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Ask the Crafts Dept. : Back to School

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Erica asks:

"Do you have any suggestions for personalizing back-to-school supplies?"

Fill these last summer days with activities that will help your back-to-schooler get excited for the first day. You probably already have the supplies needed to make these fun pencils.

striped pencils

Get creative and eco-friendly with textbook covers—here we've used old roadmaps.

Roadmap book covers

Paper grocery bags are also a good solution. What else do you use for covering books?

Any student would be eager to start homework in this homemade study center.

Homemade study center

This chalkboard wall calendar would be fun in a dorm room (if you can't paint your wall, try a large piece of masonite board).

wall chalkboard

Find even more ideas in this "Back to School" gallery!

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