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Back to school craft projects for kids of all ages

Back to school craft guide

We're getting closer to the 'end-of-summer-break' finishing line, and given how much cash we just spent on school shoes, it definitely must be time for a brand new school year to begin. But until we have to start setting the alarm again, there is still a few days left of carefree, lazy days to fill, so why not get busy with these awesome back to school craft projects?

Dragon water bottle cover

Back to school craft guide
Photography: Sew Some Stuff

This cute as a button dragon water bottle cover by Sew Some Stuff is pretty easy to make and likely to be one of a kind when it comes to not getting lost amongst the crowd (which makes it easier to find on the inevitable trip to the lost property bin a week after school starts...).

Easy sew drawstring backpack

back to school craft guide
Photography: Orange Bettie

Perfect for getting older kiddos in a 'back to school' mood, this easy sew drawstring backpack tutorial by Orange Bettie is rather cool and the end result is just what you need when it comes to a PE kit bag.

Back to school photo frame

back to school craft guide
Photography: I Heart Crafty Things

It's been six weeks since the kids were in the classroom, so get prepped with this cute back to school photo frame for that obligatory snap you'll be taking on that first day back. We love this tutorial by I Heart Crafty Things.

Pokemon pen pot

Back to school craft
Photography: Red Ted Art

Gotta catch 'em all: well, the pens at least. Kids will love having their bits and bobs stored in these Pokemon pen pots (pictured above) as much as they'll love making them. Head over to Red Ted Art for the instructions and the free printables to go along with the activity.

DIY journals

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Photography: A Beautiful Mess

Whether used for homework, drawing or writing down thoughts and feelings in, a home made journal is the best kinda journal for sure. This lovely tutorial by A Beautiful Mess is just the ticket to get things started with.

Monster paperclips

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Photography: Home DZine

Keep all that school work and home work neatly clipped together with these terror-ific DIY monster paperclips by Home DZine.

DIY memory board

Back to school craft
Photography: Kristen Shane

It's been a weird kinda year, but that doesn't mean we've not had the chance to make some lovely memories over the past months. Create this gorgeous memory board by Kristen Shane and pop some of your fave photos from 2021 on it as a reminder that there were smiles aplenty amongst the madness.

Mini monster bookmarks

Back to school craft
Photography: Red Ted Art

Little bookworms will love making these cute mini monster bookmarks by Red Ted Art. They're so easy to make, why not make one as a back to school prezzie for everyone in the class?

Watercolour bookmarks

Back to school craft
Photography: Projects With Kids

If you have kids that are a bit too old for monsters eating the corner of their books, get them to whip up these colourful watercolour numbers instead. Head on over to Projects With Kids for the full deets.

Trolls pencil toppers

Back to school craft
Photography: Fandango

These super cute pencil toppers by Fandango will definitely cheer up any pencil collection! Plus it's a good excuse to break out our all-time fave craft supply: googly eyes!

No sew pencil case

Sure, once you've bought all the supplies to make these no sew pencil cases, you probably could have bought a ready-made one for cheaper, but older kids will have a whole heap of fun making their own, plus be as proud as punch showing off the finished results to their school chums. Hop into this video by Michele Baratta for instructions on how to make three different shapes and sizes, and then go wild picking your material!

Homework sign

Back to school craft
Photography: Boston Parents Paper

Back to school also means back to the homework schedule, so how about making this lovely homework sign by Boston Parents Paper? It will be ready and waiting to hang on the door when those first home assignments roll in.

Paperweight rock

back to school craft
Photography: The Craft Train

Go out and find a medium sized stone and then have a look at our guide to rock painting ideas and pick the perfect paint job for your own DIY paperweight.

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