It’s about that time of the year, right parents? Schools in our area are gearing to start back up soon. My two kiddos don’t start back until the middle of August which still feels so early! Instead of springing it on them with “Hey kids, you’re going back to school tomorrow”, we made some Back to School Crafts as a fun way to get them used to the idea. While my preschool aged kids were working on our crafts on different days, we talked about what they could expect and I answered questions. The back to school crafts were great conversations starters.
Let your imagination run wild with these DIY back-to-school crafts that encourage endless creativity. From imaginative paperclip bookmarks to custom-designed pencil toppers, explore a world of possibilities and add a touch of artistic flair to your child’s school routine. Kids of all ages will enjoy these easy crafts for the start of a new school year.
Fun Back To School Crafts For Kids
In this article, we will dive into the realm of DIY back-to-school crafts that will captivate your child’s creativity. Say goodbye to dull desks and hello to vibrant desk organizers, along with inspirational quote wall art that will uplift your spirits. And let’s not forget the essential diy pencil case that will not only keep your writing utensils in order but also showcase your imaginative flair. So, get ready to infuse your back to school routine with a touch of crafty brilliance.
For this first back to school craft, making paper countdown chains, I give you a full tutorial here. For the other crafts, I will provide a link for those tutorials.
1. Back To School Paper Chain Tutorial
This is one of the best back to school crafts because that they can count down the days and ease into the back to school time!
Supplies Needed for your Back To School Craft Paper Chain :
- construction paper (any color works)
- stapler or tape
How to make your Back To School Paper Chain:
Gather your supplies and head to a table. If your child is old enough to use kid friendly scissors, he/she can help you cut out the paper chain strips of paper or they can help you write on the paper chain topper! Start by cutting strips of paper. The number of strips will be the number of days left until the first day of school! Once those are all cut out, lay those to the side. Making a topper for your child’s chain is next. We went with an apple (it’ simple to make) but your child can choose whatever he/she would like! Once you have sketched your object and cut it out, write a little somethings on the topper…your child’s name…their school…what grade they’re going in…whatever!
Once your topper and strips of paper are cut out, it’s time to make the back to school craft. Loop the strips in one another and staple together as you go. Once they’re all attached, hang in your child’s room or beside the front door! Pull one piece of the chain off each day. The first day of school will be the very last chain link to pull off!
2. Back To School Pencil Frame
This fun pencil frame is easy to make and so cute for framing first day of school pictures! They also make great grandparent gifts.
3. Back To School Bus Paper Craft
This cute and easy back to school paper craft is perfect for preschool kids. My toddlers won’t take the bus yet but they still get excited whenever they see one! Try this school bus craft.
4. Apple Handprint Craft
Apples are always associated with back to school season because it is nice to bring your teacher a little gift. My kids loved making their apple handprint crafts and they are so perfect for preschoolers. They make great keepsakes to remember their kindergarten year.
5. Make A Pencil Vase
This DIY pencil vase is a great way to get kids excited about their school supplies! They will love making this and it is super cute home decoration to get them excited or to give the teacher on the first day of school. Here’ how to make a pencil vase.
6. Innovative Paperclip Bookmarks
These clever creations not only keep your place in a book but also serve as a unique and eye-catching accessory. With just a few simple materials, you can transform an ordinary paperclip into a miniature work of art.
To begin, gather your supplies. You’ll need some colorful paperclips, decorative washi tape, and a variety of small charms or beads. Choose paperclips in different sizes, shapes, and colors to add an extra touch of personality to your bookmarks.
Next, let your imagination run wild as you decorate your paperclips. Wrap them in vibrant washi tape or layer different patterns for a fun and whimsical look. You can also attach small charms or beads to the end of the paperclip for an added touch of flair. The possibilities are endless, so feel free to experiment and create a paperclip bookmark that truly reflects your style.
Simply slide the finished paperclip craft over the page you want to mark, and the charm or bead will hang down, creating a visual reminder of your spot. Not only are these bookmarks practical, but they also add a touch of creativity to your reading routine.
7. Personalized Pencil Toppers
Just like the bookmarks, these pencil topper crafts will not only add a touch of individuality to your school supplies but also showcase your imagination and artistic talent.
With personalized pencil toppers, your child can easily stand out from the crowd and make a statement. From fluffy pom-poms to miniature figurines, the options for pencil toppers are endless. Let your imagination run wild and choose designs that reflect their unique personality. Whether you want a cute fall-themed pencil topper or a glittery charm that sparkles as you write, there are no limits to what you can create. You can even match your pencil toppers to your paperclip bookmarks, turning both into a cohesive set that will surely impress classmates.
8. Colorful Desk Organizers
Next up, we have some delightful ideas for colorful desk organizers. Let’s dive into a world where even the most mundane desk objects become a vibrant and visually pleasing part of your study space. When it comes to staying organized, having a designated place for everything on your desk can make a world of difference. But who says it has to be boring? With these colorful desk organizers, you can add a pop of color and personal flair to your workspace.
One idea is to repurpose old soup cans or mason jars into pencil holders. Simply clean them out and give them a fresh coat of paint in your favorite colors. You can even add patterns or designs using tape or stencils for an extra touch of creativity. Not only will these colorful pencil holders keep your writing utensils within reach, but they will also add a playful element to your desk.
If you have a collection of washi tape, here’s a great way to put it to use. Take a plain, wooden desk organizer and cover it with strips of colorful washi tape. You can mix and match patterns and colors to create a unique and eye-catching design. This simple DIY project will transform your desk organizer into a lively piece that adds a touch of whimsy to your workspace. Now that you have these colorful desk organizers, your study space will feel more inviting and inspiring.
9. Inspirational Quote Wall Art Craft
Get ready to unleash your creativity further with an enchanting piece of inspirational quote wall art. This captivating addition to your room will serve as a constant reminder to stay motivated and pursue your dreams with passion, setting the perfect tone for your back-to-school journey. Here is an quote I find perfect for back to school inspiration: “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” –Conan O’ Brien.
10. DIY Pencil Case
To begin this DIY adventure, gather your materials. You’ll need a pencil case and any decorations you’d like to add, such as buttons or patches, and a hot glue gun, washi tape, or paint. You can embellish your pencil case with buttons, patches, or any other decorations that tickle your creative fancy. Expressing your unique style through these added details will make your pencil case truly one-of-a-kind.
These DIY back-to-school crafts offer a gateway to endless creativity and self-expression, transforming the mundane into the extraordinary. From innovative paperclip bookmarks to personalized pencil toppers and colorful desk organizers, each project invites you to infuse your school routine with artistic flair. And don’t forget the inspirational quote wall art and DIY pencil case, which further ignite your imagination and elevate your surroundings. As you embark on this creative journey, remember that the possibilities are infinite, limited only by your own imagination. So, unleash your inner artist and embrace the joy of crafting with these back to school craft ideas.
Do you think your child would enjoy the craft to count down the days till school starts? Which of these back to school crafts do you think they will like best?