We have three weeks left until the Big One starts Middle School. I can’t believe it.  My heart hurts a lot.  I can’t believe how big he’s gotten.  We’re dealing with a new school, a new starting time for school, lockers (and the anxiety-inducing combination locks), changing classes, cell phones, and girls (but that is for another blog post, sigh!)   It’s a lot for me to process.  I’m not sure how the Big One is doing handling all this, as I’ve found that tween boys talk even less than school-aged boys.  Regardless, I wanted him to get back to school with a few Mom Made supplies, especially from me.  As Minecraft is still big around our house, I decided to make a few Minecraft Inspired Back to School Supplies.

My Mom Made That: Minecraft School Supplies

The school supplies were all purchased for under $5, and I looked for bright Minecraft Green.  The only other supplies that I needed were some black vinyl and my friendly and wonderful Silhouette Portrait.

My Mom Made That: Minecraft School Supplies

I used the Creeper image that I created at Christmas for my ornaments.  If you are interested in the cut file, just check out the original post here.  I also used the Minecrafter font that is available free at DaFont.com to create the words “Pencils and Pens.”  Isn’t the little creeper in the “A,” cute?

My Mom Made That: Minecraft School Supplies
Once I had the vinyl designs cut out using my Silhouette, I wrapped the pencils with green Duck Tape. To do this, I cut the strips of tape to the length of the pencil, and then rolled the tape carefully around the pencils. Then with transfer tape, I placed the tiny creeper faces on the pencils, and used a Popsicle stick to smooth the vinyl down.
My Mom Made That: Minecraft School Supplies
Then I just placed the lettering and creeper face on the pencil box and the folder. The folder was by Mead and came in a pixelated Minecraft style. In twenty minutes, I had a personalized pencil box, with special pencils, and a folder. (BTW, Mellow Man suggested that I share that he’s not sure how Duck Tape will treat the pencil sharpener. I thought it was only fair to point out that the effects of tape in the electric pencil sharpener is untested.)

45 Days of Back to School Ideas (1)

Guess what? This post is a part of a big series of Back to School Ideas that is being hosted by The Benson Street.  There are a bunch of other wonderful ideas all over the blogosphere that are being shared to get your and your family ready for Back to School.  In fact, to give y’all no excuse to check them out, here’s the linky to all 45 wonderful projects.