Back to School Projects to Make for the Home

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Sadly, back to school time is approaching, which means… back to school shopping! Hooray! In addition to an updated wardrobe, back to school preparation should consist of anticipating your needs within your living space to best fit your academic necessities. This might consist of a special writing station or electronic dock to charge your electronics. There are a number of projects that you can make yourself to fulfill your organizing and studying needs. Here is a collection of some of my favorites, from the simplest of projects to the more complex.

Back to School Projects

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  1.  DIY campaign dresser. This simple Ikea dresser is dressed up with some gorgeous hardware to create a beautiful campaign-style look. This would be perfect for organizing your school supplies or new school clothes.
  2. Chalkboard wall. Every student can benefit from a large chalkboard wall where you can write notes and reminders or a roommate schedule.
  3. Paper organizer: For an art student or crafty person, a convenient organizing idea is to store rolls on the wall or door with a simple hook and dowel system.
  4. Cord organizer: Give your laptop a cute makeover with this tape idea to add a little flair to the basic cord.

6 Back to School Projects

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The ultimate DIY for organizing your books is this mounting shelving unit. Though this back to school project is a bit more involved, it’s worth the effort to produce something so practical and beautiful for your space.

What back to school projects are you planning on making?

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.