Saturday, July 13, 2013

Pencil Dispenser

Lookie what I found!!!

While I love the idea of having a straw dispenser in my kitchen (I LOVE straws), I decided to turn this into a pencil dispenser instead.

At school, when a student has a birthday, they bring treats.  If they have any extra they get to take them around the school and gift them to other teachers.  Traditionally, those teachers hand out "birthday pencils".

Last year, I had some really cool and fun pencils for the kids to choose from.  Unfortunately, this meant that they were back at my desk looking and deciding for quite some time.  If I didn't have class, this wasn't an issue.  If I did, it tended to disrupt the class because the kiddos were all craning their necks, trying to see into my birthday pencil box. 

This year I am going to load up all the pencils into this handy straw dispenser and the birthday child will get to dispense one.  That's their pencil!

Of course, I needed to make it a bit more fun.  I used my sizzix to cut out some vinyl letters and shapes.

That's better!

Note:  Vinyl is crazy expensive at the craft store and you get one color in more than you need.  Try looking online at or  There are oodles of people out there that will sell you a variety of colors in smaller sizes (think 8x11 or 12x12) for about the price it would cost you to buy two rolls at Joann's.

If you read my other blog,  Teach the Bits and Bytes, you will find this project on there.  I just had to share!!!

If I do it again:

I will have to WD40 the mechanism inside before I load it up with pencils, I think.   It sticks a tiny bit.  I should have tested it before I put the stickers on it!

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