DIY - Decorating A Pencil Case For School

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The happiest "customer" ever

My daughter always loves it when I craft something for her, she's truly such a happy customer when I give her something. It's adorable how often she mentions afterward how she loves it and how good it looks according to her. The only thing making it difficult at times is that she wants to have something yesterday, while I have to look at an item, let it sink in, and get inspired by something before I actually start crafting. I try to avoid these situations where she keeps reminding me and asking for it by not mentioning something upfront unless I have to. In my own excitement, I still fail sometimes, haha.

School supplies

When we went hunting for school supplies, there were actually no pencil cases for sale that were big enough or worth the amount of money asked for it. I refuse to pay top dollar for something very ugly and/or unpractical or just because it has a Disney character on it. Especially knowing that I can 'pimp' some items myself as well. The hunt for a pencil case was one of the examples where I was happy that I could convince her to go for this hot pink one, promising her that I'd make it look better. It took me a week before I had the right items here and saw how I wanted to upcycle it.

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Simple Design

Although I was not sure at first, I went for a simple design and only one side. Only some linen band with white lace, a felt flower, and stone were needed. I had to make the flower myself so this was the first time I needed to check online for options on how to make a felt flower and then decide which one I was going to choose for this pencil case.

Tools & Supplies

For this upgraded pencil case, not many tools and supplies are needed:

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Basics:

  • A pencil case
  • Decorative ribbon, I chose one with lace
  • 1 Nice stone for the middle of the flower
  • A strip of felt for the flower

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Also Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Glue gun
  • Pen(cil)

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Detail image of the ribbon I used

DIY felt flower Step By Step Process

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The Final Steps

Now glue the stone on top of the flower.

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Measure the right size of the ribbon and then carefully glue it to the pencil case.

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Cut a little more on the edges if needed and last, add attach the flower to the case:

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The End Result

I really love how it turned out:

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Simple but so much better than a plain pencil case. And the most important thing is that my daughter was absolutely in love with it.

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!



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Hello there!
You definitely jazzed that plan ould pencil case nicely!
I bet it's a fraction of what you'd have had to pay if you bought a decorated one like that in a store.
Nicely done:)

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Hi @millycf1976,

Thank you! I think it turned out great and it was not even that hard. I admit that I was watching at the case for about a week before it came to me what to do with it. That's the downside of not having all supplies available yet after moving here. But, slowly, we're getting somewhere as I usually get some inspiration every day.

Definitely a lot less money than when buying one.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good evening!

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Have a nice evening too.
It's a great idea for me personally. I normally buy the simplest thing, but if you have supplies, which I hope you'll get soon, then that's the way to do it:)))

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She is such a happy customer when I put in some effort like this. So it's very grateful work to do. I didn't want her to be the odd one out as she was late starting school already so I thought let's make some stuff shine for her :) haha..

I mostly care about functionality for myself not too much about the looks of these items, so I get where you're coming from :)

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Really beautiful, good choice of colors. Everything is perfectly combined, what a stylish accessory, I really liked it. Blessings. 🌹

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A happy daughter makes a happy mother, definitely a win win!! I love the felt flower, so simple to make yet it has such a lovely effect

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True :)
And thank you, I think sometimes not much is needed to make plain things look pretty nice..

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I'm glad your daughter liked it. You really made this pencil case look great!! 🌺🌺 thanks for sharing ❤❤

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I will!

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Thank you, looking forward to getting your support for the proposal ⏳🙂

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Hi, I read the proposal but didn't find time to listen to the presentation yet. Will probably do that tonight :)

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very nice job, it's a great idea. it's something simple and it looks easy to make but it gives a wonderful touch to a plain pencil case.

Thanks for sharing, Greetings. ✨

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De verdad esa decoración le dio mucha vida a esa cartuchera tan simple, una grandiosa idea.

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Nice job! I know how special hand crafted items are to me, even at my age (some would classify me as a senior citizen). I still have the quilt that my grandmother made for me as a gift for graduating high school. Items lovingly made by special people in my life are some of my most cherished possessions.

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Now THAT is what I call a labor of LOVE!

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Thank you, it really was :)
Made another one for her coloring pencils, will post that somewhere this week.

!CTP

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You did a great job decorating your daughter's pencil case. I am sure she is the envy of her class.

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I would love that too! Prettiest pencil case in the whole school and she is the only has one.
!ALIVE
!CTP

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