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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Marshal Sudrala Sudrala says:

    Thank you for sharing these cute teacher gifts. Heart of The Earth Animal Equipment Marshal and Chris
    My partner makes things like this to sell as sets along with other crafts. She uses the money made to help fund her stray homeless cat and kitten rescue. It helps pay toward their spay neuter. She would be on cloud 9 if she had a silhouette. So crossing paws to get lucky lol.


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