DIY Back To School Supplies & Crafts: {Tipnut Roundup}

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Buying new school supplies can get expensive but there are a few items you can make yourself that can help save the monthly budget. Here’s a project sheet rounding up all the school related goodies listed on Tipnut so far…keep in mind I update craft collections regularly so there will likely be new goodies to check out year-after-year (you may want to bookmark this page for future reference). Enjoy!

New School Supplies Can Get Expensive, Here Are A Few DIY Projects To Help Save A Bit

New School Supplies Can Get Expensive, Here Are A Few DIY Projects To Help Save A Bit

  • Backpacks & Knapsacks: Something here for both preschool aged children and older teens in high school, mainly sewing projects are listed but there is one crochet pattern.
  • Pencil Cases & Pouches: Lots of neat ideas in this bunch, some simple while others are loaded with features (includes a couple binder pouches).
  • Lunch Bags & Accessories: You’ll find over 20 free patterns and tutorials for lunch bags as well as 10 different projects for making reusable sandwich and snack bags.
  • Crafty Ways To Cover A Book: Turn ordinary composition books and notebooks into something pretty with these easy projects.
  • Crafty Bookmarks: A nice selection of free printables along with plenty of crafty projects (sewn, knit, crochet, etc.).
  • Bookplates: Children can keep track of their books with these freebies, just print and stick inside covers (avoid using these for textbooks that have to be returned at the end of the school year, removing labels will likely damage the book).
  • Laptop Sleeves & Cases: For older students in high school or college, here are two dozen different projects to tote laptops in style. If you need something for a Kindle or iPad, those projects are listed here.
  • Homemade Gifts For Teachers: If you like presenting a gift to your child’s teacher on the first day of school, here are lots of ideas for homemade goodies that are sure to be a hit (includes some printables). You’ll want to keep this page handy for Teacher Appreciation Day (or week) as well which is during the month of May.
  • Lunch Box Notes: Brighten your child’s day with secret notes of encouragement from home, they’ll love them!
  • Stickers to Print: Children will have fun using these to decorate notebooks, binders and lunch bags, simply print off on adhesive paper or you can print on plain printer paper and use a glue stick.

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Published: August 10, 2011

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