Back To School

By Jennifer Shields on August 02, 2012   /   1 Comment


With the summer coming to a rapid end, children become restless and excited about the upcoming school year. Most children are extremely excited about going "Back to School Shopping." Who doesn't love writing in a new notebook for the first time, or opening a  fresh pack of sharp crayons. New school supplies just get  everyone excited about starting school, even if it means that summer break is over.

This year why not spend the week before school starts crafting with you kids. Here are some ideas for creating Crafty School Supplies!

Felt Book Cover

Children will have fun picking out colors of felt, buttons, and other accessories to add to their cover. Add a pocket or special button for added interest.

Here is what you will need....

  • Felt
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Button (optional)
  • Self-adhesive Velcro dot (optional)
  1. To make a cover, open your chosen book and measure the width and height. Add one inch to each measurement and cut out a piece of felt with those dimensions. For the inside flaps, cut two additional pieces of felt the same height as the main piece and two-thirds the width of the closed book's front cover.

  2. Lay an inside flap on top of each end of the main piece and pin the flaps and the main piece together. With embroidery thread, sew a running stitch about 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch from the edge around the entire border.

  3. If you like, add one of these extras:

    Notebook pocket:  Before attaching the inside flaps, cut a piece of felt that's 1 1/2 inches wider and 1/2 inch shorter than your notepad. Sew it in the center of what will be the front cover of the book.

    Faux button closure: Before attaching the inside flaps, cut a strap that's 1 1/2 inches wide and as long as the width of an inside flap. Sandwich the strap between the back flap and the cover and pin it in place, then sew around the entire edge of the cover, as noted above. With scissors, round the end of the strap and sew on a button. Affix a self-adhesive Velcro dot to the strap and the front of the cover.

    Penholder: After the cover is finished and on the book, cut a 1 3/4-inch square out of felt. With the book cIosed, lay the square over a pen on the book's spine and pin it in place. Take the cover off the book, then sew on the square.

-Idea from of Disney Family Fun-

Recycled Carton Wallet

This craft idea is not only a unique way to keep lunch money is green! Teach your children to reuse with these carton wallets.


Here is what you will need...

  • Half gallon milk or juice carton with plastic cap, rinsed
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels
  • Tape
  • Wallet Template

View Directions and Wallet Template

-Idea from of Disney's Family Fun-

Paint Bucket Homework Caddy

This idea came from Fit, Crafty, Stylish and Happy. Cassidy used them as teachers gifts, but could also be filled with daily homework supplies. With this crafty idea, children can decorate old paint cans with papers, stickers, paint, etc to create a school supply caddy. This one of a kind bucket can be filled with extra school supplies and easily carried to anywhere homework can be done. Don't waste time trying to find a sharpened pencil in your book bag...just grab one from your caddy!

Visit the Fit, Crafty, Stylish and Happy  blog for more information.




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I love these ideas! Especially the homework caddy! I can see now that the year has gotten under way, how helpful this would be! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Kori Clark on September 19, 2012Rss Feed Rss Feed

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