41 Genius Projects to Make for Back to School

AUG 19, 2016 updated May 19, 2021

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Whether you’re prepping your child for the first day of first grade, high school, or sending them off to college, make sure your kiddo is the coolest in class with 41 of the craftiest “Back to School” DIYs ever assembled! 

1. Protect your notebook and make it your own with a DIY custom cover

Notebook cover (with pockets!) tutorial | Ceri Staziker
Personalized notebook covers | Ceri Staziker

2. Drawstring backpacks tote everything from calculators to extra snacks.

Purl Soho drawstring backpacks
Perfect for an after school activity bag and quick to sew up | Purl Soho

3. Make a “Cat-n-Sew” pencil case

Bobbit Pencil Case by Woodmouse&Bobbit
Get a head start on back-to-school crafting with this adorable pencil case! See the full tutorial here. | Wood Mouse & Bobbit

4. Go “old school” in the classroom with this Vintage USA Map Chart inspired by German Rollkarte.

Vintage green classroom school chart
Vintage School Chart tutorial | Anda Corrie

5. Get comfy with a Book Spine Cushion

book spine pillow cushion
DIY Book Spine Pillows | Emma Jeffery

6.  Revamp a cozy study nook using temporary wallpaper

child's study area
Find similar wallpaper here | House to Home

7. Update an old bag with a fun pattern pocket

Vintage messenger bag with pattern pocket
Messenger Bag Makeover | Everything Golden 

8. Personalize your child’s beloved books with this custom bookplate tutorial

DIY Bookplates to personalize kids' books
DIY Bookplates | Caitlin Topham

9. Sew up an adorable school bus pencil pouch

Get ready to learn with this yellow school bus pencil pouch
Yellow school bus pencil pouch | Michelle Swart

10. This notebook inspired lunch bag is everything!

DIY notebook lunch bag
Learn to make this unique and adorable lunch bag | Design*Sponge

11.  Check out this super unique nerdy-chic book clutch

DIY Nerdy Chic Book Clutch
DIY Book Clutch tutorial | Caught on a Whim

12. Personalize each day with this chalkboard lunchbox

Kids Chalkboard lunchbox
Chalkboard lunchbox How-to | She Knows

13. How sweet are these knotted zipper pencil pouches? 

Three zippered patterned pencil pouches
Patterned zipper pencil pouch tutorial | See Kate Sew

14. Stitch up a Kindergarten Nap Mat and Pillow

Kindgarten Nap Mat and Pillow
Might we suggest using this design on Minky or Fleece?

15. DIY Travel Art Roll will come in handy inside and out of the classroom

Kid's Red Gingham Travel Art Roll
Kid’s Red Gingham Travel Art Roll | Rajovilla

16. Keep electronics organized with a custom cord roll

DIY Custom Cord Roll
DIY Custom Cord Roll | Brit & Co.

17. Quilted Drawstring Bag

Quilted drawstring bag and materials
Quilted drawstring bag tutorial | Michelle Swart

18. Turn a favorite class photo into a zipper pouch

Class photo zipper pouch | Emma Jeffery
Class photo zipper pouch | Hello, Beautiful

19. DIY Small Ironing Table, perfect for the dorm

DIY Small Ironing Table
DIY Small Ironing Table | Like A Saturday

 

20. DIY Lace Bookmarks

DIY lace bookmarks for kids
DIY lace bookmarks for kids | Handmade Charlotte

 

21. Teach your child to make a simple beginner’s quilt

Child's first quilt and detail of quilt squares
Start the school year off by teaching your child to quilt! | Sew Handmade

22. These wallpaper hacks keep every space creative and personal

Kids Custom Step Stools and Constellation Wall
DIY wallpaper stools | This Little Street | “Dream Animals” room | Apartment Therapy

 

23. Get “book smart” with these DIY floating book shelves

DIY Floating Book Shelves
DIY Floating Book Shelves | Real Simple

 

24. Empower your child artist by making a custom iPad Sleeve featuring their art

Custom Ipad sleeve with kids artwork
Custom iPad sleeve with kids artwork | Emma Jeffery

 

25. DIY Chalkboard Placemats

Chalkboard Placemats for Kids
Chalkboard placemats are perfect for classroom snack time | Giggles Galore

 

26. Bedside Organizer with Pockets Tutorial

Bedside Organizer with patterned fabrics
Bedside Organizer with patterned fabrics | Sew Can She

 

27. Custom Kids Bento Box Lunch Bag

DIY Bento Box Lunch Bag
Bento box lunch bag tutorial | RebeccaMaeDesigns

 

28. School wardrobe: Turn Pants into Shorts (and Make it Look Good)

Turn Pants into Summer Shorts
Turn old pants into the perfect cutoffs | Makeit-loveit.com

29. Start the new school year with a fresh duvet cover for the kiddo’s room

Easy to Make Custom Duvet Cover
Match their duvet cover to their style with this tutorial | Lia Griffith

 

30. Easily the most glamourous way to store writing utensils

Vibrant, Wrapped Pattern Vases
Vibrant, Wrapped Pattern Vases | A Kailo Chic Life

 

31. Back to School wardrobe: Knit Beanie Hat Tutorial

Kids Knit Beanie Hat Tutorial + Patterns
Little Kids Knit Beanie Hat Tutorial | Swoodson Says

 

32. Ride into class in style with a Unicorn Hobby Horse

Magical Pink Unicorn Hobby Horse
Unicorn Hobby Horse Tutorial | Lia Griffith

33. Whiteboard Walls for Your Creative Kid’s study space

DIY Whiteboard Walls For Children's Bedroom
DIY Whiteboard Walls For Children’s study space | Mr. Kate

 

34. Kids Custom Apron for art class

Kids' Summer Floral Custom Cooking Apron
Find this sweet summertime fabric here.

 

35. Look fresh on the first day with Turban-Style Headbands

Turban-Style Headbands

Easy How To: Turban Style Headbands | Simple As That Blog

36. Never lose your place with custom fabric bookmarks

Custom Fabric Bookmarks
Custom Fabric Bookmarks | On Hand Modern

 

37. Easy and fun DIY Cloth Napkins for school lunches

DIY cloth pizza napkins
We know you need this pizza fabric!

38. How to Cover a Composition Book with Spoonflower Wallpaper

Cover a composition notebook with Spoonflower wallpaper
Cover a composition notebook with Spoonflower wallpaper | Craftypod

39. Use wallpaper scraps to decoupage coffee tins. Perfect for storing pens, pencils & markers

Wallpapered coffee tins
Wallpapered coffee tins | Katoot Marut

40. Create cozy floor pillows for quiet time

Create cozy floor pillows
Designs featured here are: “A Bear Camp” by Demigoutte and Vibrant Floral Garden by Oksancia | Kelly McKay

41. Revamp a plain, boring art desk using this peel-and-stick wallpaper hack

Colorful peel & stick wallpaper featuring "Colored Pencils" design by Rubydoor
“Colored Pencils” design by Rubydoor | Spoonflower Blog

Pick your favorite back to school DIY and get started creating! Let us know in the comments which project is your favorite and don’t forget to share your projects with us on social by tagging @spoonflower.  Happy Making!

Still in search of inspiration? Find more ideas on our Back to School Pinterest board

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