The Five Best Back to School Crafts for Kids
Going back to school is different for a lot of kids (and parents) this year. Many children are learning virtually online and as parents, we want to help create the best home school environment. Today I am sharing five school crafts projects for kids you can make together.
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Today I am sharing five Back to School crafts that will help your kids stay organized and have fun. I think the best way to help your children get ready for school is to create the most lifelike childhood school setting. My Back to School crafts are the perfect way to make this happen!
All of the craft supplies, my Cricut Maker machine, the bags and aprons, and the decor items are all from JOANN. In fact, if you haven’t seen the inventory of back to school items at JOANN you should go today. The selection and prices are unbelievable.
The decor items in this photo are the Bloom Fall Maple Leaf and Berry Bush Stems, the Crates and Pallet Crate, and the Fall Floral Apples.
Let’s get started with your first school crafts project!
First Day of School Board
When our kids were young we didn’t have anything like this adorable sign. I love seeing the photos of everyone’s kids starting the first day of school with these signs.
This is the sign and I finished in a few hours. It is made on craft board, painted with black chalk paint. I cut the vinyl from my Cricut machine and every year the “boxes” should be filled out. The hardest part to make this was figuring the layout and I am pleased to say that all of the Cricut files that I created for these projects can be accessed by following this link.
As soon as school starts, all that needs to be done is to fill out the information with chalk. Of course, the sign can be used year after year.
What You Need to Make This First Day of School Sign
Medium-sized foam board, thin wood, or chalkboard.
I love this Holographic vinyl. It is so pretty.
Here you can see the Cricut making cuts in the holographic vinyl. Those colors!
I am pretty sure Sophie is going to like this!
For the full tutorial on this project, just click here for the tutorial on the JOANN site. My Cricut SVG files can be found here.
Tie-Dye T-shirts with Tumble Dye
This t-shirt was so much fun to make!
I loved using the SEI Tumble Dye kit that is non-toxic and ready to use. I love it because the paint is actually in a spray bottle. It just sprays on and you can make a shirt, with your child, in less than 30 minutes.
What You Need to Make This Tie Dyed T-shirt
The first step is to bunch up some of the t-shirt fabric and tie it with rubber bands. (I used ribbon because I couldn’t find any rubber bands.)
Once you have tied the fabric, bunch it up even more.
Apply the spray paint and let dry. I sprayed each color, making sure to leave some of the white fabric unpainted for the subsequent colors.
Once dry, iron the t-shirt to secure the paint.
The fun thing about tie-dye is you have no idea what it is going to look like until you are done. This tie-dye kit allows you to do this craft with your child with no mess! I love how this shirt turned out!
Apron for School Crafts
Every child needs an apron for crafts and art. These adorable White Canvas Aprons cost less than $5 and are a steal.
I cut out the pink glitter iron-on vinyl using my Cricut Joy machine. This was so easy to make and I love the machine.
What do You Need to Make the Apron for School Crafts
Tulip Mini Writers (the kids should also get a chance to decorate their aprons too!)
I got some Tulip Mini Writers which are dimensional fabric paints. I am hoping Miss Sophie wants to decorate her apron!
You can use this SVG file to decorate the apron and the bags.
Felt Boards are really fun to make and a quick DIY project. Felt sticks to flannel and the board is so great to use for reading and spelling.
I cut out the letters on my Cricut machine. You can find the SVG file here.
What You Need to Make the Felt Board
An old piece of cardboard
Measure out the size that you want. I cut my cardboard 13″ x 13. Cut the felt about 3″ larger all the way around and secure the back with packing tape.
Cut the letters out by hard or use your Cricut maker machine. The felt will automatically stick to the felt, so don’t need to use any glue.
Book and Art Bags for Sophie
Every kid needs a book bag or a backpack so I made them too!
What You Need to Make the Book Bag and Craft Supplies Bags
I love this bag with glitter vinyl.
Every child likes organization and these small art bags are perfect for craft supplies.
You can get my SVG layouts here.
School Crafts Supplies
There are so many great additional craft products at Joann you can use to set up your at home school area.
I have tried to list them all here! Just tap on the links to order online.
Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Large Crayons
Little Makers 2200+ Pony Beads
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Great ideas Leslie!
Amazing Lovey home school set up for those who are studying at home.
Thank you, Vicki!
Great ideas. Also fun to do with your children.
Fabulous projects to do with the grandkids!
I love these ideas! Such a nice little set up. Thanks so much for getting my crafty gears going!!
Wonderful ideas!!! I am distance teaching my first grader and we just finished the board above his study area. He loves it and so do I! The T-shirt is next!! Beautiful fall colors and yours looks like leaves👍
Love all of these ideas! The colors 🥰. Especially like the chalkboard sign. Will share with my sister-in-law, who is home schooling this year. Thank you.
Great projects ! You are so creative. I am going to send the tie dye kit to the grandkids.
i think you would be a great happy creative grandmother when you have all those grandkids! they will be so creative with you. will want to be at your home forever!!!!!
which cricut machine do you have brand and size and tools, i think there are different kinds. where do you buy all your supplies joann or on line????