Back To School Teacher Gift

The first week of school is always so hectic. I know for me it is. So I decided to wait until the second week before we gave my kids’ teachers their back to school gifts.

We made them these cute pencil holders. They were really easy and didn’t cosy much at all.

What you’ll need:
* empty can
* pencils (our took 34 pencils each)
* ribbon
* hot glue gun
* cardstock for the bus

Start gluing the pencils onto the can. I did this step myself since I only have a HOT glue gun. It’s not a low temp one. And I’m bad enough. I don’t need my kids burning themselves. I’m like the shop teacher that’s missing some fingers. I’m the crafter with constant hot glue gun burns on my fingers. But my daughter did hand me the pencils as I needed them.

Then I got out my Cricut. It was like reuniting with an old friend. I haven’t used it since December and oh how I’ve missed that baby!

I used my Stretch Your Imagination cartridge and cut out a cute school bus. You could do an apple or anything school related. I chose the bus.
My kids also helped with this step. They pushed all the buttons on the machine and were great helpers!
We tied a bow around the pencil holder and glued it on.

Then we glued the bus to the end of the ruler.

And there you have it. Very cute pencil holders for the teacher’s desks. We hope they like them!

And I couldn’t let the year start without posting a picture of my kids on their first day of school. My son started 2nd grade and my daughter started kindergarten. Aren’t they just the sweetest faces ever?!?!

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  1. This whole post is just so cute! I love the back to school gift for the teachers and you kids are just adorable! What a lucky mom you are.

    Thanks for linking to Messy Monday!

  2. Cute idea! I hope they like them. 🙂

  3. This is such a neat idea. I bet the teachers are so excited to have a really involved mom like you :)!

  4. Great idea! Any teacher would love this. Your kids are so cute, great picture of them:)

  5. Love this idea! I have a glass jar I’m going to try this with for a future gift. :O)
    P.s. Add the ‘Texas State Fair’ to your list of things to do in your lifetime. The one drawback is it happens in the fall, but it’s so worth the trip, I’ve been to fairs all over the country, and….I can even really wrap my words around the experience, or the corn dogs. They were supposedly invented here, and to honor that, we have a ‘fried food’ contest yearly. Fried beer, fried margaritta, and fried chili pie this year were in the running (just to name a few).

  6. This is such a cute idea! My kids love pushing the buttons on my Cricut too! (They push my buttons once and a while, but that’s another story!)
    Also, I gave you an award on my blog – hope you’ll check it out!
    Ashley @ No Apologies!

  7. What an awesome idea. As a former teacher I would have loved this. Love your machine- wish I had one.

  8. These are super cute!
    REally Love the pencils wrapped around the can! Nice flower holder, too!

  9. So so CUTE Erin! What a great teacher gift! I’m sure it was well received. 🙂

  10. These are incredibly cute! As a teacher myself, I would LOVE if my students brought me one of these 🙂

  11. Erin, this is adorable, and you crack me up with your missing fingers, and burn stories. Too funny, he he. Thanks SOOOO much for your support, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!!!

  12. what a great idea! totally reminds me of you’ve got mail (bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils!) stopping over from someday crafts.

  13. Lov’n it! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  14. What a great teacher gift!
    and…I just got a cricket and I’m sooo excited!
    Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  15. What a wonderful idea! (:

  16. You should repost for teacher appreciation….great idea!!!!