Easy Back to School Pencil Vase Craft or Pencil Pencil Holder {Giggle}

Today we are doing a traditional craft using No. 2 pencils, colored pencils or crayons. Craft a pencil holder or pencil vase. This pencil vase craft is great for kids of all ages. Younger kids will need some help using the hot glue gun required.

My kids made this Back to School Pencil Vase Craft for their teachers this year.

Isn’t it so cool?!

With back to school supplies on sale at stores, right now is the perfect time to purchase the main item for this back to school craft–pencils, colored pencils or crayons!

Let’s make a pencil vase or pencil holder!

Better yet, your kid’s teacher is going to really appreciate this vase towards the end of the school year when no one can find pencils…just pop one off and that student is ready to learn.

This craft goes really well with our cute Back to School Felt Heart Pencil Toppers?

Back to School Pencil Vase Craft

This Back to School Pencil Vase Craft would be great to fill with pretty silk flowers, but candies, gift cards, or other treats would be equally nice.

You’ll want to use adult supervision with younger kids for this craft, because a hot glue gun is involved.

My elementary school age child did well with this craft and enjoyed the precision involved in adding the pencils with a glue gun.

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pencil holder- supplies needed to make the pencil pencil holder include pencils, can, glue and glue gun and then whatever you will put in the pencil vase
This is what you will need to make this pencil vase.

Supplies Needed


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Step 1

First, hold a pencil perpendicular against the tin can so you can see where you need to put the glue on the pencil.

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Mark with a pencil or marker if you need to. Eraser goes towards towards the bottom, if your pencils have erasers.

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Step 2

Next, run a bead of glue along one edge of a pencil in a straight line.

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Step 3

Immediately press against the tin can. Press for a few seconds. 

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Step 4

Repeat with the remaining pencils.

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Step 5

Fill with flowers or your teacher’s favorite treats.

I’m hoping this Back to School Pencil Vase Craft helps get our school year off to a great start!

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how to make a pencil holder or pencil vase

This classic pencil craft uses school supplies like No. 2 Pencils, colored pencils or crayons to craft a pencil holder or vase. Kids of all ages will love making this and giving it as a gift or using it at home for their school supplies.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $5


  • 15-20 No. 2 pencils with erasers
  • 1 clean and dry tin can (sand any sharp edges)
  • Something to fill the pencil vase craft with (silk flowers, candies, treats, gift cards, etc)


  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks


  1. Clean out the tin can you are using and make sure to sand down any rough or sharp edges.
  2. Mark a perpendicular line on the can as a guide to make sure you glue the pencils on straight.
  3. Run a bead of glue along a pencil.
  4. Push the pencil onto the outer surface of the tin can for a few seconds until secure.
  5. Repeat until you have the tin can surface covered.
  6. Add whatever goodies you want to put inside.

Have extra pencils left over? Check out this fun pencil picture frame craft to hold your first day of school picture.

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