To create a /16 VPC via the CLI:
aws ec2 create-vpc --cidr-block 10.12.0.0/16
If successful, output will appear (by default) in the terminal as json. For the command above, one of the name/value pairs will have a name of "VpcId". We'll use that Id to update the name of our VPC for review in the Console.
To follow best practice, let's tag this VPC with a name of cli-test so we can recognize in the Console:
aws ec2 create-tags --resources vpc-xyxxxxxx --tags Key=Name,Value=cli-test
Let's also add an Environment tag to differentatiate between Dev, Staging, Production, etc.
aws ec2 create-tags --resources vpc-2f926857 --tags Key=Environment,Value=Dev
The Console nicely shows what we've done.