Updated: 08/17/2017 11:09 AM | Print Story |  Email

Back to School DIY

If back to school at your house means hundreds of papers coming home every week, piling up on the kitchen island, our DIY Expert has you covered. Danielle Rode, the owner of Upsy-Daisy in White Bear Lake, stopped by to show us how to organize everything from crayons and markers to your kid’s electronics.

  1.  Craft Organizer:   Part of the fun of going back to school for the kids is shopping for their school supplies. I try to double up on the supplies so we are well stocked at home. Supplies come in handy for at-home projects. The difficult thing can be finding the supplies, or getting the kids to put them away.

This idea helps organize all of those supplies by giving them an easy way to keep them all together.

The best thing about this project is how easy it is.

Supplies:

  • Clear hanging shoe caddy
  • Silhouette or cricket machine to create vinyl letters – or ABC stickers – or a permanent marker

How to:

  • Use a clear shoe caddy and labeled the various compartments. (crayons, markers, scissors, glue, pencils, pens, tape, flashcards, paints, brushes , etc.). That’s it.
  • To label the compartments: We used our silhouette machine to create the vinyl words. If you don’t have a silhouette or cricket machine you can use a permanent marker to write the words or purchase alphabet stickers to create the words. 
  1. Charging Station: I’m not sure which drives people more crazy, the tangle of charging cords throughout the house, the misplaced electronic devices, or when you do find your phone – and it has no charge at all. We’ve used a bread box to give your kids a central place to charge their devices and store them when not in use.

And – you’re not limited to a bread box. You could do this with a tool box, a mail organizer, etc.

Supplies needed:

  • Breadbox or mail organizer
  • Power strip
  • Drill and 1” drill bit
  • Paint and paintbrush

How to:

  • Drill a 1-inch hole in the back of the box to feed the cord through.
  • Insert a power strip into the box
  • Add a shelf by drilling holes and adding shelf stays, then cut a piece of wood the size needed for the shelf.
  • Once done, paint the charging station.
  • Now it can sit on your kitchen counter, your entry table, or your bedside table and nobody has to see all of those tangled cords.
  1. Artwork display: Kids come home from school with a lot of papers, projects and artwork. Why not give them a place to display pieces they are especially proud of. A bragging board.

Supplies:

  • Cabinet door
  • Wood filler (if holes to fill) and sand paper
  • Paint and paint brush – we used Country Chic Paint
  • Clip, screw, screwdriver

How to:

  • Start with an old cabinet door. You can find one at a home improvement outlet store.
  • Fill any hardware holes with wood filler and sand smooth.
  • Paint the door – we used Country Chic Paint
  • Add a clip to the top to hang artwork
  1. Backpack storage: Let’s face it, not all houses have a mudroom or lockers for kids’ belongings. Its no wonder kids come in the house and drop their backpacks on the floor.  We have a way to help you organize back to school backpacks/coat storage.

Supplies:

  • Inexpensive bookshelf or dresser (We purchased ours for $18.99 at a thrift store)
  • Wood filler, sandpaper (if needed)
  • Primer (if painting over laminated particle board)
  • Paint (we use Country Chic Paint) and paint brush
  • Hooks, screws, screw driver

How to:

  • From your cabinet or dresser - remove any shelves or drawers and the runners holding them into place.
  • If needed, use wood filler for any holes where you removed the shelving/drawers and sand smooth.
  • Apply primer to the furniture piece if it was made from laminated wood.
  • After primer is dry, apply one to two coats of paint (we used Country Chic Paint).
  • Add hooks for backpacks or coats.