The Best Back to School Crafts for Kids

It’s that time again!! The summer is coming to a close, and August is right around the corner. These great back to school crafts will keep the kiddos busy as summer boredom sets in and will get them excited for the new school year to begin.

It’s Time for Back to School Crafts!

With all of the back to school supplies displayed in every store, the kiddos need, now more than ever, some crafts to enjoy that they can use as they return to school.

We have a multitude of DIY crafts for school starting soon. Duct tape is a popular craft item, and we put together a list of many things to create with duct tape.

Back to School Duct Tape Crafts

Using supplies like cardboard, beads, embroidery threads, buttons and other embellishments, you can create a variety of duct tape projects.

There are great tutorials for duct tape bookmarks, a perfect back to school craft for kids. Many of the bookmark crafts using duct tape are great projects for beginners.

The kids will soon be taking iPads and laptops back to school, and there is a great DIY for school tutorial showing you how to make a decorative cover for these electronics. Kids will have fun choosing their favorite tape designs to personalize their back to school project.

Teens who like to show their flair will enjoy the duct tape belt tutorials.  Once again, because it’s made of duct tape, it will be one of a kind!

Enjoy several different tutorials that are perfect DIY for school projects which involve making book covers. So many kids have the same books, and your kiddos can create a distinctive book cover that is all their own using a variety of available duct tape, even glitter tape!

Zippered pouches, coin purses, key chains, and tote bags are some of the other duct tape back to school projects the kids will enjoy making and using for school.

Bookmarks for back to school

I’ve already mentioned the duct tape bookmarks, but we have many other tutorials for a variety of bookmarks. 

Your child can learn to crochet while making the cute and simple crochet bookmark.

A fun bookmark can be made with paper clips and buttons. These bookmarks are very easy to create and would be great gifts for teachers as the kids head back to school.

Take a look at our other bookmark tutorials below. They all make great back to school crafts for kids.

Wearable Back to School DIYs

What could be more fun for the kids to do than make something special to wear on the first day back to school? 

Check out the tie dye projects. There are tutorials for both shoes and T-shirts that will make the kids stand out when they head back to school!  For more projects, check out our page devoted to tie dying!

Barrettes, hair clips, scrunchies, and hair bows can all be made with the DIY back to school craft tutorials on this page. Just think of how proud they will be wearing their beautiful homemade hair accessories! has our own video tutorial showing how to finger knit a friendship bracelet. Your kids will want to make one for themselves and one to give to a special friend.  Perfect for the first day back to school!

Be sure to check out the other bracelets and cuffs, too!

Backpacks and Totes for back to school

It's almost time to start lugging around those textbooks and notebooks!  Everyone needs tote bags, especially when the kiddos head back to school. The kids can make their own with the tutorials below.  

We put together a great variety of bags for you.. The book bags and backpacks can be sewn with videos and written instructions, store bought and decorated with applique, or even made with duct tape! 

Be sure to check out the unique Japanese Knot Tote while you're browsing below.

My kids loved to hook decorations on their backpacks, and we have a cute backpack charm to make and clip on your own bag.

Take a look below to learn how!  While you’re at it, the felt pencil case would be a great addition to the bags!

It’s time to craft your way to school!  If your child has a locker, be sure to check out the locker organizers too!

The Best Back to School Crafts for Kids

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How to Tie Dye - 5 Methods

Learn how easy it is to tie dye with this tutorial. Tie dying techniques shown are Ombre method, Shibori method, spiral method, crumple method and painting method.
Tie-dying is a fun summer craft which you can do to keep your kids busy for hours.
By Staff

After School Special Bookmark

Make a personalized bookmark that showcases a favorite color and shape. Sew News

Appliqué Book Bag

Carry library books or school books in the cute appliqued book bag. AOK Corral

Backpack Charm

Add personal appeal to a book bag or backpack with a fun backpack charm. Free project ideas! Sew News

Bookmark Craft with Duct Tape

Using supplies like beads, cardboard from a cereal box as well as friendship thread, and duct tape to make these bookmarks. Fun Learning Life

Bookmark Tutorial #ad

Beginner duct tapers can make some easy bookmarks for themselves or to give as gifts. JOANN

Braided Ribbon Barrette

This tutorial demonstrates how to make a braided ribbon barrettes.
These barrettes debuted in the 80s but are still popular today.
Imagine how thrilled your child will be if you make her some beautiful braided barrettes to match her outfits. These barrettes are quick and easy.

