DIY Duck Tape Pencil Box

School starts next week. I'm excited. I don't want to start celebrating too soon. We do have one more week of summer to enjoy, however, I am ready.

While we are all in school prep mode I thought I would re-post my Duck Tape Pencil Box tutorial. It was a simple craft you can do in an afternoon. We still use them and the art caddy 4 years later!


My sister posted photos today on Facebook of my niece's first day of kindergarten. I almost cried. Landon is in preschool this year. I guess I got all emotional seeing my little niece going to school for the first time and thinking about Landon's turn next year.

They grow up too fast.

The neighborhood park is located right by the elementary school and Landon tells me every time we are there that he will be going to that school next year. I think he is getting pumped up about it. It makes me think that I will be crying more than he will on the first day.

When I found out I would have the opportunity to buy Duck Tape at Walmart and create something school related I decided to head in the "art class" direction. I went crazy at Wal-Mart and bought a wide array of school supplies to help him stay creative. Although lately, all he has been drawing is maps, tons, and tons of maps.

Duck Tape Pencil Box

I made these cute little pencil boxes out of the single sheets of duck tape. I felt a lot of the patterns available were a little on the girlie side, but I fell in love with the mustache print. Duck tape has definitely come a long way since being the fix it all tape. Now its the create it all tape.

These little boxes are very simple to make. Here's what you need to do.

1. Cut your duck tape down to the correct size.

I basically cut the tape in half. There are grid lines on the back so you can get a straight line easily.

One grid line is the perfect width to hold pencils, markers, etc...

2. Mark your cut line and cut.

You need to make slits on each side to create the edges. You just need to cut one square deep.

3. Fold and tape the sides.

Remove the backing of the duck tape one side at a time. What you are going to do is tuck the base flap into the side flap and re-seal it. When you do the opposite side, just overlap the tape on top to create the case.

You will end up with something like this. Don't worry if you don't get it perfectly straight the first time (or the second like me), you can pull it apart and readjust easily.  Repeat this on the other side.

I taped one to the top of a notebook too. It is perfect for a quick grab and go in the car.

To keep all of his new supplies organized I corralled them all in this caddy I bought at Wal-Mart for $1 and used toilet paper rolls wrapped in duck tape to keep the supplies standing upright.

Landon has been carrying this thing around everywhere. I knew he would like it, but I didn't think this much. Ever since I put it together he has been drawing up a storm (maps, maps, maps) while I am making dinner. Which is totally amazing by the way.

I could easily use duck tape on every school supply to create a matching ensemble. Notebooks, folders, pens, you name it. It almost makes me want to be in school again.

For more creative duck tape ideas be sure to follow them on twitter @TheDuckBrand

Are you ready for the new school year? How do you keep it creative?

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