30+ Upcycled School Supplies & Project Ideas

30+ Upcycled School Supplies & Project Ideas

Now that we’re knee-deep in September, I think we can officially say that summer is ending, Fall is nearly here, and school has most definitely started! I don’t know about you, but I am definitely a fan of vintage/classic school supplies and classroom staples- rulers, globes, pencil sharpeners, lockers, desks, and everything in between. Who would have ever guessed how hot a trend this would be? Go ahead, Google “Schoolhouse Decor”…it’s totally a thing.

And while trendy home decor stores and catalogues will try and tempt you with new-to-look-old cubby hooks and pretty colored inkwell bottles, I prefer the real deal. And my guess is that you do, too! Plus, there are some amazing repurposing ideas out there…which means that the thrill of the hunt for vintage “academia” is officially ON!

So, if you’re looking for some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place…ready for an education in repurposing? Let’s put our thinking caps on with this fun round-up of upcycled school supplies, straight from the classroom…


30+ Upcycling Ideas for School Supplies

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What a fun trip down memory lane, right? So which one is your favorite?? Cheers to all the teachers out there for doing a job I could never do- both of my parents are retired teachers! And cheers to my fellow junkers and pickers who are forever on the hunt for the perfect treasure… everyone gets an A+ and a gold star today.

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  1. I adore this post! I loved school as a little girl and was a teacher for 27 years! I bought my old-sch teacher’s desk so I could take it home with me when I retired! It is one of those huge oak desks with the little pull-out shelves on the sides. One of my most prized possessions. I am amazed at the prices I see on school desks and lockers these days! These ideas are truly charming.

  2. Some of those are really creative. I have a ton of old binders so the three ring binder hooks sounds like a good idea.

  3. wow these are amazing! The ruler clock and the ornaments are my favorite, maybe because they seem simple enough for me to do. But the ruler clock reminds me of something my geometry would have, she always had quirky unique things in her classroom.

  4. Hi Sarah, these are great!!!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment on my trash can planters. I tried to reply directly to your comment but you came up as a no reply blogger. HUGS
    Christine from Little Brags

  5. So many great ideas! I’m a sucker for anything with maps, so I absolutely loved the globe planter.

  6. I love these projects! Made me feel so bad though about the things I’ve gotten rid of or thrown away. I just sold the pencil sharpener at a garage sale last Spring! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  7. What a wonderful roundup of ideas! I was going to pick a favorite….but there are 4 or 5 that I REALLY like. Gonna go find me some rulers!

  8. As a teacher, crafter, artist and blogger, I love what you have done with the school supplies and furniture! It gives me so many ideas! Thanks for sharing

  9. These are so fabulous ideas. I love them all. My daughter is teaching. This is her first year teaching and she is really struggling.

    • Hey, Trish, thank you. I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s struggles. My friends who are teachers struggle immensely- not with the kids, but with everything else that gets in the way of doing their job well. 🙁

  10. I love these ideas! Especially that first ruler clock. What a cool project.

  11. Sarah, you are without a doubt, one of the cleverest people I know! Thanks for sharing this at Five Star Frugal. Pinned and shared on Facebook. Love, Mimi xxx

  12. So many great and unique ideas.
    Have a great week.

  13. Wow! The melted crayon ornament looks really cool. I am participating in an ornament swap and I might have to try to implement that idea. Awesome! Thanks for linking this up over at Welcome Home Wedensday…make sure you stop by again this Wednesday & link up more awesome work 🙂

  14. Eye Candy! This post had so many great ideas for salvaging and repurposing old gadgets and gizmos. It’s like browsing a magazine.

  15. Thank you for putting this round up together & sharing with us at Friday Favorites! I am in love with the ruler clock! Have a great week.

  16. Those were awesome! It’s like taking the industrial theme and making it into a A+ project! Thanks so much for sharing it with “Let’s Talk Vintage!” today!

  17. I love the ruler clock at the top and the pencil sharpener lamp. So creative. So unlike me to think of those things. Awesome round up!

  18. Love that ruler clock! My mother is a teacher and I think she would love to put something like that in her classroom. I see a great homemade Christmas present in her future! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday.

  19. I have always wanted one of those dollhouse bookcases. These ideas are genius!

  20. I love vintage school items! Have collected quite a few items. You’ve shown some fun and creative ideas. Especially love the ruler drawer pulls and the pull down map. Thanks for sharing withSYC.

  21. So many great ideas!! I love the floss organizer – that would be perfect for my cross-stitch closet! 🙂 #HomeMattersParty

  22. These are wonderful projects. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Hope you join us again this week!

  23. i love all the cool projects, the paint brushes are so cute! Thanks for sharing this on Dream Create and Inspire.

  24. Hi Sarah! I just loved the school ruler clock so much that is one of my features this morning for “Let’s Talk Vintage!” Thanks so much for linking up! ~Jill

  25. Too many cool ideals, I would love to find some of these vintage items! Nice round-up of goods, [TUT]

  26. Hi, Sarah. I love all of them, but the three-ring binder hooks is my favorite!! There are so many genius out there!
    Thanks for sharing at #2usestuesday

  27. I love your roundup of school supplies repurposed. My personal favorite is the pull down world map. I am on a quest for one to use in my house. Thank you for sharing your fun post at Vintage Charm.

  28. How delightful and ingenious! I love the bicycle clock, the old locker console table, and the succulent planters from the globe. Keep up the inspiration! I love flea markets and often remember how some of my favorite bloggers – including you – used some of the things I find.

  29. That repurposed ruler clock idea is just awesome!


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