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personalized backpack with patches

Back-to-school season is one of the busiest times of year. There are backpacks to be packed, lunchboxes to be prepped, desk essentials to be organized, and new ideas to try. And while sharpened pencils are a no-brainer, new projects like "thinking putty" (it's the new slime), millennial pink color palettes, washi-tape decor, and felt-based DIYs are rising in popularity. Admittedly, trying these trends can add up in costs. In fact, according to the NRF, the average household can expect to spend $668 in back-to-school shopping this year. So we've rounded up a few of our affordable crafts and projects that will have everyone not only buying, but DIYing too.

1. Personalized Backpacks

Fun patches, unique pins, and other cool embellishments are trending everywhere from book bags to jean jackets. Mixing and matching iron-on patches on a canvas bag lets the student make a one-of-a-kind bag.

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Credit: Aaron Dyer

2. DIY Day Planners

If you're an avid pinner you already know that snazzy agendas and sticker planners are the rage when it comes to colorfully coordinating your daily to-do list. Before you purchase an agenda, why not make one perfectly tailored to the schedule and daily activities ahead? Get the how-to below and wrap it with one of our downloadable clip-art covers.

TRY IT: DIY Day Planners

3. "Millennial Pink" Everything

If School Year 2017 had a color, it would be pink. Specifically, millennial pink. Whether you have a child in grade school or a young adult entering dorm life, this color will be splashed across accessories, desk necessities, and decor. (Of course, you don't have to be a millennial to enjoy a pop of pink here and there.)

Credit: Denise Scicluna

4. Painted Rocks

One easy afternoon children's craft (that calls for little supplies) is painting rocks. Virtually before an afternoon's end, an entire collection of painted pebbles in shapes of animals and people will be ready for display.

TRY IT: Painted Rock Crafts
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5. Tech Accessories

A new school year calls for new technologies and the accessories to go along with our new favorite devices. While PopSockets (the phone stand and grip accessory) is the NRF latest rage, homemade denim tech cases are pretty sleek too.

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6. Felt Accessories

Felt is a fuzzy, soft-to-the-touch material that's perfect for small hands. It's why we're seeing it everywhere from pencil cases to pencil toppers to backpack accessories and patches.

TRY IT: Felt Crafts
magnetic silly putty

7. "Thinking" Putty

What's hotter than the kid's phenomenon slime? How about Silly Putty? Or, better yet, how about magnetized putty? Like slime, it can be made right from home or in the school science lab. Either way, this educational science project will be so much fun.

Want to try it? Watch how to make magnetic silly putty at home:


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