Most kids love the idea of decorating. While making a craft can seem overwhelming knowing that you can use your creativity can be both fun and freeing for your child. If you are looking for fun crafts that stretch yours and your child’s creative muscles then these would be good to try. Here are some great ideas for back to school decorative crafts-
• Desktop Supply Box-You can make this adorable box to hold all your supplies and have a handy organizer while you are using them! The cubbies on top hold glue, erasers, pencil sharpeners, crayons, and whatever your child is using at the time.
What you will need:
- Child size shoe box
- 3 sheets yellow construction paper
- 2 sheet green construction paper
- Acrylic paint (blue, red, green, brown, orange, yellow, black)
- 3″ square box with lid
- Plastic water bottle (12-16 oz)
- School-themed foam stamps (school bus, apple, star, crayons)
- 1″ x 7″ strip of orange felt
- White craft glue
- Glue stick
- Clear tape
- Black marker
Instructions for the project:
Be sure to check the corners of the shoe box and use tape to close any gaps, rips, or tears. Cover the entire shoe box with yellow construction paper using a glue stick to attach to sides, and tape to close at ends and corners. Cover the lid with green construction paper using glue stick and tape.
Paint the entire sides and inside of small box blue and the lid red. Set aside to dry completely. Cut bottom off of the plastic bottle approximately 3″ up. (Note: An adult should do this job.) Glue an orange felt strip around the top of the opening of the plastic bottle. The felt should overlap on the inside and outside of the bottle opening to cover cut edges. Next you need to cut a piece of green construction paper in a circle to fit the bottom of the bottle and glue in place. Set aside to dry completely. Have your child decorate the outside of the box with school-themed stamps. You can also paint each foam stamp and press firmly on to the construction paper. Lift directly up to remove and let dry completely. Use the school bus stamp to add a bus to the lid. Carefully apply some glue to attach the red lid, blue box and bottle bottom to the lid of your school supply box. Allow to dry completely. You can use the black marker to add a simple math equation to the side of the box. To finish decorating you can use the black marker to write “school” on the side of the bus. You can then dot on red paint for the tail light using the handle end of a paintbrush or a toothpick.
When everything is completely dry, fill the box with supplies. You can also use clear tape to secure any edges that will not stick down with glue. You should be careful not to overload the top of your box by piling too many items inside.