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Thursday, May 5, 2011

{4x4 block pencil holder} teacher appreciation gift

You all know how much I love a 4x4 post! I cut one into blocks, and created this really fun, really simple idea that's just perfect for teacher appreciation gift.


* 4x4 post, cut into perfectly square blocks (measure first)
*spray paint
* scrapbook paper
* mod podge
* cardstock
* ribbon
* #2 pencils
* distress ink


1. Cut your post into however many blocks you need. MEASURE first. Even though it's called a 4x4 post, the sides aren't exactly 4 inches--they are usually about a half an inch smaller. Home Depot will always cut these for you, and other stores might also offer this service.

2. Spray paint your blocks. Let dry completely.

3.  Drill six holes (two rows of three) in the top of your block--one of the rough sides.  If you have a drill press, use it.  Otherwise, use your normal drill fit with a bit to make the size of holes you need.

4. Cut desired scrapbook paper to fit four sides of your block--the smooth sides.  Mod podge the paper to the block.  I always use a foam brush, and apply the mod podge to the wood first--then lay the dry paper on top and add another light coat of mod podge.  Let dry completely.

4.  Sand all the edges of the block, and really smooth out the top where the holes are.  Wipe off the extra dust.

5.  Print desired text, distress all the edges, mat onto cardstock, then use double stick tape to adhere to the block.  Tie ribbon around the bottom of the block, and insert your pencils!

Another fun idea?  How about for Father's Day?  You could use pictures on some or all of the sides, using the scrapbook paper to mat them.  It would be perfect for a home or work office!


(Just right click on the image, select save as, then browse for desired folder.  Insert into Word (or similar), re-size, and print onto cardstock!) Fonts are:  century gothic, gentle redhead, and ms to try a bon?)



Blogger Amanda said...

This is great, my boys aren't at school yet but I might just make one for the home, it's ridiculous that there is never a pen or pencil around when you need one, with this cutie I'll know exactly where to to find 'em!

Thanks for sharing another great tutorial.

May 5, 2011 at 5:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is priceless,

May 5, 2011 at 6:28 AM  
Blogger Shirley said...

What a great idea! And as a teacher i would be more than happy to receive this :)

May 5, 2011 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger Country Mouse said...

Wow..what a simple but awesome project. I'm saving to make later!!! And THANK YOU for the print out!!!! That makes easier too! Thank you so much for sharing, love your project!!! :)

May 5, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Lei said...

The blog looks wonderful! And I love this idea with the pencils. Super cute.

May 5, 2011 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

aww what a cute idea!! i have a lot of teachers who would love this. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

May 5, 2011 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger lynn said...

this is the cutest!

May 5, 2011 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Danielle Riley said...

What a great idea.... and a super way to end teacher appreciation week! So creative :o)

May 5, 2011 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Thanks for sharing! I love the idea....

May 5, 2011 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger {autie} said...

you're a genius! love that idea!

May 5, 2011 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger jen said...

Oh my gosh this is SO cute! One of many projects on my list of things to do, I can't wait to make some for my kids teachers. Just getting started blogging myself check me out at


May 7, 2011 at 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So cute!! I homeschool, but my bff is a federal probation officer who LOVEs pencils.... I could right # 1 friend. :)

May 9, 2011 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Auntie Lolo said...

This is genius! I love it, so cute and practical! I featured it today on my blog



May 10, 2011 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger Kelly Tillotson said...

going to make this for my husband for fathers day, super cute idea--i shared it on facebook!

May 11, 2011 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I LOVE this!! At school yesterday one of my first graders gave me an open tea bag and shoved it into my nose for me to smell it (which he probably did with everyone he walked by in the hall) AND . . . this is a good one . . . a DEAD ladybug!! I think this would be a much better gift!

Sarah from The House That Ag Built

May 14, 2011 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger hope said...

ok, i LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!

May 16, 2011 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Carmella said...

What a beautiful idea for a gift! I can't believe I am just now finding your wonderful blog, I am so happy to be your newest follower!

May 22, 2011 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger My Magic Mom said...

Cute! I will have to keep this idea in mind for next year!

May 28, 2011 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Godelieve said...

Super idea! Thanks!

May 30, 2011 at 3:23 AM  
Blogger Creative Army Wife said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful idea! My hubby is about to deploy again and I made one with my two boys that says "Letters for Daddy". Now on to make ones for the teachers this coming year.

June 23, 2011 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Kim @ seven thirty three said...

Love this idea Kierste! I included it in my top 23 Fav Teacher Gift Tutorials round-up!

August 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM  

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