Hello again, savvy savers! Today finds us with another awesome DIY project just in time for back-to-school savings! If you were anything like me as a child, you always needed a pencil pouch, supply case, and student ID bag; all needed to make sure that our schedules, Lisa Frank pencils, push-through lead insert-able pencils, scented Mr. Sketch markers, and the illicit ultra-cool, but highly impracticable pencil top erasers handy!
So for this weeks Throwback Thursdays (which will also incorporate my weekly Thrifty Thursday post as well) series post, I will be showing you how to make DIY Pencil Pouches, In-Binder Supply Pouches, and Student ID Cases; also note that for the Student ID cases, you could also use these pouches for Epi-pen pouches, a pouch with business cards letting teachers and school personal know about food allergies, or feminine case products for young women! Also worth noting, be sure to check the Scotch website for everyday coupons on duct tape, colored tape, and the like; I purchased my rolls of Duct Tape, the day after Christmas for the past two years, at CVS with coupons, for only $0.10 per roll! I also purchase my baggies, with coupon at the Dollar Tree, making this project $0.15 per bag, on average!
So, to begin you will need the following:
- Scissors or Cutting Board
- Ziplock bags; quart size for Pencil Pouches and Student ID & Gallon Bag for In-Binder School Supply Pouch
- 3-Ring Hole Punch
- Customized Duct Tape
- Straight Edge
- Card-stock or Scrapbook Paper Sheet
- Sharpie or Colored Marker
- Binder (or D Clip, if linking to a backpack)
- Page Re-Enforcers, Optional
Here’s how to make the DIY Pencil Pouches:
- Lay a Ziplock baggie on a clean surface, as flat as possible.
- using a straight edge and sharpie, mark two inches off of the bottom of the baggie.
- Cut the two inch section off of the baggie and set to the side.
- Lay your tape flat on the baggie, and continue to wrap each strip of the baggie; each baggie will use three strips.
- Secure the bottom strip together.
- If you just want a pencil pouch, you are now done!
Here’s how to Turn Pencil Pouches into Student ID Cases:
- Using the piece of cut-off baggie listed above, lay the piece flat and cut it in half.
- Using a sheet of card-stock or scrapbook paper, cut a template to fit the baggie half sheet; I used a 3″x3″ sheet.
- The cut-out will act as a backing to whatever you will need to place in the pouch, for your Student Id, words of encouragement card, epi-pen instructions, etc.
- Place the card in the sleeve and place the sleeve on top of the pouch.
- Tape down both sides and the bottom section of the sleeve, leaving the top sleeve of the envelope open for the pouch.
- You’re done!
Also note, you can hole punch your pouch, and then add a D-Clip to the pouch, if adding it to a backpack!
Here’s how to make the In-Binder Supply Pouch:
- Using the instructions for the Pencil Pouch and the Student ID instructions above, make a pouch using a gallon-sized baggie.
- When adding a sheet envelope to the top of the pouch, aim for a 4″x4″ rectangle to the pouch; this envelope can house your student schedule or emergency contact information.
- When your pouch is completed, using a three-ring hole punch, punch your pouch to accommodate its use in a three-ring binder.
- You’re done!
So that it, folks! An easy-peasy DIY version of DIY Pencil Pouches, In-Binder Supply Pouches, & Student ID Cases! If you make a similar version or have other DIY back-to-school tips that make help other LadyPrefers2Save readers, I’d love to hear about them, and feature them on my social media channels!
Here’ to saving,