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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts – Crayon and Pencil Gift Boxes for Teacher Gifts

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A rainbow display of seven large crayons made from paper and in all the colors of the rainbow. These teacher appreciation gifts are easy to make.

DIY teacher gifts do not have to be hard or expensive, but it really is the thought toward them that teachers cherish the most.

Teachers are honestly one of the most underappreciated and hard-working groups of individuals on the planet. My own husband is a middle school teacher, and I see the efforts that go into molding young minds!

One of my favorite times of the year is Teacher Appreciation Week. But I also know life gets busy and sometimes we forget to honor our teachers until the last minute, and we may be scrambling for a heartfelt idea. There are so many ways we can appreciate our teachers. Not just during teacher appreciation week but also throughout the school year.

DIY Teacher Gifts – Crayon and Pencil Gift Box Templates

Today’s 3D paper pencil and crayon box project is a craft even teachers themselves can enjoy as a classroom decoration! These paper crayons and pencil boxes can hold candy, a small gift, or a gift card very easily just like these spiral-closing gift boxes I made last year.

What’s better is these templates can be used with your cutting machine as a layered design or you can change them to a Print Then Cut design for even faster creation. Oh, and did I mention the templates are FREE?!

Three paper pencils sit on red, yellow and pink paper, with a green apple between them. These large paper DIY pencils make great gifts for teachers.

Let’s cover the necessary and optional supplies you will want for this adorable and colorful DIY teacher gift box project.

Supply List for Crayon and Pencil Gift Boxes

Download Template Freebies Here

Abbi's hands hold a large paper pencil. red roses and green leaves decorate one end of the pencil. Black vinyl words say "yellow pencil number 2" and "Mrs. Applewhite."

The pencil and crayon templates are available as a FREE gift to my readers. A year after I created this craft, I decided to make a larger 3D pencil version with the teacher’s name customized and some rosette paper flowers added to the pencil – something lovely a teacher could place on their desk. The large pencil variant is now available in the Freebie Vault as well!

Download my free templates by signing up via the form below. If you are already a member, log in right here and find the giant pencil, crayon, and color pencil templates by searching the keyword “teacher” inside the Freebie Vault. Need help entering the vault? Read this helpful post here. 

Looking for More Teacher SVG Files?

An illustration of crayons, colored pencils, paint and paint brushes in all colors. Teacher appreciation SVG cut files to use with Cricut or Silhouette. Create easy DIY teacher gifts.

Download my full teacher appreciation SVG set that can help you create endless gifts any teacher will love, like mugs, t-shirts, tote bags, and more!

Large paper pencils in pink, blue, purple, green, yellow and emerald green adorn a marble tabletop. Download your free teacher appreciation gift boxes for an easy gift that any teacher will love. Fill with candy or a gift card!

DIY Teacher Gift – Crayon Paper Gift Box Video Tutorial

Large Customize 3D Paper Pencil with Teacher’s Name

Design Space Template Set Up

View these steps in detail in the video below! I used Mustache Round Font for the color words.

  1. Import the template of your choice to Design Space. Upload > Browse.
  2. Scale to your preferred size. Make sure you scale when the items are all GROUPED so they remain proportional.
  3. Decide if you want to cut out the template on colored cardstock or turn it into a Print Then Cut.
  4. If you wish to turn it into a print image then change the Fill to Print in the Edit Bar. You can also change the color that will print next to Fill.
  5. Click on each of the black lines on top of the templates and change the Line-type to Score.
  6. Using your Attach tool attach the scorelines to the colored template.
  7. Proceed to send the items to your cut screen.
The DIY large paper pencils lay on a marble surface. Flamingo pink, mandarin orange and emerald green are made out of vinyl.

How to Use Iron-on Vinyl on Cardstock

Why would you want to use iron-on vinyl or cardstock? Two words, transfer tape. Transfer tape rips cardstock when you try and place a vinyl design. But the iron-on liner does not!

A close-up of Abbi's hands ironing on black vinyl on to the outside paper of a light blue crayon using an Easypress mini.
  1. Cut out your HTV making sure to MIRROR your image.
  2. Weed the vinyl.
  3. Heat up your Easypress mini to the medium setting.
  4. Place your paper template cutout on a heat-safe surface.
  5. Align the black border to the top and bottom edge of the crayon’s wrapper piece and press gently for 30-40 seconds.
  6. Let the cardstock cool for about 30-40 seconds and then carefully lift the clear liner off. If it does not lift effortlessly then heat again for another 20-30 seconds.

Again, you can view this process step by step in the video below!

Crayon and Colored Pencil Gift Box Assembly

A nine picture grid showing step-by-step instructions to assemble the paper pencil teacher appreciation gifts.
  1. Carefully fold along the scored lines of the paper crayon or pencil template.
  2. Connect the bottom to the biggest crayon piece first.
  3. Fold and close the top of the crayon template.
  4. Connect the top to the center of the crayon template. Hot glue works best for this part.
  5. Close the entire crayon center.
  6. Add the crayon wrapper to the outside of the box with liquid glue.
  7. The bottom of the crayon can be opened and closed as needed to insert a gift, candy or anything special!
  8. Watch the video below for complete steps!
Blank colored pencil foldable boxes are in the foreground, with finished paper crayon and pencil shaped boxes in the background. Crafts are surrounded by red and green apples and colorful cardstock.

I really hope you all love this craft. Creating easy DIY teacher gifts is a fast-growing love I have. Some other great teacher gift ideas include making a vase of paper flowers, personalized engraved jewelry, or even a pair of custom shoes!

What other ideas do you have for teacher appreciation gifts? Share with me in the comments below!

A birds-eye view of paper crayon gift boxes lined up in rainbow formation. If you are looking for the perfect teacher appreciation gift, get your free template here.
DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts - Crayon and Pencil Gift Boxes for Teacher Gifts

DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts - Crayon and Pencil Gift Boxes for Teacher Gifts

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

If you are looking for the perfect DIY gift box to show your teacher appreciation, then look no further! This tutorial comes with free templates to create crayon and pencil-shaped gift boxes for your favorite educator.

Instructions

  1. Upload your template into Cricut's Design Space and scale to your preferred size.
  2. Decide if you want to cut out the template on colored cardstock or turn it into a Print Then Cut. 
  3. If using a printed image, change the Fill to Print in the Edit Bar.
  4. Click on each of the black lines around the templates and change the Line-type to Score. 
  5. Attach the scorelines to the colored template.
  6. Send items to your cut screen.
  7. Cut out your HTV but MIRROR your image. 
  8. Weed the vinyl cut.
  9. Heat your Easypress Mini to medium.  
  10. Using a heat-safe surface, align the black border vinyl cutout to the top and bottom edge of the crayon's wrapper and press gently for 30-40 seconds. 
  11. Let the cardstock cool for about 30-40 seconds.
  12. Carefully lift the clear liner off.
  13. Fold along the scored lines of the paper crayon or pencil template. 
  14. Connect the bottom to the biggest crayon piece.
  15. Fold and close the top of the crayon template. 
  16. Connect the top to the center of the crayon template. using hot glue.
  17. Close the entire crayon center. 
  18. Add the crayon wrapper to the outside of the box with liquid glue. 

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5 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to try these things your posting on how to unfortunately I do not own a cricket just yet. Still saving for one.

  2. How do I make these work on my Silhouette? I only get straight lines no dash lines. I am missing something? Thanks!

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