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21+1 Back to School DIYs

02/09/2014

Was it not yesterday when the summer had just begun, the first swimming trip that turned into a whole night of adventures? Yes, it was a great summer but there is no time to be nostalgic as it’s time to get excited for the new season. For so many people the autumn season comes with new beginnings, and for many more it means – Back to School!backtoschool.21

When I was younger I loved everything about going back to school. Besides the new cool backpack and pencil case, that of course had to match and have pictures of your favorite cartoon character on them, the new folders, notebooks and book covers were so much fun to get. We also got to choose our favorite fragmented erasers (now just the thought is making me nauseous), magic markers and other stationeries, which I was most likely found bragging about to my new classmates that my supplies were better than theirs. Ooh, now I’m getting nostalgic again.

But the thing is, I don’t think things have changed so much since I went to school. Maybe additionally to all the basic school supplies, kids these days also need an iPad cover, but I bet they get just as much or even more excited about it all. And because I know among our readers there are many DIY lovers, I thought of collecting a list of 21+1 inspirational Back to School DIYs for you to try out! So here you go, tips and ideas on how to personalize, customize or make some of the school supplies yourself and with the help of  your kid. Trust me, they will love and appreciate them! You can find a link to the DIY directions under each image.

Cool idea to sow new paper covers up any unsightly notebooks you may have.

Cool idea is to sow new paper covers on any unsightly notebooks you may have. Perfect option when you can’t find ones that look exactly as you wish! Via

Donut bulletin board with sprinkle push pins, does it get anything cuter than that? Via

Donut bulletin board with sprinkle push pins, does it get anything cuter than that? Via

Make the first day of school special with a banner! Yours can say something like "hooray!" or something else equally manipulative.

Make the first day of school special, why not celebrate the event with a banner! This cute apple banner is obviously made to brown nose the teacher, but you can make one that says anything you want! Via

 

Kickin' it back to the old school! I've always wanted to use a book strap.

This is old school style but I love the idea. Maybe not the best for younger kids, but definitely a cool new look for a collage kid. Tie your books together with an old belt, this one even has a place for pens! Via

School cones or Zuckertüte are popular in the middle European countries, you can fill them up with anything you like, and celebrate the beginning of school. Via

School cones or Zuckertüte are popular in the middle European countries, you can fill them up with anything you like, and celebrate the beginning of school. Via

Turn boring paperclips into something cute and fun! Just don't attach one with a love note to your son's lunchbox every day. It won't go over well.

Turn boring paperclips into something cute and fun, these pink paperclip hearts are adorable! Via

A great way to keep track of their books.

A great way to keep track of their books is to use personalized labels. Via

More bookplates, but maybe for older kids? I love the illustrations.

More bookplates, but for older kids. I love the illustrations. Via

Tip dyes pencils looks fabulous.

Tip dyed pencils looks fabulous! Via

Keep all of their schedules straight and your sanity in tact with a new (and pretty!) calendar!

Keep all of your schedules straight  and organized with a DIY calendar! To get different hues and colors for each day, use paint sample strips. Via

This is a great one for the older kids heading back to school or out to college.

This is a great one for the older kids heading back to school or out to college. A DIY leather lap top or iPad cover. I like the studs. Via

Those plain brown notebooks are perfect for decorating. I love this geometric embroidered one.

Those plain brown notebooks are perfect for decorating. Take a step further from just coloring or drawing on them, try out embroidering. Via

Your pencils need a little something extra..how about some washi tape?

Your pencils need a little something extra..how about some washi tape? Via

A Fashionable Way to Roll Up Your Cords. Via

A Fashionable and handy way to roll up your cords. Via

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This DIY bookmark might be more topical later in the year, but hey, you can always use it as motivation. Via

It's a Stretch Notebook! Via

It’s a Stretch Notebook! Rubber bands stretched over a notebook cover to hold pens and other small items. Brilliant!  Via

Alphabet bookmarks in a rainbow of colors. You could use different colors for different school subjects: green fro geography, blue for history etc. Via

Alphabet bookmarks in a rainbow of colors. You could use different colors for different school subjects: green fro geography, blue for history etc. Via

Cool pencil inspired pencil cases, hah! These actually look chic and I wouldn't even mind having them on my office desk! Via

Cool pencil inspired pencil cases, hah! These actually look chic and I wouldn’t even mind having them on my office desk! Via

Glitter pencils. I think I need these! Via

Glitter pencils. I think I need these! Via

Our very own Geometric book cover DIY with a free templete. Via

Our very own Geometric book cover DIY with a free templete. Via

Not really a school supply, but a really fun DIY idea! a necklace made of colorful pencils. Via

Not really a school supply, but a really fun DIY idea! a necklace made of colorful pencils. Via

These marbled notebooks are stunning! They are a bit more advanced crafting, but definitely worth the work. Via

These marbled notebooks are stunning! They are a bit more advanced crafting, but definitely worth the work. Via

 

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