So for Boo's main teacher, who is getting married this summer, we created a pencil vase and added some pretty flowers. The hope is that she will use the pencils next fall for her next class of 2nd graders. We're looking forward to doing this again with colored pencils, crayons and markers next year.
To make the vase, use a soup can (label-free), orange juice container or other plastic container and put two rubber bands around it. Simply slide the pencils under the rubber bands. Voila! Ready for flowers. Just be sure to carry it with one hand underneath the vase.