Button Bookmark

Learn how to make a super simple, fun button bookmark. A excellent gift giving idea.

Change Purse / Card Holder #ad

Learn how to make Change Purse/Card Holder at JOANN fabric and craft store online. Find detailed step-by-step instructions to complete your project today! JOANN

Crocheted Bookmark

A simple crochet bookmark pattern. Great project to learn how to crochet for adult or child. Yarni Gras

DIY Duct Tape iPad Cover

These instructions can also be used for other electronic devices. Craft Bits

Duct Tape Belt

This duct tape belt is a fun craft for teens or anyone who wants to make a fun, distinctive accessory out of materials you can find around the house. Craft Foxes

Duct Tape Belt

This simple duct tape belt is both a functional piece of clothing and a great way to display your love of duct tape! Sophie's World

Duct Tape Book Cover

Create a duct tape cover for your own textbooks. WikiHow

Duct Tape Book Cover

How to make a duct tape book cover.

Duct Tape Bookmark

You can make a variety of bookmarks out of duct tape. It’s a cheap and fun material to work with, and you can have a unique bookmark that you made by hand. WikiHow

Duct Tape Chip Bag Tote

Don't throw away these chip bags! Upcycle them into reusable tote bags which can be used for shopping and storage of things. 101 Duct Tape Crafts

Duct Tape Coin Purse

Learn how to make a super simple duct tape coin purse (pouch) in about an hour.

Duct Tape Journal

Use this fun material to personalize a journal. Free Kids Crafts

Duct Tape Zipper Pouch

No Sewing Necessary! This tutorial is for a 6 by 9-inch pouch, but you can easily make any size using a different sized zipper. Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Easy DIY Tote Bag with Flat Bottom

Learn how sew a simple tote bag with our video tutorial and also our step-by-step instructions. Everyone needs tote bags. My some for yourself or to give as gifts. No pattern necessary.

Fabric Bookmark

A fabric bookmark is a wonderful beginner sewing project for kids or adults. Learn how to make an adorable fabric bookmark by watching our video and reading our free pattern instructions. This is a kids can sew project.
Make them for any holiday, keep or give as a gift or use as a stocking stuffer.

Fabric Lanyard

Learn how to sew a fabric lanyard with this quick and easy video. Needlepointers Staff

Felt Pencil Case

Make a cute pencil case with these free instructions. Craft Gossip

Finger Knitted Friendship Bracelet

A video on how to make a simple finger knitted friendship bracelet. Kids can make for themselves and exchange with to friends.

Floral Tee Shirt Update

Gather up your floral fabric scraps and fancy up a plain t-shirt into a unique top with some added applique blooms. My Poppet

Flower Appliqued Tote Bag

Learn how to raw edge applique a tote bag. No-Sewing Needed! This project is simple and a great way to use up scrap fabric. Makes a nice gift bag! Staff

Flower Hair Clip

Create hair accessories that stick to your personal fashion statement. Free instructions here. Duck Brand

Glitter Composition Book

Does your child like glitter? They can make a no-mess glitter composition notebook. The secret? Glitter duct tape. Learn how with this free tutorial. How Was Your Day

Hair Bow

A step-by-step tutorial for you on how to make these darling duct tape hair bows. Your Home Based Mom

Hair Scrunchies

Learn how to sew a fabric hair scrunchies. By using different fabric you can make scrunchies for any occasion or fashion outfit.
Watch our video tutorial and read the our easy step-by-step picture tutorial to make scrunchies. Staff

Hip Homework Center

It’s time time to get organized for school with bold bookmarks, pencil cup and funky folder. The Peaceful Mom

iPhone Case

A no-sew duct tape iPhone case tutorial. This can be modified to fit any phone or use for something else entirely. Scoochmaroo via Instructables

