Pencil Desk Caddies

Pencil Desk Caddies

These two pencil holders make great gifts for teachers. They can be used to not only hold pens, pencils, and desk supplies, but they can also be used as vases, to brighten any teacher’s day.

What you need

Materials for the round pencil holder:

A recycled water bottle
31 unsharpened pencils
Tacky glue
Rubber bands

Materials for the square pencil holder:

A recycled quart milk container
40 pre-sharpened colored pencils


First, carefully cut the top off of the water bottle. This will leave you with a bottle that is about five inches tall.  It’s easiest to work in small sections when applying the pencils to the outside of the water bottle, letting the glue dry before completing another section.

Start by applying glue from the top of the water bottle to the bottom on a section about 2 or 3 inches wide.

Hold pencils against the glued area, making sure the bottoms are flat against your work surface. Use rubber bands to hold the pencils in place.

Let the glue dry.

Repeat these steps, working on small sections and letting the glue dry before beginning another section, until the entire bottle is covered.

Perfect for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gifts as they are affordable and easy for children to make.


  1. Perfect! This is the perfect gift for graduation

  2. Love this! I am going to make this with with used pencils (worn erasers, smaller pencils) since I am always looking for a way to reuse materials in a creative way. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. i luv the idea!,and take it from me im a kid!lol!

  4. Wow!! this would be a great present for my teacher! thanks!

  5. This a super cute idea for teachers

  6. awesome

  7. Thanks for putting this up! I glued some colored pencils (er, well, I should say I made my mom glue them) to a glass vase, put some carnations in them, and gave them to my favorite teacher for Teacher Appreciation week. She loved it! She put it in the center of the back table and its so cool to look over and know I made it. Thanks again!

  8. i love it

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