DIY Back to School Décor: Pencil Vase with Cute Burlap Bow

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Today’s fun DIY back to school decor project is literally a pencil holder! Why? Because it’s actually made from pencils! Clever, right? Okay, so not JUST pencils, but still!  I’m not really the artsy crafty type. I love doing them, don’t get me wrong, I’m just not the best at it so I usually try and find the simplest stuff possible that looks hard. You know, to save face, because well, nobody likes to admit they stink at something as simple as crafting. Maybe it’s just my broken creative side, who knows. Either way, I’ve come up with a super easy and adorable piece of décor for back to school, like my crayon candy dish!

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Whether you’re a teacher or a parent wanting to get their kids back into the school mindset, this vase will take you no more than 30 minutes to create and would be fun to maybe do with the kids, if you have time!

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Easy Back to School Decor: Pencil Vase with Burlap Bow

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Supplies

Directions:

1. Begin by making sure your face is clean on the outside for a better sticking surface.

2. Next, heat up your glue gun and begin putting lines of glue, one at a time, on the pencils. I alternated a #2 pencil and then a colored pencil and continued that until the vase was covered.

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3. Make sure and decorate the vase with it standing straight up and down. This will help you get the pencils on straighter. If they’re not on straight enough, you will end up with a big gap at the end.

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4. Once all your pencils are attached to the vase, take your piece of burlap and fold it twice, as shown in the photo.

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5. Then, pinch the burlap in the middle and tie it with the piece of string to make a bow.

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6. Glue the bow to the outside of the vase in the desired spot.

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DIY Back to School Décor: Pencil Vase with Cute Burlap Bow
Ingredients
  • 1 Package 24 Count Colored Pencils
  • 1 Package 20 Count #2 Pencils
  • Glue Gun
  • 3 Glue Sticks
  • 1 Vase grab one at the Dollar Store
  • 6- Inch Piece of Burlap
  • Piece of String
Instructions
  1. Begin by making sure your face is clean on the outside for a better sticking surface.
  2. Next, heat up your glue gun and begin putting lines of glue, one at a time, on the pencils. I alternated a #2 pencil and then a colored pencil and continued that until the vase was covered.
  3. Make sure and decorate the vase with it standing straight up and down. This will help you get the pencils on straighter. If they’re not on straight enough, you will end up with a big gap at the end.
  4. Once all your pencils are attached to the vase, take your piece of burlap and fold it twice, as shown in the photo.
  5. Then, pinch the burlap in the middle and tie it with the piece of string to make a bow.
  6. Glue the bow to the outside of the vase in the desired spot.

Looking for more fun back to school decor crafts? Check out these great DIY bulletin boards to help get you organized! If you have too many pencils or crayons to fit into this craft, try making our personalized pencil holder can for the extras! Happy crafting!

Do you have any favorite back to school crafts? Share in the comments!

26 thoughts on “DIY Back to School Décor: Pencil Vase with Cute Burlap Bow”


  1. What a clever idea. The best part is the easy instructions for making the burlap bow. We always have a lot of pencils, pens, and crayons hanging around. A creative holder will make it easier to figure out where they can be found.

  2. What an adorable idea! I think its great making these types of things for back to school. my kids love it too, gets them excited for school! This one looks like fun!

  3. What a cute craft and a great way to get kids involved in the back to school mode! I love the idea of having them create their own which they can keep at their homework station!

  4. This is a great idea and perfect for the office or as a gift to teachers! I really like how easy it is to make so you don’t have to give it much time! Thanks for the easy instructions!


  5. The Back to School Decor Pencil Vase looks like a lot of fun to make. It’s super cute and colorful. Just this weekend the kids made DIY playdoh without any help from adults. I was very impressed.

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