Grab a bouquet of blooms and some basic school supplies – pencils, glue, paint and tape — and I’ll show you three inexpensive and creative teacher appreciation gifts.

Can you believe another summer is almost in the books?

In just a few short weeks here, my kid will be heading back to school for the 5th grade — which means early mornings, alarm clocks and homework. That means it’s also time to get on the honor roll with some thoughtful, homemade teacher appreciation gifts.

These school supply vases make great teacher appreciation gifts. Grab a bunch of glass vases from the dollar store, decorate them and fill them with a fresh bouquet.

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Each of these projects uses a cylindrical glass vases from Dollar Tree. If you don’t have a Dollar Tree locally, you can find a similar vase here or adapt these projects to fit what you have on hand. No rules at all.

No. 2 Pencil Vase

Fill this painted vase with pink carnations or roses to represent the eraser at the end of the pencil.

Looking for inexpensive teacher appreciation gifts. Paint a glass vase to look like a No. 2 pencil, then add a cluster of carnations as the "eraser."

Supplies

Instructions

Apply a piece of painter’s tape along the top edge of the vase, pressing edges to seal.

Looking for inexpensive teacher appreciation gifts. Paint a glass vase to look like a No. 2 pencil, then add a cluster of carnations as the "eraser."

Paint the vase with two or three coats of yellow craft paint. Allow to dry and carefully remove the tape.

Paint the rim of the vase with a coat of gray craft paint, being careful not to overlap the yellow paint.

Looking for inexpensive teacher appreciation gifts. Paint a glass vase to look like a No. 2 pencil, then add a cluster of carnations as the "eraser."

Allow to dry, then paint the rim with two coats of silver paint to form the top of the pencil.

When the paint is dry, use a black Sharpie marker to write “No. 2” on the vase.

Fill with water and add pink carnations or roses in a tight cluster to mimic the look of an eraser at the end of a pencil.

Looking for inexpensive teacher appreciation gifts. Paint a glass vase to look like a No. 2 pencil, then add a cluster of carnations as the "eraser."

Pencil Vase

Dress up a plain glass vase with yellow pencils or colorful art pencils, then add a pretty bouquet.

Welcome your favorite teacher back to school with a thoughtful, homemade teacher appreciation gift. This vase is made from dozens of No. 2 pencils affixed to a glass vase. Add a bouquet of gorgeous white lilies and yellow mums. And don't forget an apple!

Supplies

Instructions

Carefully run a line of hot glue onto one side of a pencil and attach to the vase.

Be sure the vase is sitting upright when you attach the pencil. Also, make sure the first pencil is vertical, not slanted.

Continue gluing pencils around the vase, making sure each one is flush against the last.

Welcome your favorite teacher back to school with a thoughtful, homemade teacher appreciation gift. This vase is made from dozens of No. 2 pencils affixed to a glass vase. Add a bouquet of gorgeous white lilies and yellow mums.

When you’ve completely covered the vase with pencils, use a hair dryer on high heat to blow away any hot glue threads.

Tie a piece of ribbon around the center of the vase to dress it up a bit, if you like, and then add flowers.

Welcome your favorite teacher back to school with a thoughtful, homemade teacher appreciation gift. This vase is made from dozens of No. 2 pencils affixed to a glass vase. Add a bouquet of gorgeous white lilies and yellow mums. And don't forget an apple!

Composition Notebook Vase

Fellow blogger Linda of Mason Jar Crafts Love inspired this school-themed paint treatment. She painted some mason jars to look like old-school composition notebooks, and I borrowed the idea for this vase.

Use paint to transform a clear glass vase into teacher appreciation gifts. This one is painted to look like an old-school composition notebook and filled with a bouquet of beautiful pink and white lilies.

(Be sure to check out Linda’s tutorial for her composition notebook mason jars, as she uses a different painting technique and adds some fun details.)

Supplies

Instructions

Use painter’s tape to mask off a rectangle on the middle of the vase.

Looking for easy and inexpensive teacher appreciation gifts? Paint a glass vase to look like a composition notebook, then add a bouquet of flowers.

Paint with two to three coats of white craft paint, until the glass is completely covered. Remove the tape and allow to dry completely, preferably overnight.

Use painter’s tape to cover the white rectangle. Press down the edges of the tape to ensure a proper seal.

Paint the rest of the vase with two to three coats of black craft paint. Allow to dry completely.

Dip a sea sponge in white paint and dab over the black paint to create the composition notebook pattern. You can also use a small stencil brush, being careful to use only a small amount of paint with each dab. Allow paint to dry.

Carefully remove the painter’s tape from the white rectangle. Peel slowly and carefully to avoid removing the white paint underneath.

Use a black Sharpie marker to write the word “Composition” and draw lines on the white rectangle.

Use paint to transform a clear glass vase into teacher appreciation gifts. This one is painted to look like an old-school composition notebook and filled with a bouquet of beautiful pink and white lilies.

Fill vase with water and add flowers. I chose pink stargazer lilies to contrast with the black-and-white pattern on the vase.

These school supply vases make great teacher appreciation gifts. Grab a bunch of glass vases from the dollar store, decorate them and fill them with a fresh bouquet.

Now that you’ve got teacher appreciation gifts out of the way, you might enjoy these other back-to-school crafts:

Organize homework and keep track of important school papers with this handpainted storage crate.

Homework Organization Crate

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