Can you believe the summer is almost over? We are already gearing up for back to school with some awesome ideas for moms to use in your office or kitchen work space! Spruce up your work space with a fun and creative pencil holder, custom fabric covered notebook, or washi tape keyboard that you can design to match your own style. Whether you are a teacher, homeschool mom, or just revitalizing your office, many of these projects will make starting a new fall schedule a little more fun. After all, fun “school supplies” aren’t just for kids!
Homemade Lace Notebook
Add style to your note taking with a beautiful lace notebook. Create a personalized design in just a few easy steps.
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– Notebook with a fabric or canvas front
– Fabric spray paint
Wrap a piece of lace around the front cover of a lightly colored notebook and tape the edges down on the inside of the cover to keep the lace in place. Protect your work space with newspaper. You can also place a piece of newspaper between the cover and the pages to prevent any bleeding through. Spray the front cover evenly using a fabric spray paint. When the paint is partially dry, remove the lace and allow the notebook to continue drying overnight.
Personalized Pencil Jar
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Cut a piece of lacy fabric or part of a lacy vinyl table runner, measured to fit around a glass jar of choice. Recycled candle jars make perfect re-purposed pencil jars. Spray the jar with spray adhesive and adhere the fabric to the jar. Allow the jar to fully dry before use.
Make a kids version of a personalized pencil cup with an empty nut container or recycled cardboard juice can. Thoroughly wash and dry the container, spray with spray adhesive, and wrap with a cute paper or piece of fabric. You can use the can itself to measure the size of the material needed.
Polka Dot Book Cover
Wrap a book with white paper and create a custom book cover with this easy technique. Use the end of a pencil eraser as a whimsical rubber dot stamp. Dab the eraser on an ink pad and firmly press it onto the paper. Design your own colorful pattern or randomly add dots to create an abstract look. One pencil eraser per color works best to keep the colors bright.
Decorate your computer keyboard with small squares of washi tape to give it a colorful, modern look. If you’re worried about not being able to see the letters on the keys, you can apply cute letter stickers to each square on top of the tape, or re-write the letters using a Sharpie marker.
Paint Chip Bookmarks
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Make these cute bookmarks using strips of paint chips, often available for free from the painting department. Trim each original paint chip strip to create the size you desire and round the corners. Thread each bookmark with a piece of ribbon and decorate with stickers or a monogram letter. These would be great for a classroom or as favors for a party or shower.
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Use your stash of cute, miss-matched buttons to create personalized book tabs. Simply hot glue buttons onto the end of brightly colored paper clips and press a small piece of felt over the glue on the back of each button before it dries. You can make matching magnets by gluing small round magnets onto leftover buttons. Together these would make a cute gift set!
How do you personalize your work space? We’d love to hear your ideas shared in the comments!
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Hi, I’m Katie! I live with my husband and 3 kids in beautiful Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. I love Jesus, coffee, DIY projects, photography, homeschooling my kids, traveling, and serving people. I’ve previously worked as a graphic designer, web designer, journalist and barista. I started Create. Play. Travel. to share some of our creative projects and family adventures. I hope you enjoy the highlights of our creative family life!