By Jane Pinzhoffer
Helping your tween or teen decorate their locker and notebooks to suit their style is a great way for them to express their individuality, and make them feel comfortable, especially if they’re nervous about going to a new school.
Creating different notebooks for different classes is not only fun and creative, using a distinctive design for each subject makes it easy to grab the right notebook when rushing between classes. Magazines, catalogues, wrapping paper, and newspapers make it cheap and easy to cut out pictures, song lyrics, and quotes to create a collage that is totally unique. Photos of family, friends, and pets can also be easily incorporated.
How to Do It:
- Measure the notebook and cut a piece of construction paper to that size
- Using a glue stick, paste the cut out photos and words layered in any random order onto the construction paper so that it’s entirely covered
- Laminate the art work by taking clear duct tape and running your fingers across it as you go to make sure there are no wrinkles or bumps. Any excess tape can be folded over the back.
- Paste or tape the collage to the notebook or slide it into the plastic cover of a binder
Add a Pocket to a Notebook
Keep pens, pencils, and highlighters accessible by adding a cute pocket to the front of a notebook. It’s as easy as cutting a back pocket out of an old pair of jeans or shorts and hot gluing it to the centre of a notebook. Fun and functional it puts accessories right at their fingertips.
Kids who are transitioning from public school to junior high will be getting a locker for the first time. This small personal space is not only a place for storing books and school supplies, it can be a way for kids to show who they are. Since lockers are both private and on view to other students walking down the hall, helping your tween transform a dull grey metal locker into an extension of their personality is a great way for them to express themselves and give them confidence.
Lining the interior of a locker with wrapping paper creates a bright background. Measure the locker’s dimensions and then cut the paper to fit. Dollar and craft stores carry a good selection of cheap, patterned wrapping paper that can easily be put up with magnets and is just as easy to remove at the end of the school year.
Cute, colourful, and cozy, a bit of faux fur fabric can be cut to fit the locker floor and easily attached with some 2-sided tape.
Make the most of valuable locker space by adding levels. Rather than just stacking books on top of each other and making it hard to find what you need, an expandable shelving unit ensures everything stays organized and easy to get at.
Adding accessories to locker doors optimizes space and adds style. Everything from mirrors and photo frames to pencil holders and dry erase boards and other lightweight decorative items can be affixed to the locker door by simply hot gluing a magnet to the back.
While perhaps a bit excessive, mini chandeliers and lamps equipped with motion-sensors so that they glow when the door opens are the newest trend in locker décor.
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