Personalized Pencil Case Craft
A pencil case with your kid's name on it!
- A pencil case:Canvas, foam, whatever you can find.
- Iron-on ink jet dark t-shirt transfers:We like Avery brand.
- A word-processing program:Like Microsoft Word.
- Ink jet photo printer:If you don't have one at home, you'll have to make a trip to Kinko's or some other printing store to print.
- Fabric and ribbon:Fun, colorful scrap pieces you can use to decorate the pencil case.
- Embellishments:Like rhinestones, beads, silk flowers, flower appliqués, etc.
- Hot-glue gun and glue sticks:Kids and hot glue don't mix, so make sure you do all the gluing!
- Help your kid pick a digital picture (or three) to iron onto his pencil case. It can be of your kid or your kid's favorite thing: SpongeBob, a princess, a Ferrari, chicken nuggets, whatever ... You can use a picture from the stash on your hard drive or you can help your kid search for one on Google. Save the images on your computer.
- Next, show your kid how to put the pictures in a Microsoft Word document. Just open a blank Word document, click "insert" then click on "picture" and "from file." Search your computer to find the pictures and click on them to add them to the document.
- When you've got all of the pictures you want on the page, print the page on the iron-on paper using a photo printer.
- Have your kid cut the pictures out.
- Then, plug in the iron and hot-glue gun (far away from your kids!) and prepare to start decorating!
- While you're getting the hot stuff ready, have your kid look through ribbon and fabric to decide how he wants to decorate his case.
- Have him cut a piece of fabric as big as the pencil case to use as his background. He can then start to arrange more fabric (if he wants) and the cut-out photos onto the big piece of fabric.
- When he's got his design down, iron the picture on to the fabric he's chosen.
- Next, use the hot glue gun to glue the whole shebang onto the pencil case.
- Glue on the rest of the embellishments wherever your kid wants them to go.
- When you're all finished, put pencils, markers, erasers and glue sticks in your kid's pencil cases and send him to school!
- While you're searching for an image for your kid's pencil case, go ahead and save a bunch of images that he loves. It's best to print a bunch of images at once (so you don't waste iron-on paper) and you can always use them later for T-shirts or other crafts.
- Have your kid make some cool beaded pencil toppers or some salt dough or beaded pens to go with her pencil case!