DIY Back to School Craft Ideas and Tutorials

A new school or new term can be exciting but daunting for children after the long summer holiday. Our card, 3D satchel and notepad projects will bring a sense of excitement to heading back to school.

Back to School Card

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What You Will Need

Dovecraft A4 black, white and kraft cardstock

Dovecraft 6”x 6” Kraft card blank

Dovecraft Foam

First Edition Alphabet Die Set

Dovecraft Chalk markers

How to Make

1.  With a piece of black card, cut a 14.5cm square and stick to the front of the card blank with double sided tape.

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2.  We have then cut 5 pieces of foam in yellow, pink, blue, green and red to 6cm x 1.5cm strips. Cut a point at one end to create a pencil shape and we have then cut the corners off the bottom. Cut a small triangle using kraft card, cut the point off and create a jagged edge on the other side to create the wooden section of the pencil. Add the cut kraft paper to the top of each foam strip, leaving a small triangle at the top to show the foam pencil tip. Stick the foam pencils in a row at the bottom centre of the card.

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3.  Use the white chalk marker to draw a line around the edge of the black card to create a border.

4.  To finish, we have die cut the words ‘Back to School’ with the First Edition Alphabet Varsity dies on white card and stuck to the top section of the card.

Paper Satchel

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What You Will Need

Me to You Tiny Tatty Teddy – Girl 12”x 12” Paper Pack

Dovecraft Double Sided Tape (3mm)

Download your Back to School Satchel Template here

How to Make

1.  Print out the free template and cut out the sections. Cut a piece of the pink polka dot paper to 27.2cm x 26.3cm and use the Back to School Satchel Template as a guideline for the shape. The body of the satchel is 27.2cm x 11.9cm.

2.  To create the base of the satchel and the score lines for the side panels, score across paper from the satchel flap to 13.6cm and 16.8cm. Add 0.5cm onto the side panels to get the internal joints and cut away the excess paper. Make two score lines where the side panels meet the base and stick the sections together to create the 3D satchel.

3.  Cut the multi-coloured number paper to 10.1cm x 11.9cm and stick over the original satchel flap and cut off any excess paper. This will give the satchel flap more support.

4.  Cut the Tiny Tatty Teddy pale pink paper to 9.3cm x 12.1cm and use the pocket template as a guideline for the shape. From the front pocket flap, score downwards at 2.7cm, 3.1cm, 7.7cm and 8.2cm. This will create the back for the pocket. From the side, score at 0.5cm, 1cm, 8.3cm and 8.9cm. Where the base and side panels meet, score the small section and cut. Stick the sections together to create the 3D pocket.

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5.  With the polka dot paper, cut to 11.1cm x 2.5cm, again using the bow template as a design outline. Stick double sided tape to the inside and outside of one end and join both ends together. Cut the multi-coloured number paper to 2.6cm x 0.8cm and wrap around the centre of the bow and stick the ends together at the back. Stick the bow to the centre of the satchel pocket and then add to bottom section of the satchel.

6.  With the pale green rose paper, cut a strip to 9.4cm x 1.1cm and cut the ends into a curve. Gently score the strip of paper at 1.7cm, 2.1cm, 8.1cm and 8.4cm; this will create a curved handle. Stick the sides to the top of the satchel.

7.  We have them cut a piece of the polka dot paper to 11.5cm x 1.1cm. Cut into the paper to 8.5cm to create two separate strips. On the other side of paper, cut the corners off and cut a small slit in the middle. Wrap the paper around the satchel handle and feed the two strips of paper through the slit to attach it to the handle. 

8.  To finish, cut two pieces of the pale green rose paper to 9.2cm x 3.5cm and cut into the paper to create a frayed effect. Add double sided tape to the inside of the paper and roll the paper into itself to create the tassel trims. Add tape to the ends of the tassel strips and feed them into the centre of the green tassels.

Belle and Boo Note book

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What You Will Need

Belle and Boo 8” x 8” Paper Pad, Character Toppers, Bunting, Clear Stamp - Sentiments

Dovecraft A4 Kraft card stock

14.8cm x 10.5cm Notepad

How to Make

1.  Cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 14.cm x 10.5cm and stick to the front of the note pad.

2.  With the green balloon paper, cut to 10cm x 14cm and layer onto the centre of the kraft card.

3.  We have added the cowboy character topper to the centre of the notepad.

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4.  Stamp the ‘Just for You’ sentiment onto a piece of kraft card and cut to 2.9cm x 4.7cm. Cut out a fishtail design at the bottom of the card and stick to the top left of the note pad using foam pads.

5.  We have then added two character bunting triangles and a single red bunting piece next to the stamp to coordinate with the topper.

We think the free education inspired papers will be perfect to coordinate with these Back to School craft projects. Remember to share your Back to School creations in the project gallery.

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