10 Genius Dollar-Store Hacks to Wrangle All Those School Supplies

Crayons, markers, paper — they're everywhere! Corral all those school supplies with these adorable, budget-friendly hacks you can pull together in just a few minutes.

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Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Bucket + Tool Belt = Art Supply Station

Transform a five-gallon bucket into a mobile "creation station." Simply place a tool organizer around the middle to keep art supplies neat and tidy. We also love that it makes it that much easier for kids to clean up after themselves.

Sponge = Ice Pack

To keep lunches cool, wet a sponge and freeze it. Place the frozen sponge inside a snack bag wrapped in colorful duct tape. The tape helps decorate and insulate the baggy. As the sponge melts, all the moisture will stay inside the bag.

Cheap Fabric = Reusable Snack Wraps

Feeling guilty about using up all those plastic baggies? Try out these handmade reusable sandwich wraps. You'll need beeswax pellets, patterned cotton fabric, parchment paper, pinking shears and an iron. First, trim your fabric to the desired size, then lay an old towel on the ironing board. Place the fabric square on the towel, then sprinkle it with beeswax pellets. Next, place a large piece of parchment paper on top of the fabric square and pellets. Carefully use a hot, dry iron to melt the pellets evenly into the fabric. Once dry, fold to your liking around snacks and sandwiches and tie off with cotton twine. (Note: You'll need to re-treat with wax every 15 uses or so.)

Freezer Bag + Duct Tape = DIY Pencil Pouch

Colorful duct tape and a few snips along the bottom transform a used freezer bag into a stylish pencil pouch. Once fully taped, punch holes along the bottom of the bag for use in three-ring binders.

Soap Boxes = Tiny Organizers

Keep crayons, knickknacks and snacks corralled in colorful soap boxes. Kids will love outfitting them with their favorite stickers and taking them along in the car.

Cereal Boxes = DIY Letter Trays

Keep important papers at arm's length with a reimagined cereal box. Neatly trim the top flaps off the box, then wrap the box in a fun, patterned paper. They're perfect for stacking as letter trays, too!

Utensil Organizer + Photo Box = Locker Drawer

Lockers need love, too. Add a DIY drawer to wrangle smaller school supplies by placing a plastic utensil organizer inside a photo storage box.

Magazine Organizers + Shelf = Information Station

If your family has trouble wrangling homework and other important papers, then this easy project may be just what you need. Spruce up an old shelf and magazine organizers with a fresh coat of paint. Secure the shelf on top of the organizers using screws or a heavy-duty adhesive. Try color-coding files for each child to keep things super organized.

Revolving Spice Rack = Office Supply Organizer

The whole family will appreciate a repurposed rotating spice rack. Everyone can easily find small items usually stuffed into junk drawers like thumbtacks, paperclips, rubber bands and batteries.

Dish Drain = File Caddy

Organize your go-to documents in a repurposed dish drain. Outfit the middle with pretty folders and color-coordinated notebooks to keep it chic. And don't forget to stock the utensil cup with plenty of pens and pencils.

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