The beginning of a new school year is always an exciting time, but sometimes even the quintessential back-to-school supply shopping can get old. You sift through aisle after aisle of the same notebooks and pencils you’ve seen a million times before, feeling uninspired and reluctant to creatively tackle another year. However, getting crafty with some simple DIYs will revamp your supplies and school year alike.
Meet Your New BFF: Washi Tape
When Staples and Office Max’s unoriginal designs let you down, meet your new best friend. Washi tape is a cheap and easy way to customize anything from phone chargers and phone cases to pencils and notebooks. Enjoy the process of picking out your favorite washi tape designs and incorporating them into your school supplies for a personal touch!
Now Meet Your Other BFF: Duct Tape
If washi tape isn’t for you, classic household duct tape can also be used as an ideal DIY tool. Some students and parents prefer duct tape because of its accessibility – often other specialty design tapes can only be purchased at craft stores, while duct tape can typically be found at the local drugstore. There are so many options when it comes to duct tape; check out this fabulous matching clipboard and pen set. It is also a great school supply to have on hand for the new year – whether something breaks, you need to hang posters, or anything in between!
Get Jazzy with Pipecleaners
Say the word “pipecleaners” and many students immediately think of kindergarten arts and crafts – but these fun accessories extend far beyond the world of Elmer’s glue and googlie eyes. In fact, they open up a world of creative school supply ideas from chic notebooks like this fuzzy design for middle schoolers and teens to kid’s fun and sparkly pencil ornaments.
Look Forward to the Lunch Bell
Get excited to show off a revamped lunch box this school year. Consider painting the inside with chalkboard paint to reveal personal messages, to do lists, or drawings. Maybe even print out miniature photos of friends and family and secure them with the already-purchased washi or duct tape from the crafts above. Getting original with a DIY lunchbox will help you get excited to pack lunches as well, keeping you on track and healthy for the new year ahead.