24 Back to School Ideas I Adore {supplies, printables, activities}


It’s back to school time! I love surprising my boys with new traditions and making memories which {{hopefully}} they’ll look back on and feel my love for them.  Here are first day of school activities to help you get yourself organized and first day of school supplies that you can make at home!  Some of the tutorials include backpacks, pencil pouches, bookmarks, back to school parties, lunchbox and notes, and photo props.

24 Creative Back to School Ideas We Adore on Tip Junkie

We’ve taken away all the guess work on back to school supplies and activities with these incredible tutorials. For even more first day of school activities and traditions Tip Junkie’s Creative Community has over 280 tutorials. You can always search there if you’’re looking for more tutorials with step-by-step instructions. {wink}

First Day of School

DIY Mini Backpack

1.  DIY Mini Backpack ~ This adorable mini backpack will be loved by boys and girls of all ages. Perfect for back to school.  This tutorial will show you how to make one of your own.

Back to School Backpack Tutorial

2.  Back to School Backpack Tutorial ~ This Back to School Backpack is seriously adorable!  Can you envision how cute it would look on your child?!  It’’s a definite must for your back to school list.

Envelope Backpack

3.  Envelope BackpackThis Envelope Backpack is not only adorable but super functional as well! Perfect to take to pre-school or even just to fill with fun stuff to take along when he or she needs to be occupied. With this fabulous tutorial and free pattern you’’ll be able to whip one up in no time!

Backpack Makeover {diy}

4.  Backpack Makeover {diy} ~ Makeover a plain backpack by adding some personalization with paint, ribbon or even pom pom’s.  There won’t be any mix up miss haps with this.

Insulated Lunchbox Pattern {tutorial}

5.  Insulated Lunchbox Pattern {tutorial} ~ This insulated lunchbox is absolutely darling!  It’s not only reusable, but also insulated to keep food cooler longer.

Lunch Box Notes {free printables}

6.  Lunch Box Notes {free printables} ~ Check out these super cute lunch box notes to put into your child’s lunch box! With a couple different sayings to choose from all you have to do is print, cut out and place in your child’s lunch! A fun way to let your child know you are thinking of them even while they are at school!

Monogrammed Backpack Tags

7.  Monogrammed Backpack Tags ~ Just in time for school, add your child’s initial, laminate and attach this cute tag to that shiny new backpack.  They would also be cute pasted into the cover of new notebooks.

DIY Book Cover Ideas

8.  DIY Book Cover Ideas ~ It’s back to basics with these book cover ideas.  There’s no need to run out and buy book covers when you can make your own the old-fashioned way with grocery bags.  {{wink}}  Customize them with chalk paint, duct tape or even washi tape.

DIY Pom Pom Pencils

9.  DIY Pom Pom Pencils ~ Making Pom Pom Pencils is such a fun and easy craft. Kid’s love to make them too! All you need is colored yarn and scissors. This simple step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make these adorable and fun pom pom pencils.

Inspirational School Binder Printables

10.  Inspirational School Binder Printables ~ Make a fabulous back to school binder to inspire as well as keep kids organized! All you need to do is print and grab a binder!

Fabric Bookmarks {tutorial}

11.  Fabric Bookmarks {tutorial} ~ Learn how to sew a simple bookmark from fabric scraps.  Perfect for helping your child keep their place in books.

 Knotted Zipper Pencil Pouch {tutorial}

12.  Knotted Zipper Pencil Pouch {tutorial} ~ These adorable pencil pouches are a perfect way to organize art supplies and pencils.  Your favorite teacher would enjoy this colorful organizational tool too.  And as a mom, this is a stylish way to carry crayons in your purse to keep the little ones busy.

Kiddo Personalized Pencil Case

13.  Kiddo Personalized Pencil Case ~ Check out this super cute pencil pouch you can have your child decorate themselves with paint and glue! A simple project to complete with the help of this fabulous tutorial!

First Day of School Traditions

 Back to School Pizza Party

14.  Back to School Pizza Party ~ It’s that time of year again where the warm summer days are drawing to an end and Fall is just around the corner, which means… BACK TO SCHOOL! Whether your kiddos are the type to love or dread the back to school time of year, this pizza party is the perfect way to start the year!

Back to School Party Printables

15.  Back to School Party Printables ~ Making the summer to school transition fun is so important! These are some adorable printables to help that happen! From cake toppers to treat labels to label just about anything {bonus points for something yummy} your little gal or guy is bound to be a happy back to schooler!

Inspirational Back to School Breakfast {free printables}

16.  Inspirational Back to School Breakfast {free printables} ~ The end of summer can be a bitter-sweet occasion, make the first day back to school a celebration. With these super cute printables you’’ll be able to start the year off with a positive attitude!

Back to School Apple Donuts

17.  Back to School Apple Donuts ~ Kids will love these Apple Donuts and it just might get them excited for school! They can help you decorate them, or whip them out as a surprise breakfast the day school starts.

DIY Apple Balloons

18.  DIY Apple Balloons ~ Balloons are such a great way to decorate in an inexpensive way. If you are looking for a way to take your balloon decorations up a notch, these apple balloons are easy to create and look gorgeous for any party.

First Day of School Photos

19.  First Day of School Photos ~ A fun photo op for the first day of school is decorating the sidewalk or driveway with chalk.

Notebook Paper Chalkboard {countdown}

20.  Notebook Paper Chalkboard {countdown} ~ Create a countdown calendar for your kids (and yourself) to count the days you have left to enjoy summer and the days you have left to get organized for school with this craft tutorial.

12 First Day of School Printables

21.  12 First Day of School Printables ~ Photograph the First Day of School and make the moment endure with these adorable First Day of School printable photo props which include signs, speech bubbles, watches, note cards, and gift tags for every grade level ~ Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade. A great printable set that you can also use for the last day of school. Kids grow up so fast!

Back to School Interview K-12

22.  Back to School Interview K-12 ~ What better way to start off the upcoming school year than to interview your child! This post features a printable interview sheet you can use! All you have to do is download print and wrangle your kids to sit down with you long enough to get a few answers out of them.

Back to School Wrapping Paper

23.  Back to School Wrapping Paper ~ Inspired by the pink pearl eraser, this Back to School Wrapping Paper is a fun way to wrap a little treat or surprise for your kids using pink matte wrapping paper, card stock, scissors and glue.

First Day of School Signs & Banner {free printables}

24.  First Day of School Signs & Banner {free printables} ~ Photo props are not only fun for parties, but also fun for the first day of school photo ops. Silly grins, funny poses and the true personality comes out in a person when photographed with them. Not only that, they add personality to the photographs.

First Day of School Breakfast Tradition for Kids

25.  First Day of School Breakfast ~ If you’re looking for a back to school breakfast try dressing up a pancake.  This “look who’s going back to school” owl pancake is adorable made with strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and Cheerios.

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