Thursday, May 23, 2013

Upcycled Pencil Jar for Teacher

How is it already time for end of year teacher gifts?   I don't know about you, but my kids have some of the most caring, considerate teachers and I try to give them something handmade along with a gift card each year to show our thanks.  Over the next week or so, I'll share some favorites I've created.

These pencil jars make a wonderful keepsake gift that is pretty, usable AND eco-friendly! 

Any glass bottle with a pretty shape will work.  First,  I wash and sanitize the bottle with a little bleach and water and let it dry.  Then it's time to start altering! 

For the coordinating pencils, I used to cover them with paper but found washi/paper tape adheres better and makes sharpening the pencils easier. 

Materials used:
Glass coffee bottle
#2 pencils
Thin chipboard
Chalkboard paint
Coordinating scrapbook paper
Stampin' Up Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Tombo Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Michaels paper tape
Assorted embellishments

I love how the Chalkboard tags turned out, which is your favorite?


  1. You know I love these,right?! Your work is just so darling, Kimberly... I saw this project on FB but wanted to pop over here for another look-see. Great idea and perfect way to reuse those fun jars that we toss in the recycling bin!

  2. Hey girl, I think these are one of my favorites too! I am trying to reuse as much as I can in my crafting...keeps me from adding to the stash LOL! Thanks for stopping in, I ALWAYS enjoy your visits!


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