This post was sponsored in part by Target. All opinions expressed are my own.
We have been working on all sorts of Back to School crafts the past two weeks. My kids don’t go back for several more weeks but I absolutely love Back to School supply shopping! New art supplies, pencils, pens, fun notebooks…. I love it all and I usually stock up on supplies for my home office as well as the kid’s school needs.
July and August are usually the lowest prices of the year on these items as well as the largest selection so this is the best time to shop for sure.
I love customizing all the supplies and finding really fun things for the kids (and for me). They both go to a school that requires uniforms so they don’t get a lot of creative expression in clothing but we can have fun with the supplies!
I tend to just hit one store for everything on our school lists and typically that stop is Target. My girls and I just went recently to get everything they need for back to school and found so many fun things!
I want to show you some of the cute things we picked up and then I have the easiest DIY tutorial for glitter pencils as well.
It all started with this fun silver, glittery binder we found at Target that my 7 year old loved. It is hard to tell from the photo but it sparkles like crazy in person.
I actually had some washi tape at home in exactly the same silver that I picked up from the Target One Spot awhile back. So I thought it would be fun to match her pencils to her binder- and really who doesn’t need more sparkle in their life? Glitter is always the right answer in our house.
So I found these brightly colored pencils that we had to have. Neon is our jam.
Next I took the washi tape and just eyeballed a small strip and cut up a bunch of strips. I took one strip of tape and carefully positioned it right at the top of the pencil- just under the metal part.
Then I took the leftover strip of paper backing from that tape and positioned that under the first piece of tape to use as a guide for where to put the second piece of tape. It is a little awkward but I just balanced it with my fingers and grabbed the next piece of tape quickly to adhere. I kept going piece by piece until the pencil was completely done with fun stripes all the way down. By using the extra tape backing as a guide you can be sure to get uniform stripes all the way down the pencil. I did one and my little girl actually did all the rest pretty much by herself in just a few minutes.
The washi comes right off if you make a mistake and it stays put on the pencil really well, unlike regular tape which might rub off and leave a residue.
The washi also sharpens just fine so you don’t have to worry about that. And now my little girl has adorable pencils to take to school and feel special on her first day! Plus the chances of mixing up her things with another kiddo? Not likely now that we have glitter and neon in our pencil box!
(I posted a video clip of the process to make these on Instagram just in case you are like- what is she talking about?)
We also picked up a new desk for her at Target.com. There are a bunch of coupon codes and sales and things so this pretty white desk wound up being about $80 after discounts and gift card. It is simple and sturdy which is exactly what I wanted.
It has a really cute X pattern on the sides and to jazz it up, I just removed the handles that came with the desk and added some knobs I purchased and it looks a little more custom.
I couldn’t resist the adorable Minions items this year! We got notebooks and crayons with Minions and my favorite is this darling flash drive! So much cuter than the standard black flash drives I usually buy. (This may or may not have been a purchase for me.) Hoping to finally get all our photos organized this summer and this flash drive is not going to be confused with other ones for sure.
Lastly, in the art supply section (not school supplies) we found the cutest 8 packs of crayons. These were actually on the supply list in this size box and there were mermaid, pirate, glitter… tons of choices. I couldn’t resist the Minion box which is so fun (and there are several choices of colors of Minion crayons- it was agonizing deciding which box to choose.)
We found tons of cute pencil boxes- Olaf was the winner for my little girl but they have really cute ones for older children and teens this year that are Boho and embroidered and really cool.
Last but not least, my 1st grader is learning about money so the school requires some coins and a pouch for them and seriously is this monster not the cutest little pouch ever? I was originally thinking of a boring Ziploc bag to hold her coins but then I saw this and I know she is going to giggle every time she opens this pouch. Once they finish with the coin unit in class, I can clip this on her lunchbox to hold change for the occasional milk with lunch or maybe hand sanitizer and lunch box notes from Mom.
So I hope you have fun with your back to school shopping this year and find some unique things to make back to school a little more exciting for your children.
Has anyone else found cute or interesting supplies this year? I’d love to hear your favorites! And please stay tuned because I have a few more fun DIY crafts to store and organize all this stuff!
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