DIY Back to School Notebook Covers with Fiskars

When our niece and nephew come to NYC they expect our visits to be a craft marathon…after all, they refer to themselves as the “Crafty Kids”!

We we’re so excited when Fiskars reached out about partnering up to create some back to school magic with their amazing kid scissors.

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We decided to have an art class to work on their cutting skills and make personalized notebook covers for the upcoming school year. We had the whole morning and wanted to stretch this project out because as soon as one craft is done, they want to start another!

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Our theme was classic…pencils!

We wanted to create a repeating pattern with four sets of different colored pencils. We put them to work while refining their cutting skills. (Gotta teach them young, so we can retire sooner than later!)

Materials:

  • Colorful Cardstock
  • Glue Sticks
  • Notebooks
  • Black Marker
  • Letter Stickers

To keep things easy, we broke down the pencils into shapes; rectangles, triangles and squares. Having them cut each shape in repetition was a good way to solidify cutting techniques.

  • 12 long rectangles (for the body of the pencils) - practicing lining up each snip, to help make long straight cuts.

  • 12 triangles (for the tips of the pencils) - focusing on creating even cut angles.

  • 12 squares (for the metal ferrule) - matching up each square to fit the body of the pencil.

  • 12 squares with a rounded top edge (for the eraser) - practicing turning the paper instead of the scissors for a clean round top.

  • Thin rectangle strips for dimension - working on precision and detail cutting.

We challenged them to not focus on the imperfections and to really take their time!

Once everything was cut, we glued our pencils together and drew on the graphite tips using a black marker. We gave the pencils a quick trim around the edges, which helped give them a polished clean look!

How freaking cute are these pencils?! Pop art realness!

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We personalized a piece of cardstock using letter stickers and glued the pencils to the cardstock.

To finish, we glued the covers to the notebooks and trimmed any overhanging edges.

Like most kids, our niece and nephew are very particular. They usually want to work with the tools we work with, but that wasn’t a problem with the kid scissors!

They were instantly drawn to them, not only because of the bright colors and funky patterns but because they have a large finger loop and ergonomic thumb loop that was super comfortable and easy to work with. Tessa is a lefty, so finding comfortable scissors isn’t always easy! The left-handed scissors have true lefty blades which isn't always the case with other brands.

We couldn’t let the kids have all the fun so we created a book of our own, but honestly we couldn’t think about another pencil so we cut out scissors!

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Fiskars is the #1 teacher recommended brand for kid scissors and now we see why!