Back-to-School Survival Kits for Teen Girls

For my church, I teach a group of Young Women between the ages of 12 and 14. Each Wednesday night we get together for an activity. Last night I was in charge of planning our activity. I wanted to do something for Back to School and after browsing around the web a bit I came across an idea for DIY Locker Accessories. Instead of creating the mirrors, etc. I went with Tausha’s idea at the bottom of the post to create Back-to-School survival kits.

Mine came together a bit differently, so I thought I would share with you what we did.

First, instead of the snack container, I used a sliding pencil case. I liked the fact that these were already opaque and had pattern/color to them, so that we wouldn’t have to do much decorating. I created the labels with my Silhouette machine. The font I used is called Bernard MT Condensed. I assembled the vinyl labels for the girls ahead of time, so all they needed to do was adhere to the label to the front and then decorate with stickers. (The puffy stickers were purchased at the Dollar Tree at the beginning of the summer. I couldn’t find them there yesterday, but they had other cute ones you could use instead.)

The pencil case slides out and holds everything neatly in place. The pencil cases are the perfect size for the girls to slip into their backpacks or lockers. Here is what is inside ….

An extra pen and pencil, hand sanitizer, maxi pad (for those unplanned events), chapstick, pack of gum, a little chocolate (for those days where you need a little pick-me-up), a small container (decorated with washi tape) to hold emergency Advil or allergy medicine, and a small ziplock bag holding a few bandages, safety pins, bobby pins, hair elastics, nail file, and fashion tape. (I found the fashion tape at JoAnn’s by the register — it helps with several things: keeping a bra strap/blouse in place, temporarily fixing a hem, etc.)

Instead of a contact case for the medicine, I bought a set of bead containers. They were $10 for 30 of them . . . use a coupon to make it less expensive. 🙂 The girls had fun decorating the outside of the containers with a strip of washi tape. For the lid, I cut white cardstock circles with my Silhouette machine ahead of time. The girls layered two small strips of washi tape over the circle and then trimmed the excess off with a pair of scissors. The circle gets tucked up inside the lid and stays in place without any adhesive. Easy peasy!

These were so much fun to put together! The girls really loved it! Gosh, I’m thinking I might put one together for myself . . . how great would this be to have tucked inside your purse for everyday?!

Happy crafting!

27 thoughts on “Back-to-School Survival Kits for Teen Girls

  1. I love these! I actually have several of those pencil cases I bought for cheap, after the school supply frenzy ended last year, knowing I could use them for “something”! 🙂


  2. Very awesome. I was thinking the same thing about sticking one in my purse. Will have to remember this for presents for my nieces when they get older. TFS!


  3. I’m a little late to this party but I just had to comment (and I never do!) I absolutely love these pencil boxes. There is just one little thing…
    While this is a great idea, I worry for any young girls who may keep this in their locker. The rules may have changed since the days I was in school but most middle and high schools now have a NO drugs policy, which includes any kind of headache medicine, allergy medicine, or OTC cold medications of any kind. I was suspended from school for 2 weeks for taking an advil at my locker. My mother had been the one to send me to school with it even.
    Be sure to check the rules at your school. In most cases you’ll be asked to leave medications with the school nurse.


  4. I just wanted to ask you: Are you Mormon? My ward is going to be doing these and I wanted to ask you if I could borrow your ideas?


    1. Yes, I am. And of course! You are welcome to use the ideas. I’m always inspired by others and feel happy when we call all share ideas with each other. Have fun! 🙂


  5. This is such a cute idea. We are doing this tonight for our back to school party. I am soooo excited. Thank you for sharing. Oh p.s. I found my pencil boxes at Walmart. .49- wAy cheap. Also I am substituting deodorant for hand sanitizer.
    Can’t wait to see what the girls think.
    Thank you again.


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