37 Outstanding Back-to-School Crafts Ideas

Updated on March 6, 2020
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

Back-to-school clothes and supplies can be quite expensive, so it's nice when you can find ideas to keep the cost down. When you can make or sew back to school items yourself, you can save a considerable amount of money, and an added plus is that you have unique items that aren't exactly like everyone else's.

I went on a search to find cute, inexpensive, and unique clothes and other school-related items that you can make for your students who will soon be back in school. I hope you find some that will be useful to you.

For the instructions for making the backpacks shown above, go to Trash to Couture

1. Backpack Tags

Making backpack tags is super simple when you use the free printables at the LOLLY JANE site. These tags are suitable for all ages, kindergarten through college.

2. Pom Pom Pens

Teens and tweens are sure to love this project. Make sure you can recognize your pens by customizing them. Find the information you need to make pom pom pens by going to Sew Sara.

3. Bleach Pen T-Shirt

Talk about a simple and easy way to personalize a T-shirt. This is a great way to make your T-shirts special. You'll find the tutorial for making a bleach pen T-shirt at somewhat Simple .

4. Reusable Snack Pouch

When you send snacks with the kids to school, you'll want to make this reusable pouch. Less expensive than constantly buying plastic baggies. The instructions for making this reusable snack pouch can be found at I Love Naptime.

5. Denim + Backpack

Denim is always in style, so this is a nice backpack that you can make yourself, and you know it will always be "in." All the information that you need to make this backpack can be found at Confessions of a Sewciopath.

6. Personalized Clipboards

Always know where your clipboards are by making them outstanding. These easy to make personalized clipboards will be the envy of your friends. The tutorial for the clipboard re-do is found at JUST A GIRL.

7. DIY T-Shirt Shoulder Bag

8. Portable Homework Station

This is so easy to put together that you'll wish you'd made it so much sooner. Find the directions for making a potable homework station at The BENSON Street .

9. Washi Tape Locker Accessories

Customize your school space by making Washi tape locker accessories. You'll be the envy of your buddies.

10. Stuffed Apples

I'm thinking these apples could be made, stuff with potpourri or add a scent oil soaked cotton ball, to put in your school locker. Your locker will always smell fresh. See how these little brown bag apples are made by going to Buggy and Buddy.

11. Washi Tape Binder Covers

There so many beautiful Washi tape choices, that I'm sure you'll like this binder covers project to make.

12. Ruffled T-Shirt

Dress up inexpensive, plain white t-shirts with these cute ruffles. Your little girl will love a tee like this. Go to Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom for the instructions on how to do this.

13. Painted Skirt

Be sure to let your daughter help with painting this skirt. You'll enjoy reading the directions for this making this skirt at Filth Wizardry.

14. Photo Frame Backpack Hooks

Help the kids want to hang their backpacks and jackets when they come home from school by making them personalized backpack hooks. This great idea and the instructions for making it can be found at allParenting.

15. Reusable Lunch Set

This is a great recycling lesson for the kids and also a money saving idea. Make this reusable lunch set by finding the directions on the make and takes site.

16. 3 Simple Skirts Tutorial

These skirts are so simple and yet so cute. Make them for your little girls by finding the directions at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

17. Tea Towel Shorts

You'll enjoy making these shorts using the simple and easy directions given on the Filth Wizardry site.

18. Dress Up Necklace

Girls will love getting together to make necklaces for themselves or for giving as gifts. Help them with the instructions you'll find at eighteen25.

19. Pencil Pouch

Start the new school year with a nice new pencil pouch that is shaped like a pencil. You'll find the instructions for making this pencil pouch at gwenny penny.

20. Glittered Sneakers

Change and inexpensive pair of sneakers into beautiful, unique glittered sneakers. MARTHA STEWART's website is where you'll find the instructions.

21. Pencil School Supplies Case

Everything that you need in one convenient case. You can find the tutorial for making this terrific storage solution project at sew4home.

22. Easy Headwrap

I love the looks of this headband and am amazed at how easy it is to make. Find out how easy this headwrap is made by going to the directions at Ruffles & Stuff.

23. Tee Shirt Dress

Use inexpensive tees, short or long sleeved, to make cute tee shirt dresses. The directions are on the site at make it and love it.

24. Paper Covered Headbands

You'll find all you need to know to make these paper covered headbands by finding the instructions on The Gunny Sack site.

25. Mini Pocket Journals

Imagine how much fun the kids will have writing their own books using these little notebooks made from cereal boxes. See how they are made by following the instructions at creme de la craft.

26. Back-to-School with Duct Tape

27. Apple Pencil Toppers

This summer when the kids start thinking about going back to school, have them make apple pencil toppers for a gift to their new teacher. You'll find the instructions for making these pencil toppers at MADE TO BE A MOMMA.

28. Reusable Snack Bag

Because it's important to teach, by example, that recycling and saving resources are the responsibility of all, this reusable snack bag will show them how easily being saving is. Find all the information that you'll need to make this snack bag at gwenny penny.

29. Sharpie Tie-Dyed Tee

I didn't realize that a shirt could be tie-dyed using Sharpies, but here it is. Go to Happiness is Homemade for the instructions.

30. Homework Station

As you rush around in the morning, does it ever happen that the kids can't find their homework Here is a great solution with a tutorial at UNCOMMON designs. A portable station that you'll wonder how you ever got along without.

31. Desk Organizer

It's so much easier to keep a desk organized if there are areas specific for all the needed supplies. Find the instructions for making this great project at MOD PODGE ROCKS.

32. Laptop Bag

Protect your valuable electronic device by making a laptop bag for it. There are so many beautiful fabric choices that this will make your bag unique.

33. Shark Pencil Case

This is a really cool project from Patchwork Posse. This will be as much fun to make as it will to use. Love this look.

34. Art Gallery

If you have too many art pictures to hang on your refrigerator, make this art gallery for those pictures. Go to 320Sycamore to find the directions.

35. How to Make a Creative Art Journal

36. Pencil Door Hanger

Make doing homework a little more interesting by displaying a message on your study door. Easy and simple to make using the instructions found at Activity village.

37. Pillow Lap Desk

A pillow lap desk would be a great gift to make for a high school or college student.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

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      7 years ago

      A happy page!

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      7 years ago

      The art gallery idea is very good. Blessed.

    • Melissa Miotke profile image

      Melissa Miotke 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Great back to school items. Any kid would be thrilled for such cute things. Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      I love the way you don't just list links, but show an example of each project you link to. Great selection here. Blessed.


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