Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Easy gift for a teacher

If you're like me, you're doing back-to-school shopping. One of my favorite of all school supplies is wooden pencils. I've always liked Dixon Ticonderoga pencils the best. Is it weird to have a favorite pencil?

As I'm hitting the back-to-school sales, I try to pick up some extra items while they're cheap. Even though my own kids are too big to need crayons, I buy some boxes of Crayolas. These are great to add to Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

I also purchase supplies for making this fun teacher gift:


Supplies: inexpensive vase with straight sides, pencils, rubber band, ribbon
Tools: glue gun

(Note: I bought a vase for $1 at Wal-Mart as well as some cheap pencils. You can use very cheap pencils because they don't have to write well--they're just for looks. So these don't have be Dixon Ticonderogas. My vase required 22 pencils to cover the entire outside.)




Simply apply hot glue to sides of vase and glue pencils all the way around the vase.



You've got a perfect vase for a teacher's desk.



Encircle the vase with a rubber band (just to keep things nice and steady) and cover with a bit of ribbon. Add some grocery-store flowers and you're done!



Easy as pie, quick to put together, inexpensive. But much appreciated by a hard-working teacher.


20 comments:

Paula said...

This teacher would be thrilled to death with this gift. I love this idea!

Cassandra Frear said...

I like your cute crafty vase. My sons would have enjoyed making something like that.

In our case, I homeschooled and I was the teacher! My mother in law gave me a teacher mug -- which I was very proud of.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That is precious!!! How cool that you were able to find a vase in just the right size. :) It looks wonderful.

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

LOVE this idea, my sister teaches & so does one of my best friends, how cute would this be to gift them on their 1st day of school?! :-)

Love Being a Nonny said...

What a cute idea!! I love school supplies too and often buy some even though I don't have a need for them!!

Jo said...

What an adorable idea!

I'd be delighted if one of my students gifted me this little beauty.

Jo

Always Nesting said...

Love this teacher gift idea!!

New Every Morning said...

OOOH! I love this!!!

Terrell said...

This is just precious!! I know all teachers would so appreciate this..and it's totally creative! Thank you for sharing this idea!!
~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

Terrell said...

This is just precious!! I know all teachers would so appreciate this..and it's totally creative! Thank you for sharing this idea!!
~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

Dawn said...

beautiful richella! and very thoughtful... love it!

HeathahLee said...

What a sweet gift this would make! And hey, you're NEVER too old for crayons! :) I'm not a pencil snob, but I AM a crayon snob. Go Crayola or go home! :D

Southern Lady said...

Any teacher would love this gift! Carla

The Writer Chic said...

This is fantastic. I think I'll need to do a couple of these for the teacher's in my life for Seth's first day of school on Tuesday.

Jennifer Juniper said...

It's a great idea to start out the school year with such a useful gift!

Rachelle said...

It looks great! So simple too..

Lanie said...

New follower here. I love your beautiful projects and can't wait to read more. I hope you will stop by for a visit!

~Lanie J.

Lauren @ 31diy said...

Hi, I'm here from the CSI Project.

That is such a fantastic idea! Attaching the pencils around the vase makes it unique and also very appropriate for a teacher. I have a few teachers or soon-to-be-teachers in my family, and I know they would really like this gift. I need to try it! :)

Have a great day!
Lauren
http://31diy.blogspot.com

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

such a great idea!!

cassie @ hi sugarplum! said...

GREAT idea!! I love new pencils too...perfectly sharpened ones.

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