Clay Pencil Holders - The ones I am using now are turtles. I left the bottoms open so the kids do not fill them full of broken crayons and stub pencils. - Glad to hear that happens everywhere ... not just in my class!
Paper strip weaving with colorful, printed paper. Never having done this, (but inspired to do so....) I think I'd want to start the strips on a sheet of cardboard (painted?) or bristol board - to display/mount?