How to Make a DIY Pencil Box for Kids

DIY Pencil Box for Kids

I had a bunch of scrap plywood laying around from other projects so I decided to do something small and simple that my kids could help with. One of the things I knew would be useful to them is some kind of organizer for their pencils and crayons. So we decided to build a small DIY Pencil Box so that their crayons would not be all over the table and floor.

I cut all of the pieces using a table saw and had my kids put it together. Also, I recorded a video of them working.

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How to Build a DIY Wood Pencil Box

Pencil Box for Kids PDF


This PDF download includes Cut Diagrams, a List of Supplies, and 3D illustrations with detailed steps to build the project. Measurements are in imperial and not metric. Does NOT include SketchUp/CAD files.

Pencil Box for Kids

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Tools for this project

Material List

  • 8″x30″ — 1/2″ plywood
  • 1″ Finish Nails
  • Paint

Note: Lumber dimensions are listed as nominal size.  See lumber sizes for actual dimensions vs nominal.

Disclosure: Some of the links on this page as well as links in “tools for this project” and “material list” sections are affiliate links. 


DIY Pencil Box for Kids dimensions

Cut List

DIY Pencil Box for Kids cut list

Step 1 – First Assemble the Smaller Box

Cut all pieces to dimensions provided in the cut list using a skill saw and/or table saw. Take the pieces for the small box and attach them together using 1″ finish nails.

assemble smaller box for DIY Pencil Box for Kids

Step 2 – Then Build a Bigger Box

Take the sideboards and arrange them in a box. Place the top board over the sideboards and nail it with finish nails.

attach the bottom piece of DIY Pencil Box for Kids

Step 3 – Nail the Side Boards

Now nail the sides together with two nails at each corner.

attach the sides of the DIY Pencil Box for Kids

Step 4 – Place and Attach Small Box Inside the Large Box

Place the small box in one corner. Slide the last piece in and nail it from the side and bottom. You’re all done with this DIY Pencil Box for Kids.

attach the middle divider for DIY Pencil Box for Kids

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