Once June hits, if you have kids then you know all too well how crazy it can get. Between the end of school functions, planning summer vacations and trying to figure out how to reward the men and women who took care of educating and molding the minds of our little ones all year long. This pencil vase is easy to make, adorable and make great DIY teacher gifts. Personally, I have gifted wine and gift cards, but sometimes you need ideas for DIY gifts for teachers that add a bit more of a personal touch.
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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts
My little one graduates Kindergarten this week, and my big guy finishes second grade. Naturally, we always want to know what would make a nice end of school year teacher gifts. I can only imagine that no teacher wants another mug that says “#1 teacher”. But perhaps a nice bouquet of flowers? What better than a bouquet of flowers and a cute vase because homemade gifts for teachers are a good thing right? Even more so when they are easy enough for the kids to help!
Making a Homemade Teacher Gift
- Grab your supplies to make your DIY pencil vase.
- Wash and dry your glass vase. You want to remove any dust and/or oils from your hands.
- Using a clean, dry rag, quickly dust off your pencils so they stick to the vase better. New pencils shouldn’t be very dirty so don’t waste too much time with this step.
- Fire up that glue gun and put two dots of glue on your pencil. (Be careful not to burn yourself, these can get HOT) With the glue still warm, place the pencil on the vase with the eraser side up. Be sure to place it straight, as this will be your guide for the rest of the vase.
- Using two dots of glue on each pencil, place the rest of the pencils around the entire vase. Go slow, and make sure to keep the pencils straight and vertical.
- If you do not have enough room for the last pencil, use a piece of sandpaper or pocket knife (carefully) to shave off a bit of the pencil on each side until it fits in the space available.
- Add a thick rim of glue around the top of the vase on the inside of the erasers for extra strength.
- Then, glue a thick rim on the bottom of the pencils to prevent scratching and lead marks. An alternative is to cover the bottom with felt liner too since felt liner is nice and soft and won’t scratch furniture. This is the kind that I use: HERE.
- Let the glue dry and wrap a pretty ribbon around the vase.
- Make sure to add a pretty bouquet of flowers to your vase and gift away!
If you love DIY vases make sure to check out 20 Creative DIY Vases to Decorate on a Budget.
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