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Back to School Projects

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Hello everyone! It’s Tara here today and I get to share a few quick and easy Back to School projects with you!

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit
Supplies: all September kits and add-ons
My daughter Alaina has recently started 5th grade, which means this years back to school shopping included less cutesy character themed supplies and more trendy girl supplies. The only problem – we didn’t really like the in-store selection because after all, when you’re 9 years old trendy school supplies are a big deal!

So this led me to an idea of a “school supply makeover”. The goal: to take ordinary plain school supplies and make them into something pretty for a little girl who loves all things floral and pink.

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit

After some brainstorming I got started by taking a few notebooks and ,using the September Main Kit papers, covered the composition notebook and two smaller notebooks. I then used stickers and a little spray paint to embellish the books. Alaina loves notebooks and places to write lists, notes, and lyrics, so creating a series of simple notebooks was a must have for her.

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit
This pencil can project was one that was supposed to have happened during our summer vacation but luckily it fits right in to the school supply theme. Better late than never! Even if it only finds a place on her home desk rather than the school desk, it’s still a fun and useful craft to put together using a little strip of paper, the number 2 sticker and then help of a few letter l’s to make the # sign.

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit
I just adore little notebooks, the smaller the better. I also love tags and tag books. Combine the two together and you’ll create the sweetest little tag notebooks ever! I’ve used a couple of already made small flashcard books, and then created embellished tags to top them off.

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit
This is probably my favorite project of all. Since my daughter devours one book after another, I had this idea to create some type of reading log. I went about making an accordion book and sewed in paper pockets. I really liked the idea of library type card inserts…a place to record what books were read, the author, and to write about the best part of each book and then just for fun.

I typed a rating of 1 to 5 on each card.  In keeping with the reading theme, I also wanted to include a couple of bookmarks, made entirely of tiny leftover scrap papers!

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit
One last photo!

I decided to present all of these small projects together as a gift to Alaina just before her first day of school. Some were wrapped, while others I incorporated into the gift-wrap itself. Mixed with a few vintage math flash cards and a monogram tag, the presentation is almost as lovely as the actual gift!

#backtoschool by Tara // via @gossamerbluekit
Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed these ideas on how to spice up ordinary school supplies! Happy crafting!

Tara

7 Comments to “Back to School Projects”

September 1, 2014 at 11:59 am

Laura Rahel says:

This is amazing! I don’t have children but brava to all of these creative back to school diys!

This is crazy beautiful!!! I love all the details, embellishments, layers, bits n pieces and above all the love you put into this! Ah- mazing!

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