Back to School Teacher Gift

It’s back to school season, and it’s always nice to kick the new school year off with a little handmade gift.  It’s a fun way to say, “let’s make this a great year!”  When I was a classroom teacher, I was always asking parents to send more pencils to class.  With that in mind, I made this fun pencil gift holder to give to the new teacher.  You could put something else in the gift container (art brushes, Twizzlers, markers, etc.) or make it a gift for a student.

Make a back to school gift

Project estimate:
  • Plastic crayon bank, $1
  • Craft knife, on hand
  • Fabric scraps, on hand
  • Mod Podge, on hand
Total: $1
Step one:  I used a large plastic crayon bank purchased at Dollar Tree.  I used a razor to cut the tip off the crayon, to cut a two inch section under that, and to cut a 10 inch section on the bottom.  I used washi tape to mark where I was going to cut, then carefully used a craft razor to cut the pieces.
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Step two:  Cut the smallest tube as pictured, and trim about 1/4 inch to make a tube that will sit inside the largest tube.  This will help keep the lid from falling off.  Hot glue the piece in place as pictured.  If you like, cover the piece with washi tape, as I did, before you glue it.
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Step three:  Cut a piece of fabric to fit around the tube.  I used Mod Podge to adhere the fabric.

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Step four:  Make a fabric bow to place around the top of the crayon.

Back to school gift

Finally, fill your crayon gift container up!  I’m filling mine with pencils, but as I mentioned earlier, you could fill it up with lots of other items.  It would even make a cute craft supply organizer to keep at home.  Have fun crafting and creating!