It's back to school time! I love surprising my boys with new traditions and making memories which {{hopefully}} they'll look back on and feel my love for them.  Here are first day of school activities to help you get yourself organized and first day of school supplies that you can make at home!  Some of the tutorials include backpacks, pencil pouches, bookmarks, homework planner, lunchboxes, reading log and hashtag photo props.  

DIY First day of school {activities, supplies}

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First Day of School

Back to School Backpack Tutorial

1.  Back to School Backpack Tutorial ~ This Back to School Backpack is seriously adorable!  Can you envision how cute it would look on your child?!  It'’s a definite must for your back to school list.

Homemade Messenger Bag

2.  Toddler Messenger Bag {Bags & Backpacks} ~ This toddler messenger bag is not only adorable but super functional as well! Perfect to take to pre-school or even just to fill with fun stuff to take along when he or she needs to be occupied. With this fabulous tutorial you’ll be able to whip one up in no time!

Binder Pencil Pouch

3.  Binder Pencil Pouch {Back to School} ~ Check out this super cute pencil pouch you can make to send your kids to school with! A great way to show them your thinking of them every time they reach for a pencil. A simple project to complete with the help of this fabulous tutorial!

DIY Backpack

4.  Monogram Stencil Backpack ~ Makeover a plain backpack by adding some personalization, a monogram.  The monogram is from a stencil and then painted.  There won't be any mix up miss haps with this.

Insulated Lunchbox Pattern {tutorial}

5.  Insulated Lunchbox Pattern {tutorial} ~ This insulated lunchbox is absolutely darling!  It's not only reusable, but also insulated to keep food cooler longer.   

DIY Bento Lunch bag

6.  DIY Bento Lunch bag ~ Bento lunches are so creative and fun for children!  Instead of a bento storage container you can make a bento lunch box with this free pattern.  The draw string closure closes securely.

DIY Backpack Name Tag

7.  DIY Backpack Name Tag ~ Just in time for school, add your child’s name, laminate and attach this cute tag to that shiny new backpack.  They would also be cute pasted into the cover of new notebooks.

back to school printables 8.  Back to School Printables:  Free Download ~ The first day of school  is right around the corner, so here’s an awesome back to school freebie that includes: A homework planner, Positive Lunch Notes, & Book Inserts. They are all available for instant download so that you can print right away. {fabulous}

Days of the Week Outfit Tags {back to school}

9.  Days of the Week Outfit Tags {back to school} ~ Get your kids organized for the school week with these adorable Days of the Week Outfit Tags. Every Sunday pick out Monday thru Friday's outfits and clip the corresponding day of the week to it with the stylish paper clips. Download and print the free file to make your own.

Back to School Reading Log

10.  Back to School Reading Log ~ Printable reading log to help encourage reading throughout the school year. Perfect for parents and teachers!

Printable Back to School Bookmark

11.  Printable Back to School Bookmark ~ You can print out all of these fun back to school bookmarks for free.  Perfect for helping your child keep their place in books.

 Knotted Zipper Pencil Pouch {tutorial}

12.  Knotted Zipper Pencil Pouch {tutorial} ~ These adorable pencil pouches are a perfect way to organize art supplies and pencils.  Your favorite teacher would enjoy this colorful organizational tool too.  And as a mom, this is a stylish way to carry crayons in your purse to keep the little ones busy. 

First Day of School Traditions

Apples and Donuts Party {back to school}

13.  Apples and Donuts Party {back to school} ~ Many people think donuts are the new cupcake, which is why it makes the perfect companion to the iconic apple for a back to school party. Powdered, glazed, or sprinkles, they are all cute. Stack them up in a pyramid, skewer them or string them up for a fun game of "donut on a string". Just add milk.

Back to School Party Printables

14.  Back to School Party Printables ~ Making the summer to school transition fun is so important! These are some adorable printables to help that happen! From cake toppers to treat labels to label just about anything {bonus points for something yummy} your little gal or guy is bound to be a happy back to schooler!

Photo Checklist

15.  Back 2 School Photo Checklist {free printable} ~ 50 photo ideas and photography prompts to help you capture memories throughout the school year.  You’ll be sure not to miss a moment by following this great checklist.

Back to School Countdown Calendar

16.  Back to School Countdown CalendarCreate a countdown calendar for your kids (and yourself) to count the days you have left to enjoy summer and the days you have left to get organized for school with this paper craft tutorial. 

Hashtag Instagram 1st Day of School Photo Props

17.  Hashtag Instagram 1st Day of School Photo Props ~ Photo props are not only fun for parties, but also fun for the first day of school photo ops.  Silly grins, funny poses and the true personality comes out in a person when photographed with them. Not only that, they add personality to the photographs. 

Back to School Interview K-12

18.  Back to School Interview K-12 ~ What better way to start off the upcoming school year than to interview your child! This post features a printable interview sheet you can use! All you have to do is download print and wrangle your kids to sit down with you long enough to get a few answers out of them.

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