Craft: How to Make a Washi Tape Pencil Holder


Back-to-school is right around the corner and I've been thinking about creative gifts to give my son's teachers on the first day of school. I recently made a school supply cake for his teacher but wanted to make a gift for the teacher's aides as well. Since the aides help the students with classwork as well as grading, I thought I would make a washi tape pencil holder with glue sticks added on.

It's a little different than the usual recycled can pencil holder because I've added re-positional glue sticks to the outside. This way if a student is in need of a glue stick, they can borrow one and return it when they're finished with it.

How to Make a Washi Tape Pencil Holder


  • A tin can
  • Washi tape
  • Glue sticks
  • A rubber band
  • Ribbon (I used burlap ribbon found at Walmart for $1.97)


Start by wrapping the can with washi tape. The washi tape I used is by SMASH and is available at most craft stores. If you don't have washi tape on hand, you could use scrapbook paper or paint to cover the can.

Once you have the can covered, add a strip of foam tape around the center of the can. This will help hold the glue sticks in place. Adhere the glue sticks to the foam tape. My can required 14 glue sticks to completely cover. For added security, add a rubber band around the glue sticks then finish it off by tying a ribbon around the glue sticks.

This project took maybe 15 minutes to complete and it's the perfect teacher gift that the kids can help make!


What are some of your favorite go-to gifts to give your child's school teacher?

Crystal is the wife, mother, and creative blogger behind A Pumpkin & A Princess. Living a creative lifestyle is her passion and she enjoys inspiring others to create on a budget. On her site, you will find a variety of craft/DIY project tutorials, recipes, and fun activities for kids. Keep up with new project tutorials by subscribing to A Pumpkin & A Princess. You can also connect with Crystal on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


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