Try This! 6 Easy Back-to-School Crafts

We've got 6 easy craft projects to get your kids ready for the school year in style.

By Kaelin Zawilinski


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Stylish Binders
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Dress Up a Binder

    Take an ordinary binder from drab to fab with the help of a book wrap, scrapbooking stickers, and a little yarn.

    How to Make It

    -- Wrap a stretchy book cover around a plain binder.

    -- Choose stickers to match the theme of your binder.

    -- To withstand the wear and tear of lockers and backpacks, hot glue the stickers to the colorful binder.

    -- Wrap yarn around the binder, creating the perfect place to tuck in notes or photos of friends.

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One-of-a-Kind Lunch Box

    Whether they love flowers or sports, let your little ones personalize their lunch boxes with their favorite themes.

    How to Make It

    -- Choose stickers, funky foam, or premade embellishments to spice up a plain lunch box.

    -- Arrange stickers on the lunch box.

    -- Use hot glue to attach (if desired).

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Make Custom Magnets

    Dress up your fridge with your kids' artwork. Use small glass stones to 'frame' the art. Then back it with a magnet.

    How to Make It

    -- Buy a bag of 1-inch glass stones.

    -- Trace stones around clip art, drawings, or photos.

    -- Cut around the edges.

    -- Cover the back of the stone in white glue.

    -- Place the stone over the photo.

    -- Let dry, then attach a small magnet to the back.

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Cute Locker Accessories

    Attach magnets to a mirror, bottle caps, and CDs to give your teen a personalized look for her locker.

    How to Make It

    Beaded Mirror

    -- Place double-stick tape around the border.

    -- Pour beads over the tape and tap into place.

    Bottle-Cap Messages

    -- Print messages from computer.

    -- Glue messages into the bottle cap.

    CD Photo Frame

    -- Cut pattern paper into a circle.

    -- Attach to a CD.

    -- Hot-glue the CD to the ribbon.

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Perfect Pocket Purses

    Transform an old pair of jeans into a cute purse that's perfect for a cell phone or an iPod.

    How to Make It

    -- Cut the pockets out of a pair of jeans.

    -- Embellish with ribbon, buttons, and premade accessories.

    -- Hot-glue around the edges, leaving about 1/2-inch of space at the top for the handle.

    -- Attach ribbon or braided denim as the handle; hot-glue into place.

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Crafty Clay Jewelry

    Little girls love jewelry -- why not let them make their own? Use bakeable clay to create beautiful beads for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

    How to Make It

    -- Create the swirls by rolling the clay flat.

    -- Layer the flat clay, then roll into a tight log.

    -- Cut off the ends to see the pretty swirl.

    -- Insert a toothpick into the non-swirl side of the bead, creating a hole.

    -- Bake the beads following the manufacturer's instructions.

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