Try This! 6 Easy Back-to-School Crafts

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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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