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dvd coloring case

So I still haven’t gotten around to recycling of all of these empty DVD cases. Now I am trying to think of how to reuse them. Hmmmm… {wheels turning} …. and this is what I came up with….

… a coloring case! It’s kind of an updated version of a crayon roll complete with paper storage. Now this is not just for kids! I would keep one in my purse so when inspiration strikes I can take it out and sketch and write down ideas!! Using color too!

Want to use your DVD cases too? Here’s how to make one….

{gather your supplies}

empty DVD case {now, every DVD case is slightly different so you may need to make adjustments depending on the style of case you have}

thin cardboard {I used an old USPS mailing box}

card stock

fabric

colorful paper {for the outside artwork}

spray adhesive {this is going to be your best friend for this project!}

utility knife and self healing mat

{what you do}

This first part is a little tricky. You need to cut out the part of the case that holds the DVD {the round part that the DVD clicks into} so you have a flat surface so your writing tools will fit and the case will be able to close. To do that, place a self healing mat in between the outside plastic cover and the case so when you cut you will not cut the outside cover. Using a utility knife, carefully cut around the DVD holder. I found that using smaller, shallow cuts is the way to go and not cutting through the plastic all at once. Make sense so far?

Here is what mine looks like after being cut….

Now, cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside that space…

Cut a piece of fabric to wrap around the cardboard. Use spray adhesive to glue the fabric onto the cardboard.

Cut another piece of fabric for the pocket. I cut mine so the pocket would come up a little more than half as tall as the case. Once you measure, double the height so when you fold the fabric in half it will be the right size. Iron so you have a crisp fold.

Lay the pocket down and put some pencils on top. This will help create enough room for the pencils in the pocket.

Place the fabric covered cardboard on top of the pencils.

Fold over the sides of the pocket and use spray adhesive to glue down the pocket.

I used a little tape to help the corners stay down.

Glue the pocket into the case using spray adhesive. Glue over the hole you cut.

Cut some paper to fit in the case and place it under the tabs for the DVD info.

Cut a piece of decorative paper for the cover art. Decorate as you wish. Insert the cover. I don’t have a picture but, I cut a piece of card stock and glued it to the outside of the case but inside of the plastic cover over the hole that I cut. This just makes the outer cover more smooth. I hope that makes sense :).

Enough room for about 14 pens or pencils.

The clips were perfect to hold a stack of paper.

These would be great for kids as a traveling coloring case, in the car, on a walk, in the classroom. A perfect, compact art studio and sketchbook for anyone!

If you have made one I would love to see! Come share on flickr!!

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171 thoughts on “dvd coloring case

    1. i totally agree! i'm pinning this too.. and hopefully making two of them before we leave for our cross country move! (nice seeing you here too shelby!)

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  1. I love this so much!! I'm going to make some for my little guy and my nieces, they'll be absolutely perfect for long car trips and those times where we have to wait somewhere. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  2. I love this!! I am totally going to make this, thank you for sharing 🙂
    Craftysoccermom.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm doing this tonight! These will be great for things to keep them occupied at church! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  4. This is awesome! I have a birthday party to go to tomorrow and had no clue what to bring. You saved me!

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  5. What a fantastic and original idea. Love the material you used and it looks like a fun and easy project. Visiting from Katherine's Corner blog hop. Hope your weekend continues to be sensationally creative.

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  6. so i tried this and my dvd case won't close. I tried two different kinds of fabrics, two differnt kinds of pencils and then even tried wrapping it in paper. I haven't even put the stack of paper in on the other side yet. Any idea what I may be doing wrong?

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    1. I'm sorry you are running into problems! How about the cardboard you are using behind the pencils? It may be too thick. Also, I have noticed that I had many different styles of DVD cases (of course they had to be all different!) so yours may be slightly different in size. Try a thinner cardboard or a different DVD case. If you try again let me know how it works out! Good luck!

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    2. I had the same problem. The hook holding the paper on the left side pushes against the pocket holding the pencils on the right side. I made a velcro strap to put around the case and put a little flower on it for decoration.

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    3. I ended up using card stock (the cover to one of my scrap book page sets) and it worked!! Thanks for bringing something super obvious to my attention lol! I did think about changing the fabric but never the cardboard :/ Thanks again!

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    4. i had this problem, but i just had to trim the size of my cardboard to smaller than the space, so that it didn't push on the spine when it closed.

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  7. Brilliant! I have been using felt to create no-sew pencil and crayon holders, I just love this idea! I can't wait to share it with my Facebook fans!

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  8. I'm so glad I came across this today on Pinterest! I made one for my son this evening. I posted a blog about it and linked it back to you.

