10 Craft Projects to Create Back-to-School Fun for Kids
Now that children are going back to school again, I thought it would be a good time to share some craft projects you can create for your children or students. Most projects use a Cricut machine or even a Silhouette Cameo, but one requires no special equipment. I have put together 10 projects using various mediums. Children get so much enjoyment out of little things, and it doesn't take much effort to impress them. I so enjoy surprising them and making them smile.
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I didn't use photo props when my kids were young, but I love the idea of having a picture of them at the start of each new school year that includes all the specifics of their age and grade, etc. What a great way to look back on how they grew and changed each year. It's also fun to see how fashions and hairstyles changed over time. I still laugh when I look at some of my old school pictures. Unfortunately, so do other people.
What a cute way to give your children a special treat in their lunch box to show your love for them. They will see the care you took to brighten their day. This is a simple project with a big impact. You don't even need to own a Cricut machine to make this one. The great part is, you can reuse the clips for different treats or even for other purposes.
I think older children would especially enjoy this project, and they can help create it. They will end up with unique school supplies that are unlike what everyone else has. The best part is, they can choose the colors and patterns they like. This project uses Yupo paper. You may not be familiar with this, but it's always fun to learn to use a new product you haven't worked with before.
Wouldn't your child love to have a personalized T-shirt to wear to school? You could make a new one each year or even a few. Sometimes younger children feel left out because they can't go to school like their older siblings. Why not make them their own T-shirt at the same time? You could use any design they would like. There's also an option to apply a design to a gift bag instead.
This is another photo prop idea that's quite creative. This one uses a picture frame, and your child holds it in front of them for the photo. You could add as many or as few details and/or designs around the frame as you'd like. You can use an old frame from home or find one in a thrift store. The tutorial is done using a Silhouette Cameo but could easily be done with a Cricut.
I absolutely love this project! It provides a great way for students to save for a future event while being able to see their funds piling up. That can be so motivating! Their fund frame can be titled with the purpose of the funds, their name, or anything else appropriate for the situation. At first glance, it seems more suited to an older student, but this would work for any age. I might even make one for myself!
Need other ideas for making your child's lunch special? What about decorating a lunch bag for them? You can stick the lunch bag right to the mat and run it through your machine. Just choose a design and some sketch pens and go for it. This could be done with any Cricut machine, although the project was originally done with a Silhouette Cameo.
Here's another back-to-school T-shirt with a different twist. You use an adult-size T-shirt and have your child wear it at the beginning of each school year, and they will grow into it as the years pass. Such a creative idea! What is ideal about this is that you only have to make it once, and it's quite a simple project. It would be fun to see how they fill out the T-shirt a little more each year.
When I think of school starting, I always think of young children, but college students also start at the same time of year. Why shouldn't they have something special to start their new year with? Here are 3 cute projects they can use to decorate their dorm room. You could make one or all of them as a gift, or they could do it themselves. College students often share a room with another student, and this would allow them to decorate their portion of the room with something personal.
My memories of Valentine's Day always include celebrations held in my classrooms at school. Each student would bring a valentine for all the other students in class, and we would all end up with a full box. It was so fun to open each one to see the designs and what they said. It allowed us to say nice things to each other, and nobody had to feel left out. Any child would love to receive one of these Valentine's Day cards. Along with receiving a kind message, the receiver can color the picture. They are simple to make, too. Bonus!
So, what do you think? Can you use at least one of these ideas for your child's school year? I almost wish my children were young again so I could do some of these projects for them. I guess that's what grandchildren are for. I get to start over with all the fun stuff and let their parents deal with the rest. Works for me!