Back-To-School Crafts for Tween and Teens

My daughter is heading off to middle school this September. For us this means prepping to create a “cool” and functional locker. At my daughter’s school the lockets are mini. One student will get the top and another will get the bottom. With this being the case, we want to use what space she does get in the most organized way possible to max it out so she can have everything she wants in it.

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Ombre Painted Clipboards from My Frugal Adventures

This would be a really inexpensive craft to make. All materials could be purchased from your local dollar store or craft store. For the purpose of fitting into a locker, I would purchase a smaller clipboard and add thick magnets to the back. These would be great for holding a mini calendar or a to-do-list.


  • Clipboard
  • Magnets
  • Paint
  • Tape or Stencils
  • Notepad or Calendar


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Washi Tape Close Pins from Art Bar Blog

The décor options are endless. You could use washi tape, stencils or paint. I would add magnet strips to the back so that they could be used as art or picture holders in the locker.


  • Close Pins
  • Magnets
  • Washi Tape
  • Paint
  • Stensils
  • Glitter


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French Fry Pencil Holder from Aww Sam

Without having a regular desk to store supplies, this fun holder is the perfect storage option to keep extra pens and pencils.


  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Thick Card Stock or Cardboard
  • Letter Stickers
  • Hot Glue Gun


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DIY Crystal Mirror from Design Love Fest

School can be stressful. Having not only a functional mirror, but decorated with crystals can possibly help to bring some calm to their day. Amethyst, black tourmaline, and blue agate are known to be stress relievers and promote calmness.


  • Round Wood Clock Face
  • Round Mirror
  • Crystals
  • Loctite Go2 Glue
  • Silver Spray Paint
  • 2 Small Eye Hooks
  • Wire
  • Removable Hook for Locker


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Toiletries Storage Box

The benefit of a locker is that the kids do not have to carry toiletries in their backpacks and can keep more needed items on hand. This can be made in many different ways (show box, photo box or plastic container) and with different products to suit your child’s needs.


  • Breath Strips
  • Dental Floss
  • Menstruation Products
  • Tylenol (if school allows)
  • Chap Stick
  • Hair Elastics
  • Mini Hairbrush
  • Mini Lotion
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Deodorant
  • Snacks
  • Cough Drops
  • Nail Clippers
  • Oil Absorbing Face Sheets





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