9/17/2014 | DIY/Creative Ideas, Guest Post

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Create a Customized Monogram
Pen & Pencil Bag for Back to School

There is no time like the start of the school year to get a little more organized. Organizing solutions work best when you enjoy using them. Lucky for you, the Pentel Handy-Line Permanent Markers can help you take a plain pencil bag and give it a little personalized oomph!

Not only is a personalized bag super fun, but it can be green, too! Use a higher quality cloth bag (instead of the see through vinyl cheapies) to have a supply stash that will last and last. Plus you’ll be happy knowing that the Handy-Line Permanent Markers are made with 55% post-consumer recycled plastic and they are refillable – which means less waste to end up in the landfills!

Supplies

Step 1: Apply

Apply the sticker for your monogram to the front of the bag.

pen pouch step 1

Step 2: Trace

Trace the outline of the letter onto the bag using the marker.

pen pouch step 2

Step 3: Stipple

Gently use the tip of your marker to add dots radiating from the line out and away from the letter. I like the gradient look of having more dots very close to the line, which slowly thinned out so there were fewer dots further from the line.

pen pouch step 3

Step 4: Peel Away

Peel away the sticker and admire your work.

pen pouch step 4

Personalized pen pouch cover 1

Alternate Version:

Instead of just a monogram, try spelling out your name or a word like “pens” during step 1 for a fun alternative.

pen pouch alternative look

Meet & Connect with Carissa!

carissa 250px squareCarissa is the head non-hippie behind the magazine-style blog, Creative Green Living. She began blogging about crafts and DIY in 2006 but her heart turned green after the birth of her first son in 2010. Her goal is to teach parents about easy, greener choices for families that are still functional, tasty and fun!

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