Dollar Tree Challenge DIY Pencil Cases

$5 Dollar Tree Challenge YouTube Video: DIY Pencil Cases

The girls and I decided to start doing some YouTube videos together. This first episode, a Dollar Tree $5 Challenge, was Mia’s idea. The first theme? DIY Pencil Cases.

DIY Dollar Tree Challenge Pencil Cases

I love this challenge because the girls come up with the ideas on their own on a whim with a budget in mind. Plus, we had the best time doing it!

The Rules

Mia (age 10), Nala (age 4), and I each have $5.00 to spend at the Dollar Tree. We have to use the money for supplies to make our own DIY Pencil Case. We have no idea what we’ll find, so watch along as we discover, for the first time, what is on the Dollar Tree shelves.

Watch the Video

Nala’s Pencil Case

Being only 4 years old, Nala needed a little help. For hers, we decided to upcycle an existing pencil case. She spent $5.00.

What she bought

  • Purple Plastic Pencil Case
  • Greet Card
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Paint Brush
  • Flower Craft Jewels

Items Needed from Home

  • Glass Container

What she did

We made our own decoupage medium by mixing glue and water. The Elsa picture on the card was perfect. I helped her cut it out and we decoupaged Elsa to the front of the box. After it dried, Nala then decorated the pencil box with plastic gems she found.

Mia’s Pencil Case

Mia decided to repurpose a paper gift bag. She spent $3.00.

What she bought

  • Gift Bag
  • Pompoms
  • Letter Stickers

Items Needed from Home

  • Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Ziploc Bag
  • Glue

What she did

Mia cut the bag and used the zipper from a Gallon Ziploc bag to close the top. She decorated the front to look like a Monster with wiggly eyes, construction paper for the mouth and teeth, and pompoms for the antennas. She put her name in the monster’s mouth, like it is eating her name.

Dinah’s Pencil Case

Like mother like daughter, I too chose to upcycle a gift bag. I swear it wasn’t planned! I spent $4.00 and this included pencils for us to share to put in our bags.

What I bought

  • Paper Gift Bag
  • Duct Tape
  • Velcro
  • Pencils

Items Needed from home

  • Scissors

What I did

I cut the bag in half and folded each side and used duct tape to secure the sides and Velcro to close the top. I left the handles on the gift bag on to double as straps. The girls fight over it because they say it looks like a purse!

I hope you enjoyed our first family YouTube video. We intent to do other crafty challenges together and film more episodes! Stay Tuned!

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  1. I love all three. But I especially love the idea of doing the Dollar store challenge. This is a great idea !
    I can’t wait to see more of the challenges and videos!

  2. Okay, I like all three. But, I have to say the one that Nala did was my favorite! Why? Because she chose a blue pencil case, a blue based card and complementary stickers. Four years old and she thought to do that, she gets my vote! Hahaha, the one Mia did was so cute with the face on the side and yours, Dinah, using the duct tape was amazing. Have you done a whole video on duct tape alone. Love this project! Looking forward to more!

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