Here is a tutorial for a darling DIY Pencil Banner. Wouldn’t this look cute hanging by your teacher’s desk?      Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up the first full week of May. Get creative with these ideas from some of the most talented bloggers during my Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas series! All April we will be sharing great ideas. I can’t wait to see what they share. You will be totally prepared with ideas to thank your teachers!? Want a clever and useful gift try these scientific teacher gift idea using method cleaning spray or this best teacher EOS lip balm printable!

Please welcome Jamie from That’s My Letter….

Hello readers Jaime here from That’s My Letter sharing a diy pencil banner for the teacher appreciation series.  If you love to make easy teacher gifts like me than this project is for you!  I’m a diy blogger who builds, paints and sews everything and this pencil banner is just another scrap wood project I came up with while digging through my stash.

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I used a piece of 1×12 scrap wood but you could make this pencil banner from any piece of wood, just cut one end at an angle for the pencil tip you’re good to go.  Below you will find step by step instructions, including dimensions, on how to make this pencil banner.

It’s so easy and quick I made three banners just in time for Teacher Appreciation Day coming the first week in May.

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  • 1 – 1×12 scrap board @ 18″l
  • 2 – small screw eyes
  • jute rope
  • measuring tape and pencil
  • drill & drill bit to match screw eye
  • sandpaper
  • acrylic craft paint & paint brush
  • black vinyl letters
  • ruler

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Step 1: Cut your wood board to the dimensions above or similar in order to achieve a pencil shape.  Use sandpaper to smooth rough edges.  Predrill 2 holes at top edge near sides and insert screw eyes then thread rope through eyes and tie a secure knot.

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Step 2: Lightly sketch the pencil design using a pencil and begin painting the yellow body portion.  Continue to paint the eraser and metal band at top.

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Step 3: Using 2″ and 1″ vinyl letters and a ruler for a straight edge place sticky letters onto pencil.  I suggest pulling off the letters you need and line up the word on the very edge of a table then begin with the center letter and work outwards for even spacing.

The possibilities are endless as to what you could say on your pencil – get creative and personalize it for your kids teachers.  I added the red heart using acrylic paint for the ‘we love teachers’ banner.

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Thanks to Cindy for having me today.  I blog over at That’s My Letter and enjoy sharing all kinds of scrap wood projects as well as building furniture, painting and sewing.  In addition I’ve been renovating our 1740 farmhouse room by room so if you love antique homes be sure to check in for new posts and project sneak peeks.

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Another simple scrap wood teacher gift idea is this diy apply paperweight made from a 4×4 scrap piece:

apple paperweight

Or how about a pencil shaped pencil holder?  Every teacher needs a pencil holder and this one is fairly simply to make:

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Lots more diy teacher gift ideas you can make here:

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  1. That’s such a cute project for kids! I think it can be finished under an hour. I also liked the pencil shaped pencil holder. Will get started on it soon. My daughter will love it!

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