Introduction: The PVC Pencil Case

Tired of those store-bought, flimsy pencil cases that you know are going to break the first few weeks of school? Well then, you've come to the right place! This instructable will teach you how to make an inexpensive and virtually indestructable pencil case out of PVC.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

All the materials needed can be obtained quite inexpensively at your local hardware store.

You will need:


8 inches of 1" PVC pipe

1" end cap (non-threaded)

1" male adaptor

1" end cap (threaded)


PVC glue

Hacksaw or some other sharp device to cut the PVC

Step 2: Cutting the PVC and Glueing on the End Cap

Use the saw to cut the PVC down to 8 inches, then glue on the non- threaded end cap.

Step 3: Glueing on the Male Adapter

Now attatch the 1" male adapter to the other end of the pipe.

Step 4: The Boring Part

Lounge around a bit while you wait for the glue to dry. You might want to put a fan on it, you want those glue fumes out of there.

Step 5: Wrapping Up

When the glue is dry and the fumes are gone, slide some pencils in there, then screw the threaded end cap on. You might want to paint it, or leave it as it is.

Ta-da! You now have a convenient and extremely durable pencil case.


Halphinian made it! (author)2014-03-05

The design is great; I have based a lot of PVC projects on this design, including a quiver and a rain poncho case. Good thinking!

Spenceravery made it! (author)2013-07-24

It is a great awesome idea, but what if a teacher sees you for real with it and calls 911 suspecting its a pipe bomb? This is good for people that would paint/draw pictures on a

crimson sausage made it! (author)2009-01-19

You really dont need to lounge around while you wait for the glue to dry. Standard PVC pipe glue is used like this. Apply it to both pieces, then twist them until you cant. This melts the plastic together. If you people would just read the instructions on the back of the can, this would be a lot easier.

pudicobar made it! (author)2008-11-24

Yours look great!!! I didn't have the patience or the materials... :-) Congratulations!

shooby made it! (author)2008-09-03

This is great...for the artist who wants the sketch the view from the summit of K2. Otherwise, it's pretty space inefficient isn't it? The case costs more than the contents.

Browncoat made it! (author)2008-09-03

So simple, so useful!

Plasmana made it! (author)2008-09-03

Wow! This is a really good instructable! 5 stars! I am going to make one soon!

ItsTheHobbs made it! (author)2008-09-03

Nice Idea, I'll make one today!

flataffect made it! (author)2008-09-03

Anyone who would mistake that for a pipe bomb deserves the ridicule they would receive after calling it in to authorities. Darn good idea for a case if you as me.

killerjackalope made it! (author)2008-09-03

Not a bad idea but that could look a little suspect... lol

lil_timmy1990 made it! (author)2008-09-02

That looks like it would do a good job protecting the pencils Until somebody thinks its a pipe bomb.

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