Back to School: Personalizing Your Kids Items


It’s that time again, isn’t it? Time to start thinking about your child and their return to school. Ah, what a happy — I mean sad — state of affairs that is. Surely you’ll miss them, right?

But while you’re lamenting your child’s return to school — and perhaps celebrating the free time — allow me to bring your attention to something else that’s not altogether unrelated — their school supplies. Yes, yes, I know. You chuck it all into a basket once you get the required materials list and hope you got enough of everything. Just hear me out for a second.

This year, why don’t you try personalizing your child’s school items? From backpacks to pencil holders, folders to binders, and everything in between, this might be a fun way to show off your child’s imagination — not to mention ensure that their supplies don’t go missing too fast. Yes, it’s a clever trick, but you can’t be blamed for trying to sort out their supplies.

This is something I’ve done to set my children apart from the rest this school season. They’re quite easy personalization tips, but I’ve found them to be useful. Hopefully, you will too.


Monogramming is a big trend these days. It’s a great way to be able to identify your child’s belongings from the mess of their classmates without the horrifying embarrassment of their names being scrawled over everything. Believe me, this becomes an issue as they get older.

It’s quite simple to do, and you don’t have to bother with someone else doing it for you. Just get a rubber stamp made with your child’s first, middle, and last initials, stamp all their supplies, and you’re all set. If you’re not a fan of stamps, you can always pay someone to embroider your child’s initials on their backpack or lunch bag.

DIY Back To School Kits

DIY kits simply mean that you, as the parent, work with your child to make a DIY back to school kit. Your child chooses their favorite colors and any other artistic flairs they want and you make it happen — on their book covers, lunch pails, bags, and notebooks. This can even take the form of vinyl skins for your child’s school approved electronics such as tablet skins or laptop skins. The nice thing is that they are easy to remove and you can start over if you mess up! It’s a fun and easy project for you and your child.

You can also use washi tape, stamps, even fancy stencils to create the perfect DIY school kit. My daughter and I’ve done this with motifs of butterflies and cranes and a baby blue hue to the great fanfare of her classmates.

Artistic Freedom

This is quite similar to the above DIY tip, but with a twist. You create personalized pieces for your child and present them the supplies as a surprise prior to the start of term. Not only have you given them something that took planning and imagination, you’ll also be able to show them that you understand their personality and interests.

My eldest son has a thing for astronomy, so for his back-to-school supplies I made a custom lunch pail from a plastic box I found at the dollar store and painted myself with some blackboard paint and oils. He loves it so much that two years later, he still uses it for school. I think that as a mother, that was a job well done.

Your child has a mind and personality of their own. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if their school supplies showed that off? With personalization options, you can do just that. And do you know what the best part is? Your little one will know that you love and respect their style and will be happy to see you encouraging their individuality.

So go ahead and get cracking on personalizing your child’s items for the new school year. They’ll love the thought you put into it and may just come up with some ideas of their own. Just remember to send us a picture of your favorite personalization and share with us how you came up with it! We look forward to seeing your ideas.


This guest post contribution is courtesy of MightySkins, and American owned, operated and manufactured company based in Florida. MightySkins creates beautiful, custom vinyl skins for electronics such as phone skins, drone skins, console game skins.

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9 thoughts on “Back to School: Personalizing Your Kids Items

  1. This is a great idea.A great project to do together.My children are grown but I know my grandchildren would love doing this.

  2. Things are more lax now than when I had to label my kids school items. These are some clever ideas & I am going to share them with my grandkids. Thank you!!

  3. Great hints. I’ve never thought of monogramming my kids’ stuff, but I’ve learned my lesson. My boys have lost jackets, backpacks, and sweaters. If they’re monogrammed it might be easier to find or identify. Thanks.

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