It’s hard to believe that we are past the halfway point for summer, and that school is around the corner! If you’re making things for your kids for back to school, now’s the time to start planning! One thing every student will need is a pencil case, and why not make it a cute one? These adorable animal face DIY pencil case crafts are simple enough to make that kid’s can make their own. I’m showing you two ideas here, a panda and a peacock, but you could easily alter the colors to make puppies, penguins, bears, or any other animal your school age child loves!
- Wood Hinged Pencil Box
- Craft Paint in Various Colors
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Sock Friends Bright Fabric Sheets
Step one. Decide what kind of animal you want to make. Paint the box the desired base color. For the panda, use white. For the peacock, use turquoise. Two applications of paint were enough to get a nice finish.
Tip: If your unfinished wood box is rough or uneven, you can paint it with white gesso first to create a more smooth surface to paint on.
Step two. Use a pencil to sketch the animal’s face onto the pencil box top. For the panda, I simply traced two circles onto the top, then drew a small crescent in each circle. For the peacock, I traced two circles, then connected them with a rectangular shape, followed by a triangle beak in the center.
Step four. When the paint has dried, cover the eyes and other facial features with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Start by tracing the outline of the shape, then fill the inside with the Dimensional Magic. If you get bubbles in the Dimensional Magic, pop them or drag them to the edge of the DIY pencil case with a sewing pin.
Step five. Cut ears and other features from the bright fabric sheets. This special fabric is perfect because it is lightweight and does not fray. It’s thin enough to slip between the top and bottom of the case without being so bulky that the case can’t close. I cut my shapes freehand: a semi-circle for the ears and a stick with a circle on top for the bird’s crest.
I hadn’t planned to make a DIY pencil case peacock, but I’m so glad my daughter begged me to make one for her. I love the bright colors, and I can guarantee no one in her class will have the same pencil case.
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Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at morenascorner.com. Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!