Need a quick Valentine’s day classroom gift? Or just need a simple gift?
These simple crayon holders make great gifts for Valentine’s Day classroom gift giving (say that three times fast), or for birthday party favors.
Here’s a video that shows the entire process.
I’ll break it down a bit more here, starting with the materials:
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wood – I used a 1 1/2″ wide piece cut in 3″ sections. That worked great to hold 6 crayons
11/32″ drill bit or thereabouts (I’ll get into that)
trim router and edge profile bit of choice (optional)
drill press (Technically optional, but you’ll want one. This one is awesomely affordable and has worked great for me.)
How to make simple crayon holders
Find yourself some scrap wood. An 1 1/2″ will do. 2″ will do. Just find something. Decide if you want to gusy it up with some edge routing. It’s not necessary, but it does make it look like you spent a ton of time on them, so that’s cool.
I used this beading bit.
Cut the wood into pieces with the miter saw. 3″ works well for a small crayon holder (holds 6 crayons). Go longer if you want more.
Drill the holes. Here’s how I made this easy. I clamped two pieces of wood to my drill press, with just enough space between them for the piece I was drilling. Next, I marked a line in one of the clamped guide pieces (rails, if you will) to show where to place the piece. I drew another hole where I scooted the piece down so it was lined up for the next hole, and another for the third. Check out the video to see it in action.
A word on the drill bit size. I carefully fit the bit to my kids’ crayons, and then found that the crayons I bought were juuuust a tiny bit too large, so they crayons fit looser than I wanted. (Which, by the way, absolutely kills me.) so check your bit size carefully against whatever crayons you get. Because even when you stay with a certain name brand, there is apparently some variation.
I had the kids do the drilling, which they loved.
Give each piece a light sanding to get rid of any rough edges and what not. Kids can do this, by the way. And it’s great training for when you have them take over sanding all of the stuff you don’t want to sand down the road a bit. True story, I had a picture of my son sanding that I was totally going to use here until I realized that his middle finger was extended. Which is absolutely how I feel about sanding, too, by the way.
Oil or finish as desired. Because this was scrap mahogany (from flooring, by the way), we went with a simple mineral oil bath and wipe down.
Label them up. I’ve included a free printable that you can download here if you like. Or you can make your own.
My kiddos are 4 and 5 years old, and this was a great opportunity to have them practice their writing. They filled out all of the to and from sections themselves, carefully copying their classmate’s names onto the labels. Because around here we don’t just provide DIY tutorials, we foster skill development and educational advancement.
Besides, it’s cute, right?!
Stick the labels to some bags (I picked some up at Hobby Lobby), fill the holders with crayons, and plop them into the bags, and count that Valentine’s day classroom prep a success.
We churned out 40 of these in somewhere south of three hours, so they are a great solution for larger class sizes. If you have a few less to make gifts for, you might like these Lego Valentines from last year. The tutorial is here.
My favorite part of this project was definitely watching my kids get excited about them and take ownership of the process. Ideas like this may seem like one of those “Pinterest mom” things to do, but they are really a fantastic way to build with your kids, get them excited about working with their hands and creating, and build skills.
Thanks for reading, and happy building!