Whether you’re heading off to college or just starting another year of high school, one thing is for sure: you’re in need of new school supplies. And, um, school supplies can get kind of expensive! So why not save yourself, or your parents, some money and make some of them yourself?
This is an easy way to make school stuff more exciting – crafting is always fun and DIY stuff is great because it’s unique, special and totally you. Plus, it’s a great way to waste time when you’re procrastinating your homework. Uh, just kidding. Anyway, I searched Pinterest for the coolest back-to-school crafts and found some pretty great stuff. Check out these ideas and start crafting!
Multipurpose Message CenterI love this craft. It's so easy, cute and different... I'm seriously considering making it for my own room and I don't even go to school! This is great for organizing your school items. Get yourself some thumbtacks and tack up all the important things you need to remember. You don't even have to keep these all in one spot - you can put them all over your wall! You can find details on how to make this on HGTV.com
Glitter StaplerThis is a super simple craft that will turn boring, old school supplies into adorable, fun school supplies. Instead of buying a new stapler, take that gross, grungy one out of your basement and decorate it with some glitter. It will instantly look good as new and it will stand out at school or on your desk. You can find details on how to make this on the blog Pitter and Glink.
DIY ClipboardMost clipboards that you can buy at the store are ugly and boring. Why not make your own super fun clipboard that can be totally unique? This craft is so easy and will not only keep you organized, but will also look great hanging in your room or sitting in your desk. You can find the details on how to make this on the blog Mod Podge Rocks.
Small Ironing BoardAn ironing board may not seem necessary for back-to-school, but once you live in a cramped college dorm room, you'll understand why you need this. All you have to do is find an old TV table that's not in use and make it into the cutest little ironing board you'll ever see. You can find the details on how to make this on the blog Like A Saturday!
Desk OrganizerWho knew you could use a cereal box to make something so fun and handy? I'm loving this super-easy, DIY desk organizer, which can hold all of your school supplies in a neat and practical way. You can find the details on how to make this on the blog Mod Podge Rocks.
DIY Lunch BagBringing your own lunch to school will save you money. There's no need to spend money on a childish lunch box or waste brown paper bags when you can make a DIY lunch bag! If you know how to sew, make one of these. Then make me one, please. You can find the details on how to make this on the blog Poppy Haus.
Decorative Notebooks and PencilsThis is another easy craft that will make your old school supplies look that much cuter. Buy some super cheap, plain notebooks and make them unique and adorable with colorful Washi tape. I guarantee you'll get compliments. You can find the details on how to make these on the blog Lia Griffith.
Rainbow Crayon OrganizerOkay, you totally don't have to use these to hold crayons, since I realize that crayons are more elementary school than high school or college. Instead, use these to hold pencils, pens, scissors, highlighters... you get it. You can find the details on how to make this on the blog Sugar Bee Crafts.
Charmed Pencil PouchIf you know how to sew, you should definitely take a stab at making these fun pencil pouches. These can be really pretty and I bet they'll last longer than most of the cheap plastic ones that you can buy at the store. Plus, these can have other purposes as well - I could see them making a great travel pouch for makeup brushes. You can find the details on how to make these on the blog Sweet Verbena.
Drop Cloth RugThis rug is super stylish... and it doesn't even look that difficult to create! While it's not exactly school supplies, it's definitely something that will give some much-needed energy to your dorm room. Plus, it will be something fun to work on with your roomies. Now, if only the whole room could look like this, amirite?! You can find the details on how to make this on the blog Shoes Off Please.
Which of these crafts is your favorite? Which one are you going to try first? What other types of crafts do you want to see? Tell me in the comments.