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Back-to-school crafts for kids

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Fun and easy school-themed crafts for kids

These fun crafts for kids are practical items for back-to-school time and some even make great teacher gifts. Personalize your backpack, read with your favorite bookmark, store your pencils in a custom pencil holder and remind yourself about homework time and morning chores with a door hanger. These back-to-school crafts will get everyone ready and excited for school to start.

Back-to-school pencil holder

Fun and easy school-themed crafts for kids

Keep your pencils close by with a fun and funky pencil holder made to fit your unique personality.


  • Aluminum can
  • Hot glue gun
  • Misc. items from around the house


  1. Clean and dry one aluminum can.
  2. Gather items from around the house (bottle caps, screws, craft pom poms, etc.) and hot glue gun them to the sides of the can.

Safety tip: This back-to-school craft is for children 8 and up. For younger children, consider using ribbon, tape strips or paper around the can to decorate it without the use of a hot glue gun and potential choking hazards.

Backpack name tag

Fun and easy school-themed crafts for kids

You'll always know which backpack is yours when you have your very own, unique name tag.


  • Cardstock paper
  • Circle hole punch
  • Craft markers
  • Hole punch
  • Key ring
  • Laminator (optional)


  1. Using a circle hole punch, cut a large circle from a piece of cardstock.
  2. Write your name, classroom number and decorate the circle with craft markers.
  3. With a single hole punch, punch a hole near the top.
  4. Laminate the backpack tag (optional).
  5. If laminated, carefully poke a hole through the hole punch with scissors.
  6. Feed a circle key ring through the hole and then on the zipper or side of a backpack.

Craft supplies you can make at home >>

School year memory book

Fun and easy school-themed crafts for kids

Create your own school year scrapbook and fill it with special photographs, drawings and notes as the year progresses.


  • Cardstock paper
  • Printer paper
  • Hole punch
  • String
  • Craft markers
  • Double-sided tape


  1. Fold a piece of cardstock in half.
  2. On the front write: “My 2012 – 2013 Preschool Days…” (or whatever grade your child is in).
  3. With a single hole punch, punch four holes along the folded edge.
  4. Fold multiple sheets of printer paper in half and place inside the cardstock paper.
  5. Mark inside the punched holes so you know where to punch the holes on the printer paper.
  6. Remove the printer paper from the cardstock and punch holes where marked.
  7. Place the folded printer paper back inside the cardstock and secure with string.
  8. As the year goes by, place photos, artwork and memories inside the book with double-sided tape.

Watch and learn!

Watch this How To episode and learn how to make a special door hanger for your super student!

More back-to-school ideas and fun

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