I wanted to make an extra special pencil case for my daughter when she started kindergarten last year.  I decided to make a decoden pencil case.  Have you heard of decoden?  It’s a craft from Japan where more is better:  more embellishments,  more glitter, more everything!!  I used a product from Plaid Crafts that’s called Collage Clay.  It’s an ultralight clay that air dries and is perfect for decoden projects.

This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, where I am a contributor.


  • Pencil box
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Collage Clay
  • Flower Beads

Step one:  Paint the box and wood letter pink. Sprinkle ultra fine glitter on the wet paint.

Step two:  Spread white collage clay on the lid of the box, then use the enclosed tip to pipe collage clay around the edge.  It’s just like icing a cake!

Step three:  Press the beads into the clay.  You can use also use buttons and anything else you like!  The clay will act like a cement that holds all the cabochons in place.

Step four:  Sprinkle glitter onto the wet clay.  Allow it the collage clay to dry for several hours.

What little girl wouldn’t love to keep her supplies in this case?  You can change the colors and the trinkets you add to make this box suitable for any age or gender.  Add black glitter and mini racers to make a tiny race track box.  Use pearlized beads to create a more sophisticated look.  The possibilities are as endless as your imagination!  Have fun crafting and creating with collage clay!


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