Back to School Teacher Gift

The first day of school is always so exciting! I mean, what’s not to love…brand new school supplies, cute new clothes and shoes, and getting to meet your teacher for the first time.

This year, why not bring your kids’ new teacher a fun gift at the beginning of the school year? A bouquet of flower pencils is a fun and unique teacher gift idea that she will love! This DIY project is quick and easy to put together, and will look adorable decorating the teacher’s desk throughout the school year.

a back to school teacher gift idea to give on the first day of school.

I found this idea on Pinterest and thought it was the cutest thing ever! (What did we all do in the days before Pinterest??) This project was originally done by Amy at The Happy Scraps. Go check out her blog…EVERYTHING on there is fabulous!

Of course, this doesn’t just have to be a back to school gift. It can also be given during teacher appreciation week, or for teacher’s birthday, or just as something to brighten her day during a hard week of testing.

This gift is a cinch to make and if you’re like me, you may already have many of the supplies in your craft stash.  Here’s how I did it.

How to Make a Flower Pencil Bouquet for Teacher

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Make a Pencil Flower Bouquet Teacher Gift

  1. Gather your craft supplies

    You’ll need:
    Pretty flower pot that I got on clearance at Michael’s for $.99 (Amy used a metal pail, but I couldn’t find any pretty ones at my store)

    Block of foam to fit inside your container

    #2 yellow pencils (on sale for $.25/pack at back to school sales time in late July and August)

    Scrap paper in various colors

    Easter grass or shredded paper


    Cricut with the George and Basic Shapes cartridge, or you can use a flower punch, or hand cut paper flowers with a hole punched through the center
    pink flower pot, craft grass, and pencils with paper flower attached to the eraser end.

  2. Making the paper flowers

    To begin, I cut out some flower shapes using the George cartridge on my Cricut.  After a bit of experimentation, I discovered that a 2″ flower worked best.  It was the perfect size to fit over the eraser of the pencil.

    If you don’t have one of these machines, you may be able to find pre-cut paper flowers at the craft store or just hand cut (or have your child hand cut) some flower shapes from the paper. You’ll just want to punch (or cut) a hole in the center that is big enough to fit over the pencil’s eraser.young girl holding a pencil with a paper flower attached to it.

  3. Assembling the flower pot and pencil flowers

    Next, you want to cover the foam with the grass, and then insert the pencils into the foam to resemble a bunch of flowers.  My daughter helped me get the pencils arranged….it was a bit tough, but she was still able to do it!

  4. Finishing up the project

    Lastly, we tied a ribbon around the pencils.  I tried to tie it around the center of the pencils, but it kept sliding down, so I went ahead and tied the bow at the bottom.  It still turned out nice 🙂finished pencil flower bouquet displayed on a table.

We have our back-to-school open house in a few days and I can’t wait to see how the teacher reacts when my daughter give it to her 🙂

If you want some more back-to-school craft ideas, try this fun project you can do with the cheap composition books that are available during the back-to-school sales.

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17 thoughts on “Back to School Teacher Gift”

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    Danielle@ Cozycakes Cottage

    Adorable, Erin (just like your girlie)! I need to start making things I pin more often. I’ve missed posts like these and your activities…yay! I think I’ll start the MSM project next week…will you be starting then, too? (sneaky: need your motivation!lol)

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      Awww, thanks! I’ve been semi-following MSM over the past 2 weeks, just not writing about it. Maybe I should do a summary? I don’t know if it’s that exciting…

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      Hi Caro, thanks for stopping by!

      In the post I mention that I used my Cricut paper cutter to cut the flowers. You could also use a flower-shaped paper punch or cut them by hand if you don’t have a Cricut.

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    I love this project! I bet teachers would love a pretty bouquet of pencil flowers! Thanks for linking up to the Ultimate Pinterest Party this past week. I will be featuring your post at this weeks party that goes live on Friday! Can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

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