Back-to-school crafts for kids

Aug 22, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. ET

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 door hanger

Your child can let everyone know when to use quiet voices so he or she can concentrate on homework and then turn it around in the morning to provide your child with a quick, visual checklist of things to do before school.


  • 2 pieces of cardstock paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Craft markers
  • Hole punch
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Laminator (optional)


  1. Cut a square from one piece of cardstock paper.
  2. Write “Shhh… I’m doing my homework!” on one side.
  3. Cut a rectangle from the second piece of cardstock.
  4. Write “My Morning” along with any morning chores your child needs to complete before heading off to school.
  5. With double-sided tape, tape the two pieces of cardstock together.
  6. With a single hole punch, punch two holes near the top.
  7. Laminate and cut around the sign (optional).
  8. If laminated, carefully poke a hole through each hole punch with the scissors.
  9. Cut three pieces of string and carefully string them through one hole, securing it with a double knot.
  10. Braid the three pieces of string and then carefully string the pieces through the second hole, securing it with a double knot.

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Back-to-school bookmark

Save your page each night with a customized bookmark!


  • Cardstock
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Craft markers
  • Laminator (optional)


  1. With scissors, cut a rectangle from the cardstock paper.
  2. Write: “I love to read!” on one side and decorate both sides.
  3. Round the corners with scissors or a corner punch.
  4. With a single hole punch, punch one hole close to the top.
  5. Laminate the bookmark (optional).
  6. If laminated, carefully poke a hole through the hole punch with scissors.
  7. String ribbon through the hole and secure the ribbon with a double knot.

Back-to-school paper weight

A paper weight makes a great teacher gift or can be used at home to organize homework and school projects. Get creative and make some with numbers or days of the week to prioritize which homework needs to be completed first.


  • Rock
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Permanent marker


  1. With a permanent marker, draw your favorite face, animal or design.
  2. With a paintbrush, paint the rock to your liking.
  3. Let dry.

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