Wednesday, September 9, 2015

DIY Pencil Case using Cereal box

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I was going through my Pinterest feed and saw a pencil case picture from Mochi things.That caught my eye and I fell in love with those square pencil case. I had no idea to buy those pencil case as $25 for pencil case does not sound great to me ;). Are you with me ?? But I thought I can DIY a similar version to satisfy my love for the pencil case. Oh yes !! I can use them to hold my sharpies or other pens even though I am not going back to school :).

It's been a long time since I shared a no-sew version of fabric DIYs after I got a sewing machine. So, I thought I will make this pencil case a no-sew version and give a try with fabrics I had in hand and it worked.Happy dance !! So, let's see how to make it !!

How to make pencil case using cereal box

Materials Required :
A cereal box
1/4  yard of patterned cotton fabric
1/4  yard of felt
Glue (E 6000 or Tacky glue)
Fabric scissors & Paper Scissors
Pencil & Ruler
Magnetic clasp or Velcro
Craft knife

Step 1: Cut one side of the cereal box measuring 7" X 11" and two pieces measuring 1.75" X 3.25" from the other side. Fold and crease the rectangle at following measurements from the top 3" - 4.25" - 7.25" - 8.5". Shape the corners of the front side of the case using scissors if desired.Cut the side panels as shown below with 0.25" on sides and bottom for folding.

Step 2: Cut the fabric pieces in such a way that it measures approximately an inch larger than the cardboard pieces.

Step 3: Apply glue on the corner of the large cardboard piece and glue the fabric to it. I used E6000 for one case and tacky glue for another (Just to test). Both work great. Also use the print side of the cereal box showing inwards, because the print in the cereal box peeks through the fabric slightly, if that doesn't bother you, then its okay.  I am using it outwards here as it will easy to explain in the pictures.

Step 4: On the inside, glue the corners as shown first and then glue all the other sides. Repeat the same procedure for the side cardboard pieces too.

Step 5: Attach the magnetic clasp to the front bottom of the case and cut the felt for inside of the case with the same measurements reducing around 0.1" all sides. Attach the other part of the magnetic clasp to the felt piece. Make sure that the clasp is attached at the right place to ensure closing when the pencil case is done.(Detailed steps for attaching magnetic clasp, explained here)

Step 6: Glue one side of the side panels to the sides as shown and the glue inner felt piece. Once it is dry, glue the bottom and the other side of the side panel to the main piece. Use a binder clip to hold it in place and then you are done. Once it is dry, your new square pencil case is ready to enjoy !! 

This is my trial version of the square pencil case, I used pleather/ vinyl for inside instead of felt but the areas where the glue applied was wrinkly and it was obvious that glue has been applied.That is the reason I switched to felt.As said earlier, I used the printed side of the cereal box for outside and the prints were showing through.So, I recommend using a darker fabric or use the inner side of the cereal box as outside.

DIY Pencil case
This case can hold quite a lot of supplies.

DIY Pencil case using Cereal Box

Hope you enjoyed this simple DIY. Share what you think in the comments below. As always I will be happy to hear from you.

Other Cereal box crafts you might like:


  1. Really cool idea! loved it!

    1. I love this DIY pencil box. I was thinking of buying one from home depot or etsy but i think i can save some bucks here

  2. SO clever, love how they turned out!

  3. Wow! This is so amazing! What a great way of recycling those cereal boxes. Thanks for the tutorial :)

  4. I love this idea! I'm starting to believe there's nothing that can't be made with a cereal box and some E6000!

  5. What a great idea. I love how your pencil cases turned out! Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight Party! Love the polka dot fabric btw.

  6. What a fantastic idea! No sew is a must for me so I will definitely be pinning this for the future! Thank you for linking up with us on Welcome Home Wednesday! We'd love to see more of your work next week!

  7. Good Morning Sahana!! Just popping in to let you know your post has been picked as a feature at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party! Stop by this morning to see your feature and link up!

  8. Fun! I've heard good things about the E600 glue but keep forgetting to pick some up.

    Happy to be co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty with you again this week!

  9. How cute!! I always love when someone has something other than the clear plastic cheap kind. These are beautiful!! Love co-hosting with you for the #HomeMattersParty

  10. I don't need a pencil case, but this would be PERFECT for a coupon holder! Love it. #HomeMattersParty

  11. This is so creative and an amazing way to recycle a cereal box.

  12. Happy to be co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty with you again this week! Super cute idea!

  13. They turned out so nice and you could do them with so many different colours/patterns!
    Thank you for sharing and co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty with us.

  14. I really love this pretty pencil case that you made and thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  15. So cute! I love the polka dots one, especially. Great tutorial! It's really great to be co-hosting #HomeMattersParty with you this month!

  16. This is such a cute idea! I love the polka dot fabric too. It's been great co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty with you!

  17. I love this and it turned out so nice. Who would have thought that a cereal box could look so good! I have loved all of the projects you have created. You are so talented.

  18. So cute! Very creative! Having fun co-hosting with you at the #HomeMattersParty

  19. What a really cute pencil case. You are so creative. Love having you as a cohost on #HomeMattersParty

  20. really cute!
    You have a great blog !

  21. This is an amazing idea!! I love how it uses recycled products and repurposes them. I like the material choices you chose too.

  22. Really cool pencil case-love it! #HomeMattersParty

  23. I love this case! Especially the black gingham one. Thanks for sharing and co-hosting at #HomeMattersParty :)

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  24. That case would be perfect for all of my pens. I carry around 3 bags/cases right now! My favorite is the pink one! #HomeMattersParty

  25. This is so cute and I never would have guessed it is using an upcycled cereal box. Happy to be cohosting the #HomeMattersParty with you this week!

  26. I was so nervous when I saw it, because I figured it would involve a sewing machine, which is currently beyond me. So when I saw it was no sew I was really excited. I love that you used old boxes. Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday blog hop!

  27. really cute! What a great way of recycling those cereal boxes.

  28. What's the finished dimensions of the box? Will new unsharpened pencils fit in them?

  29. Really changed the whole thing and converted it into a beautiful article.... Loved reading the DIY.

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