7 Back-to-School Crafts and Projects

Get into the spirit of the new school year with these great DIY projects.

Cork Board Dorm Room Decorations

No Nail Dorm Decorating Featuring Painted Cork Hexagons, Turquoise Duvet Cover and Colorful Throw Pillows

Deck out your dorm room with stylish decor ideas that won't break the rules, like this wall of painted hexagon-shaped cork pieces, attached to the wall with removable adhesive strips. You can paint the cork in hues that compliment your color scheme. Placing them over the bed allows you take advantage of wall space and display pictures and personal items without taking up any counter space.

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Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

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I can still remember the back-to-school thrill of shopping for a fall wardrobe and the school supplies I would need to welcome a brand new year of teachers, friends, experiences and possibilities.

What better way to channel that special thrill of anticipation (mixed in with nervousness perhaps) over a new school year than some fun DIY projects? These cool crafts and hacks will help you (or your child) get a homework space together, a school-related craft jump-started or a dorm room ready to roll. 

A Home Office for the Whole Family

A Home Office for the Whole Family

GIVE LITTLE KIDS A SPACE TO WORK Add style for pint-sized family members with a vintage school desk. This gives kids designated spots in the office to focus on their ABCs and 123s.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Everyone knows what a difference a new paint job can make: try it on an upcycled desk to create an inspiring study or reading area to make schoolwork more pleasurable.



Photo by: Courtesy of Dormify.com

Courtesy of Dormify.com

Maybe back to school this year means an exciting first year of college. Find some inspiration for how to make the best use of your space-challenged new digs and keep things bright and functional too.

DIY Homework Command Center for Kids and Teens

DIY Homework Command Center

Create the ultimate homework command center for kids and teens with DIY storage and organization.

Photo by: Michelle Edgemont

Michelle Edgemont

Nothing fuels creativity and concentration like an organized and well-designed work space. Try these ideas to bring order to yours, whether you are doing homework or cramming for a final.

DIY Locker Decorating Ideas

DIY Locker Decorating Ideas for Teens

Keep your locker organized and stylish with these DIY decorating and storage ideas.

Photo by: Michelle Edgemont

Michelle Edgemont

Considering how many times in the course of the day you are at your locker, it makes sense to make it look great and also express your awesome personality.

Treats and More

Treats and More

Fill the apple with gummy worms secured inside the apple in a plastic bag for a fun teacher treat or simply add some tiny school supplies for the teacher like paperclips, chalk, or even erasers. Your teacher will love using this apple everyday!

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Nothing says "I deserve an A" like a beautifully executed craft you do yourself using a terra cotta pot and some delicious gummy worms. What teacher could resist?



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Another great gift for a teacher or a perky way to store your pens at your homework station, this clever bouquet of pens would brighten any desk.

Back to School Gift

Back to School Gift

Let your teacher know they rule with this back to school planter for the classroom. This is a fun craft for the entire family.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Turn yardsticks into an adorable planter for a teacher or a best friend.

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DIY Reusable Back to School Photo Frame

Send your kids back to school in style year after year with this colorful and customizable first day of school photo prop.

Fall's Bounty Window Box

When decorating your home for fall, don't forget the outside. Fill outdoor containers with autumn's bounty for a stylish, seasonal look.

Fall Craft: A Giving Tree

Welcome Thanksgiving guests to your table with a tree that celebrates being thankful and the spirit of giving.

DIY Wine Cork Pumpkin and Snowman

Fall into winter by turning those old corks into a decor piece that's both a pumpkin and snowman.

Easy-to-Craft Yarn Pumpkins

Spruce up plastic or foam pumpkins with the warmth and texture of chunky wool yarn. This easy project is a great way to craft fashion-forward Halloween or Thanksgiving decorations.

Make a Felt Garland for Fall

Make this colorful DIY craft ideal for adorning a doorway, a mantel or window.

A DIY Grapevine Pumpkin

Woodland elements come together to form a garden-inspired pumpkin.

22 Ways to Use Fall's Most Notable Spices

Commemorate fall's arrival by breaking out the nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.

Burlap Bubble Wreath

Dress up your entryway and impress your guests with a door decorated for fall.

Oktoberfest Kids' Craft: Make Mini Gingerbread Heart Necklaces

A popular sight at Bavaria's official Oktoberfest, gingerbread hearts or lebkuchen are both a treasured souvenir and a tasty treat. Gather your favorite kinder and basic craft supplies to whip up a non-edible, crafty batch for your Oktoberfest celebration.

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