Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gift: Colored Pencil Vase

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When I was a kid, we lived exactly one block from our elementary school. My mom was one of those parents who wanted to be as involved in her kid’s lives as possible. Mom was a recognized figure at that school. Mom volunteered in the library, the office, our classrooms and anywhere else they could use her. Back then, we were slightly embarrassed by her constant presence. As a parent, I can totally appreciate it.

Now I am a parent and I am just as involved with my kid’s school as my mom was in mine. My husband was the token guy to chaperone every field trip throughout all of elementary school! I helped out with the bake sales, book sales, library assistant and classroom volunteer. I have such a huge appreciation for how hard the teachers work. To show how much they mean to us, the kids and I make a special gift for their teachers. This year for our homemade teacher appreciation gift we are making a colored pencil vase. It is super cute, easy to make and really cheap! We made this vase for about $5 and it took us about 20 minutes to make!

Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gift: Colored Pencil Vase

Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gift supplies

Here is what you need to make the vase:

1 clear vase, as close to the height of a pencil as possible
48 colored pencils
Double sided tape, a glue gun or glue dots

Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gift step 1

Step 1: Attach 8-10 pencils to the double sided tape.

Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gift step 2

Step 2: Attach the pencils to the vase. If the tape won’t hold the pencils, use a few glue dots or the glue gun. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the vase is covered.

Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gift step 4

Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gift step 3

Step 3: Cut a length of ribbon that is 1 1/2 times the width of the vase. Fold the ribbon in half and cut a square of the double sided tape. This will help the ribbon to not slip. The middle of the ribbon should go in middle of the back of the vase.

Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gift

Step 4: Tie your ribbon.

Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gift pin

Now you are ready to fill your colored pencil vase with flowers and give to your favorite teacher!

About Kelly

Kelly is a wife, mom of 5 (2 are furry), camera bug, tech lover, gadget grabber, travel enthusiast, music aficionado and TV junkie. Her goal is to share with you recipes, DIY ideas and crafts that are fun, easy to make and won’t break the bank.


  1. Cute idea, love it! Always looking for something different for teacher gifts and I really like that my child can be involved in creating this one, too.

  2. This is pretty vase idea! I love how easy it is to make, and it is sure to be appreciated by a teacher.

  3. This is such an adorable vase! I think my kids teachers would love it as well. I try to be involved with the kids school, but with one at home still, it can be difficult. Next year though! I plan to get highly involved.

  4. That is adorable and would be a colorful gift for any teacher. I am sure they would love it!

  5. Oh my goodness. I love this! This is perfect for my grandkid’s teachers. I love making gifts for people that are special in my life.

  6. This is a truly cute idea, and I love how you can still use the pencils!!!

  7. Julie Wood says:

    What a really nice way to appreciate the teachers in our lives by giving them a nice gift. I like your idea, it is so cute!

  8. sheila ressel says:

    That is so cute! I ‘m sure any teacher would be thrilled to receive it.

  9. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    What a beautiful idea! Perfect for any teacher!


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