5 DIY Back to School Crafts Projects to Try with the Kids
School’s out for summer, hooray! Six weeks of fun, sun and playtime are stretching ahead, and it’s time to start planning what you and the kids are going to fill all these free hours with. And while we know that school will be far from the kids’ minds right now, it couldn’t hurt to make use of all this spare time and get them crafting their very own DIY back to school supplies.
Getting the kids to make their own DIY back to school accessories is the perfect way to get them excited and enthusiastic about school. So rather than the end of the holidays looming ahead like a cloud, they will instead have some unique, personalised school supplies to show off and enjoy.
Besides, these are all super fun activities to have up your sleeve for those ‘I’m bored’ days. So let’s jump straight in to our favourite DIY back to school craft ideas:
Personalised Name Notebooks
Image source: Momtastic
You can never have too many notebooks, and the start of a new school term is usually full of note taking. So rather than buying yet another generic one, why don’t you and the kids make your own personalised notebooks? They’ll certainly never get mixed up with anyone else’s, that’s for sure.
We love how easy these are to personalise; literally anything goes. Your little creatives can choose their favourite patterns and colours to make their books match their personalities. And, for the final flourish, they can add their initials or full names with stickers to make them entirely their own. Adorable!
We found this amazing DIY school notebook tutorial over on Momtastic, and they’re surprisingly straightforward to make.
Here’s your shopping list:
- Plain, glue-bound paperback notebooks (A5)
- Patterned paper (whatever takes your fancy)
- Coloured card (any colour that matches your chosen pattern)
- Glue stick
- Alphabet stickers
And here’s the full tutorial from Momtastic. Have fun!
Craft Tape Pencils
Image source: The Pink Doormat
So they’ve got something to write in, but what about something to write with? Stocking up on brand new pens and pencils is all part of the excitement of the back to school season, but what if you could take it one step further? With just a few rolls of funky-patterned craft tape your kids can transform their pens and pencils from plain to personalised in seconds. When they’re done they’ll have a pencil case full of colour, pattern and personality, guaranteed to stand out from the usual school crowd.
We found this super quick and easy DIY back to school project on The Pink Doormat blog. Oh, and this activity is perfect for those days when you really don’t want lots of mess or faff. Hooray!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Ready to go? Here’s the full tutorial from The Pink Doormat.
DIY Pencil Case
Image source: Mama Miss
They’ve got the notebook, they’ve got the pencils, now all that’s missing is a pencil case. Why should they settle for something that everyone can have, when they could create their very own pencil cases to reflect their unique personalities?
That’s why we love this simple-yet-genius DIY back to school project idea from the Mama Miss blog. With just three simple supplies your kids can design and colour their very own pencil cases ready for the start of the new term. Besides, it’s another wonderfully simple project for them to work on during those rainy days the summer weather will inevitably send our way.
Here’s your (very short) shopping list:
You will also need a scrap of plastic or something thin and solid to place inside the pencil case while they draw their designs. This will prevent the ink of the pens seeping through and ruining the other side.
Now that you’re all set, here’s the full tutorial from Mama Miss.
Image source: Tater Tots & Jello
Anything that encourages little ones to read and enjoy their books gets a big thumbs up from the Crafty Arts team. We’re sure you agree, so why not craft a few adorable, personalised DIY bookmarks for the new term’s reading projects? This is a fiddly one, so it’s more of a parent project. However, there’s nothing to say you couldn’t let them make their own simplified ones too!
We found this inspiring DIY back to school craft idea from the wonderful Tater Tots and Jello blog, and these bookmarks make lovely little gifts for your special little learners.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Patterned paper
- Glue Stick
- Yarn or twine
- Hole punch
- Assorted stickers and embellishments
- Sticky back film or a laminator and laminating sheets
Inspired? Check out the full tutorial on Tater Tots & Jello.
Image source: Giggles Galore
Our final DIY back to school find was these incredibly inventive chalkboard placemats. These are perfect for the really little learners in your household, and they can be used again and again. These placemats transform dinner time into fun learning time, allowing your little ones to practice their writing, drawing and maths skills. This is a great way to get your children back into learning mode before term begins, and doubles up as an additional learning tool for the entire year to come.
We found this little gem of craft genius on the Giggles Galore blog, and we couldn’t wait to share it with you guys. They almost make us wish we were kids again.
Here’s your simple shopping list:
Ready to start painting that placemat? Here’s the full tutorial from Giggles Galore.
With all these exciting DIY back to school projects keeping them busy all summer, your little ones will be ready and raring to go for when the next school term begins. As always we’d love to see your crafts, so keep your photos and videos coming via our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram @craftyartsuk. Maybe you could teach us something new too?