How to make a Griefcase

The process for making a Griefcase can be as simple or as complex as you want. The only real requirements are that you have a container with a handle for mobile deployment and that you have two separate areas: One for the sharing of drawings, and one for art materials. I took great care in assembling the materials for the first Griefcase, and you should probably do the same.

The Griefcase I made cost roughly $300 to make, with the costs split in half between the case and exterior, and the art tools. My guide for how to make a replica of this case is below.


Blackwing 12 colors Colored Pencils $19.95

Senneleier oil pastels (12 introductory colors) $38.80

Cretacolor Kneaded Eraser (2) ( $7.15 * 2) $14.30

Cretacolor Cleos Fine Art Graphite Pencil Set (6 Pencils) $13.21

Strathmore Drawing Paper 400 series 8×10 x 3 ($2.35 x3) $7.05×10-2-Pack/dp/B00U5D0M0A

Steadler Double Barrel Pencil Sharpener $4.09

8 1/4” x 10 1/8” + Flap, Premium Crystal Clear Protective Closure Bags (100 Pieces) [PR108S] 8X10 Archival Sleeves $11.62×257-100-pieces-pr108s.html

Uhu Stic Gluestick $2.05

Kohree Real Wax Flameless LED Candles $19.99


Premium Plastic Alphabet Letter Stickers A to Z $7.95

Vintage Style Brown Wooden Suitcase with Leather Trim $42.63

Portable A4 File Box Transparent Plastic Box Office Supplies Holder $9.99

Silkscreen for Case exterior $50

Foam for interior $20

Paper for Instructions $4.50

Paper Bag Card Stock 8.5″ x 11″

Lamination $8

White Silkscreen Ink $29.53

Disposable gloves $8

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