"Can I sharpen my pencil?"... If you're a teacher you probably hear this 15 times per child per day. It drives me crazy! SO I use these super cute jars to store extra pencils in. This way they can just borrow one of my pencils when they need it so they don't interrupt class to sharpen pencils. I used a plain mason jar and hot glued a ribbon to it to decorate it. I also write my name on my pencils so that they will know it's a borrowed pencil. It works great! Whenever they need a pencil they just get up and get one themselves. No more interrupting my lessons. I also store my red pens in a mason jar. We use red pens to grade work that is graded together.