20 Best DIY First Day of School Supplies


First day of school supplies that you can make at home!  Some of the tutorials include backpacks, pencil pouches, bookmarks, locker accessories, homework planner, duct tape pen and a nap mat.

20 Best DIY First Day of School Supplies


The Tip Junkie Creative Community has 1191 school crafts with pictured tutorials with free patterns for the first day of school!  So be sure to search there if you’re looking for something specific. {wink}

First Day of School

First Day of School

1.  DIY Kids Tote ~ These kids totes are seriously adorable!  Can you envision how cute these would look on your child?!  I love that there is a boy and girl version.  It’s a definite must for your back to school list.

Homemade Messenger Bag

2.  Toddler Messenger Bag {Bags & Backpacks} ~ This toddler messenger bag 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 you’ll be able to whip one up in no time!

DIY Backpack

3.  Monogram Stencil Backpack ~ Makeover a plain backpack by adding some personalization, a monogram.  The monogram is from a stencil and then painted.  There won’t be any mix up miss haps with this.

Tissue Pouch

4.  Monster Tissue PouchKids can enlist the help of their very own Boogie Monster with this easy to make tissue pouch!  This adorable pouch is a great reminder for them to remember to use their tissues when they have a runny nose.

Hand Sanitizer Holder {tutorial}

5.  Hand Sanitizer Holder {tutorial} ~ These Hand Sanitizer Holders would be perfect to attach to your children’s backpacks.  The cap is always exposed which means they can quickly use it when they need to.

Backpack Name Tag
6.  Printable Backpack Name Tag ~ Just in time for school, add your child’s name, laminate and attach this cute tag to that shiny new backpack.  They would also be cute pasted into the cover of new notebooks.

Locker Accessories

7.  DIY Locker Accessories & Backpack Charm ~ Your child will have the most stylish and hip locker with these fantastic accessories!  This post shows you how to decorate your locker with Mod Podge products.  Some of the items include a dry erase board, clips and magnets.

back to school printables

8.  Back to School Printables:  Free Download ~ The first day of school  is right around the corner, so here’s an awesome back to school freebie that includes: A homework planner, Positive Lunch Notes, & Book Inserts. They are all available for instant download so that you can print right away. {fabulous}

Homemade School Supplies

9.  School Binder Printable {Back to School} ~ If you have school aged children, check out this post with a fabulous back to school binder! Great to create as a piece of memorabilia that will also keep your kids organized! All you need to do is print and grab a binder!

School Supplies DIY

10.  Seat Sacks For Kids ~ These seat sacks are perfect to help keep your kiddos organized. Great for school supplies, craft supplies or anything else your kids love to keep handy but you need put away! {wink} All you’ll need is your sewing machine, fabric and ribbon.

Nap Mat

11.  DIY Nap Mat ~ A great tutorial for making your own nap mat.  This is not only cute and fun to use, but it rolls up into a backpack to make it easy for the little ones to take with them to preschool, grandma’s house or anywhere else they might need to “crash” for a while.

Printable Book Mark

12.  Readings a Hoot Bookmarks ~ You can print out all of this fun back to school set including the darling owl bookmarks.

DIY Pencil Pouch

13.  Pencil Pouch {tutorial} ~ This adorable pencil pouch is 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.

10 Minute Pencil Roll

14.  10 Minute Pencil Roll ~ This is a quick little project that makes a great gift and can be whipped up at short notice with materials from your stash. Only basic sewing skills are required, so this is a great beginner project.

Duct Tape Pen DIY

15.  Duct Tape Flower Pen ~ Making duct tape flowers is such a fun and easy craft. Kid’s love to make them too! All you need is colored and/or patterned duct tape and scissors. This simple step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make this beautiful crocus flower pen.

First Day of School Traditions

First Day of School Traditions

16.  Back to School Party {free printables} ~ Making the summer to school transition fun is so important! These are some adorable printables to help that happen! From cupcake toppers to 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!

First Day of School Traditions

17.  Back to School Party {party ideas} ~ 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 mod yellow, black and white bash is the perfect way to start the year!

First Day of School Traditions
18.  Back to School Twinkie Bus ~ Kids will love these Twinkie Buses and it just might get them excited for school!  They can help you put them together, or whip them out as a surprise dessert the night before school starts.

Photo Checklist

19.  Back 2 School Photo Checklist {free printable} ~ 50 photo ideas and photography prompts to help you capture memories throughout the school year.  You’ll be sure not to miss a moment by following this great checklist.

Photo Props

20.  1st Day of School Chalkboard Photo Props ~ 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. Follow this tutorial to make your own chalkboard word bubbles.

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If you love these activities for kids– then you’ll find HUNDREDS more just as creative over on the Tip Junkie Kids site!

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