Free Pencil Case! Just Kidding. No, Seriously.

DIY pencil case tutorial for back-to-school easy affordable kids craftsSeriously! You can make this back-to-school pencil case, featured in Chicago Tribune's Just Kidding, for free or almost-free using stuff you have around the house. Here's what you need:Supplies

  • Scrapbook or plain printer paper
  • Old magazines or catalogs
  • Gluestick
  • Scissors
  • Clear packing tape
  • 2 Velcro circles


  1. Crease the paper as if making a pocket and flap (fold up a little less than half of the sheet.)
  2. Cut out fun and colorful images from magazine pages.
  3. Glue the pictures to one side of the paper using the crease lines to help you position the images facing the way you want it to look when it's folded.
  4. Cover the entire surface of both sides of the paper with packing tape.
  5. Refold the paper to create the pocket and flap. Use packing tape to seal the 2 sides of the pocket.
  6. Position 2 velcro circles on the inside of the flap to hold the pencil case closed.