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Cool Back-to-School Crafts You’ll Have to Make

Prepare for a new school year by getting creative! These 10 back-to-school crafts will inspire you, and kids of all ages will love to help in the making.

10 Cool Back-to-School Crafts You'll Have to Make

Would you like to hear a funny story? My mom was a teacher so she prepared me for going to the first day of Kindergarten. I had gone to a Montessori preschool, but it wasn’t all day and I believe I only went three days a week.

So with the thought in mind that I understood what was happening, she placed my name tag on my jacket and the bus picked me up. Like a normal school day.

I came home from my first day of Kindergarten, and apparently there was a little confusion. You see, I didn’t realize that I’d be going back to school again the next day. And the day after that, and the day after that . . . and all year.

When my mom explained to me that I’d be going again, I had a meltdown.

Hilarious, right??

Once I accepted the idea of school, going back-to-school was a strange and exciting time. I wanted to have the perfect outfit for the first day, and the perfect supplies. I was also big into personalization – I LOVED back-to-school crafts. You definitely knew that my school stuff was mine!

If you want your children to have the perfect goodies for back-to-school, here are some great ideas. I love a clever project, don’t you? Keep scrolling for 10 cool back-to-school crafts.

Back-to-School Crafts

1. I Love School Banner

Printable i love school back-to-school banner

Do you love school? Show your pride with this fun banner (the post includes printables). I love how bright this banner is!

2. DIY Locker Tote

How to sew a locker tote

With so much vertical space in a locker, it can be hard to organize – so add a sewn tote. It’s a pretty simple pattern, and you can reuse the tote year after year.

3. Back-to-School Notebook

DIY decoupage notebook

To save a little money, buy plain notebooks and personalize the fronts with paper and fabric from your stash.

4. Pencil Pencil Pouch

DIY pencil pouch tutorial

Yep, you read that right – it’s a pencil themed pencil pouch. It’s so cute I can hardly stand it, makes a great addition to your school organizers. This is one of my favorite back-to-school crafts ever!

5. Decorated Clipboard

DIY clipboard with Mod Podge

This Mod Podged clipboard can be customized, and makes a great gift for a new student or teacher. Do it with your favorite papers.

6. Notebook Lined Tee

DIY notebook tee for back-to-school

You can make this fun project with a dollar store tee shirt and fabric paint! Wouldn’t it be fun in adult sizes as well?

7. Polka Dot Backpack

DIY polka dot backpack

This is the perfect way to add a little flair to a plain backpack – and you just need a stencil and some paint. We have five more ideas for personalized backpacks you also need to see.

8. Chalkboard Sandwich Box

Make a cute and easy little DIY chalkboard project for back to school - decorate sandwich boxes so you can leave sweet messages for your kids!

Make a cute and easy little DIY chalkboard project for back to school – decorate sandwich boxes so you can leave sweet messages for your kids!

9. Colored Pencil Necklace

DIY colored pencil necklace

You’ll be the coolest kid in school with this necklace made from real colored pencils. Wondering if this could be make with crayons too?

10. Cute Containers

Back to school containers

You’ll definitely need a place for all of those school supplies, so paint and stencil your own custom containers.

Do you love these back-to-school crafts? Let me know in the comments! Plus I also want to share another awesome addition to your back-to-school repertoire: lunch box notes. Get 175+ notes to put in your littles’ lunch boxes by clicking on the image below:

175+ free printable lunch box notes - this is the ultimate list!

Cute lunch box jokes with a monster theme
Cute and Free Monster Lunch Box Jokes
These delicious cookie bars use Cinnamon Oreos and are NO bake! They are so rich and good - your family will ask you to make them again and again.
No Bake Cinnamon Oreo Cookie Bars


Thursday 17th of July 2014

I can't find the option for slideshow of back-to-school crafts! I want to go through it, how do I see all the crafts??


Friday 18th of July 2014

I fixed a setting - take another peek! :D