When children think about “back to school” there is a mix of tears and overachieving little ones who share a smile.
When parents think about “back to school” some will be happy, while others know how much they will miss the kiddos, even despise the commute.
When a creative person thinks about “back to school” their mind races to back to school crafts!!
Whether you are a novice crafter, or a skilled artisan, there is always something to be made- check out some of these cute ideas!
Clay Pot Apples
Take a clay pot, and a bottom/dish, paint them the apple color of your choice (red, yellow, or green are your best bets) and throw on a stem and/or a leaf and you have one of the cutest apples I have ever seen!
Whether you choose to glue these pieces together, or use this as a small box for erasers, paper clips or whatever school supply you choose, it would be a welcome addition to any desk – maybe this could even be a perfect teacher gift!
Chalkboard lunch boxes
Sometimes a mid-day pep talk from mom or dad goes a long way and can really brighten up a mood!
For hard-sided lunch boxes, simply paint the inside lid with chalkboard paint… easy as pie! For those who have soft-sided lunch boxes, use a sandwich box (or any other hard food containers) and paint the outside lid like this!
Locker bins and pencel holders
Although these are a bit more sophisticated looking than the usual locker pen and pencil holders, I think the idea is to die for.
Take a used tea tin, or any container really, and glue a heavy duty magnet to it… instant pencil cup! Find a large tin and you will have a note pad holder. The possibilities are endless!
Kraft paper book covers
This holds a special place in my heart!
Growing up, my mom would help me and my siblings put used paper bags from the grocery store on our books. We could draw on them or do whatever we pleased as they were creative protection for the book!
The person who posted this photo used bought rolls of Kraft paper, but either works!
Fun shaped crayons
Possibly the easiest of all the crafts: chop up some crayons, put them in a baking tin/silicone pan, and bake them. Sound easy enough? If you do that, you will end up with a nice selection of pretty colored crayons.
I would recommend an individual cookie or cake silicone baking dish, this allows you to take the crayons out easier when they are fully cooled. Another suggestion? Don’t try to take them out too early, they will be wibbly and warp.
Rainbow Fish craft
Many children already know the story of the Rainbow Fish, the acclaimed book talks of selfishness and sharing – widely used in the classroom to teach some morals.
Take an old compact disk and throw on some fins and you have a fish… however, don’t forget the scales!! This little fishy shown seems to have forgotten his scales, as one of the main storylines in the book, make sure those scales sparkle and shine with colors and glitter.
Sliced apple print notecards
What you need:
– notecards or paper
Simply slice your apple in half, stamp it into your apple color paint and stamp onto your paper… add a stem and some leaves with your markers and you have some super charming notecards!
These can be nice notes from or for a teacher, cute lunch box notes, or anything in between! Try alternating the color of your apples to make it more fun, or even try this with other fruits if you enjoy it!
crayon holder box
For those of us who like to see our crayon colors easily to make a coloring project easier, this project should be perfect! Find an old shoebox or another cardboard box with a lid, this box will be used to hold your crayons when not in use. Punch holes in the lid of the box just big enough to stand the crayons up in, and decorate however you please!
Anything can go in this box; not only crayons can stand up and be stored here, try scissors, pens, pencils, paint brushes and more!
Money or note boxes
Transform old mint or medicine tins into keepsake or money boxes! Use a cut to size sticker label on the front and draw to decorate, or use chalkboard paint on the front and change up what goes inside to your hearts content!
Moms and Dads may add money for lunches, or leave notes in these for children to find – the tin should be safe and sound rolling around in a lunchbox, too! My only recommendation would be: if there is to be change in this tin, it may make a bit of noise and intrigue sticky fingers, use a bit of wrapping inside if this is a possible issue.
Decorating average school supplies is the best way to get a tailored look on the cheap! Use scrapbook paper, stickers, markets, pens, pencils, charcoal, adhesive, glitter, washi tape, contact paper, and more. Take a page out of these books shown and monogram or make a picture, or just go for stripes, chevron, or a solid color if it pleases you!
Clever book marks
Fashion some cute paper clip bookmarks that will be sure to stay in place using some felt characters!
All you need is some thread or floss, felt sheets, paper clips, and some creativity! All the supplies are affordably priced, and you can make just about anything. (The star is super adorable!)
Soup can crayon organizer
This crayon organizer is perfect for group tables where everybody needs to keep the crayons, markers, or colored pencils in check in order to share efficiently!
The cans can be painted, covered in tapes (duct, washi, etc), or construction/scrapbook paper to show off what color should be placed inside. When you have the colors organized, it just FEELS better!
Although this isn’t a “craft” or an “art project”, this is a super creative and school themed thing that I couldn’t help but post!
Don’t forget to show off some school pride ON yourself. Fix your nails up, throw on a fashionable school hair bow, and get ready for class!