Vase

Hi all!  Happy Monday!  I’m starting my last full week of radiation and I am so looking forward to being done.  I definitely am feeling the effects on my skin and a pretty good amount of tiredness to boot, so I’ll gladly take a bit less of each.

Anywho, I have a sweet teacher appreciation gift idea for you today.  We have a lot of teachers, aides and nurses to appreciate between our two kids, so having relatively reasonable gifts is a necessity.  I found this idea on Pinterest.

This is a tin can — in my case, from canned pumpkin — rinsed and bleached to make sure it was clean.  Now, getting the pencils to stick to the can is a bit tricky.  Due to the ribbed indentations in the middle of the can, there tends to be a gap.  The original idea I saw called for using hot glue.  Hot glue didn’t work at all — the glue dried and didn’t stick.  I was about to give up and had an idea — dimensionals They worked great — I put two at the top and two at the bottom, all the way around.  I think I used about 30 pencils to surround the can.  Now, this wasn’t as reasonable as I would have liked as our dollar store didn’t have plain pencils so I had to get them from Staples.

In order to keep the pencils from slipping, which they did slightly, I added two rows of ribbon — hidden behind Ava.  My Ava School Sign It is personalized with my daughter’s teacher’s name and the apple is paper pieced with a really adorable paper from Recollections.  I was so happy to find a 100 sheet pack of school themed paper at Michaels the other week — 5 patterns, 20 sheets each, which will be great with multiple teacher gifts.

Challenge Submissions
Come and Get It Challenges — Anything but a card

A Pencil Vase
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Ava – School Sign It
Paper: Neenah Solar Crest
Other Stuff: pencils, tin can, Nesties, ribbon, dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


4 thoughts on “Pencil Vase

  1. I adore the pencil vase. As a former teacher i would have loved getting this from someone, even without the flowers. Thanks so much for sharing your talent on this week's Come and get It Challenge Blog.


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