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DIY Projects for Back to School: A Fun and Engaging Guide for Kids


As the summer winds down and school doors prepare to open again, we’ve got a great way for you and your children to savor the last moments of vacation. These engaging DIY projects will not only keep your little ones entertained but also help them gear up for the new academic year. All projects mentioned can be completed with the help of a 10th grader, making it a fun family activity!

DIY Crafts for Kids to Personalize their School Supplies

Creative Pen and Pencil Holders

Convert a simple tin can into a visually appealing and practical pen and pencil holder. It’s not just a delightful project, but it also encourages cleanliness and orderliness in your kid’s study space.

Here’s a simple guide to creating your personalized pen and pencil holders:

  1. Gather your materials: A clean tin can, non-toxic paints, brushes, and your creativity.
  2. Allow your child to paint the exterior of the can using their chosen colors and designs.
  3. Let the paint dry completely.
  4. Now, it’s ready to hold pens and pencils on the study table.

Personalized DIY Bookmarks

Enhance the joy of reading with unique DIY bookmarks.

Follow these easy steps to create your bookmarks:

  1. Gather your materials: Durable cardstock, decorated paper clips, colorful ribbons, stickers, and markers.
  2. Cut the cardstock into your desired bookmark shape.
  3. Attach the decorated paper clip to the top of the cardstock.
  4. Tie a colorful ribbon to the paper clip.
  5. Let your child personalize the bookmark with drawings, stickers, or motivational quotes.

Custom-made Notebooks and Folders

Boost your kids’ excitement for learning with DIY custom-designed notebooks and folders.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Start with plain notebooks and folders.
  2. Provide your child with non-toxic paints, markers, stickers, and other decorating materials.
  3. Let them express their creativity by designing the covers.

DIY Projects that Encourage Learning

Crafting a Birdhouse

A birdhouse project offers hands-on woodworking experience and promotes a greater appreciation for nature. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to build a basic birdhouse:

Materials: A wooden plank, galvanized screws, saw, measuring tape, drill, sandpaper, and non-toxic paint.

Step 1: Cut the Wood

  • Measure and cut the wood into the necessary pieces. Always supervise children when using tools.

Step 2: Assemble the Pieces

  • Drill guide holes and screw the pieces together.

Step 3: Make an Entrance Hole

  • Drill a 1.5-inch hole for the birds.

Step 4: Sand and Paint

  • Sand any rough edges and decorate the birdhouse with paint.

Step 5: Attach the Roof and Cleanout Door

  • Screw on the roof and attach a hinge for easy cleaning.

Step 6: Mount and Watch

  • Install the birdhouse in a safe place and enjoy bird watching!

Making Slime

Creating slime is an interactive and safe chemistry experiment. Here’s a quick guide:

Materials: White school glue, water, baking soda, contact lens solution, food coloring, glitter, mixing bowl, mixing spoon.

Step 1: Combine Glue and Water

  • Mix the glue and water.

Step 2: Add Color and Glitter

  • Stir in your preferred food coloring and glitter.

Step 3: Stir in Baking Soda

  • Add the baking soda.

Step 4: Add Contact Lens Solution

  • Slowly add the contact lens solution until the mixture forms slime.

Step 5: Knead the Slime

  • Knead the slime until it’s no longer sticky.

However, bear in mind that some DIY projects, particularly those involving installations or more significant tasks, should be handled by professionals. If you need assistance with setting up a new bookshelf or creating a dedicated study space, we at C&C Farm and Home are more than willing to assist. Check out our departments to find out the broad range of services we offer and don’t hesitate to contact us.

Always remember, safety first! Supervise younger children when handling scissors, and always make sure to clean up your space when you’re done. Happy crafting!

(Disclaimer: Always supervise children when they are doing DIY projects, especially when using scissors, glue guns, or any other tools that could cause injury.)