DIY Teacher Gift Pencil Holder

DIY Pencil Holder Teachers Gift + Back To School Clip Art

DIY Teachers Gift That is Awesome!

Looking for a great teachers gift that won’t cost you a fortune?   If you ask, kids and teachers will tell you that the most coveted item at school is a pencil.   Pencils so are easy to lose and often fall victim to pencil fighting or the sharpener.  Before you know it all of the pencils have vanished.  Below are some photos from the crafty ladies at Anders Ruff, along with a list of things you need to make this cute pencil holder.


Supplies You’ll Need:

  1. Pencils the more the merrier :)
  2. Upcycled & cleaned food or soup cans
  3. Full sheet labels (cut them down to fit the can)
  4. Scissors
  5. Ruler

This is what you’ll make!

pencil holder teacher gift


"Teacher" Pencil Labels

Perfect Teacher Gift Pencil Holder

Be sure to check out the Anders Ruff Blog here for the full tutorial and free printables labels.

Fun royalty free back to school clip art

Clip Art Apples

Apple Clip Art


Pencil Clip Art



Chalkboard Clip Art

Chalkboard Clip Art


Random School Related Clip Art

student reading clip art


Browse our entire collection of royalty free clipart here.  Have a wonderful school year!

make your own bleach shirt

Make A Bleach Spray T-Shirt – Fun DIY 5 Minute Project

Spray On Your T-Shirt Designs

Posted By: Matt Hamilton

Have you seen the bleach spray t-shirt craze that is sweeping the internet?  Our good pal Angie Holden at The Country Chic Cottage  put together a great step by step guide to show you how to make a bleach shirt in 5 minutes with a couple of household items.

The idea came to her when she couldn’t find a use for some leftover triangle labels so rather than waste labels she upcycled them and put together a cool geometric pattern on a blue shirt.

bleach-spray-shirt-in minutes

Make Stencils With Labels

Pick a label from our standard label size list or use a full sheet label and cut with scissors. If you want to create a really elaborate design, use your Cricut or Silhouette machine.  Next peel the label from the sheet and stick it on the shirt to create a pattern, then spray the bleach.

stencils for bleach spray shirt

Supplies You’ll Need:

The supplies to make a bleach spray shirt are as follows.

Spray Bottle
Labels (for stencil design)



See full tutorial with resource links and more at The Country Chic Cottage blog.


blueberry peach jam recipe with jar labels

Delish Blueberry & Peach Jam Recipe + Free Labels

Jamming Through Summer – Recipe & Free Labels

Posted By: Matt Hamilton

Looking for a fun activity this summer that will prepare you for winter?  Our friend Lindsay at Love And Olive Oil made this amazing recipe for Blueberry & Peach Jam.   Lindsay is also really crafty so she included a free label printable design that she made for you to use on your jam.   These cute jam jars make great gifts or keep the jam for yourself, it will liven up your taste buds during the winter season.

Here is a look at the printable label design, just click on the image and you can download this printable for free!

blueberry peach jam labels printable


Get all the details including how she made the labels, where she purchased the jam jars and her special one of a kind jam recipe here.   Jam on!

7 Fun Facts About Teachers

7 Fun Facts About Teachers

(Photo credit: US Department of Education)

Posted by Kevin Chung

If you haven’t been following our #MakeEducationStick campaign, you should check out a few of the articles we released: 5 Creative Lesson Plans & Activities for the New School Year, Five Fun and Creative Classroom Organization Ideas, and How To Save On School Supplies – For Teachers. This time we are presenting 7 fun facts about teachers. Whether you are a teacher or know a teacher, we hope you enjoy these!

1. Teachers Have Been Hearing the Dog Ate My Homework Excuse Since 1905


Photo by rpavich

2. Teachers Have to Check Their Seat Before Sitting Down

3.  10 Famous People Who Used to be Teachers: Gene Simons, Alexander Graham Bell, Sting, Robert Frost, Lyndon Johnson, Art Garfunkel, John Adams, J.K. Rowling, Mr. T and Sylvester Stallone


Photo by Sezzles

4. Teachers Wish They Could Take a Red Pen to Facebook Posts


5. Teachers are One of the Few People Who’ve Used One of These


Photo from Amazon

6. Teachers are Very Familiar with Five Letters of the Alphabet

7. The Teachers on Pinterest Hub has 94k+ Followers

Screenshot of Teachers on Pinterest

If you enjoyed this article please share it with others! Let other teachers know how much we appreciate them.

Bonus Facts:

  • Number of Original Excuses Students Use for Not Having Their Homework (0)
  • Percentage of Students That Bring Apples for Their Teachers (0% because it’s 2014)
  • Percentage of Teachers That Do it For the Pay (0%)
  • Percentage of Teachers That are Underpaid/Underappreciated (100%)

How To Save On School Supplies – For Teachers

Did you know 51% of teachers polled said that general classroom supplies were not adequately covered by school budgets?

Did you know an estimated $1.6 billion was spent out of pocket by teachers in 2013?

Of course you did.  You are a teacher.  You know what it’s like to wake up at 5am to get ready for work.  You know what it’s like to be in charge of a room full of other people’s kids.  You know what it’s like to spend hours after work, grading papers at home.  And you know what it’s like to spend your own money on classroom supplies that just aren’t available to you.

Aside from entering the #MakeEducationStick contest to help increase your available resources, there are other ways to help stretch a limited classroom budget.  And we’ve put together a fun info-graphic to help it all look better!  You can see a couple of the money-saving solutions listed below and can view the entire Info-Graphic by clicking here right now.

Group Work:
Dividing your students into small groups and having them work together on activities can reduce the amount of worksheets and handouts that you need to print.  Group work also can enhance your students’ cooperative and social skills.

Recycle Materials:
Keep a scrap-paper bin for future art projects and crafts.  This type of resourcefulness cuts down on waste and prevents out-of-pocket expenses for colored construction paper and magazines.

And since we are a Label company, this last one is my favorite tip.
It is expensive for parents to replace items that are lost or misplaced.  The same can be said for supplies provided by the school.  Label everything to keep from having to constantly replace them.

An Info-graphic for teachers. Learn how to save money on school supplies!

An Info-Graphic explaining how you can save money on school supplies!

Info-Graphic Sources:
K-12 Teachers Out of Pocket $1.6 Billion on Classroom Tools” – David Nagel – 7/1/13 –
The Journal
June 2013 Horace Mann Educator Advisory Panel Survey – The Horace Mann Educator
Advisory Panel
Back-to-School Stats – MarketingCharts Staff – 7/24/2013-  Watershed Publishing
Teacher illustration by • Chalkboard Illustrations by