Pencil Cup: Back to School Teacher Gift

Brighten your new teacher’s first day of school with this colorful pencil cup! This back to school gift is quick, easy and inexpensive to make, and is sure to be a hit with teachers!

You can make this cup using colored pencils or crayons; either way, it makes an adorable and unique (not to mention useful) gift for children to give their new teacher at the beginning of the school year. You can even fill it with pens, pencils, or other supplies that teachers use!


This is really a simple project; start by choosing either colored pencils or crayons to create the cup. You’ll need a can – the size of the can depends on whether you use crayons or colored pencils.

For the colored pencils cup, I used a tall 28 ounce can (from baked beans; spaghetti sauce also comes in cans this size). Using this size can, I needed 4 boxes of colored pencils (each box contained 12 pencils) to cover the circumference of the can.

Alternatively, for the crayon cup, I used a short 16 ounce can (also from baked beans). Using this can, I used 2 boxes of crayons (each box contained 24 crayons, and I had a few left over).

After you have your can selected, open it, pour out the contents, peel off the label, and wash and dry the can well.

Next, line up the crayons or colored pencils according to the color spectrum, and begin hot gluing them to the can, working around until the can is covered. You can tie a brightly colored ribbon around it, or jest leave it as it is. You may even want to fill the can with candies, pens, pencils, or other supplies for the teacher.

Voila! You have a unique, handmade gift that teacher will love to use!








  1. Cindy Spear says:

    What a cute idea, Jacki! I’m going to have to do this for myself and have Jacob make one for his new 2nd grade teacher.


  2. Yolanda Langston says:

    I love this idea, I was on the web looking for ideas for my 1st grader to give to his teacher for Christmas and this was awesome.
    Thanks for this creative idea,. I love it. I will be filling it up with Hershey’s Kisses and pencils for the teacher.
    Love it!!!!

  3. Brandie Ball says:

    I love this idea! I’m trying to make it but I cannot find a can small enough for the crayons. I chose a can that was 14.5 ounces but it’s too tall. Is there a specific brand of canned good to use that is shorter than most?

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