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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Craft for Kids: Making Your Own Pencil Box

By Scarlet Paolicchi


If your kids are like mine, they have a ton of art supplies! To keep them organized, we store their supplies in containers we find in the recycling bin. Clear, plastic lettuce tubs with lids are perfect for holding paper scraps and repurposed shoe boxes are great for holding paints and paint brushes. We also use old diaper wipe boxes to hold crayons or cleaning wipe packages to hold pencils and markers. This DIY craft is a great “upcycling” project that teaches kids to reuse items and is a great activity the whole family can enjoy!

finished boxesMaterials

  • Container with a lid
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Construction paper, or used wrapping paper that is not too wrinkled
  • Scissors
  • Glue


Raid your recycling bin for the perfect container. Pick one with a lid that is big enough to fit your art supplies. For this project, I used two different types of containers.

I find that the containers from cleaning wipes are great for holding larger items like pens and pencils, just make sure you wash the container thoroughly with soapy water before using. cutting out the label

Begin by carefully peeling the label from the container, which is usually fairly easy. Next, trace the label on a sheet of paper and cut it out. This ensures the shape and dimensions of your paper are the exact diameter of the container. You’ll see the label is a bit larger than the container and you will want yours be the same as this helps the glue stick.

After you have traced and cut the label, glue it to the container. Now it’s time for the fun part - decorating and accessorizing your container! For our container we wrote on the back of some used, white paper and then added a colorful, contrasting border with some construction paper.

making a crayon boxThe larger container was made in almost the same way; however, we did not remove the label this time. Since the paper we had wasn't big enough to overlap the entire container, instead we measured the height of the label, cut this shape out and glued it directly on top of the label. This larger size is great for big markers.

The container used for this crayon box has been used at our house since my kids were in diapers! My son loved the monster paper and was very vocal about where we placed the monsters on the box. After we discussed his design idea, we took the measurements of the paper and traced them onto scrap paper to test out the fit.

As I told my kids, it is better to be sure that the final paper will fit by testing the placement with scrap paper, than to be sorry after gluing the final paper!  After making a couple adjustments to our scrap paper, we traced this shape onto the final paper, cut and glued it to the containers.  

This craft is a very straight forward and easy project that keeps the kids focused. My kids loved the project and we all had fun working together. I hope you enjoy it has much as we did!

What is a favorite recycle craft or activity that you did to upcycle with your kids? We'd love to hear about it!

Photos courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

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