Spring is here and with it comes the excitement of the long awaited vacations for the young ones. It’s also a time of change and a time for new – from grade to teachers, to even supplies and stationery, everything undergoes a change. While shopping for new supplies is sure fun, it doesn’t necessarily mean the old ones need to be shown the trashcan.
Here are 8 fun ways to repurpose and reuse old school supplies:
2. Fun with Crayons: If you usually find yourself with a lot of broken crayons or are left with incomplete sets, you have two options.
3. Colour pencil jewellery or picture frame: Much like crayons, there are plenty of colour pencils one finds lying around, stubbed or half broken.
4. Custom Made Notebooks: If you have notebooks with some unused pages to spare, don’t show them the trashcan. Instead using a knife or scissors, cut the book up, get those spare pages and using a spiral folder clip them in or just get them spiral bound (any photocopying shop would do this for you). Use this for their rough work/ art at home. To personalise it further, create a cardboard flap and use stickers/markers or even washi tape to decorate it. Besides this, there’s a ton of other fun ways to reuse them. Read our post on 8 ways to up-cycle old notebooks to know more.
5. Old Textbook lampshades: Create a gorgeous lampshade or give your existing one a makeover with old textbook pages. This easy to do project not only looks great but also hassle free – as it uses only an additional supply of glue. For instructions, click here. P.s. the textbook lampshade works great with old comic books too ☺.
6. Old Rulers Pencil Stand: If you’ve got some rulers lying in varying prints and sizes or a few broken ones, then this is what you must do with it – convert it into a pencil stand. Not only will be of great utility but it actually takes on no additional cost. All it needs it an empty circular or square cardboard / tin box and some glue. Here are detailed instructions on the execution.
7. Water Paint from Dried Markers: Don’t throw away those dried up markers or sketch pens just yet. Instead, soak them in small containers with water overnight and use the colour you get from that to paint, as you would in the case of water paint.
8. Repurpose Old Glue: Yes, there’s more you can do with glue, than just stick. Add colour or ink to some runny glue and transfer it into a squirt bottle. Use it to outline art. Another option is to transfer all the left over glue into a single bottle and then put it to use as per need.
We hope the ideas inspire you enough to try and upcycle old school supplies. If up-cycling isn’t for you, try and it’d be great if you could pass these on to kids who can’t afford these supplies. They would hugely appreciate things like backpacks and art and craft supply. You could reach out to a local NGO they’d be more than happy to accept your donation.
If you have any other ideas of using old school supply, please do share them with us. We’d love to see.