Personalize your kid’s school supplies with these DIY ideas and get them excited to go back to school while saving a few bucks!
In this article:
- Design Your School Supplies with Washi Tape
- From Old Notebooks to Back to School Ready Notebooks
- Bookplate Stickers
- Literally, A Notebook Bag
- Milk Jug Lunch Box
- Sweater Laptop Sleeve
- Back to School Locker Accessories: Clothespin Magnets
- Tank Top from an Old Shirt
- One-Of-A-Kind Sneakers
- Friendship Bracelets
Back to School Supplies, You Can DIY
1. Design Your School Supplies with Washi Tape
You can washi tape pretty much all your school supplies–books, notebooks, laptops, mobile devices, etc. Best of all, this washi tape craft is so safe to do, you can let your toddler do it.
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2. From Old Notebooks to Back to School Ready Notebooks
Personalize it by stamping the front cover, washi taping the edges, or embroidering your name on the back cover.
3. Bookplate Stickers
Although mostly used in books, these free printable bookplate designs can also be used in other back to school supplies such as notebooks, laptops, and file organizers. Younger children can create their own unique designs using photos of their favorite characters.
4. Literally, A Notebook Bag
Using only a canvas tote bag, Sharpies and embroidery thread, this back to school couldn’t be any simpler. You can also let your kids in on the fun by letting them doodle on their “notebook”.
5. Milk Jug Lunch Box
Packed lunch has never been this cute – and it’ll only cost you $1. Take an empty milk jug and follow the steps here to create your very own lunch box.
Aside from a lunch box, you can also use it as containers for your school supplies to keep your desk organized.
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6. Sweater Laptop Sleeve
Add sequins, buttons, ribbons, and other knick-knacks to add your own flavor to your laptop sleeve.
7. Back to School Locker Accessories: Clothespin Magnets
Help yourself to this locker accessory idea you can DIY to personalize and prettify your locker. Attach magnetic tape strips on one of the flat surfaces of wooden clothespins for a new way to display photos and notes inside your locker.
8. Tank Top from an Old Shirt
You can add more embellishments if you like to create a unique tank top. This DIY is especially recommended for teens.
9. One-Of-A-Kind Sneakers
You can also use this technique on canvas tote bags and pouches.
10. Friendship Bracelets
This video from SoCraftastic will show you four DIY notebook ideas with Sharpie markers perfect for back-to-school:
Before you went on a splurge at a school supplies store near you, take these DIY back to school supplies ideas, first. Now you know how you can spare a few dollars from your pocket with DIY back to school ideas to personalize your school supplies.
Don’t forget to share your finished back to school DIY with us. We love learning about new projects! Write about it in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 8, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.