Music Class Pencil Container Labels - FREE PRINTABLE!

I am in my third day of preplanning at my new school!  I am working at Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy in Acworth, Georgia.  It is a brand-spanking new building and is STATE OF THE ART!  I love it!  More to come on my school, what STEM is, and my classroom set-up (you’ll love it!) later next week. 
But for now, here is a super cute idea for storing pencils in the music classroom.  I have ALWAYS struggled with this, since hundreds of students use my pencils each week and its virtually impossible to make sure they’re always sharpened and usable.  Thanks to Pinterest, I saw a great idea on labeling pencil cups with “Sharp” for sharpened, ready-to-use pencils, and “Flat” for pencils needing sharpening. 

Source: via Claire on Pinterest
 (click the picture to see the original Pinterest Pin; original source of picture unknown)

I love the music concept reinforcement with this using the actual “sharp” and “flat” symbols.  In making my own pencil cups, I created these labels and I wanted to share them with you!
To make mine, I used empty baby formula cans, but really you can use anything.  Whatever you have....reduce, reuse, recycle, right?!?  Also, like in the picture, I used 2 different size cans so there was also a distinct visual between the two cans (less likely for pencils to end up in the wrong places).  Here is how mine turned out (the paper covering is cheapo $1 wrapping paper from the dollar section at Target - don't you love that section?!?!)

So, now its time for you to make your own!!  Click below to get the PDF for download!

A special thanks to Karen Cox at for her free download of the Polka Dot borders!  Super cute!  See her TeachersPayTeachers store for the download.


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