Teacher appreciation week is coming up! It is time to acknowledge and appreciate all the hard work that the teachers put in to help our littles grow and thrive. Being a mom of a Kindergartener and a toddler, I always wonder how the teachers keep their calm and patience! I love my kids to pieces but I can’t imagine being surrounded by 20+ of those kids all day!
I see a lot of kids bring in candy and chocolates and flowers for the teachers. I am not a big fan of any of these because it one- who need more candy? and two – I prefer gifts that last a long time and give something to the teacher to remember you by!
A pencil holder is always a great option and a teacher can never have enough! A loved the idea of a ruler pencil holder. Here is one example where they use an empty can. Now I couldn’t make it that way because we rarely use canned food and so I don’t have cans that I could use. I came up with an alternative way to make this. It not only helped use up a bunch of my scraps, I really like the chunky look of it! It only took me about 30 minutes to make 4 of these and the price was about $3 each since the only thing I had to buy was the rulers.
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Materials needed for DIY Ruler Pencil Holder
- Scrap wood – I used 1″ x 6″ scraps.
- 8 Wood rulers – just the cheapest basic ones
- Hardboard or 1/2″ Plywood – for the bottom.
- Wood Glue
- Miter Saw or Miter Box with saw
- Countersink bit
- 1 1/4″ wood screws
- Sanding block or detail sander.
- Finish nails or brad nailer.
How to make the DIY Ruler Pencil Holder
Step 1: Make cuts as per below –
- 2 pieces @ 4″
- 2 pieces @ 2.5″
Step 2: Make the box by attaching sides using wood glue and countersink screws. Here is a schematic of how to join them. The red arrows is where the screws go – 2 on each side.
Tie a pretty ribbon around it and it is ready to go! Since the lumber is 3/4″ thick, there was enough space for me to use a Sharpie and write a short message with my daughter’s name. It is a great gift for the teacher to remember her by!
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