DIY Pencil Holder

DIY Pencil Holder

Summer is right around the corner! And what does that mean? School is coming to an end for another year. Why not do something special for your child’s teacher this year and let your child create an awesome gift to give to them on the last day of school?

This pencil holder is not only easy to make but versatile as well. You can easily exchange the craft sticks for pencils, crayons, etc. Whatever you have extras of at home. And the holder doesn’t have to just be for pencils! You can even include a little treat or a gift card for your child’s special teacher.

While we were making this craft together my son worked on his colors, letters, and sorting! So not only was it fun to make, it was educational too! What teacher wouldn’t love to hear that?

DIY Pencil Holders

What you’ll need:

  • can, label removed (soup or vegetable works great)
  • popsicle or craft sticks
  • markers
  • glue
  • scrap paper
  • ribbon
  • stamps & ink (optional)
DIY Pencil Holder supplies

What you do:

1. Let your child color the craft sticks. This is a great time to work on colors and sorting. Ask them to create a rainbow with the colors.

DIY Pencil Holder coloring

2. Line up sticks in the order you want to place them on the can. You can have your child choose this or ask them to follow a pattern you set out.

DIY Pencil Holder colored craft sticks

3. Add a thin line of glue to the non-color side of a stick and let your child attach to the can. Make sure to line up the bottom of the stick with the bottom of the can. There should be some overlap at the top.

DIY Pencil Holder glue sticks onto can

4. Repeat with the other sticks until the can is completely covered. We used 5 sticks in 5 different colors for a total of 25 sticks in all for our soup can.

DIY Pencil Holder place sticks on can

5. Let the glue dry as you prepare your message or note for your teacher.

DIY Pencil Holder let glue dry

6. Stamp or write out a fun message on some cardstock for your teacher! We used “Thanks for keeping us sharp” as a pun on pencils and learning. You can simply leave a sentimental message or another fun pun you find elsewhere.

DIY Pencil Holder stamp message

7. Once your message is stamped out, cut it out with scissors. You can use craft scissors with fun edges if you want to give it a different look.

DIY Pencil Holder cut out message

8. Layer your message on top of another piece of cardstock in another color.

DIY Pencil Holder layer message onto paper

9. Take the ribbon and measure out a piece that will wrap around the can.

DIY Pencil Holder glue ribbon

10. Secure ribbon to the middle of the can with a bit of glue.

DIY Pencil Holder wrap ribbon around sticks

11. Glue the message onto the can in the middle of the ribbon. Add some rubber bands to keep it together as it dries.

DIY Pencil Holder use rubberbands to hold until dry

12. Take off the rubber bands and gift your awesome pencil holder to your favorite teacher! Don’t forget to fill it up with some fun goodies.

DIY Pencil Holder finished

How are you preparing for Summer?

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  1. Oh wow. What a really great idea.

  2. Fun! My son would love making one of these pencil holders. 🙂

  3. You always have the cutest ideas! I love this and it’s simple enough that my kids could essentially do on their own! Fabulous!

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