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Colored Pencils Gift Bag

Well it is that time again. Summer is over. So sad! Or not? It’s time to buy new school supplies, wear new outfits and of course send your sweet children to school with a gift for their new teacher!

Since my little guy is too little to go to school. I still get really excited about back-to-school! Because its a great time to get some amazing deals for my home office. A couple weeks ago I was at Wal-Mart getting a couple things, when I came across color pencils at 50 cents a box. It was a great price, so I grabbed 4 boxes.

Later that day, as I reorganized and inventoried the gift items in my craft closet and I came up with an idea to make a gift bag out of the colored pencils.

At first I wasn’t sure if it was going to work, but to my suprise it turned out even better then I thought.

I just love it and only wish I had a teacher to give it to!

If you need a simple, frugal gift bag: give this one a try!

Time to do craft

  • 15 to 20 minutes
  • Depending on what you have on hand, this project could cost you as little as 2 dollars.

Here is what you need

  • 4 packages of colored pencils (I used Crayola, but I think any kind would work well.)
  • Hot Glue gun
  • 1 hot glue stick
  • Ribbon
  • 1 piece of heavy card stock (I used an empty gift box)


#1. Fold down the top of the packaging and secure with a dab of hot glue to the back of the box.

#2. Starting with one side at a time. Glue each edge of the colored pencil box to another box (forming an L shape). Before moving on to each side hold it together with light but firm pressure for 1 to 2 minutes. Once all four sides are attached, let stand for 2-3 minutes to ensure glue is dry before moving to the next step.

#3. Next, set the bottom of the box on top of heavy duty card stock. Using a pen, trace the box onto the card stock and cut out. Once cut, measure it up to the bottom and trim more if needed. Note: I didn’t line up my box exactly right on the last side, so you can see where its off at the top. Thats okay, add a hint of character. :)


#4. Glue all four sides of the bottom of your box and adhere the card stock or card board. Next, center the ribbon on the bottom and draw a line of where you want to place it. Then place a line of hot glue there. Next, adhere the ribbon to the bottom.

#5. Finish by bringing up the ribbon, adhere a dab of glue at the top and then tie into a bow.

And there you have a gift bag made from boxes of colored pencils. Be sure to fill this bag with sweet light weight treats and a little note!

Do you typically make a gift or buy a gift for your children’s teacher? If so, what are some frugal ways you can spoil your child’s teacher?

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