Did you know many DIY school supplies can be made with items already laying around your house? Put your artistic skills to good use and try some of these awesome projects so you can start your year off right. The directions are all easy to follow, so even if you are a beginner you will be able to make your own fun, creative school supplies today.
1. DIY Ice Cream Sandwich Notebook
Everybody loves ice cream! Jazz up those plain old notebooks with this creative tutorial for making an ice cream sandwich notebook.
Difficulty: Medium. Requires some sewing skill.
Duration: An hour
- Diary or notebook or planner
- Some kind of elastic or stretchy cloth
- Hot glue
- Needle and thread
- Double sided tape
2. DIY Sharpeners
Personalize your pencil sharpener with this great tutorial using model magic air dry clay. You can either use the white modeling clay and paint it with acrylic paint or you could purchase the colored clay and save yourself the extra step of painting. Follow the steps to make the cellphone, pineapple, and notebook sharpeners shown in the video, or let your imagination run wild and create your own fun characters.
Level of difficulty: Medium.
Duration: 1-2 hours, plus air drying time which could take several days
- Magic modeling air dry clay
- Acrylic paint or nail polish
- School Glue
- An empty tic tac container and a small sharpener that fits in the top
- Printed photo of cell phone screen (optional)
- Mod Podge or fuel gloss
3. DIY Back to School Paint Tube Pencil Case
This super creative pencil case is constructed almost entirely of recycled materials. Smaller versions can be made to house things like earbuds and chapstick as well.
Difficulty: Easy to medium. This is something even a beginning crafter could do.
Duration: 1 hour.
- Paper towel tube
- Stick glue
- Plain white paper
- A white sock
- Hot glue
- A rubber band
- Craft felt
- Permanent marker
- Vanishing fabric marker
- Puffy or acrylic paint
4. DIY Planner Cover
No need to splurge on a fancy planner when you can make even a dollar store one look really cool with a little fabric and glue or thread. This is a simple tutorial that will help you quickly put together a beautiful cover for your planner.
Difficulty: Easy to medium
Duration: 30 minutes or less, plus drying time.
- Planner or notebook
- Fabric glue or needle and thread if you prefer
- Iron (optional)
5. DIY Fabric Planner
For those of you who really want to put your craft skills to work, you should check out this incredible tutorial on how to make a fabric planner from scratch. It is a little more challenging than a lot of the other DIY school supplies, but Julie Jewel’s instruction is so clear that even a novice can make this.
Difficulty: Challenging, but a lot of fun!
Duration: 1 hour
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Hole puncher
- Notebook spiral
- Button or jewel for closure (optional)
- Keychain for embellishment (optional)
- Decorative/Motivational notecards (optional)
6. DIY Scratch-Off Rainbow Notebook
If you are looking for DIY school supplies that are just for fun, try this easy how-to from Cute Life Hacks. Use it to take notes, brainstorm, or pass the time if you have finished a test early.
Duration: Several hours to complete the entire notebook, or you can do it a page at a time.
- A notebook
- Crayons or wax Pascal’s
- Black acrylic paint
- Clear liquid gel (you can also use shampoo or soap as long as it is clear)
7. DIY Notebook Cover
For simple, creative DIY school supplies, try drawing a design you love on a piece of paper and adhering it to the top of your notebook. This tutorial shows you how to draw tie-dye for an easy notebook cover.
Duration: 30 Minutes
- A notebook
- Glue or tape
8. How To Make a Rose Patterned Backpack using Celery by DCTC
This is such an easy tutorial to follow, it is almost unbelievable. Even the youngest students can participate in this fun craft to give their backpack a beautiful rose pattern. For more ideas on making a backpack you can use this DIY backpack article.
Duration: 20 minutes
- Rose colored paint
- Paper plate
9. DIY Pencil Toppers~Back to School by fabtastic_nikki
Cute pencil toppers make even the most boring assignment a little more interesting. Check out this great video for step-by-step instruction to make your own from polymer clay.
Difficulty: A little challenging
Duration: Two hours
10. DIY: Pom Pom Pens by Lisette Rivers
Make study hall go by a little faster by adding some cheerful pom poms to your pens with this fabulous DIY school supplies project from Lisette Rivers.
Duration: Twenty minutes
These tutorials will help you turn all of your bland, everyday supplies into creative works of art. Make sure a responsible adult is there to supervise things like hot glue, sewing, and cutting. Have fun customizing your own school supplies! And if you’re ready for a new challenge, check out how to make a DIY desk that you can customize completely!