How to Make a Teacher Pencil Tumbler
How to Make a Teacher Pencil Tumbler

How to Make a Teacher Pencil Tumbler

We have another super cute project for you that is the perfect way to celebrate teachers! Today Susie, from Susie’s Tumbler Creations, is teaching us how to make a teacher pencil tumbler. These cups are sooo popular and we are really excited to bring you this tumbler tutorial!

Teachers are super heroes every day of every year. We really should celebrate them more than we do. Their work in the classroom is only part of what they do. Behind the scenes they are working nights, weekends, and holidays to prepare for the time they spend with our children.

This past year has been an especially challenging one to navigate but these fabulous humans have risen to the challenge! Teacher Appreciation Week is the perfect opportunity to let these amazing professionals know how much they mean to us. We have seen some stunning teacher tumbler designs and Susie’s is one of our favorites! She has graciously agreed to share her process for how to make a teacher pencil tumbler with us and we can’t wait for you to try it. 

How to Make a Teacher Pencil Tumbler

We love the artist’s in our amazing community and we love getting to know them. We asked Susie to tell us a little bit about herself and her business and we are going to let her introduce herself to you…

Hello! My name is Susie, owner of Susie’s Tumbler Creations.  I am a glitter tumbler artist who has been doing tumblers full time since October 2020. Before I began doing tumblers I was a phlebotomist/medical assistant.  I live in a small town in West Virginia with my husband, William, who has supported my dream which has turned quickly into reality. Not only am I a tumbler artist, I am also the proud mother of two wonderful adult children, Lee & Breanna. And a grandmother to two very special little boys, Kamryn and Jase. I absolutely love doing tumblers as a full time job and I am so happy to have the opportunity and share this pencil cup tutorial with you. Feel free to message me with any questions and I’d love to see your beautiful pencil cup so please tag me😊 You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, or my website

Getting Down to Pencil Tumbler Business…

how to make a teacher pencil tumbler

Well into the 21st century now, giving teacher’s the gift of a shiny red apple doesn’t really happen anymore. The first and last days of school and Teacher Appreciation Week are great opportunities to gift teachers with something special as a way to show how much they mean to our communities. The problem is that it’s often hard to know what to give. In some cases we may know our kids’ teachers personally but most of the time we don’t.

Enter the teacher tumbler; the perfect solution! Not only are these adorable and useful, they can also be customized to give them a truly personal feel. If you have children in your life you can gift their teachers with these cuties and they are sure to be treasured. These pencil cups also make a fabulous addition to your product line up! When you customers go looking for the perfect teacher gift and find it on your website, they’re sure to come back for more! 


How to Make a Teacher Pencil Tumbler

Making a pencil tumbler that makes the perfect teacher gift!
Yield: 1 tumbler


  • Stainless Steel Tumbler Susie used a 20 oz
  • Rustoleum 2x gloss white spray paint
  • Rustoleum 2X clear gloss
  • Acrylic paints Black, Gray, Yellow, and Pink
  • Mod Podge Susie used gloss
  • Painters Tape
  • Foam Brushes
  • Sanding block Susie used 220 grit
  • Counter Culture DIY Quick Coat
  • Counter Culture DIY Fast Set
  • Cup Turner
  • Protective gloves
  • Mixing cups
  • Mixing sticks
  • 143 matte black Vinyl
  • Nail Striping Tape Line Brown and Silver
  • Glitter Pink, Yellow, Brown, Black, and Silver
  • chip paint brush
  • acetone nail polish remover
  • exacto knife


  • Start by prepping and spray paining the stainless steel tumbler white and then let it dry completely.
  • Next, use painters tape to tape off each section of the cup.
  • Now put a bit of Mod Podge into 4 mixing cups. Add one acrylic paint color to each cup using just enough to color the Mod Podge. Mix thoroughly.
  • Next, working with one section at a time, use a sponge brush to apply the Mod Podge paint mixture and then immediately sprinkle the corresponding glitter to it. Once all the sections are covered with glitter allow the cup to dry for at least 20 minutes.
  • Now carefully remove all the painters tape and then use a chip brush to gently brush off any loose glitter. Also remove any glitter that strayed to the wrong sections of the cup.
  •  Next, spray the whole cup with the Rustoleum Clear Gloss and let it dry for 15 minutes. Repeat with a second coat.
  • Then carefully apply a second layer of the Mod Podge and paint mixture and corresponding glitters. Again work one section at a time and then allow it to dry completely. Once it is dry, go back in with the chip brush to gently remove any stray glitter.
  • Next, use a gloved hand to apply the Quick Coat. This helps keep the glitter from blending into the wrong areas while applying epoxy. Apply a second layer and let the cup dry completely.
  • Mix a batch of Fast Set according to the directions on the container and apply a layer to the entire cup. Place it on the turner and allow it to cure for 2-3 hours.
  • Now it's time to make your cup really ugly! Use the sanding block to lightly sand the cup. This will sand down any glitter sticking up above the epoxy.
  • Next, apply a second layer of Fast Set, let it dry for 2-3 hours, and then sand the cup again.
  • Once you have a nice smooth surface, apply the silver nail tape to the top and bottom part of the silver section. Then use the black nail tape to separate the black and brown section.
  • Use your vinyl cutting machine to cut the name you'll be using out of black vinyl and then apply it to your cup.
  • Next, brush on a generous layer of Quick Coat over the nail tape and vinyl to prevent them from lifting when applying the next layer of epoxy.
  • Now apply another layer of combined Fast Set, let it cure for 2-3 hours and then sand the cup again.
  • Mix a batch of Artist Resin following the directions on the container and then apply your final coat of combined epoxy to the cup. Allow it to fully cure.
  • Once the cup has cure completely, clean the inside of the cup with acetone and use an exacto knife to carefully remove any overflow epoxy from the rim. Finally, wash the cup inside and out with warm soapy water and dry with a clean microfiber cloth.

Time, Time, Who’s got the Time?

While we were working with Susie to get this post ready for you one of our other amazing artists shared a post that we can totally relate to! Arelis Dayan Valentin of M & J Vinyl Designs shared a pic of her beautiful teacher tumbler with a caption that read: “When my kindergartner comes to me on a Saturday to say it’s teacher appreciation week starting today (Monday) and I GOTTA make something quick. And we had a zoo day on Sunday 😅” 

Oh kids and their last minute information! We know that many of you are parents too so we asked Arelis if we could share her ingenious solution with you and she was happy to help. Here’s how she pulled off a beautiful last minute teacher appreciation tumbler:

She used temporary tattoos for the flowers, Fast Set to get this bad lad done quickly, Medium Viscosity Artist Resin for the final coat, and Sterling Snow on the final layer to hide the bubbles she didn’t have time to worry about. The results are absolutely beautiful and the cup looks like it took a whole week to make. Well done, Momma, well done! If your kiddo comes home with similar demands, now you’ll have an idea of how to handle it too. Cheers to all the teachers and cheers to all the parents. These two groups of people are some of the best there are at thinking on their toes! 

The Wrap Up…

So there you have it artist friends! An amazing pencil tumbler and a beautiful teacher tumbler that you can make when you’re in a time crunch. A big thank you to all the teachers and especially to Susie and Arelis for sharing their fabulous designs with all of us. Teaching each other truly makes the world go round y’all! 

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