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Send Your Kids Back to School in Style with These Great Projects


It’s that time of year again… summer is almost over for the kids, pencils are being sharpened, teachers are preparing for the upcoming school year and kids are oh-so-excited about rushing off to school for another nine months! Well, maybe not!

Either way, here are some great do-it-yourself projects to tackle with your kids to help get them in the back-to-school spirit, jazz up their school supplies and even add a little organization to your daily routines...

Color-Me-Fuzzy Notebooks

Color-Me-Fuzzy Notebooks

Spruce up a plain notebook and give it some personality with this easy project!

Supplies You’ll Need:

• Spiral-bound notebook
• Glue
• Colored pipe cleaners
• Colored construction paper


Directions:

Lay out the pipe cleaners in a color pattern of your choice on the top a spiral-bound notebook. Glue each one down individually, and fold the pipe cleaner ends against the top and bottom edges of the inner cover. Then, conceal them with a sheet of colored construction paper by gluing it to the inside front cover of your notebook.

Lunch Made Fun

For those who carry their lunch boxes to and from school, why not let them personalize it themselves?

Supplies You’ll Need:

• Foam stickers
• Embellishments
• Rhinestones
• Anything else your child would like on their lunch box
• Hot glue gun (used with adult supervision)

 

Directions:

Allow your student to arrange stickers and embellishments on the lunchbox. Then, help your child use a hot glue gun to attach! Let dry overnight.

Lunch Made Fun

Family Message Board

Family Message Board

Schedules can get hectic for any family. Here’s a great way to help keep track of everyone’s activities and leave messages for each other when you’re on the go!

Supplies You’ll Need:

• Square chalk boards (dry erase boards work great, too) – one for each member of your family
• Fabric or large wooden letters to identify each family members’ name
• Paint 
• Hot glue gun

 

Directions:

If you’re using fabric for family members’ names or initials, cut each one out and glue to the top corner of each message board and let dry. If you use wood letters, paint each one and set aside to dry before attaching with a hot glue gun to the boards. Once each board is embellished and decorated, hang on the wall in an accessible area where family members can write their schedules or important reminders for everyone to easily see!

Early-riser Reminders

Start the kids’ mornings off on the right foot and help remind them of their morning routine and to-dos with these clever D-I-Y placemats.

Supplies You’ll Need:

• Decorative paper
• Glue
• Poster board
• Markers
• Dry erase marker
• Adhesive-backed Velcro dot

 

Directions:

Cut three 6- by 12-inch rectangles from decorative paper. Using glue, attach each side by side onto the poster board. Write a “Things to do at Home” checklist on the left rectangle and a “Take to School” checklist on the right one (leave a few blank spaces at the bottom of each list for notes). Have the place mat laminated at a copy shop or cover it with clear packaging tape. Your child can use a dry erase marker to check off items or write additional reminders. Affix an adhesive-backed Velcro dot to keep the marker attached to the placemat.

Early-riser Reminders

Hopefully these D-I-Y projects and tips will help get this school year off to a great start!

Notebook photo by Spoonful; Lunch box photo by Better Homes & Gardens; Message Boards photo by Creative Organizing Blog and Simplify 101; Placemat photo by Spoonful

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