With the school year back in full swing, you may be looking for fun things to do with your kids to keep them engaged and help them stand out. So why not help them personalize their backpacks?
Whether your kid loves sports or music or has a flair for the dramatic, it’s easy to create a unique backpack that shows off their personality. Here's a step-by-step guide to reinventing a traditional backpack from Spoonful.com, a new website from Disney that is filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for kids and families. Plus, find nine more stylish ideas below.
For the art lover
To all you budding Picassos out there, your backpack is the perfect canvas to show off your creative genius, or at least your mad finger-painting skills. This backpack also does double duty as a picture frame for one of your masterpieces. While your finished work of art may look good enough to be in a museum, we think it will make a pretty big artistic statement slung over your shoulder as well.
What you'll need
- Acrylic paint in colors of your choice
- Foam craft sheet
- Clear plastic sheet
- Miniature easel and canvas
- Craft glue
Step 1: Line your floor and/or work area with old newspapers. This is going to get a little messy, but a lot of fun. Select your favorite colors of acrylic paint, dip your brushes in the paints and splatter away. You can also paint directly on the backpack, or even use your fingers. The paint will be wet, so let it dry before proceeding to the next step.
Step 2: Measure the dimensions of the pocket of your backpack, both the section above the zipper and the section below, and cut two pieces of craft foam to these dimensions. Glue the foam pieces onto the pocket to create the frame.
Step 3: Cut a piece of clear plastic to slide into the frame. (When gluing the foam section at the bottom, don’t place the glue all the way to the inside edge of the frame, as you’ll need room to slide the plastic insert into the frame.) You can reuse any clear plastic you might otherwise throw away, e.g., plastic from packaging or clear report covers. Just be careful because the edge of cut plastic can be sharp. Then slip your artwork into the frame for all the world to see.
Step 4: A miniature easel and canvas make a nifty zipper pull. Just draw any design you want on the canvas, and glue it onto your easel. Use a piece of wire or string to attach the easel to your zipper.
Step 5: A paintbrush is another creative idea for a zipper pull. And as an artist, you know you can never have enough brushes around.