21 Back-to-School DIYs for Parents

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Summer is great for family time but let's face it, you might secretly be jumping for joy that your child is returning to school right about...now. Extend that joy to your kid with these fun DIYs that make academia a lot more exciting than just a set of sharpened No. 2 pencils.

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Summer is great for family time but let's face it, you might secretly be jumping for joy that your child is returning to school right about...now. Extend that joy to your kid with these fun DIYs that make academia a lot more exciting than just a set of sharpened No. 2 pencils.

Desk Drawer Organizer

Desk drawer organizer

There's no need to plunk down money on drawer organizers when you can fashion your own out of cereal and snack boxes. With a bit of jigsaw work, you'll have a perfectly customized divider to organize your kid's study and craft essentials.

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There's no need to plunk down money on drawer organizers when you can fashion your own out of cereal and snack boxes. With a bit of jigsaw work, you'll have a perfectly customized divider to organize your kid's study and craft essentials.

Washi Tape Book Cover

Washi tape book cover

Using decorative tape is a great way to add playful character to your kid's textbook covers. Help your child wrap the book with paper bags and then let their creativity run wild!

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Using decorative tape is a great way to add playful character to your kid's textbook covers. Help your child wrap the book with paper bags and then let their creativity run wild!

Pillow Lap Desk

Pillow lap desk

This clever DIY lap desk will allow your children to do homework away from their normal station (every once in a while). It's also a great way to keep your laptop from getting too hot on your lap, so you might be borrowing it often!

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This clever DIY lap desk will allow your children to do homework away from their normal station (every once in a while). It's also a great way to keep your laptop from getting too hot on your lap, so you might be borrowing it often!

Personalized Lunch Box

Personalized lunch box

Create a special way for your kid to tote their lunch. The name panel means they won't ever misplace it and the black contact paper acts as a spot for sweet notes to your child (before they get too old to be embarrassed by it).

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Create a special way for your kid to tote their lunch. The name panel means they won't ever misplace it and the black contact paper acts as a spot for sweet notes to your child (before they get too old to be embarrassed by it).

DIY Backpack

Handmade backpack

If you're not digging the idea of sending your child back to school with the same backpack that every other kid is carrying, it's time to grab some fabric and start sewing. Your kid will appreciate that the bag expresses their personal style, whether it's gingham or polka dots.

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If you're not digging the idea of sending your child back to school with the same backpack that every other kid is carrying, it's time to grab some fabric and start sewing. Your kid will appreciate that the bag expresses their personal style, whether it's gingham or polka dots.

Button Bookmarks

Button bookmark

Make a bunch of these for the little bookworm in your life. They're so clever and easy, it'll be hard not to craft one for every single book on your child's reading list.

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Make a bunch of these for the little bookworm in your life. They're so clever and easy, it'll be hard not to craft one for every single book on your child's reading list.

Pencil Wreath

Wreath made out of pencils

Consider this door décor a smart way to get your child in the back-to-school spirit. No. 2 pencils surround a chalkboard circle for words of encouragement or reminder notes.

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Consider this door décor a smart way to get your child in the back-to-school spirit. No. 2 pencils surround a chalkboard circle for words of encouragement or reminder notes.

Pompom Bookmark

Pompom bookmarks

Add a little cheer to your child's book with pompom bookmarks. Made simply by twirling colorful yarn around your fingers and snipping them at each end, this will be a fun afternoon project to do together before the school year starts.

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Add a little cheer to your child's book with pompom bookmarks. Made simply by twirling colorful yarn around your fingers and snipping them at each end, this will be a fun afternoon project to do together before the school year starts.

Creative Desk

Chalkboard desk

Mark this one for the weekend (it'll be totally worth it). An unused cabinet is upcycled into a low table that lets your child channel their artistic spirit. The chalkboard top even opens up to reveal storage for colored paper and reading books.

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Mark this one for the weekend (it'll be totally worth it). An unused cabinet is upcycled into a low table that lets your child channel their artistic spirit. The chalkboard top even opens up to reveal storage for colored paper and reading books.

