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Dress up Your Child’s School Supplies with These Easy DIY Projects

If your little fashionista isn’t finding school supplies that suit her taste, then why not let her get out some craft supplies and make her simple notebooks, pencils and push pins into creative masterpieces she’ll be proud to show off in class?

Here are a few ideas to get you started on the road to more fabulous school supplies.

Make it Match

Generally, the color and pattern options for notebooks, pencils, tape dispensers and other school supplies aren’t the most attractive. There are usually only a few colors to choose from and they don’t necessarily coordinate. Why not let your child use their creative style and flair for fashion to dress up their supplies and make them match.

Washi tape is a great way to do this. It’s inexpensive, durable and comes in a variety of colors and styles. The Domestic Diva has a few washi tape-inspired tutorials that will keep everything coordinated.

Make it Artsy

Establishing independence and developing individuality is a normal part of the adolescent (and pre-adolescent) growth process, according to Psychology Today. So, why not let your artistic child show off their abilities by creating something truly unique on the cover of their notebooks.

If they need some inspiration, they can try creating a lace-printed notebook with a tutorial from A Beautiful Mess or an art-covered notebook tutorial from Go Make Somethin

Dress it Up

Seeing a bunch of boring writing utensils in a pencil bag or thumbtacks on a bulletin board might not be enough to inspire your child to do hours of homework. But maybe if these items were dressed up in feathers and glitter, those 75 math problems wouldn’t be so difficult.

So, why not turn a pen into a rose or give it a feather plume, or make your thumb tacks sparkle?

Carry it Around

Once you have dolled up all of your going-to-school goodies, you’ll need somewhere to carry them. Why not turn your summer tank top into an adorable bag that only takes five minutes to create? That will leave your teen more time for primping in front of the mirror before heading off to school on the first day.

And if you want a fun way to pack your child’s lunch, then try creating DIY reusable duct tape lunch bags that are sure to be the hit of the lunchroom.


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Jessa McClure

Jessa McClure

Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects. 

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