With the summer days winding down, it’s Back to School shopping season, and what could be more exciting than shopping for shiny new supplies? I still remember the thrill of a brand new package of Crayola markers, all to myself. I’ve put together a collection of craft projects and neat things that celebrate the potential of the humble school supply. I hope these might inspire you to take a second look at what you already have in your Le Kit, (okay I am dating myself here, right?) and how you can turn those items into something fresh and new! I am definitely going to be making some of those awesome thumbtack words.

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Okay, this one takes the cake, really. Set the school year off right by buttering up the teacher with a gift. Yes, adults love school supplies too!

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Since you’ve got the teacher on your good side now, you might get away with a little mischief in class. Perfect tool for bugging your neighbor.

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Save your tea bag wrappers from all those long nights of staying up to finish homework, and just add Modge Podge!

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Loving the simplicity of this combination. Art and math tools together make beautiful results.

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Jazz up your boring binder clips with some washi tape!

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Erasers become play cars with a few simple cuts, thumbtacks, and paint.

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Sharpies and sandwich bags. Seriously, so much more fun than doodling on paper.

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Color block candles use melted crayons to create these bold pops of color.

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Foam core and thumbtacks unite! So simple, though I might still cheat and laser cut my letters out, just because I can. Still doable with a knife and some patience.

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Okay, this last one is a product, but I could see someone turning this into a DIY project by using an air drying clay. I wouldn’t recommend baking your USB stick (as would be required with a polymer clay).

Happy making!

Agnes Niewiadomski

Maker Extraordinaire from Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario.
Lover of all things CNC and handmade.

agnesmakes.com
@agawaffle


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