Back-to-school time is upon us. Get your kids (and yourself) ready for another year of bus stops, books, and bake sales. We've got fun ideas to help you face the first day.
Create a Lunch Chart
Carve Out a Study Station
A studious little one can get down to business in any room -- courtesy of this DIY cubicle. Cut away the bottom, top, and one long side of a large box; trim the height, then slope the sides. Finish edges with colored duct tape. Clamps, rubber bands, and tacks help organize notes, calendars, and other items on the "walls."
Label to Avoid Lost Items
Keep better track of children's clothing, school supplies, and gym equipment with a personalized rubber stamp and permanent ink pad made for fabric. Iron-on fabric tape can be stamped, then affixed to the inside of clothing. Personalized ribbons work well as bookmarks or tags. If the name is visible, use pale ink and small type to protect your child's identity.
Craft a Pencil Case
Our organizer safely keeps pencils together in one place and rolls up, too, making it compact enough to tote to school and back.
Cover Those Books
Sturdy road maps make fitting covers for geography and foreign language textbooks. Cut a piece of map large enough to wrap around a closed book, leaving at least a two-inch border on all sides. Once the book is covered, tie a ribbon to a paper clip; slide the clip onto the cover's spine for a bookmark.
Brown-Bag It in Style
Make lunchtime even more appetizing by decorating kids' lunch bags or boxes with cheery stickers and labels. Some can serve a purpose -- personalizing plain containers or sealing sacks shut -- others are purely for fun.
Sew a Pretty Backpack
This pretty satchel is a cinch to put together, and it takes only about an hour. Choose fabrics in colors that coordinate with favorite outfits.
Make Encouraging Stickers
These fun stickers will look great on that winning history essay you proudly display on the refrigerator.
Download this template and print out onto self-adhesive paper.
Organize with Jars
Don't lose art and school supplies in the tangle of a junk drawer. Sort and store them in handy desktop containers made from jars of various sizes. To cushion the glass and protect scissor tips and pencil points, place a round of felt in the bottom of each jar.
Be Bake-Sale Ready
These easy-to-make treats will be the pride of any school stand.
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