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8 Crafts your kids can do while you're freaking out about back to school

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Cute back-to-school crafts to keep your kids busy while you panic

Back-to-school activities that will trick kids into getting ready to head back to the classroom are the perfect way to transition from summer fun to fall learning. From sprucing up backpacks to planning a back-to-school party, pack up these eight crafts your kids can do while you're freaking out about back to school.

Decorated pencil

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Pencils don't usually inspire excitement about back to school, but with a little painters tape, scissors and paint, your kids can easily turn plain pencils into works of art with the help of this tutorial by Work It Mom.

School friends book

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Photo credit: Free Kids Crafts

Ease your little learner's back-to-school nerves by focusing on getting to know new friends with this tutorial by Free Kids Crafts. He or she can use a school friends book to collect facts and photos about fellow students.

Back-to-school party

Back-to-school party | Sheknows.com
Photo credit: Punchbowl

Put a fun spin on back-to-school time by helping your kids host a school-themed, back-to-school party with these tips and ideas from Punchbowl, complete with a "school schedule" and school-themed goodie bags.

DIY pencil case

DIY pencil case | Sheknows.com
Photo credit: Cut Out and Keep

Sure, those plastic store-bought pencil cases can do the job, but this DIY pencil case tutorial by Cut Out and Keep turns a toilet paper roll into a customized container that reminds kids that going back-to-school is fun.

DIY customized backpack

DIY customized backpack | Sheknows.com
Photo credit: Trend Hunter

Boring backpacks no more, there are tons of ways your kids can kick a school tote up a notch with lace, iron-on patches, jewels, safety pins and other embellishments like with Trend Hunter's punk rock backpack tutorial.

Personalized school supply labels

Personalized school supply labels | Sheknows.com
Photo credit: Lia Griffith

Labels not only help keep school supplies organized, they also make it fun to keep track of all your student's new stuff when you print out personalized labels like Lia Griffith's templates.

Textbook covers

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Photo credit: Creative Bug

Textbook covers can keep school books in mint condition, but they can be stylish, too, with these ideas for customized — and creative — textbook covers by Creative Bug, from using chalkboard paint to creating bubble wrap rainbow patterns.

DIY embellished school shoes

DIY embellished school shoes | Sheknows.com
Photo credit: Titi Crafty

Getting creative with school shoes can not only help save you some dough, but adding jewels, glitter, permanent marker, ribbon, bows and more to embellish plain shoes will make your kid's kicks as unique as he or she is. Get started with this tutorial by Titi Crafty.

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