Sunday, 2 September 2012

Saving On Back-To-School: Star Wars Style

We are all gearing up to send our kidlets off to school for another school year. I am pretty sure this summer flew by on a jet plane. Remember the days when we were kids and summers lasted forever? Those were the days! Anyhoo, I'm jumping back in the saddle for regular posts and am excited to do so. We are all settled into our new house (I'll get to that in an upcoming post) and gearing up for back-to-school with the mass population of our new, family oriented, kid packed neighbourhood that I am in love with.

So, as we are shopping around and gathering our supplies, I am noticing that if I want to purchase anything of name brand, I need to pay an outrageous amount for it. Okay, that might be slightly dramatic but I do think $10 for a Star Wars pencil case is ridiculous, since I can get a perfectly fine one for $1 at any dollar store. That's when I needed to get creative! My little guy picked out a plan ol' black and red pencil case from the dollar store, he thought it was very Darth Vader like. My job...turn it into a Star Wars pencil case.

So this is what I did...

First I needed a stencil. I found this great Darth Vader one at As the name suggests, it's a pumpkin carving stencil. I downloaded the image and made the image smaller to fit the pencil case. Once I had it to size, I cut the black portion of the stencil out with my trusty exacto knife.

Then I got a tube of Tulip Metallics Fabric Paint in Silver to trace Darth Vader onto the pencil case.

Trace out the outline as close to the edge as you can get. Keep the paper still and don't fuss about the cleanness of your lines at this point, you can clean them up afterwards.

Slowly remove your template, clean up your lines and you've got yourself a much cheaper Star Wars pencil case :D

I also added my little man's name to the bottom and voila, complete!

Here's to trying to save a little money at the time of year when it seems to fly out the window ;) Happy back-to-school everyone!!

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  1. I love the pouch! ...especially Darth Vader! You did a fabulous job on it. I'd love for you to link it up to our What I Wore Sunday link party:

    See you soon!

    Holla! We're your newest followers! ;)

    1. Thank you so much Natalie!! I will be sure to add it to your Sunday Party, I have added it to my list ;) Thanks so much for the invite!! Following back ;)

  2. That is soooo neat!! I would love to do this with my son's stuff. What a great idea!! Would save so much money too :)

  3. This is so cool! My daughter will love this project. Great tutorial. Thanks so much for linking up last week to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you have for this week’s party! Have a great week.

  4. These brands are nothing more than a money-making machine. Their quality is same as the local stuff but are double triple in prices.