5 Ways to Trick Out Your Kid's Backpack

Starstruck Backpack
Tara Donne
Here are five brilliant ways your child can trick out his schoolbag to make it all his own.
Tara Donne
Tara Donne

The Googly-Eyed Monster

Creepy or crazy? You decide.

WHAT TO DO Cut out eyes and teeth from iron-on vinyl, position, and iron according to package instructions (an adult’s job; make sure the fabric is pulled very tight). Cut features out of thick green felt and hot-glue in place (an adult’s job). Draw on pupils with permanent marker. 

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Do the Polka

Dot, dot, dot on her favorite hues!

WHAT TO DO Gather three to five different-size foam pouncers and at least three colors of craft paint, squirted onto paper. Dip the largest pouncer in paint, dab on paper to remove excess, then pounce it onto the bag. Repeat with other sizes (largest to smallest); let dry.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Patch It Up!

When it comes to patches, pins, and buttons, more is more!

WHAT TO DO Help your child pin the patches in place and arrange until he likes the mix. Glue or iron (an adult’s job) them on according to package instructions. Then attach any buttons and pins. 

RELATED: Back-to-School Backpack Pins

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Pom-Pom Party

This perky trim is as funky and bright as your child’s personality.

WHAT TO DO Cut several 18-inch lengths of pom-pom trim. Glue into place (we used Fabri-Tac), leaving a short overhang on each side. Let dry, then cut the ends.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Starstruck

Encourage your kid to connect the dots into his own constellations.

WHAT TO DO Use a white paint pen to draw the biggest stars or comets first, then fill in with smaller dots. Connect a few into real or imagined constellations.

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