Last year I found this great idea of using a straw dispenser for pencils. I love it because the students can't shuffle though the pencils for ever just to find that special one. They get whatever comes out!
I originally found the idea here:
After scouring the Amazon.com website, I finally decided on one I liked. I decided I wanted an acrylic one because with it being clear, I could see when I needed to add more pencils.
This is the one I purchased:
Instead of doing Mod Podge like I originally intended, I decided on stickers for the word "pencil" and scrapbook paper attached from the inside. I figured this way I could change out the paper to match any theme I change to.
It works so beautifully... one pencil out at a time! :)