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Pencil Cup with a Gift Card | Crafty School Supplies

Pencil Cup with a Gift Card

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

So many teachers spend their own money to buy classroom supplies, and those costs really add up. This thoughtful gift offers a little financial aid - and new pens and pencils too. They're presented with a keepsake desk accessory that's really fun to create.


  • Empty, clean 28-ounce can
  • 12- by 18-inch sheet of construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Small piece of white paper
  • Colored markers
  • Glue stick
  • Color copy of a class photo
  • Colored plastic or craft tape
  • 15-inch length of 20-gauge wire
  • Gift card from an office supply store


Carefully remove the can's label. Use it as a template to trace a rectangle on the construction paper. Cut out the rectangle, leaving some extra length to use as overlap.

Cut out a small rectangle of white paper, write your message for the garden sign with marker, and glue it near the center of the paper strip.

Cut out the faces from the class photo and use the glue stick to adhere them to the paper strip in a random pattern. With colored markers, draw a flower around each face, then add stems and leaves. Wrap the decorated paper strip around the can so that it overlaps, affixing the ends with glue stick.

Cover the top and bottom rims of the can with the colored tape, folding over the edges so they're hidden inside or under the can.

Shape the wire into a spiral. Cut a 3- by 5-inch piece of construction paper. Wrap it around the gift card and secure it with the glue stick. Affix a cutout drawing or sticker to the seam. Place the wrapped card into the spiral holder and put it in the can with the pens and pencils.