DIY School Supplies for Back to School

DIY School Supplies for Back to School

By Babysits
4 min read

The new term is coming, so why not start the school year with some fun and easy DIY school supplies?

If you're looking for some inspiration to start the new school year with a bang, this is the place for you! These crafts are not only fun and colourful, but can also help adults and kids alike to be more organised and motivated.

Painted Corkboard Wall Organiser

Materials

  • Corkboard
  • Masking Tape
  • Paper
  • Pencil/marker
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Sponge Brush

materials_for_painted_corkboard_organiser_DIY

Steps

DIY_cork_board_organiser_step_by_step

  1. Design your stencil (we are choosing to decorate our board with flowers, but let your imagination roam free!), cut out the centre and tape the edges back together if necessary.
  2. Prep the corkboard: if you don’t want the frame to be painted, use masking tape to cover it.
  3. Tape the stencil to the place on the board you would like the final drawing to be.
  4. Sponge until the colour is fully opaque.
  5. Repeat until you are satisfied with the final product.
  6. Use a black marker to add details when dry and you are done!

Ocean Floor Pencil Holder

Materials

  • Air-Drying Clay
  • Water
  • Acrylic Paint
  • PVA glue
  • Brushes

DIY_clay_pencil_holder_materials

Steps

DIY_pencil_holder_step_by_step

  1. Make a clay snake: the longer the bigger your pencil holder will be.
  2. Roll one end of the clay snake in a spiral.
  3. Once it has reached your desired width, start stacking the clay onto the last ring of the spiral and repeat the same motion until you get to the height you want.
  4. With damp fingers, smooth out the rings until the surface is even, and let dry.
  5. Time to paint! Go crazy, the more colourful the better!
  6. Once the paint has dried, apply a generous coat of PVA glue all over so your design lasts longer.

DIY_pencil_holder

Bubble Print Notebook Cover

Materials

  • Straw
  • Soap
  • Bowls (as many as the colours you want to use)
  • Water
  • Paint
  • Paper

DIY_bubble_print_notebook

Steps

step_by_step_DIY_notebook_cover

  1. In a bowl of water, pour one or two pumps of dish soap and a generous amount of paint. This varies depending on the kind of paint you are using, so you might have to try a couple of different combinations before getting the right one for your project.
  2. With a straw, blow bubbles until they reach the top of the bowl, then quickly place the paper of your choice (we recommend using one that’s on the thicker side) over it. Repeat until you’re happy with the results.
  3. You can use this method to decorate notebook covers, greeting cards and even gift wrapping paper!

DIY_bubble_print_notebook

Pom pom Bookmark

Materials

  • Fork
  • Scissors
  • Yarn

Steps

  1. Wrap the yarn around the fork tines, leaving a longer piece in the beginning. Remember the more times you wrap it the denser the pompoms will be.
  2. Take a long piece of yarn and tie it tightly around the centre of the wrapped yarn. Cut the two ends to be the same length as the other piece you previously left out.
  3. Cut the two sides of the bundle.
  4. Now that your pompom is ready, you can shape it and adjust any loose threads, but be careful not to cut the piece you used to tie the middle.

how_to_make_a_pompom_step_by_step

  1. Braid the longer pieces you have left out and knot them together in the end. Your bookmark is now ready to be used!

DIY_pompom_bookmark

Are you going to try any of these DIYs? Make sure to share them with us on Instagram and Facebook.

Want more crafts? Check out our Do It Yourself Section!

Join the Babysitting Community!

Sign up for free