Easy Pencil Vase Craft Perfect for Back to School

Today we are making a pencil vase 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. This works well as a craft at home or in the classroom.

Let’s make a pencil vase or pencil holder!

DIY Pencil Vase

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

Related: Make these cute pencil toppers

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.

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Back to School Pencil Vase Craft

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.

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 to Make Pencil Vase Craft

Directions for DIY Pencil Vase

Step 1 - pencil vase craft
This is how to start our pencil vase craft.

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.

step 2 a - pencil holder 8
Arrange the pencils on the tin can in an organized manner.

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

step 2 b - pencil vase craft
Use hot glue (may need supervision) when needed.

Step 2

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

step 3 - pencil vase craft
As you add pencils, you will see how it will look in the end!

Step 3

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

step 4 - pencil vase craft
I love the rainbow colors of using colored pencils for a pencil vase craft.

Step 4

Repeat with the remaining pencils.

finished pencil holder craft
Fill you finished pencil vase with goodies!

Finished Pencil Vase Craft

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!

Yield: 1

Pencil Holder

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.

pencil holder how to steps and finished vase craft shown in collage
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How did your pencil vase craft turn out?

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