Rotating School Supply Stand

Lazy Susan homework station

Doing homework or studying for a test is not exciting by any stretch of the imagination, but you can at least make the area peppy and colorful to jazz up the ambiance.

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Doing homework or studying for a test is not exciting by any stretch of the imagination, but you can at least make the area peppy and colorful to jazz up the ambiance.

Pencil Case

Felt pencil case

This is one pencil pouch your kid will be proud to whip out in class. Contrast stitching and the addition of a cute animal button make this DIY even more adorable.

Credit: Amanda Nguyen

This is one pencil pouch your kid will be proud to whip out in class. Contrast stitching and the addition of a cute animal button make this DIY even more adorable.

Homework Station

Homework station collage

Whether you designate a small corner or an entire room for schoolwork, the importance is finding a space that works for your home. These tips and ideas will help you no matter what kind of real estate you're working with.

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Whether you designate a small corner or an entire room for schoolwork, the importance is finding a space that works for your home. These tips and ideas will help you no matter what kind of real estate you're working with.

Apple Piñata

Apple piñata

Craft this adorable piñata filled with school supplies and invite your kid's friends for a little back-to-school fun.

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Craft this adorable piñata filled with school supplies and invite your kid's friends for a little back-to-school fun.

Reusable Lunch Bags

Canvas lunch pouch

This eco-friendly canvas bag is made personal with stamped letters carved out of a potato, so it can be a fun project for the entire family.

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This eco-friendly canvas bag is made personal with stamped letters carved out of a potato, so it can be a fun project for the entire family.

Lunch Labels

Lunch bag labels

And if you do have days when your reusable lunch bags are out of commission (it happens), you can still opt for a more specialized brown bag with these free printable stickers.

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And if you do have days when your reusable lunch bags are out of commission (it happens), you can still opt for a more specialized brown bag with these free printable stickers.

Custom Library Bag

Stamped library bag

Get your kids excited about visiting the library with this DIY bag. Designing it together makes it exponentially more fun, especially when it involves stencils and paint. We love the term "Book Lover In Training" but choosing a phrase with your little one is even more meaningful.

Credit: Stephanie Morgan

Get your kids excited about visiting the library with this DIY bag. Designing it together makes it exponentially more fun, especially when it involves stencils and paint. We love the term "Book Lover In Training" but choosing a phrase with your little one is even more meaningful.

DIY School Paper Station

Inbox and outbox

Create a station with an inbox and an outbox to make sure that finished homework is never misplaced, permission slips are signed, and notices from the school are read in a timely manner.

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Create a station with an inbox and an outbox to make sure that finished homework is never misplaced, permission slips are signed, and notices from the school are read in a timely manner.

Journal Cover

Journal with inspirational quotes

Inspire your kids with meaningful quotes that will help them dream and be proactive. When it's written right in front of a notebook that they're seeing everyday, they'll be reminded and motivated to keep pushing.

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Inspire your kids with meaningful quotes that will help them dream and be proactive. When it's written right in front of a notebook that they're seeing everyday, they'll be reminded and motivated to keep pushing.

Canvas Book Covers

Canvas book cover

While it requires a little more work than the average paper book cover, this canvas version will give any unsightly textbook a makeover. Color coordinating makes it easier to remember the subject of the book.

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While it requires a little more work than the average paper book cover, this canvas version will give any unsightly textbook a makeover. Color coordinating makes it easier to remember the subject of the book.

DIY Supply Caddy

School supply caddy

Cereal boxes are a lot more useful when they're transformed into a caddy for school and art supplies. Wrap it in a fun wrapping paper (or two if you like the mix-and-match look).

Credit: Jonathan Fong

Cereal boxes are a lot more useful when they're transformed into a caddy for school and art supplies. Wrap it in a fun wrapping paper (or two if you like the mix-and-match look).

Back-to-School Photo Prop

Photo frame prop made of crayon chalk

The first day of school is special for both the parent and the child. Celebrate each year with a photo prop to document your kid's transformation from year to year.

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The first day of school is special for both the parent and the child. Celebrate each year with a photo prop to document your kid's transformation from year to year.

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