13 Back to School DIY’s


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13 Back to School DIY’s

Well, it is that time of the year.  Last trips to the beach, end of summer vacation plans, and back to school!  Today I wanted to share some amazing ideas I found on Pinterest to help you make it a great school year.  It is amazing how creative people are so here are some great DIY’s for school supplies and projects, the home, and for yourself!

Before I share these examples with you, I wanted to remind you all that I am not a nutritionist, dietician, dermatologist, chemist, or Procter & Gamble, so please use all of these items at your own discretion 🙂

DIY Ingredients

The great news is: you probably already have most of the items in your house already!  Great DIY’s for you, the home, and the kids for less than a pedicure!  Plus, I made sure that these were easy to make and not time consuming.

DIY’s for the Home

5-Minute Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe from The Thrifty Couple – I haven’t tried this yet but I bought all the ingredients and I’m super excited to try it out!  Who doesn’t want to save on laundry detergent? There is also a great tip on using vinegar as a fabric softener and I have tried that! It works amazing and there is no stinky vinegar smell afterward!

Copycat Hidden Valley Ranch Mix from Saving Dollars & Sense – I don’t know about in your house, but in my house, we go through gallons of ranch a year!  My boys love ranch on almost everything, so it would be great to save here also!  I can’t wait to try this one 🙂

DIY Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe Link

*Photo used with permission from Saving Dollars & Sense*

Back to School Essential Oils from Sisters Raising Sisters – I am late to the party on the essential oil movement, but I know there are many ways they can help with different ailments.  This post is great for a beginner essential oils person like me because it breaks down 5 different oils and explains how each works with calming oils, oils that can be used with laundry or dish soaps, boosting up your immune system, and so many other ways to maintain a healthy home naturally.


*Photo used with permission from Sisters Raising Sisters*

DIY’s for the Kids

Homemade Glue from Life Over C’s – I haven’t tried this one yet but being a homeschool Momma to two boys under five, we can go through some glue in my house in a homeschool year!  I love that the food coloring was added also to make different colors of glue!

Homemade paint  – I am trying to find the originator of this idea because when you click on the photo it doesn’t connect you to a link, but it is a great idea and there is no website to follow up on it.  I would love to give the credit to this person because it is such a great idea for a mostly mess free paint experience!

Edible Scented Fingerpaints from Fun at Home with Kids – This is such a terrific idea if you have a younger child who would eat the paint or for an older child who wanted to do a taste test also!


*Photo used with permission from Fun at Home with Kids*

Color Surprise Rainbow Playdough from Learn Play Imagine – Okay, I admit it.  I have not made any homemade playdough yet, but that is changing this year!  This looks like a fun, family project you could do to include everyone!

Color Surprise Rainbow Playdough (2)

*Photo used with permission from Learn Play Imagine*

Easy 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough from Happy Hooligans – I am excited to try this one also!  My three and five year old will love this for some fun sensory play!


*Photo used with permission from Happy Hooligans*

DIY Uncrustables Recipe from TrueCouponing – I used to love these as a kid (…and as an adult!).  Fun idea to send in the kids lunch boxes!

DIY Uncrustables Recipe + Tutorial Link

*Photo used with permission from True Couponing*

Last, but certainly not least is you busy Momma.  Light up a candle, enjoy a bubble bath, yoga, bake, read or do whatever it is your heart finds the most peace.  Read Proverbs 31 10:-31 and remind yourself what a worthy, God and family loving person you are.  I hope you find something on this list that you can do to pamper yourself.  Sometimes, it’s not financially feasible for us to treat ourselves, or there may not be time, but make time for yourself.  We do take care of our children, husbands, and everyone else before ourselves so make time for yourself to be rejuvenated.

DIY’s for Mom

Easy Lemon Sugar Scrub from a Heart for the Home – This was really easy to make and it smells good and leaves your skin so smooth!  Also, this is a great gift idea for a teacher!


DIY Moisturizing Face Cream/Body Butter from My Crazy Blessed Life! –  The author of this site says this works wonders for eczema; it doesn’t totally get rid of it, but it has helped her and her family.  I bought the Vitamin E oil and I put 2-3 drops of it in my palm and rub it on my face after the lemon sugar scrub and my face has never felt or looked better!

DIY Honey Shampoo from Empowered Sustenance  – This looks like an awesome way to “treat dandruff, reduce frizz, moisturize and soften” your hair.  I think it would also make your hair smell amazing!  I love honey!


*Photo used with permission from Empowered Sustenance*

DIY: Summer Ready Feet using Two Ingredients by Megan Fenno – I have heard of using Listerine and white vinegar mixed with water to soak off any excess dead skin from your feet to leave them silky smooth!

I am excited to try all of this out and get some items on my Pinterest list completed!

What are some of your favorite DIY items for you, your kids, or home?

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My name is Kelly and I am a child of God and married to my high school sweetheart. I am a second year Homeschool Momma to two wonderful little boys. I like to document our activities that we do weekly. Most of the information I find is from preschool to first grade level. I also like to write inspirational articles that encourage people about the Lord, marriage, family, homeschool, home, recipes, and crafts.

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    • says

      Doesn’t that one look like so much fun? I can’t wait to try that with my boys either. Thanks for commenting and have a blessed week 🙂

  1. Eva@Whole Food Mom on a Budget says

    This is such a great list of DIYs! Thanks so much for sharing at Savoring Saturdays!

    • says

      Thanks for letting me share on Savoring Saturdays, Eva! Glad that you enjoyed the list! I love how creative people are! Thanks for commenting and have a blessed week 🙂

    • says

      Thanks for letting me share on Snickerdoodle Sunday, Kristina! The Uncrustables do look yummy! Thanks for commenting and have a blessed week 🙂

    • says

      Thank you, Trish! I agree. I have actually tried the laundry detergent recipe since writing the article and I will never buy store bought detergent again! Glad that you like the ideas! Thanks for commenting and have a blessed week 🙂

    • says

      Thank you, Ashley! I’m a few weeks late getting back to you on this but I am honored and appreciate that you featured my post! I hope you had some fun trying out the different ideas! Have a great weekend and thanks for featuring me and for commenting 🙂

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