Back to School Ideas 10 DIY Back to School Projects

Published on August 12th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

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10 DIY Back to School Ideas for the End of Summer

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10 DIY Back to School Projects

Is your kiddo headed back to school in the next few weeks? Send him off in DIY style with these upcycled back to school ideas!

It feels like summer ends earlier every year, doesn’t it? My kiddo actually started back at preschool yesterday! He’s a little bit young for supplies like pencils and notepads, but even my toddler needed school supplies like a backpack and lunchbox. Below are back to school ideas for kids big and small. So no matter what age your child, we’ve got you covered!

10 DIY Back to School Ideas for the End of Summer

10 DIY Back to School Ideas for End of Summer

1. Upcycled Back Pack – Turn an old pair of blue jeans into  a cute backpack for back to school. If you’re not into this DIY backpack, check out Bonnie’s list of 20 awesome backpack tutorials!

10 DIY Back to School Ideas

2. Apple Canister – It never hurts to get on your teacher’s good side from day one. How sweet is this little upcycled canister made from an old coffee can?

10 DIY Back to School Ideas

3. Custom Zipper Pulls – Get those backpacks organized with zipper pull labels.  You can make these for your daycare-aged kid, or use different designs to label the zippers on your older kids’ bags.

10 DIY Back to School Ideas

4. Reusable Snack Bag – Ditch disposable plastic baggies in favor of a waste-free lunch!

10 DIY Back to School Ideas for the End of Summer

5. Cloth Napkins – Speaking of a waste-free lunch, how about some reusable cloth napkins instead of single-use paper ones?

10 DIY Back to School Ideas for the End of Summer

6. DIY Lunch Bag – You can use felted wool or any other heavy fabric, like reclaimed denim, to make these reusable lunch bags.

10 DIY Back to School Ideas for the End of Summer

7. Soda Bottle Pencil Case – Turn a couple of old soda bottles into a clear pencil case to keep your kiddos organized.

8. Paper Bag Book Cover – Go old school and protect your kids’ textbooks from wear and tear with this back to school video tutorial.

10 DIY Back to School Projects

9. Desk Organizer – Use old paper tubes to make a standing organizer for your kid’s desk before the whirlwind of homework strikes!

10 DIY Back to School Projects

10. Miniature Notepad – Is your kid the one who never has a piece of paper? Stash a few of these teeny notepads in his bag as backup, so that he can jot down homework assignments.

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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