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Meet the Teacher Gift

I can’t believe summer is over and I’m going to have a 2nd grader!  I don’t know where the time went.  Yesterday was our open house at school and we got to go in and see his classroom and meet his new teacher.  It’s become a tradition since he started pre-school that when we meet his new teacher, we bring her flowers.  In my opinion, it’s never too early to teach him how to be a gentleman and I think it’s  a sweet gesture to bring flowers to a girl when you first meet her! (hopefully this will carry over as he grows up!)  Anyway, I’ve been making these pencil vases for the last 4 years and I always get tons of compliments on them.  They are super easy to make and cheap too! So I thought I would share a little how to on making these and don’t worry even if your not super crafty this is a very easy project.
First, I bought all my supplies from my local dollar tree.  I love this vase as it is the perfect shape and size and for a buck you can’t beat it!!   I could have probably made this cheaper than the $4 it cost to make if I took advantage of all those penny pencil deals over the summer but I didn’t …….maybe I’ll remember next year. I bought the vase and 3 boxes of pencils.  The ribbon (also from Dollar Tree is from 2 years ago).  The rubber band I also had.
Step 1 place the rubber band around the vase.
Step 2:  Start adding the pencils behind the rubber band a few at a time.  You could glue them,  but I don’t.  I like to do it this way so when the flowers are die, the vase and pencils can be used  alone or it can be kept together. 
Don’t you just love the winter hat and it’s only 89 degrees out!
When all the pencils are on it should look like this:
Step 3: Next take a piece of the ribbon and wrap it all the way around to cover the rubber band.  Use a little glue to glue the end on. 
Step 4:  Cut another piece of ribbon long enough to tie a bow around the middle.
Step 5: Add some fresh flowers and you have an adorable gift for Back to School or Teacher Appreciation Week!
Have a great day!!
Dawnn