As summer is dwindling and kids are slowly trickling back into schools, stores still have mounds of school supplies on-hand for those last minute shoppers. When I saw what was left (and I overheard a little boy disappointed that some pencils he wanted were sold out) I thought about customizing school supplies – it can be done, right?! Enter these generic school supply items from favourite dollar store:
Plain Jane, right?! But I had a plan! Here were my materials:
I started with the pencils. I cut a piece of wrapping paper to the size of the pencil and then adhered that to a larger piece of contact paper:
I trimmed the ends and began rolling the contact paper/wrapping paper combo onto the pencil. And voilà! Your pencil has a fresh new look! (Tip: use thin wrapping paper to make the rolling easier)
I used Mod Podge and more wrapping paper to decorate the outside of the notebook. I cut a piece of wrapping paper slightly larger than the cover, applied a thin layer of Mod Podge and then smoothed it all down:
After trimming the excess wrapping paper from the cover, I applied another coat of Mod Podge as a sealant and boom, the notebook was instantly upgraded!
You could use either the clear contact paper or Mod Podge to decorate the wing clips and glue stick I was planning on fixing up but I decided to use the latter. The process was the same – measure out the paper, adhere it to the surface and then apply a protective coating:
Want to see the finished products all together?!
I went for a geometric look for this mini-makeover but if you have kiddies going to school this fall, this could be the project for you! If they’re into a particular character or series and stores ran out of Paw Patrol notebooks or Dory pencils, you could easily update plain stationary items like I did with kiddie themed wrapping paper and your kidlets will be over-the-moon happy at having something customized for them!
Try it out and let me know what you think!