8 Easy Crafts to Capture Those Special School Memories

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I don’t have a lot of pictures of me from school. Sure, there are the customary yearly school photos, but back in the early 80s it was a lot of effort to break out a camera for school events … and then you had to get the film developed! These days it’s SO easy to capture school photos and events with your smartphone.

In fact, you probably have a lot of photos of your kids and their special school events stored on your phone right now, don’t you? Don’t wait until the phone memory is full to download them to your hard drive — capture those special school memories and events with these 8 easy crafts! These are great ideas for getting crafty with your kids … and you can tell stories and share experiences in the process.

It’s time to grab your craft supplies, as well as your HP wireless printer and your smartphone. With a few touches, you can send your favorite photos directly to your printer from your phone. Then you can being crafting immediately.

Get started with this easy, mod podge sports frame and click through below to check out more of these great ideas!

  • Sports Frame 1 of 8

    Make this cute frame together with your child to display his or her favorite sports photo from the school year. Parents should do the assembly and the kids can help choose the papers and then Mod Podge. Here are the instructions.

    Some of the basic supplies and tools you will need for this project:

    • Mod Podge Satin
    • Folk Art Paint (I used French Blue)
    • 1 piece of wood measuring 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ x 3/4″
    • Pencil
    • Mod Podge Tools
    • Drill Press
    • Tape Measure or Ruler
    • Clip and small 3/4″ wood screw
    • Awl
    • Philips head screwdriver
    • Scissors and/or craft knife

    Prime the 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ x 3/4″ wood in Folk Art French Blue. Let dry for 15 minutes.


    Decoupage to your liking /taste! I used some wallpaper border for the front and back. I also have a big collection of security envelopes that I felt would work well with this project. I used a 3/4″ square paper punch to cut Red and Blue colors. I then decoupaged the 3/4″ pieces to the sides alternating each color. Let dry for 15 minutes.


    Seal the entire piece with Satin FolkArt Varnish or Mod Podge. Let dry for 15 minutes. Then grab your ruler and awl. Measure 3/4″ from the top and @ 2 1/4″ mark with Awl. For the back 1/2″ from the bottom and mark @ 2 1/4″.


    Using a drill press, drill into marked spot 1/2″ deep. I used a drill bit that was the same size as my dowel. Use any size available. TIP: Save the wood handle of any used foam brush for a dowel.


    Now that the pieces are dry, marked and drilled: Take the front side and insert a 3/4″ screw into the bottom hole of the clip. Fasten the screw with a screwdriver through other hole on the clip (see photo). Flip over and insert dowel voila! Project complete.


    Use as a desktop photo holder.

  • Wall Display 2 of 8

    Want to hang your children's projects from the school year in their room, but have it look like a nice display instead of a wall of construction paper? This idea is the perfect solution. Have your child pick his or her favorite projects, scan them and print them out to fit into a tiled frame. Then you can hang on the wall with some framed school pictures!

    Learn how it was done at a thousand words

  • Clock Makeover 3 of 8

    This is a cute home decor project that the kids can help with. Have them choose (and print) their favorite school photos and then create this pretty clock using paint and vinyl. Every time you look at the clock you'll be reminded of a special school memory!

    Find out how it was done at Landeelu

  • Photo Pencils 4 of 8

    Kids can pick their favorite photo images from the school year, print them and decoupage to pencils. I love the idea of doing gifts for their best friends as well!

    Get the step-by-step at Maryjanes and Galoshes

  • Me Book 5 of 8

    Have your child pick his or her favorite photo memories from the school year and print them out. Recreate the scenes using paper, stickers, glue, and other embellishments. They will have their own personal school scrapbook at the end!

    Learn more at Spoonful

  • Yarn Bookmarks 6 of 8

    I like the idea of adding favorite photos from the year to some bookmarks - and instead of yarn, you could also have your child write special memory they have about that event!

    Get the instructions at

  • Crazy Magnets 7 of 8

    This is a fun one that children will love doing with photos of their friends. Choose your favorite images from the school year, print and attach to magnets. Cut out the photos, cutting off the heads and torsos. Let your children have a blast mixing the heads and bodies around to see what combinations they get!

    Learn how to do it at Spoonful

  • Story Blocks 8 of 8

    These photo blocks are actually perfect for telling stories from the school year. Print and decoupage your favorite photos and memories to wood blocks. Next time you are having a family activity at home, you can have each child grab a block and tell you what they remember about that photo or event. It's a great way to keep those special stories alive!

    Learn how to make them at Two Busy Blondes

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