Here is a great and creative way to celebrate the back-to-school season! Plus, it uses recycled items! We went to a birthday party last week where the crafty mom passed out these pencil cans filled with treats as favors, so of course I had to make a tutorial and share.


  • 8 1/2" X 11" sheets of cardstock in pink, gray, yellow and tan
  • clean and empty cardboard tube (we used a Pringles can)
  • double-sided tape or glue stick
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun (for adult use only)


  1. Trim the gray cardstock paperto a strip 1/2" by 10", the yellow cardstock to a strip 8" by 10", the pink cardstock to 2 1/2" by 10" and the tan to a half circle with a 7 1/4" diameter.

  2. Adhere the yellow cardstock to the outside of the cardboard tube with a glue stick or double-sided tape.

  3. eraserAdhere the pink cardstock around the base of the tube for the eraser end of the pencil; it will overlap the yellow, and that's fine.

  4. Adhere the gray strip over the seam made by the yellow and pink cardstock.

  5. tip

  6. Curl the tan half circle into a cone and hot glue onto the can's lid.

  7. Color in the "lead" with a black marker.

  8. lead
    That's it! Now you can fill up with whatever goodies your heart desires. Happy back to school season!

Dawn Smith is a mother of two boys, a proud marine wife and owner of a very hyper mini schnauzer. She is a bit of a geek, but her true passion is party planning. Her blog, Not Just A Mommy! is all things entertaining, crafts and design on a budget. She is also the party blogger for Seattle Mamas/Today's Mama.

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