DIY Back to School Supplies

Helloo everybody ๐Ÿ™‚

I am so excited to share with you all these ideas for back to school and I hope you like them (especially the notebook dividers, not that I’m picking favourites..) Most are pretty easy to make and super fun! I’ll leave pictures of all the DIYs at the end of the post in case you don’t want to scroll through all the steps! This is a short intro because there is a LOT of photos to get through- I hope you all enjoyy!…

DIY Galaxy Notebook Dividers

Difficulty: 2/10ย  Allow time: 10-15 minutes

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You Will Need…

  • Plain paper
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint (blues, purples, black, pinks)
  • Paintbrush or sponge
  • Glue (stick)
  • White/silver/gold gel pen
  • Notebook dividers

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How to make it!

First, cut some small rectangles of paper that are slightly bigger than the tabs on the dividers. Squeeze out a few blobs of paint of different galaxy colours like soo:

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Then splatter and dab on the paint with a brush as messily as you like- making sure not to mix the colours together too much and not leave too much white space!

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Once you’ve added colour, use a tiny amount of black paint to ‘outline’ and define the pattern- it will still look very messy at this stage.

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Now take a gel pen (I went for white in the end) and draw on some tiny little stars, dots, planets, little rockets, aliens- anything to do with space very small all over the rectangles:

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Use scissors and glue to stick the paper down on the middle of the tab and carefully cut slits so you can wrap the paper around the back of the tab as if you were wrapping a present…

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All done! Repeat the glueing for each tab and make sure it’s all firmly secure- you now have a wayy better looking notebook for school or work! I’m definitely using this DIY for all my notebooks!

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DIY Cute Headphone Holder

Difficulty: 1/10ย  Allow time: 10-20 minutes

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You will need…

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint (I used white and black)
  • Black pen
  • Headphones

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How to make it…

Start by carefully cutting a rectangle or square, then cutting two triangle shapes at the top and a little semi-circle at the bottom. This is so the headphones will stay in place!

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Use some white acrylic paint and cover the entire front and back of the cardboard using a paintbrush. Let it dry..

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Then paint some small black eyes on and use a pen to draw the mouth and any other details at this stage ๐Ÿ™‚

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All donee! Wrap the headphones around and store in your backpack for no more awkward untangling headphones!

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DIY Shrinky Pin Badges

Difficulty: 2/10ย  Allow time: 10 minutes

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You will need…

  • Shrinky dink plastic sheets (or grade 6 plastic that is suitable for oven use)
  • Sharpies/colouring pencils
  • Scissors
  • Super glue/ hot glue/ strong glue
  • Safety pins/pin badge pins

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How to make them!

I decided to use some of the pre-made designs and draw some of my own in the gaps, so start by colouring and drawing the designs you want. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE SHRINKAGE so don’t make them too small ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Now carefully cut along the dotted line around all the shapes like so:

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Place the shrinky plastic on to a baking sheet covered in tin foil and carefully cook using the directions on the packet. (mine said 175 degrees for 1-3 minutes, wait for them to curl up then flatten then they will be ready to take out) Leave them to cool.

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Now use some strong glue (PVA won’t be strong enough) to glue a blob of glue to the rough side of the plastic and put the pin onto the glued area. Leave to completely set.

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Now you can attach your super cool pins onto your school bag or pencil case! These pins are so unique and look so good together! I love how these turned out so much:

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DIY Unicorn Sharpener

Difficulty: 7/10ย  Allow time: Half a day

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You Will Need…

  • Empty tic tac box
  • PVA glue
  • Super glue/ hot glue/ strong glue
  • Sharpener
  • Newspaper/magazine
  • White + pink + purple acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • White tissue paper
  • Black pen

How to make it…

To start with, use some strong glue to secure the sharpener in the lid of the tic tac box. Make sure the hole for the pencil is still accessible when you open the lid flap. Leave this to dry completely to one side.

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Whilst that’s drying, cover the other bit of the box with newspaper/magazine using PVA glue to paste it down.

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To make the box more 3D, use scrunched or folded up pieces of newspaper to make the belly bigger and the sides more 3D. Use the same techniques of pasting with glue. Let this dry (it will take a while)

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Now scrunch up two bits of newspaper and attach using small scraps of paper to the bottom of the box. These are the feet! Keep layering up newspaper to get the desired shape.

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Next, once the body is dry, cover with white acrylic paint so you can no longer see the newspaper.

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You can actually stop at this stage, but sometimes the paint splits and cracks so if this happens, use white tissue paper and PVA to cover the entire surface again. Because you have painted it white, the newspaper will not show through, but it will give a smoother finish than paint.

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You can also cover the lid with newspaper and paint that white too.

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Now you can add details to the body- pink feet, nose, eyes and paws. Use acrylic paint for the pink and a black pen (I used a fineliner) for the eyes and mouth, for example.

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To finish the lid, roll a piece of newspaper to make a cone/triangle shape for the horn. Glue it into the desired shape and paint with purples, pinks, blues or yellows for unicorny colours! ^-^ Let it dry and glue to the lid.

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You can also add some little ears using paper or card and glue next to the horn. Let it all dry.

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Then just pop the lid on and you’re finished! You have your very own unicorn sharpener! How cute is it? Cloud is going to be very happy to meet this new addition to my stationery collection! What would you name yours?

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That’s it for the DIYs! I hope you enjoyed them, and maybe give one a go yourself? I’ll leave them all below and let me know which one you like best if you’ve read all the way donw to here! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Comment a ๐ŸŒ  emoji and your favourite DIY if you are still reading here ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a lovely day you awesome llama!

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