Pencil Case – a fitting home for my new pencils


New Pencil Box, Just waiting for more pencils

New Pencil Box, Just waiting for more pencils


Here is the new pencil box I made over the Easter break.  As I said in my previous post, I went a little crazy and bought more colour pencils.  I already had the large set of prismacolor pencils and I bought the extra 18 pencils that they brought out a while ago.  Then I went mad and bought the large set of Caran d’Arche Luminance pencils, so I now have to house 214 coloured pencils and I wanted them all in one place.  The only answer is build my own pencil case.

I had been considering my options and had thought of trays of colours in a box, like my tin for the prismacolors, but I found that the trays were messy to spread out.  I wanted to see all my colours in one glorious array.  So I went back to how the old Derwents were packaged in the staggered, folding box.  The prized box of 72 Derwents, my heart desire as a child, I never did get them in one box, I saved my pocket money and bought them one at a time until I had the full set, but never got the box purchasing them that way.  Clearly I am making up for a traumatised childhood!

Stage 1 - Dividers

Stage 1 – Dividers

Stage 2 - Putting the dividers together

Stage 2 – Putting the dividers together

I  needed three boxes though and ended up with the capacity for 240 pencils, enough to allow for extras.  I made them out of four rows of twenty pencils with four compartments of five pencils in each row.  I made the rows and glued them together, each one offset by 4cm.  Four of these made up my three boxes.  I then made an outside box to stick them into and then covered them in bookbinding cloth with side bits that would wrap around each other so the became a box and I could store them and most of all take them with me.  For extra trickiness I cut little hatches in the back where there was a gap so I had a place to keep extras like sharpeners, pencil rubbers etc.

Stage 3 - Dividers into the folding boxes

Stage 3 – Dividers into the folding boxes

I am really happy with the results, it is a bit stiff and doesn’t roll up completely square, but some of this will work out with use as it softens up.  The fact that it stands solidly on its own, means that I have all the colours in front of me which is handy.  I made little colour charts for behind the pencils, as I like them to go back into the same place.

Folded up

Folded up

I am just waiting now for the Luminance pencils to arrive from England and I can complete it.  You may still get an update on it as I haven’t completed the closures and I will need a new colour chart to include the new pencils and perhaps some decoration on the outside.

Time to play some more with the contents.


New Pencil Box, Just waiting for more pencils

New Pencil Box, Just waiting for more pencils

14 responses to “Pencil Case – a fitting home for my new pencils

  1. You clever thing. Fancy making this yourself! I could never conceive of and make such a thing. I like the way when it is folded up it looks like an apartment building…housing for pencils rather than people.
    I HAVE had the Derwent 72 box that you wished you’d had when you were a child. I didn’t like using it because when pencils got short it was hard if not nearly impossible to get them out…or even SEE them when they got really short. You might need a separate box for stubs.

    • Thanks Julie, I usually glue the stubs of the pencils onto a new one of that colour with superglue and just keep using them. Prismacolor pencils come unsharpened so they just glue together. So I had more an issue with longer pencils rather than shorter ones, so these I just put at the front where there is more head room. Karen

  2. Good idea to do the glueing thing. You may still be able to do that with your new Luminance as their ends are almost flat – ever so slightly rounded.

  3. I love this case! fantastic!

  4. How lovely! I just went through rearranging my pencils… I ended up getting one of the little books as I carry mine with me a lot and wanted something softer, but I wish I had both options!

  5. YES! This is fab-o. I know what exactly what you mean about those Prismacolor trays and wanting them all in one.

    I have made boxes for handmade books from illustration board but never something this complicated. Did you cover it with linen? That looks gorgeous. Well done!

    I never thought of gluing pencils together–what a great idea.

    • Thanks, yes I put my fledgeling bookmaking skills to use when I made the pencil case and used bookbinders cloth to cover it, I then painted matt medium over the cloth to protect it and I will be drawing some patterns onto it when I decide what I want. I found out about super gluing pencils together somewhere on the internet and it has been very handy and works surprisingly well. You just have to be very careful of the super glue as it splurts and drips and I have ruined a favourite pair of jeans by dripping glue on them, nothing gets it our of clothing! Karen

  6. It looks very professional Karen – you must have planned it very carefully to make all the elements work together so neatly. Having your paintings on the front panels makes it yours! Very nice!

    • Thanks Anna, I did try my best to think it through, but mainly it was just done a bit at a time making sure that each bit matched. But really wasn’t that hard the book binding experience helped a lot. I must say I was surprised it worked so well. Karen

  7. This looks like a brilliant solution to storing your pencils, and you can carry them all around easily. Looks like you really enjoyed the making process too. Hope the English order has arrived by now, and the Luminance are now nestling in their allotted spaces! Sue

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