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10 Must-Try Back to School Crafts

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1. Pencil Presents: Make and fill these pencils made from cardboard tubes with school supplies. Give one to your student before the first day of school. It's a great way to get him excited. Get the how-to at I Kat Bag.

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2. Mason Jar Pencil Holders: Paint Mason jars to look like a chalkboard, ruler and a pencil. It's an adorable teachers gift or just a cool spot to hold your pencils for homework. Get the how-to at Mason Jar Crafts Love.

3. Cork Message Boards: Help remind yourself of soccer practice and big tests by posting them on DIY cork boards. Get the how-to at Curbly.

4. DIY Sharpie Tie Dye Bookmarks: Recycle an old plastic bottle by cutting a rectangle out of it. Then draw designs using a Sharpie marker. Create the tie dye effect by dropping rubbing alcohol on it. Get the how-to at Happy Hooligans.

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5. Monster Organization: Create mini monster pencil holders using old shampoo bottles and stickers. They hang on the wall with double-sided tape or those nifty 3M wall hangers. Get the how-to at Madam Criativa.

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6. Washi Tape Notebooks: Add some personality and color to your kid's notebook this school year using duct or washi tape. This will make her head of the class. Get the how-to at Ink + Adventure.

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7. First Day of School Photo: The first day of school is a big deal. Immortalize it with these adorable chalkboard printables. There is one for each grade until 6th. By then they'd probably want you to stop doing this anyway. Get the how-to at Color Me Meg.

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8. Everyone Loves Glitter: Glitterize your good ol' #2's by using Mod Podge and glitter, of course. In two simple steps, plus drying time it's done. Get the how-to at Brunch at Saks.

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9. Lunch Love Notes: Make your child's lunch special by adding free downloadable personalized stickers the baggies and juice boxes. It's especially good when you're packing lunch and you realize all you have in the pantry are Cheerios, crackers and a few nuts. Get the how-to at Lia Griffith.

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10. Back to School Get-together: Round up the neighborhood kids before the school year begins for a little shindig. Then surprise them with special pencil gumball treats. Get the how-to at Snap Creativity.

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