I had been meaning to buy a pencil case for weeks and keep forgetting. Then I had an great idea to make one! I had scrapbooking paper lying around from another project, so I decided to use that make a cute and personalized pencil case.
Step 1: Supplies
Decorative Paper (or you could use an old magazine, or any other paper, maybe even fabric!) I used scrapbooking paper that was about 8"x8". You're going to need 4 sets of 2 sheets of paper.
Step 2: Preparing the Paper
Take two sets of paper and cut to 6" high and 8" wide.
Cut strips into paper 1" wide, stopping 1" before the top of the paper.
With the other sets of paper, cut into complete strips 1" wide. I got about 8 strips, but didn't use them all.
Take one sheet from a set of the paper with the one inch solid strip on the top. Use the strips of paper from another set of paper to make a basket weave.
Do the same with the second sheet of paper. Then with the sheets from the second set of paper.
*To make a basket start with one strip of paper and weave it over then under the strips cut into the first set of paper. With the next strip do the same thing, but go under then over. Repeat until you reach the end of the paper.
When that is completed, glue all the ends to seal it. Then trim the sheets if you have uneven edges.
Step 4: Constructing
Now you have four sheets of paper. Glue one sheet from each set to a sheet from the other set and repeat with the other sheets. You will now have two sheets of paper.
Decide what two sheets will be the interior, and what two will be the exterior. The sheet of the left in the photo shown is what I decided to use as the exterior.
Now its Mod Podge time! Mod Podge each side of the of the sheets. While you wait for the Mod Podge to dry, cut two 8" pieces of ribbon,2 pieces of ribbon that are the exact length of the sides of the case, and one pieces the length of the bottom.
Step 5: Glue It Together!
Using the hot glue gun, glue each 8" strip of ribbon in the center of one side of each sheet. These ribbons will tie together to close the case.
Now hot glue each side of the sheets, as well as the bottom of the sheets together, leave the top open(where the solid strip of paper is). Then hot glue half of the remaining ribbon to one side of the now glued together case. Repeat on the other side and the bottom.
Flip over and hot glue the other half of the ribbon to the other side.