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  9. How fabulous is this? LOVE this idea! I'm pinning it and can't wait to make a couple for my kiddies! Thanks for sharing and I am off to check out the rest of your blog.
    Jenn 🙂

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  10. This is fantastic! And lightweight! And just the thing for travelling with my coloured pencils!
    I just thought that if you're sewing, you could sew the pocket to the fabric before glueing it onto the cardboard – that might be sturdier.
    Also, I like Proverbs 22:6 Academy's idea – these could work for crochet hooks, socks knitting needles, many other things…

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  11. Great idea! You did a b beautiful job. Those would be great to have in the car for road trips.

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  12. This is a brilliant idea. I will have to try it.
    Also looking at the other posts, the DVD cases that we buy at the $2 shop are called slimline and are about a third the width of commercial cases – just saying!!
    Maybe transfer the commercial DVDs to the slimline ones and use the broken commercial width ones for this idea.

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  13. Super creative! I have a big road trip coming up this summer, and I think I will have to make these for all the kiddos coming. Thanks for linking up to I Made It! Monday. Can't wait to see what you share this week.

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  14. you could also use one of those old vinyl VHS cases they are a tad larger. and they would work with your insert.

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  15. Genius! I am just now working on putting all our DVDs in binder sheets and now I can re-purpose all the jackets!-

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  16. This is so, so clever! I'm not clever, so I sure appreciate people like you who think up this kind of stuff! Love it! I have tons of cases because I put our DVDs in binders, so I'm going to make some of these coloring cases. Yay!! 😀

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  17. Oh what a good idea also you could make a case for crochet hooks thanks for the idea.

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  18. I'm thinking of some other uses, wondering if it would be deep enough for my travel watercolor set…or maybe using an old VHS box would work. Hmmmm….

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  19. What a neat idea. I could use this to organize my crochet hooks! 🙂 Thanks!

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  20. love this so much. Brilliant recycling craft!! Thank you for linking up to the Thursday hop. Sorry I'm behind in saying thank you. My Monday post will explain my delay.Hope to see you again this Thursday. xo

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  21. Great idea, I'm all into chalkboardnpaint lately and will try to play around with this idea with the chalkboard paint. Thanks for the detailed post on how to make it.

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  22. I love this! I happen to be right in the middle of organizing my DVDs and getting rid of all the packaging. This is a perfect way to recycle. I may let some of the girls in our youth group at church do this as a service project, since I have so many cases!

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  23. We have a nine hour car trip coming up this summer and a four hour plane ride, so I'm definitely making these to entertain my kids!! What a great idea! We don't keep DVD cases, but I do plan on buying some new movies for the trip, so now I have a use for the cases instead of throwing them out!

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  24. What a great idea. I'm going to try this for my Kids' Hope child to fill her end of year treat basket. thanks for the tute

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  25. I have so many empty DVD cases. My husband bought packages of blank ones years ago to use for his bands DVD they had made. We had a lot of extra cases. This is such a great idea for me to use those and some extra material. Make great gifts for all of my step-daughters friends when they have their various summer parties. I am glad I found your blog! Thanks!

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  26. i've been trying to think of a good way to make a cover for my kobo e-reader, and my husband had some old video game boxes, just like dvd boxes but thicker. after seeing your idea it hit me to try that and it fit perfectly!!! now i don't have to buy some fifty dollar case :)i did mine a little differently preferring my power dremmel tool to saw out all the bits and a whole to charge while inside. 🙂 i'll also be gluing a buckle 🙂 thanks for your inspiration!!! 🙂

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  27. When my students leave for a holiday during the school year, I send a journal for them to keep of their trip. This will allow an easy package for me to use, students can design the cover, or alternately use a postcard/brochure from their destination.

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  28. I so love this idea which I found on Pintrest. I will be making a few of these soon. I have a nephew who is quite the artist and this would be perfect for him. One thought I had was to not only have blank paper to color on but add some puzzles, color pages, dot to dot etc. for children who are a little older. I will definately be using these for children at church as they learn to be reverent during services. Thanks much for the great idea. Beverly banuttercreation@hotmail.com

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  29. saw this tonight and made one ten minutes later!!! lol. I used hot glue instead.. and it worked well also!! thanks!!

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  30. My cardboard didn't fit as well as yours but I used an Xbox game case.

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  31. This is genius. I'm an artist and I think i might put a spin on it and make myself a travel case for my sketch materials / art papers.

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  32. ooh! or you could make a travel case for your makeup brushes, and tuck a mirror and a couple of eyeshadows in there. Or line it with satin and make pockets for keeping jewelry!

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  33. This is the most awesome idea! I love it! And so amazing for us who can't sew. I am for sure going to start making these! Thank you so much!!!!!

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  34. I didn't have spray adhesive, so I just machine sewed the fabric onto the cardboard and used double sided tape to secure to the case.

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  35. These are amazing!!! My daughter and I are going to make them for all the children in our lives. I hate all those cases. I have a huge box of them in the the garage and now they are gonna be something fabulous 🙂

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  36. I just made the case for my 3yr. old daughter and it turned out so cute, thanks so much for the inspiration! Saw you on pinterest!

