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How to Reuse Bulk School Supplies for DIY Crafts Projects

How to Reuse Bulk School Supplies for DIY Crafts Projects

When the school months come to a close we are suddenly bombarded by our children’s excess school supplies. From backpacks to old tests and papers, we may wish to simply dispose of the mess and put all the old school supplies in the trash.

At Bags in Bulk we have a few tips and tricks to help you save both money and bulk school supplies. Don’t be so quick to throw used backpacks and notebooks into the trash bin. Instead it’s time to get a little creative and utilize bulk school supplies for affordable and care free summer fun!

Rainy Day Projects with Bulk School Supplies

From turning marble notebooks into iPad covers to intricate wax art by melting down crayons, recycling bulk school supplies on a rainy day is a wonderful way to keep kids happy and the spending low.

While many parents may feel obliged to take kids out of the house on grand activities, with bulk school supplies you have all the tools you need to create fun projects and refrigerator worthy artwork at home. If you're not sure where to begin, try this article on Good Housekeeping with 80 different ideas for inexpensive at-home projects. 

Make your own recycled paper

One unique suggestion is to make your own recycled paper from leftover notebook paper! My kids come home from school with ten pounds of half-used notebooks, workbook, and textbooks—most of which we’ll never use again. We followed the instructions on the Craftaholic Witch website, but there are lots of methods you can try at home. While the process may be time consuming, your family will be able to boast about their skills in the paper making business.

Sunny Day Projects with Bulk School Supplies

There are some obvious ways to utilize bulk school supplies when at the beach or pool. Let your child tote their crayons and half-used notebook for some poolside coloring when they need a break from swimming. Alternatively, have them collect shells, twigs, and rocks to create a collage on the hard backing of clip boards or the sturdy material of tri-boards.

Speaking of collecting materials, one great way to use old school supplies is to donate them to a local school, shelter, or outreach organization. If you don't have any suitable items laying around, you can always help your kids organize a wholesale backpack drive or school supplies drive for the community. Donation drives are a great way to teach kids valuable life skills, and help your community at the same time. 

Customize old backpacks and make them new again

Sending you children off to camp doesn’t necessarily warrant a new backpack, but you can make a backpack feel new by decorating it with markers, hot glue guns, and a little creativity! Customizing wholesale backpacks is a great way to encourage children to reuse and recycle so they learn valuable lessons for the future and you don’t break the bank in the present.

When you repurpose those bulk school supplies, you’re creating summer mementos you children will love to look back on. As mentioned in previous articles, using old lunch bags or coolers and a wonderful way to repurpose school supplies for a summer job.

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