15 Genius Dollar-Store Hacks to Wrangle All Those School Supplies

Crayons, markers, paper — they're everywhere! Corral all those school supplies with these adorable, budget-friendly hacks you can pull together in just a few minutes.

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Photo By: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Bucket + Tool Belt = Art Supply Station

Transform a five-gallon bucket into a mobile "creation station." Simply place a tool organizer around the middle to keep art supplies neat and tidy. We also love that it makes it that much easier for kids to clean up after themselves.

Rice + Paper Towel Rolls + Jar Lids + Decorative Tape = Tablet Stand

Make this easy DIY tablet stand using recycled household items. Start by wrapping two cardboard paper towel rolls and a rectangular piece of cardboard in decorative tape. Fill plastic sandwich bags with rice and insert them inside the rolls for weight and stability. Spray paint four baby-food jar lids. Glue the rolls side-by-side with a 1/4-inch gap in between on top of the piece of cardboard. Then glue the lids onto the ends of the rolls. We used e6000 glue as it dries with some flex to it which is helpful for this project. Wrap rubber bands around each end of the stand to hold everything together while the glue dries. Insert spacers (we used drink coasters) so you know you'll have enough room for the tablet to stand up properly.

Dish Drain = File Caddy

Organize your go-to documents in a repurposed dish drain. Outfit the middle with pretty folders and color-coordinated notebooks to keep it chic. And don't forget to stock the utensil cup with plenty of pens and pencils.

Cheap Fabric = Reusable Snack Wraps

Feeling guilty about using up all those plastic baggies? Try out these handmade reusable sandwich wraps. You'll need beeswax pellets, patterned cotton fabric, parchment paper, pinking shears and an iron. First, trim your fabric to the desired size, then lay an old towel on the ironing board. Place the fabric square on the towel, then sprinkle it with beeswax pellets. Next, place a large piece of parchment paper on top of the fabric square and pellets. Carefully use a hot, dry iron to melt the pellets evenly into the fabric. Once dry, fold to your liking around snacks and sandwiches and tie off with cotton twine. (Note: You'll need to re-treat with wax every 15 uses or so.)

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Cake Stand = Supply Centerpiece

A tiered cake stand gets a new lease on life as an easy to access, oversized school supply station. Fill each tier with a variety of plastic cups then use them to organize everything from pencils to crayons to paperclips. For added stability, attach poster tack or glue dots to the bottom of the cups to keep them from falling over.

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Freezer Bag + Duct Tape = DIY Pencil Pouch

Colorful duct tape and a few snips along the bottom transform a used freezer bag into a stylish pencil pouch. Once fully taped, punch holes along the bottom of the bag for use in three-ring binders.

Cooling Rack = Bulletin Board

Use adhesive hooks to hang a cooling rack to the back of a door for an inexpensive and space-saving memo center. Here you can clip up reminders and mementos and even attach a file holder to keep paper clutter up off your work surface.

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Sponge = Ice Pack

To keep lunches cool, wet a sponge and freeze it. Place the frozen sponge inside a snack bag wrapped in colorful duct tape. The tape helps decorate and insulate the baggy. As the sponge melts, all the moisture will stay inside the bag.

Travel Soap Boxes = Tiny Organizers

Keep crayons, knickknacks and snacks corralled in colorful plastic soap boxes. Kids will love outfitting them with their favorite stickers and taking them along in the car.

Cereal Boxes = DIY Letter Trays

Keep important papers at arm's length with a reimagined cereal box. Neatly trim the top flaps off the box, then wrap the box in a fun, patterned paper. They're perfect for stacking as letter trays, too!

Binder Clip + Decorative Tape = Cord Caddy

Don’t you hate when your charging cords are constantly falling on the floor or you can’t find them? Not anymore. Just attach binder clips to the side of your work surface and thread the chargers through — voila! Problem solved. If you want to be extra (and we always want you to be extra!) wrap the binder clips in decorative tape for some added style.

Magazine Organizers + Shelf = Information Station

If your family has trouble organizing homework and other important papers, then this easy project may be just what you need. Spruce up an old shelf and magazine rack with a fresh coat of paint. Secure the shelf on top of the organizers using screws or a heavy-duty adhesive. Try color-coding files for each child to keep things super organized.

Dowel + Adhesive Hooks + Buckets = Supply Caddies

You are definitely going to want to add this simple idea to your back-to-school shopping list. Simply cut a dowel rod to whatever length you need and attach it to the wall by resting it in the crook of two adhesive hooks. Hang S hooks and mini buckets from the dowel then fill the buckets with essentials like earbuds and charging cords for older kids and flashcards, scissors and pencils for younger ones. Kids can grab their individual supply buckets and put them back at the end of the day.

Utensil Organizer + Photo Box = Locker Drawer

Lockers need love, too. Add a DIY drawer to wrangle smaller school supplies by placing a plastic utensil organizer inside a photo storage box.

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Revolving Spice Rack = Office Supply Organizer

The whole family will appreciate a repurposed rotating spice rack. Everyone can easily find small items usually stuffed into junk drawers like thumbtacks, paperclips, rubber bands and batteries.

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