Back To School Trilogy: DIY Pencil Case

Welcome to the first DIY in my back to school trilogy! I will be releasing a blog post and video for back to school. I know some of you go back in August, so this may be cutting it a little close, but it's never too late for some DIY goodies! So let's get started with the first DIY and make ourselves an awesome wooden pencil case!

You Will Need

• Wood (I used 1/8 thick birch plywood)
• Scrapbook Paper
• Paint
• Wood Glue
• Mod Podge
• X-Acto Knife
• Pencil
• Twine (optional)

1. Start by deciding how big you want to make your pencil case. This will completely depend on what you want to carry. If you want to use the same measurements as I did they were as follows:

Bottom : 
1 - 8 x 2 1/2
2 - 8 1/4 x 1 1/2
2 - 2 1/2 x 1 1/2

1 - 8 1/4 x 2 3/4
2 - 8 1/4 x 1/2
2 - 3 x 1/2

2. When cutting, make sure you do multiple cuts on both sides and snap the wood. This part can be tricky, but it is possible. You may need to sand some of the edges.

3. Once cut, glue the pieces together with wood glue. In order to keep them together use tape to clamp the box. Let it dry overnight.

4. The next day you can begin to decorate your box to your taste. For my bottom I painted it Sea Glass by the brand Americana. I have been really loving this colour lately, it may even be my favourite.

5. For the top I wrapped it in scrapbook paper. In order to do this, trace each side of your box out flat like you're creating a map. Add an additional 1/2 inch to each side, so you can wrap the paper over the edges and add 1 inch to the sides to wrap around so the coverage is seamless.

6. Once you have your map, glue with mod podge and wrap around the top of the box.

7. After the glue has dried use the mod podge to seal both the top and bottom so that it lasts while you're toting it around.

8. I finished by wrapping twine around the box to keep it shut. This is an optional step but I liked the look.

I am already using this case and am definitely going to do this technique to make a gift box or even a pencil holder.

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