By Amy Rios

Crayons and markers all over the place are not uncommon when the kids are coloring in the car. Before you know it, the caps have been lost and there is marker all over their hands and the car.  Luckily, I have a fun and crafty way to solve the problem: Follow me as I walk you through to make a to-go coloring set for your kids! It’s small, useful, and practical for the car, office, or waiting room. This project is simple to make with common things around the house. 


What you will need:

  •  Old DVD case                    
  •  Markers
  •  Foam paper/ felt 
  •  Pad of paper
  •  Manilla folder (hard paper)
  •  Tape
  •  Hot glue gun
  •  X-acto knife



  1. First you need to cut out the lifted part of the DVD case where the DVD sits. Be careful not to cut through to the plastic. You can slip a small cutting board in between the plastic and the case to prevent cutting through. 
  2. Next cut the hard paper the size of the inside of the case and glue it to the case. 
  3. Take your markers and line them up straight. Tip line them up against the case to make them completely straight. Place the tape across the marker caps and fold over the edge. Flip the markers and tape the back side of the markers. 
  4. Tape the markers to the case from the top. Flip the markers up and take to the case from the bottom. 
  5. Take your foam paper, felt, or other decorative paper and cut to the correct size and glue to the case (one strip on the top, and the rest on the bottom)
  6. You can use the slots to hold your pad of paper into place. (Other alternatives: hot glue a pad of paper to the front cover or use post its to stick to the front)
  7.  Create a DVD sleeve to make your to-go color set unique to your child. You can go to this site to get a Microsoft template: Slip in the sleeve to the front and you are ready to go!