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Back to School Ideas for Home or the Classroom

The school season is almost here and it's time to start prepping! Whether kids will be learning from home or the classroom this year, these back to school ideas can help. Read on to see how you can set up a learning station, create a counting activity and more! With a bit of creativity and Aleene's Glues, your student will be ready to hit the books!

Chalkboard Frame

This adorable back to school idea is a great way to celebrate the first day of school. Get the kids in on the crafty fun using just a few supplies and Aleene's Original Tacky Glue. They can hold up their frame for first day of school photos, hang in their home learning space, or even give as a gift to their new teacher.

Personalized Backpack

Whether they're off to class or a learning date with a classmate, kids need a backpack to carry their stuff! Add a personal touch to their bag like their name or even a favorite word or quote. This back to school idea is super easy to DIY with Aleene's Foiling Glue and metallic deco foil. Your student will love having a backpack made special just for them!

Monster Knee Patches

Wear and tear happens, but don't toss those old school clothes if they still fit. Patch them up in a fun way! Create cute monster patches using felt and Aleene's Super Fabric Adhesive. Not into monsters? Try animals and other critters instead. Patches are a great way to give clothing some extra life!

Butterfly Pencil Topper

This back to school idea will make schoolwork a little more magical. Inspire your child's imagination as they write with a sweet butterfly pencil topper. Made with papers, pipe cleaners and Original Tacky Glue, this craft will help your student spread their wings during the school year. Make other shapes and critters to keep their creativity going!

Classroom or Learning Space Banner

Even if your child will be learning from home, having a space designated for studies is a good idea. This reusable banner can be tacked up in any space using glue dots made with Aleene's Tack-It Over & Over. You can customize banners for different classroom areas or hanging inspiring words at home for the school year ahead. And the great thing about Tack-It Over & Over is it peels right off when you're done using it! You can change out the banners with new options any time.

Counting Activity for Kids

This DIY counting activity is a fun interactive way to get your youngest kiddos learning their numbers. And since it's made with kid-friendly craft supplies and nontoxic Original Tacky Glue, your little one can even help you make it! Once the creative part is done, they can get to work on becoming a future math genius.

Matching Backpack and Tablet Case

Here's another back to school backpack idea! Create floral felt patches in lots of bright colors for a fun way to inspire your student to keep blooming in the new school year. (And there's no need to know how to sew when you use Aleene's Permanent Fabric Glue.) Since it's an easy upgrade, you can make a matching tablet or laptop case too! This idea works for any style of patches if your student isn't into flowers. Get creative and come up with some other A+ ideas!

Photo Transfer Notebooks

Notebooks are a back to school MUST, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring! Use Aleene's Premium Decoupage to transfer favorite photo prints onto canvas notebooks for an easy way to make your student smile, even when they have to take notes.

Rhinestone Embellished Gear

Bling out back to school style with a little help from Liquid Fusion Performance Adhesive! From rhinestone-embellished shoes to a sparkling phone case and coffee with a side of sparkle, your student will shine without spending a fortune. Gems are such a simple way to give last year's gear fab new looks.

Shadowbox Teacher Gift

Get extra credit from this year's new teacher with a custom gift made extra personal with Aleene's Original Tacky Glue! Decorate a shadowbox with items that relate to their hobbies or teaching subject for a gift they can hang up or display on their desk. It's a crafty way to show appreciation for all of the hard work they do ... and just maybe they'll feel inspired to take it easy on the tests this year too ... 

Do these back to school ideas have you ready to start prepping for the new school year? What other ideas are inspiring you? Let us know what you're making for school with Aleene's Glues using #aleenesdiy on social!