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  37. I just finishe a case for my almost-3-year-old. I used the same fabric for the cover under the plastic. It is cute and was so easy. He loves it. Thank you and thanks to Pinterest for leading me to you.

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  38. This is adorable! We are driving to Virginia Beach in a few weeks- 6 hours in the car- our kids will love these 🙂 Saw this on Pintrest- thank you!

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  39. Hi Stacy,

    Thanks for showing us this how-to. I saw this on Pinterest and automatically thought "I can make this". I did and it was easy, I spent more time on the label with the rubber stamps for my son's then I did on the actually case. SUPER EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY! 🙂

    Thanks again,
    April

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  40. great idea and the images are great! thanks for sharing, I am going to try this idea with a cd box…maybe it will work! wish me luck!!!

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  41. I can't wait to try this, but could you explain how you covered the hole.

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  42. What a lovely idea! I'm going to do at least two of them, one to me and other for my niblings 🙂

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  43. What a great Idea… i think i really need to make me one, too!!!! Also if i have no Kids to yet. But papers and pencils to go… would be great 😀

    Best wishes

    Eve

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  44. Wow, what a wonderful idea…. sabed in my brain for the next long holiday car trip…. Thanks for sharing… by the way…wonderful Blog
    Greetings
    miniheju

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  45. Very cool
    very functional
    very stylish

    =SIMPLY FANTASTIC

    Thanx & greetings from Germany
    SelMama

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  46. This is great. I made a bunch of math toolboxes for my algebra and geometry students out of VHS cases donated by a local video store. Unfortunately things did not fit right due to the two pieces that hold the VHS in place. You solved that for me! Also not all items made it back due to lack of a pocket. You solved that. Can't wait to update my toolboxes. I also plan on making a DVD one to store different colors of eyeliner in my makeup drawer. THANKS

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  47. This is so clever! Thanks very much for sharing the idea. I am going to do something similar (but much simpler, since it's just a 3 hour drive and not an all-day road-trip or anything) to keep my 3 kiddos (ages 7, 6 & 6) occupied on a weekend trip coming up, except I plan on using a half sheet of paper that is laminated (blank on one side, travel bingo card printed on the reverse) and a pair of thin dry erase or wet erase markers (if they fit in the case!) and a scrap of felt for erasing.

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  48. im using your idea for a huuuggeee project at my church.. we have a ministry program called JOY.. its our special needs class.. and all of our 30+ kids we have in there looovveee to color.. so we are using this to personalize them all thier own color cases to give them for christmas. its our girls high school small group doing it!! if you have any more ideas and hints to make thiss more efficiant and maybe easier it would be a great help!!

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  49. I didn't have any fabric so I used some nice wrapping paper. Glue is not my friend so I had to use tape. Still turned out nice.

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  50. Does anyone know of a store that sells empty DVD cases? I wanted to make them for favors at my daughter's bday. I tried Walmart and Target. Heading to Best Buy and GameStop tomorrow…

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  51. download is easy process and also free from virsus . This is very easy to download and also very nice block . Really its appreciated blog and information too.

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  52. I'm making this right now for my niece. I found when cutting out the DVD holder part that creating a small incision that the utility knife can fit in and sliding the knife around the edges of the circle is really simple. Just an idea for those like me who struggle with using a x-acto knife 🙂

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  53. This is an awesome Idea…….but while I was reading directions, I thought why not use a dremmel tool to grind down the raised area the cd sits in. Porbably easier to do, and you don't have to compromise the outer cover of the case.

    Just a thought

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  55. Just finished transferring the rest of my dvds into Atlantic inc. dvd sleeves. Takes up about 1/100 the space. That feels so good to say! Then I looked at the laundry basket of empty cases and despaired. What in the good gravy was I going to to with all of those. I figured someone had put their hat on before me so I Googlized and found the obvious … duh ….. The Library! My thanks to the people who put their thinking caps on earlier than me. Off to the Library tomorrow! The deed is done!!!! Then I think I will just sit and look at mymiminalist collection for a minute or two.

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  56. I've started one already!…the cutting is a bear..and I now see I need better tools..but it's going to be great!

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  57. I am going to make one for each of my grandkids. But I am using a stampin up stamp case that I ordered a pack of 4 empty ones. So I won't have the back part cut out. Really excited to try this

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  58. Very cute I will be trying this for my very creative eleven year old ….and thank you for such detailed instructions

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  59. Great idea! Any suggestions for old video cases? I have over 50 cases.

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  60. I agree that this is a fantastic idea, the only problem i have is that i don't understand how you can cut the 'circle' out of the case without cutting through the plastic on the outside of the case! Please help!

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  61. I made one for each of my kids. I let them pick decorative paper instead of fabric to cover the cardboard piece on the inside. Instead of a pocket, I placed a rubber band all the way around the cardboard piece to keep the pens/pencils in place. I put a pic on my FB like page, Healthier with Holly Reed with a link back to your page for directions.

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