How to Make a Cereal Box Pencil Case

I feel a bit sad today that summer break has come to an end. Today is the first day of school in our county, and it seems we return to school a little sooner than most places. Yesterday Mom and I threw my nieces and some of their friends a last day of summer party complete with pizza, ice cream and movie. It was fun way to relish the final hours of summer break.

To help you and your kids get ready for back to school, I thought I would share how to make this neat cereal box pencil case. It’s an inexpensive and fun project that I think you will love. A printable template is included. I love back to school crafts!

Cereal Box Pencil Case Tutorial with Template

What you will need

• Empty Cereal Box
• Printable Template (link below)
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Scotch tape
• Adhesive hook & loop tape (Velcro)
• Ruler
• Scoring tool (butter knife, paper clip, something to make a crisp edge)


Open a cereal box or other food box and the seams and flatten it out.

Cereal Box Pencil Case

Cut out this Printable Pencil Case Template and place it on top of the flattened box. Trace, and cut it out.

Cereal Box Pencil Case

With a pencil, mark the score lines on the cereal box where they are indicated on the template, score, and fold. OR, you can just place the template right on top of the cut out box and score the box right through the paper. Run your scoring tool right along those lines, and then fold.

Cereal Box Pencil Case

Fold the pencil case right along those score lines to form box. Tuck the bottom tab inside the bottom of the case and tape into place with a small piece of clear tape. Then place tape along the long side of the case.

Cereal Box Pencil Case with Template

Attach the self-adhesive hook and loop fastener to the top flap on the inside of the case. Fold it down so that the other side of hook and loop tape attaches to the front of the case.

Cereal Box Pencil Case Tutorial with Template

This case holds 12 pencils.

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  1. What a great craft! I love this idea as my kids are always wrecking their pencil crayon boxes and always finishing cereal!

  2. How creative. My daughter would love to do this project with me.

  3. A great upcycled craft idea! And yes, this is too early to go back to school!

  4. That is such an awesome back to school craft! We have so many cereal boxes laying around and would totally do this.

  5. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I adore this for the colored pencils. You could probably make one for knifes too. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow thats awesome! And i bet strong than the case they come in.

  7. What a super cute idea and great way to recycle!

  8. Such a creative craft and a great way to reuse items around the home. The kids would love to try something like this – thanks for the idea!

  9. So clever! You could even re-enforce the box with duct tape. I do that with all my kids pencil & crayon boxes. Gives it extra support and tougher to rip!

  10. What an inventive idea–I love to see things up-cycled–and appreciate the step by step because I need them
    Thanks for sharing

  11. What a cool upcycle idea! Can see so many other uses, too, would be easy enough to change the shape of the box for all kinds of storage. Love it!

  12. What a great way to tech kids to reuse and recycle!

  13. Perfect for back to school! Also a great way to teach kids about re-purposing!

  14. This is something my children would love to create and use!

  15. What a great craft idea for back to school! My son starts back a week from tomorrow. I’m sad about it, too. It just seems like they start back sooner and sooner.

  16. This is such a great way to recycle those cereal boxes and also have a great way to keep those pencils organized and ready for travel.

  17. what a fun idea. it looks easy and fun.

  18. What a creative and easy idea, and you can use your favorite cereal box.

  19. very cute and what a great way to recycle too!

  20. Marti Tabora says:

    This is such a cute idea. I love the velcro closure, I think that makes it completely unique.

  21. Richard Hicks says:

    This is truly recycling and the pencil case looks really nice!

  22. rosa rogers says:

    This is very creative..It’s fun to make with the kids..

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