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Back to School: 6 DIY crafts

We can't believe the summer holidays are nearly over! But with a little time still to go before the kids go back to school, why not try making some personalised school supplies to get them off to a great start for the year? Whether you're crafting for younger children or looking to get older kids involved in making, these great projects will be sure to earn them a gold star!

Back to School: 6 DIY crafts

1. Decorate and personalise notebooks

Many schools give out exercise books and ask kids to personalise them at the beginning of term, but you could get a head start by decorating a few in advance. You could also decorate a school planner or homework diary, jotter pads for list-making, or a personalised wall planner to make sure they're super organised.

2. Stitch up a pencil case

Let children choose their favourite fabrics and trimmings, then stitch up a cute pencil case for keeping all their stationery safe. Consider using waterproof and durable fabrics so that the case can endure a little wear and tear; try adding a personalised fabric name tag so it can be returned to them if lost.

3. Make bookmarks from card

This is one project that kids of all ages can get involved in making. Cut narrow strips of thick card and allow them to paint, stick and embellish as they choose. Why not try going by the theme of their favourite books and getting them to draw the characters?

4. PE kit drawstring bag

With a quick and easy design, drawstring bags can be whipped up in an hour or so – you could even make a few in different sizes! They're perfect for taking trainers and kit to school and back, and you can get creative with fabric and embellishments to ensure that every PE lesson is something to look forward to. We love this Lemon Cupcakes Fabric for a cute touch.

5. Make a DIY desk organiser

Raid your recycling bins or make a stash of cardboard boxes and toilet roll tubes – they'll come in handy for making a desk organiser. It'll make even the messiest of children enjoy sorting their stationery! For a simple organiser, cut the tops off cereal boxes and stick together at different heights, putting vertical toilet roll tubes inside a shallow box to use for storing pens and pencils

6. Make scrunchies

The 90s hair accessory has had a revival lately, and they're a cute way to keep little ones' hair neat and tidy. Use a variety of fabrics to make them, then give as a gift to a daughter or young relative before term starts.