Back To School DIY Projects: Crayon Art, Decoupage & Blue Jean Binders

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Kathie Lee & Hoda: Frank Fontana Interview

The start of school is a great time to start some do-it-yourself projects for you and the kids. Kathie Lee and Hoda were joined by Frank Fontana, author of Frank Fontana’s Dirty Little Secrets of Designwho shared some cool DIY projects that have a purpose for the family, including Blue Jean Binders and Crayon Art.

Frank Fontana: Blue Jean Binders

Frank Fontana shared some cool DIY projects that have a purpose for the family, including Blue Jean Binders, decoupage boxes and Crayon Art.

Frank Fontana shared some cool DIY projects that have a purpose for the family, including Blue Jean Binders, decoupage boxes and Crayon Art.

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The binders your kids buy are so boring, so Frank said to take those jeans you are about to throw out and make these Blue Jean Binders. He said to use the pocket portion of the jeans because then you can store pencils, pens and erasers in them. You can cut them up into any design you want and just spray-glue them down to the binder.

Back To School: Responsible Door Sign

You hang it on the door and can switch from “Homework” to “Play Time” and it lets them have a sense of responsibility and lets you know they are doing their thing. He took some Medium Density Fiberboard and rope and cut it into a shape of a pencil and painted both sides. You take the rope and hang it on your kid’s door.

Frank Fontana: Decoupage Boxes

Frank said decoupage is a great way to use old boxes, but he said he found when you give ownership of something to the kids, it teaches them storage. You just cut up some papers and decorate old boxes.

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Back To School DIY: Time Out Stool

When the kids act up, you just flip over the stool and they have to sit on the stool until the timer runs out. He made the stool with pencil wood designs and a sand timer in the middle.

Frank Fontana: Crayon Art

Frank said it is a new fad that is popping up everywhere. You take a canvas and glue the crayons on the top of it with tip facing down. Then you take a blow dryer and point down on the crayons and they start to drip and you can create your own art. It is something the kids will enjoy.

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