Back to School: DIY School Supplies

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It’s that time of year…Back to School Time! If you’re looking for a way to get your child excited about going back to school keep reading. Last weekend, I hosted a small DIY School Supplies party for a friend’s three pre-teen daughters. This fun and creative activity can help with the dreaded back to school transition.

In case you didn’t know, DIY School Supplies are the new “it” thing on Youtube. There are hundreds of DIY School Supplies videos. As prep for the party, I made a short Youtube playlist for the girls to watch the night before the party. Watching the videos not only got them excited about the party and it gave them decorating inspiration. Click here to see the Youtube playlist.
DIY Back to School SuppliesThe first step, of course, is to purchase the supplies. I purchased all of the craft supplies from Michael’s, Joann’s Fabric and Craft, and The Dollar Tree. All of the school supplies were purchased at the Staples during their big sale a few weeks back. I placed all of the supplies on one table and used another table as the work space.
Here’s a list of what you need:
Craft Supplies:
Scrapbook Paper
Mod Podge
Foam Paint Brushes
Decorative Duct Tape
Washi Tape
Scissors (one for each child)
Plastic Tablecloth (to cover the work space)
Paper Bowls (for the Mod Podge)
Stickers
Sticker Labels
School Supplies:
Folders
Composition Books
Non Mechanical Pencils
Subject Notebooks
Pencil Cases
Academic Agendas/Planners
It’s Party Time!
DIY Back to School 4The first thing we decorated were the composition book, subject notebooks, and folders. We used the Mod Podge (I love this stuff) to glue scrapbook paper to the items. As the girls moved on to their next item, I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the scrapbook paper items. This is an important step, the Mod Podge acts as a sealer for the scrapbook paper and makes it more durable. Working on the Mod Podge items first will guarantee that the items have enough time to dry.
Next the girls moved on to their pencils. They wrapped washi tape around each of their pencils. Washi tape is awesome, because it’s decorative and still allows the pencil to be sharpen. Do not use duct tape, you will not be able to sharpen the pencil.
DIY Back to School 3Then we moved on to the academic planners. I purchased the planner at the Dollar Tree (what a deal). Of course, the first thing written in their new planners were the “no school” days. Then the girls put stickers on the holidays and their birthdays! I purchased lots of stickers so that the girls can continue to decorate their planners throughout the school year. There are also a couple of videos on my Youtube playlist regarding staying organized with academic planners.
And after two hours of fun…the finished products. The girls did an amazing job decorating their supplies! And their Mom text me after the party and said that the girls are excited to show their friends their new school supplies.
DIY Back to SchoolAs a parting gift, dry erase boards and dry erase markers. I made the girls little dry erase boards out of table top Dollar Tree frames. These are great for writing weekly to-do list, motivational quotes, and reminders. The text can be easily wiped away and replace with something new. I also sent the girls home with all of the craft supplies, so that they continue decorating supplies at home.
DIY Back to School Dry Erase FramesThese girls are now ready for the first day of school!
What do you do to get your children excited about the new school year? Let me know in the comments!
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6 Responses to Back to School: DIY School Supplies

  1. CSmith says:

    Nice idea.

  2. Gabby says:

    Such a great idea to give your children a creative outlet and be proud of what they are taking to school! Even if they are a little bit cheaper! I used to love getting cool things for school but it would have been super fun if I could have done it myself! Thank you for Linking up with us at the Tips and Tricks Link Party!

  3. Kaylie says:

    Love this!! The designs are so neat! Seems like a really fun activity.

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