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Souped-Up School Supplies

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It’s nearly back to school time! The kids have been excited about getting some new school supplies such as notebooks, papers, pencils and crayons. The cost of these items can add up though, so this year we headed to our local discount store and picked up some notebooks and on-sale crayons. We wanted to give these standard items a little extra pizzazz and help the kids identify their supplies from their classmates’.

Notebook Cover-Ups

We bought these standard notebooks from a dollar store for less than a $1 each. We love a good deal! But the look of them is pretty boring and far from inspiring so we glammed them up using some fun printables! You can find all kinds of fun designs online, or use scrapbooking papers. We’ve used our own nature-inspired “Rock’n Daisy Cupcake Printable Art” available on Etsy. We designed these printables using photos of flowers and foliage: they are great for framing, gift-wrapping, greeting cards and the projects in this post to name a few.

To make your own notebook covers, you’ll need:

  • Compatible sized printable on card stock
  • Paper cutter
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Spray adhesive

Take your printable and align it with your notebook cover. Mark the excess amount with a pencil and use those marks as the guide for cutting.  A paper cutter is your best friend here (I can’t cut a straight line with scissors to save my life)! Once your paper is cut to the right size, you can begin to beautify your notebook.

Make sure your workspace is protected before you begin the next step. Using a spray adhesive, evenly spray the back side of the printable with an even coat. Apply the sprayed printable to the surface of the notebook ensuring all sides are aligned. Lightly press down and let dry.

Crayon Box Cozy

One way to differentiate your kids crayon box is by covering it with a fun printable.

To make a crayon box cozy; you’ll need:

  • 8 ½” x 11” printable on card stock
  • Paper cutter and scorer
  • Scissors
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Glue
  • Craft knife

Working with the printable in the horizontal position, cut the excess width from the side (2½” for the 64-count crayon box). You’ll end up with a 8½” (short edge) by 9” (long edge) sheet. On the back side of the printable, mark the score lines (1½” from the short edges and 3½” from the long edges – see template). Score lightly along the 4 lines. Cut the scored line as shown.

Crease towards the wrong side of the printable. Cover the lower section of the crayon box. Fold sides over and glue in place. Using craft knife, cut out the small hole at back to expose the built-in sharpener.

We like the idea of using a black and white printable so the kids can colour and really personalize them. Also check out these five fun ideas with printables!

In what other ways have you souped-up your kids’ school supplies?

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Diana Auerhammer

Saturday 12th of September 2015

Nice! I remember souping up our binders in high school. Anyone remember those blue cloth covered three ring notebooks. Boring! The souping up went on all year with name of boyfriend, drawings, doodles, a friend's phone number, etc. Fun!! These soup ups are much more colorful, though! Fun project to do with your kids.

Michelle James

Tuesday 8th of September 2015

These ROCK! I love the cupcakes. This is such a great idea! I am definitely sharing for my friends to see as well. You guys do great work.

Melissa Vera

Tuesday 8th of September 2015

Man I want to go back to school just to get some of these school supplies. Thanks for being such a great cohost on #HomeMattersParty.

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