Japanese Knot Bag

A Japanese knot bag is a small open tote bag, but with a twist. It has asymmetrical handles, and one of the handles slips through the other to form a knot and close the bag. Hello Sewing

Jean Cuffs

A fun and pretty denim jean upcycle. Make a summery cuff bracelet from the waistband of an old pair of jeans. Sum of Their Stories

Key Chain

Easy step-by-step instructions on how to make a duct tape key chain. The Crafty Blog Stalker

Kids Identifier Tags #ad

Make cute tags with duct tape and attach them to backpacks and lunch bags to identify the owner. JOANN


Lanyards are handy items. You can make cute lanyards with duct tape with this free tutorial. Crafty Soccer Mom

Lego Pencil Holder

Lego loving kids will have fun making a Lego pencil holder for their desk with this free tutorial. Staff

Locker Mirror

Create an embellished locker mirror. Kreinik

Locker Organizer

Duct tape, corks, shoe box lid and a few other supplies is all you need to make this locker organizer. Sophie's World

Locker Pocket

This DIY locker pocket is so easy to make and is cute decoration kids can make themself. Family Focus Blog

Loopy Hair Ribbon Bow

This video will show how to make a Loopy Ribbon Bow for your hair with ribbon and a barrette.

Luggage Tag

Vacation time! Need a luggage tag? upcycled denim into DIY luggage tags. Scratch and Stitch

Lunch Bag

Kids can create a fun lunch bag for back to school.

Minecraft Creeper Key Chain (Zipper Pull)

How to make a plastic canvas key chain. Learn how to make a Minecraft Creeper keychain or zipper pull. This is a quick and easy project that you can make from plastic canvas.

Minion Plastic Canvas Keyring

How to make a Minion Keyring with plastic canvas. This can also be used as a zipper pull.

Monster Tote Bag

This tote bag was upcycled using an old unwanted cushion. My Poppet Makes

Neon Confetti Notebook

Whip up colorful notebooks to stash in your purse or backpack for school. Madigan Made

Origami Bento Bag

This tutorial will show you how to sew an origami tote bag with lining and boxed corners, in easy-to-follow steps. Hello Sewing

Pencil Case

This tutorial shows how to sew an easy (no zipper required) pencil case. This project is a great back-to-school projects which youngsters and beginner sewers can sew using scrap fabric.

Pencil Case with Duct Tape

Upcycle an empty cardboard snack box into pencil cases with this tutorial. Sustain My Craft Habit

Pencil Toppers

Create personalize pencil toppers. Fave Crafts

Retro Apple Bag

This easy-to-make tote bag features an apple applique. My Poppet Makes

School Room Privacy Partitions

A DIY room divider is a good solution when space is limited. Kids can make one themself with these instructions. Michaels

Stars and Stripes Locker Pocket

Organize your supplies in your locker with this handy locker pocket. It can be customized by stitching different divisions for the pockets or making it longer.

Tie Dye Canvas Sneakers

Learn how to tie dye plain white sneakers into a fashion statement.
Tie dying is a fun summer craft which can keep kids busy for hours.
Needlepointers Staff

Tie Dye Lunch Bag

Decorate your reusable lunch bag with tie-dye and embellishments. Fave Crafts

Tote Bag DIY

A DIY tutorial on creating an adorable tote bag using fabric, staples, duct tape and webbing! Purple Hues and Me

Tote Bag Tutorial

Duct tape crafts for perfect for kids and adults alike. Don’t miss these directions for how to make a duct tape tote bag. Simplifying Family

Tote Bags

A duct tape tote bag tutorial. The best part about these tote bags is if they get dirty you can just wipe them off. They are waterproof. Little Birdie Secrets

Unicorn Tote Bag

A fun project for unicorn fans. Get started with this easy sewing project with the step-by-step directions! Craft Bits

Water Bottle Holder

Make carrying a water bottle more portable while walking, jogging or hiking with this duct tape sling water bottle holder. Here is the tutorial. Sarah Jane's Craft Blog

Water Bottle Tote

This free project pattern shows you how to make a bottle bag tote using around 1/2 yard of fabric. Craft Bits

Zipper Pocket Pouch

How to make zipper purse from old denim jeans pockets My Poppet Makes

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