It’s back to school time! My kiddos love giving handmade gifts to their teachers (and it never hurts to thank them for all their hard work!), I’m always on the lookout for great ideas (that’s what us scraplifters do, y’know). Anyway, I recently came across a tutorial for a handmade pencil vase. Yes, I know it’s not made out of paper, but I do think I could actually make it!
Amanda Parker (who has an awesome party printables shop on Etsy) recycled an empty tin can for this project. She also used two boxes of pencils, florist foam, scissors and a hot glue gun. She even included a free printable to embellish the vase, which you can download from her website! You can find her tutorial here:
A pencil vase as awesome as this has to have something good inside, and Amanda took care of that too! She included a second tutorial for the Oreo cookie pops that bloom out of her vase:
Yum! You might even want to make some of these for your child’s classmates (just so his or her teacher doesn’t have to share!).
When I try this project, the one thing that I may do differently is use a large, sturdy rubber band (instead of hot glue) to secure the pencils to the tin can. The rubber band can easily be hidden with ribbon or other embellishments, and this way, the pencils can be used once the teacher decides to disassemble the vase.
Stay tuned scraplifters! I have more back to school and teacher gift ideas that I plan to share with you. In the meantime, make sure you leave a note letting us know what you think about the pencil vase project…