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How to decorate school supplies

Back-to-school season can be an exciting, albeit hectic time. Every year brings a new list of school supplies, and these can quickly add up. This year, save money and get crafty instead. These easy ideas are a fantastic way to personalize your school or office supplies, and just wait for the compliments to pour in from your peers.

DIY Embroidery Backpack Patches

How to decorate school supplies

Make your embroidery patches to stitch onto your backpack (or jacket). There are 4 methods to this DIY project, so pick your favorite, choose your patch, and personalize your bag.

DIY Eyelet Bound Notebooks

How to decorate school supplies

You stare at your notebook every day during the school year, so why not make it something you love? This year make your own notebooks for you or your kids. For this DIY, bind together sheets of paper with eyelets for some stylish school supplies that fit perfectly into a three-ring binder.

DIY Glitter Bow Locker Magnets

How to decorate school supplies

Before your teenager returns to school this fall, spend a summer afternoon making glittery magnets that they can use to decorate their locker. These easy to magnets are a great way for your teen to personalize their locker and will come in handy too as they can use them to hang things such as their class schedule on their locker wall.

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

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Break out the paint and gold leaf to refinish your old school clipboard for school this year.

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How to decorate school supplies

I gathered all of these supplies with plans to make a fun and decorative back to school supply “cake”. I wanted something that would serve as a centerpiece for a back to school table I would be setting for my granddaughters’ upcoming visit.

How to decorate school supplies

I used three cake “dummies” for this project, but you could also use cardboard boxes either round or square. If you find some decorative boxes, they could also be filled with school supplies!

How to decorate school supplies

The dummies I used were 6″, 8″ and 10″. Each of them was 4″ high. I have included links to them in the supply list at the bottom of this post. I wrapped the top half of the styrofoam dummies with blue duct tape.

The first step was to stretch a large elastic rubber band around the styrofoam cake. This is the 10″ dummy circle.

How to decorate school supplies

I used ten boxes of 24 Crayola crayons. I tucked the crayons, one box at a time inside of the rubber band.

How to decorate school supplies

If you use the same boxes of crayons and the same size cake dummy, you will find that there will be a gap that is not quite large enough for that eleventh box of crayons.

How to decorate school supplies

I adjusted the crayons so that I had two equal size gaps on opposite sides of the “cake” and tucked a pair of child size Fiskars scissors into each of those gaps.

How to decorate school supplies

Between the middle and the top layer, the white showed more than I wanted, so I cut a circle of yellow card stock and glued it to the top of the middle layer to disguise it.

How to decorate school supplies

I finished this layer the same way as the bottom layer with the tape, and the rubber band, but this time the school supply added was glue sticks. To finish off the cake, I took a ribbon and wrapped it around each layer, hiding the rubber bands.

How to decorate school supplies

For my top layer I selected bright colored pencils and repeated the same process. If you want your cake layers to be secure to one another, you can use several wooden skewers to stick each layer to the layer above it.

How to decorate school supplies

I found this cute little pencil cup that I think any teacher might use on their desk! This will be my cake topper!

How to decorate school supplies

Here are all of my layers of my cake ready to be assembled!

How to decorate school supplies

Here is my cake, all assembled and ready to star as the centerpiece at a fun back to school table!

How to decorate school supplies

This is a cake that can serve as a centerpiece for a back to school luncheon or dessert for kids heading back to school, or for a special teacher. What a great gift this would make for an elementary school teacher after the past year.

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How to decorate school supplies

If you would like to try this Back to School Crayon Wreath, you can get the full tutorial by clicking on this link: Crayon Wreath.

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