As your kids head back to school, arm them with a gift for the teacher. No, I don’t mean a bright shiny apple. Present the teacher with a special pencil holder that he or she can use everyday. This project is made using a small coffee can. The sides of traditional coffee cans are now made of smooth cardboard instead of steel. The smooth sides will allow you to write on them without the obstacle of a steel can’s grooved lines.
Things You Will Need:
Small coffee can
Black acrylic paint
1 1/4-inch-wide red and white checked ribbon
White paint pen
White craft paint
2 Popsicle sticks
Yellow acrylic paint
Silver acrylic paint
Red acrylic paint
Remove the label from a small coffee can and clean out the inside. Paint the outside surface of the can using black acrylic paint. Repeat with additional coats until complete coverage has been achieved. Allow the paint to dry.
Cut a 21-inch length of 1 1/4-inch-wide red and white checked ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the coffee can, just below the top rim. Tie the ends into a knot. Trim the ends.
Below the ribbon, doodle the ABCs, a simple math problem and a star on the front of the can using a white paint pen. Dip the blunt end of a wooden skewer into white acrylic paint. Dot the ends of all the doodled elements. Allow the paint to dry.
What says “back to school” more than pencils? Cut a point on one end of two Popsicle sticks using a craft knife and a cutting board. This will be the sharpened end of the pencil. Measure 1/4 inch down from the other end of each stick and trace a line across the width. Measure another 1/4 inch and trace another line.
Including the edges, paint from the second traced line to the point with yellow acrylic paint. Paint the first section above the yellow with silver acrylic paint. Paint the end section using red acrylic paint. Paint 1/8-inch on the cut tip using black acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry. Lightly sand the painted pencils.
Form the painted stick pencils into an “X” shape with the ends separated approximately 1 inch. Apply craft glue between the pencils at the intersection. Allow the glue to dry.
Lay the back-to-school can on your work surface with the front facing up. Apply craft glue to the knot of the tied ribbon. Position the intersection of the glued pencils over the knot. Allow the glue to dry.
To ensure your child has a head start at becoming “teacher’s pet”, before presenting the back-to-school pencil holder to the teacher, fill it with an assortment of candies. 😉
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