Creative Back to School Gifts
Back to School shopping is all about stocking up on the basics: supplies, fall apparel and accessories, but why not think outside of the “lunch box” this season? Make some Back to School memories of your own with homemade gifts you can create from what you have at home.
Make a Shadowbox Frame
Make your own DIY keepsake with a Back to School themed shadowbox frame.
Fill it with their favorite photos, books, small toys, and other scrapbooking materials to make a first day of school keepsake they can get excited about.
You can also stuff other containers like empty jars for a similar effect. It’s the perfect solution for those “first day of school” jitters.
DIY Coloring Books
Kids love to color. Make an easy custom coloring book using your own snapshots and basic photo editing. All you need is non-photo printer paper, crayons, colored pencils, etc and a basic photo editing software.
In Photoshop, open up your photo and go to the “Filters” tab, then select “Sketch” then “Photocopy”. Make sure you’re using Black and White as the contrasting colors. You can play around with how detailed you want it to be, and the contrast.
Then simply print it out for instant coloring pages. It’s a great way to display first day of school portraits.
In Germany, kids receive a cone filled with school supplies and treats called a “Schultüte”. You can make your own version at home, using some sturdy construction paper, and some stickers and glitter to personalize it with your child’s name.
Fill it with school staples like crayons and cute erasers along with some candy or homemade treats.
Printables & Stickers
Seasonal printables are a good way to kick-start any craft project. It’s easy to find free downloads you can print and stick to cards, notepads and lunch boxes.
Keep track of your child’s Back to School gear with DIY labels and stickers. All you need is some printer ready label paper and you can either design your own using clip art, or buy blank labels and decorate them with stamps and pens. It makes organization fun and easy.
Photo courtesy of: Martha Stewart Living