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Back to school kid craft

August 22, 2009

Everywhere you go this month, you see loads of back-to-school gear.  Pencil boxes, backpacks, lunchboxes, notebooks.  Why not let your kiddos create some one-of-a-kind school supplies?  It’s easy and they’ll love tucking these notebooks into their backpacks on the first day of school.

Here’s what you need:

  • composition notebook   (I found these at Target for .25.)
  • paper cutter  (You can also trace the notebook and cut the paper out with scissors.)
  • 3 pieces of scrapbook paper in the patterns of your child’s choice   (12×12″ or 8.5×11″)
  • glue stick
  • ruler
  • stickers
  • corner rounder paper punch  (You could round the corners with scissors if you don’t have a corner rounder.)

Directions:

  1. Choose which paper will be on the front cover.  Measure your composition book and cut the paper to fit.  (I cut ours 7″ x 9 11/16″.)  Don’t worry about it not going all the way to the binding, because you will be making a “binding” of your own.
  2. When paper is cut, round the two outer corners.  Adhere to front of notebook using glue stick.
  3. Follow the same instructions to do the back cover.
  4. Cut a 4″ x 9 11/16″  strip of paper for the binding.  Glue around the binding of the composition book.
  5. Decorate with stickers.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2009 2:40 am

    When I saw the paper trimmer I got a big smile on my face! And the SB paper… we’re getting close! Did I tell you that I took the plunge and upgraded to that same trimmer? I am liking it a lot. It feels so much more solid than the cutterpede, and that, for some reason, makes me feel like a more solid SBer. Ha ha – go figure. This does look like a fun project though.

  2. August 22, 2009 2:26 pm

    That’s one thing I’ve never been into, scrapbooking yet I love all the cool stuff they have for it! :)) I buy lots of it with the excuse that the kids can use the stuff for projects. Speaking of project this looks like one Babygirl would like. The Twins have never really been into arts and crafts. One of ’em struggles to draw a stick figure. :)
    ~ingrid

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