I aimed for 50 economical, eco-green and fabulous ideas for back to school crafts this year. Here are some of the best free craft tutorials for back-to-school crafts, including DIY notice boards, keepsake organizers, dorm room furniture tutorials, and lots of fun crafts for a great school year ahead.
Bookmark this page as there are some great links to wonderful free how-to tutorials with step-by-step photos for back-to-school fabulous-ness.
Free Back To School Crafts : Tutorials & Ideas
Pretty Stationary & Pens
Back-to-School Crafts 1: Argyle Notecards, made from Recycled Magazines
Back-to-School Crafts 2: Marbled Pencils
Back-to-School Crafts 3: Bulletin board idea
Back-to-School Crafts 4: School Chalk Board Fridge
Back-to-School Crafts 5: School Momentos & Papers Organizer
Money & Time Savers
|Back-to-School Crafts 6: Recycle giftbags into gorgeous school book covers
TIP: Stock a School Supply Box
Student Room Enhancements
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Groovy hemp bedroom lamp shades
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Cloth ‘Notebook’ Lunchbag
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Locker magnet with name label
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Hair bands – click here and you’ll find a dozen different designs
(image credit: alteredcloth.com)
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Felted Hair Barrattes – easy step-by-step craft tutorial
Mom Craft: Free Make-up Bag Sewing Pattern
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Make-up or ‘thingies’ bag.
Free Bag Sewing Pattern, in Brief:
A. Create pattern out of cereal box with narrower top-end = 6 1/2″, and wider bottom-end = 8 1/2″, height = 6″. Cut your fabric using the pattern.
B. Cut no-sew bond using the pattern, and iron it to the lining. Peel away the paper and iron it to the outside fabric.
Optional: If I want to attach a stripe of ribbon or trim, use the no-sew bond to attach this also or sew across the trim with the sewing machine. Add in a short bag strap.
C. Cut a piece of velcro about 2″ long, fold it over a 1/2″ hem and center the velcro strip. Sew 2 lines, one across the top and bottom of the velcro across the width of the bag.
Optional: attach trim along the bottom seam for the velcro.
D. Turn the bag wrong side out and sew up the sides. Sew through the no-sew bond, if your fabric is thin.
E. Make a gusseted bottom: fold a triangle horizontally at the each corner about 1″ down from the edge; sew across this triangle horizontally.
image/pattern credit: craftydaisies.com/2007/04/26/simple-makeup-bag/ : this site is offline
Vintage Back to School Scrapbooking Printable
Paper art project by Crystelle
Here’s Crystelle’s free Back to School scrapbooking printable for you. Use it as your centepiece for your project or kitchen wall hanging and send some loving kindness to Crystelle, who designed it for you. Really cute scrapbooking or book art project. Fun!!
I miss Crystelle’s blog, but that goes without saying.
More Back-To-School Projects
If these great back-to-school ideas are not enough for your insatiable craft spirit, check back for more later. I am planning to post some of our own crafty creations later this week.
- We decorated cloths pins to organize both the desk and the walls anticipating a million drawings this year.
- We decorated some plain notebooks.
- We made name tags for school items.
- We covered an ugly Mexican rug with a neutral fabric to match the room decor.
- We made a cover for the new white office chair.
- We made a craft supplies box.
- We created drawing inserts to organize our stuff.
- …. and the list goes on.