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This post was originally published Aug 28, 2016 and re-published Aug 26, 2021. 

Back to school is upon us and what better way for the kids to meet their teachers than by giving them a little pencil filled with small teacher-ly things like paper clips, small post-its, small candies etc. Easily make this pencil craft with the kiddies for an extra touch of first day awesomeness and make a great impression! Or make these for your kids to get them excited for a great first day of school or Teacher Appreciation week!

Paper Pencil Tube – Materials:

Cardboard toilet tube roll
Scissors or craft knife
Glue, tape or stapler
Small trinkets/treats

Free Printable Pencil and Topper (download below)

Tissue paper
Washi tape
Stationery goodies

Click Here to Get Your Free Printable


Step 1. Print and cut out the pencil and the top with scissors or craft knife.

Step 2. Wrap the body of the pencil around a toilet tube, staple, glue or tape in place.

Step 3. Roll the top into a cone. Overlap one side over the other and adjust the size of the cone so that it is small enough to fit into the tube.

Step 4. Glue the cone top to the body of the pencil and allow to dry.

Step 5. Optional: fill the pencil with various stationery goodies, secure the end with washi tape, or stuff the end with some pink crumpled tissue paper.

How are your celebrating back to school?

John Lavelle is an artist and art teacher who loves working with all things paper – cardstock, cardboard, foam board, tissue paper, and of course toilet paper tubes. John graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a Bachelors degree in cartooning and earned his Masters degree in Art Education.

Over the past few years, John has been working with young individuals who have ASD, which constantly keeps him on his toes and who are the inspiration behind the creative projects he prepares for their daily art classes. You can follow his latest projects on Instagram and on his site, the Art Dream.