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Get Inspired | September 3, 2020

Back-to-School DIYs: 5 Projects for Zoom or the Classroom

Back-to-School DIYs: 5 Projects for Zoom or the Classroom
Whether your kids are back in school or learning from the living room, here are 5 DIYs to make this school year a good one.

1. DIY KIDS DESK

Let’s face it, we’re all unclear on what this new school year will bring. What is clear is that our kiddos—whether they’re back in the classroom or learning virtually—need a way to stay organized at home that’s not the dining room table. This DIY kids desk is the perfect size for elementary aged kids with plenty of space for learning and playing! Our favorite feature is the hidden storage cubby where supplies (and distractions) can be stowed away when it’s time to focus.
1. DIY KIDS DESK

2. DIY BULLETIN BOARD ORGANIZER

We all know teens can be messy. Back to school, whether it’s virtual or in the classroom, brings missing homework, crumbled notes buried at the bottom of backpacks and the constant running around between after-school activities. Give your kid some space with this DIY Bulletin Board Organizer. We promise, your moody teen will appreciate it...even if they won’t admit it until they’re 25. 
2. DIY BULLETIN BOARD ORGANIZER


3. DIY LAPTOP STAND

We all remember our last year of school, so we know senioritis is real. Now with a teen of your own, we have a DIY project that can at least make sure their back pain and neck strain don’t have to be. Whether it’s homework (here’s to hoping) or late-night Netflix binges (if we’re being realistic), this DIY laptop stand is the best solution for those device-driven posture problems.
3. DIY LAPTOP STAND


4. DIY MODERN CHAIR

We’re loving the boho home décor trend that’s flooding our social feeds. But—let’s be real—we’re on a budget and going all in on a living room décor haul was not in our 2020 plan. Enter our DIY Modern Wood Chair. It’s built completely from 2x4s and is the perfect way to incorporate some natural wood into your space (a staple of the boho aesthetic) while giving you a sturdy, made-to-last chair that you can take with you from your college dorm room to your first apartment to your first home.
4. DIY MODERN CHAIR

5. DIY GIANT RULER

5. DIY GIANT RULER
Right about now, you’re probably realizing just how great your kid’s teacher really is. If you could put an amount on that appreciation, we’d say it’s somewhere around 5 feet. No, that’s not an arbitrary number, it’s how tall your next DIY project is! Let the teacher in your life know they rock, or in this case rule with this 5’ ruler plank. Follow these step-by-step instructions to build your own!

Materials
  • 1" x 10" x 5' Board
  • Sandpaper
Assembly Instructions
  1. Cut your board to 60” and sand all of the edges so they’re smooth
  2. Stain or paint your board to your liking. We chose a walnut stain. 
  3. Draw on your ruler marks using the sharp tip marker—our diagram below will help make this easy. Once the lines are drawn, use the chisel tip marker to fill in and thicken.
  4. Apply a coat of clear protective finish. For a sweet personal touch, have your kid sign their name on the back of the ruler. Gift complete!

YOU’VE GOT THIS SCHOOL THING COVERED

If you decide to build any of these back-to-school project we would love to see your work! Post your pics on social and tag us at #DoItWithHART. 
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