Creative Child

DIY Back to School Pencil Cases

by Jenna Gleason

This easy DIY pencil case project is just in time for Back-to-School season. All you need is a plastic zipper folder, glue, shoelaces and a sharpie marker. Gather your kids and let’s get started on this awesome pouch!


Plastic Zipper Folder

1 Pair of White Shoelaces

1 Pair of Green Shoelaces

Hot Glue Gun

Sharpie Marker

White Paint


  1. Cut a half circle out of the folder (cut after the zipper in order to close the pencil case).
  2. Next, staple the ends all around the outer edge of the circle.
  3. Hot glue one green shoelace to the edge of the circle to cover the staples. Next glue the white shoe lace right below the green to give the appearance of the white layer in a watermelon. Do this to both the front and back. Cut off the plastic ends of the shoelaces and use a lighter to burn the frayed ends.
  4. Draw seeds with sharpie and white seeds in paint at random to make it look just like a watermelon. Then you’re done!  

Tip: For a different fruit simply swap out the folder colors and shoelaces. For example use a yellow folder with white and green shoelaces for a lemon case. Using the base of this craft, use felt paper to design anything you want such as a soccer ball, baseball, or even a moon.

Jenna is a staff writer and production assistant at Creative Child Magazine. She is currently attending University of Nevada - Las Vegas.

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