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teen girl standing by her decorated school locker

Easy School Locker Decor DIY

By Brenda Ponnay

As kids around the country head back to school, made me think about middle school and high school can be the best of years and they can be the worst of years. If your tween/teen is a little anxious about transitioning from elementary school to middle school (or middle school to high school) sometimes a little DIY project like decorating their locker can give your kid a sense of control over their tiny corner of the school universe.  Lockers aren’t very big spaces but there are a few things kids can do to make them their own.

diptych of supplies to make magnetic corkboard for school locker

My daughter had her heart set on a corkboard, even though lockers are usually magnetic and you don’t really need to push pins into anything when simple magnets will do the trick. I think she liked the warm brown aesthetic better than the cold blue metal that the school lockers are made from. So we set about creating a magnetic cork board and some flower push pins for her. It’s really easy.

Supplies needed to create our Decorative Locker Corkboard

  • corkboard tiles (we bought these)
  • small flat magnets (we bought these but sort of wish we had bought these tiny ones)
  • small fake flowers
  • push pins
  • a glue gun and glue (as always, have a responsible crafter handle a hot glue gun)

diptych of diy of making magnetic corkboard for school locker

How we decorated my daughter’s school locker

First, we cut the corkboard down to 10″x 10″. We doubled up two boards to create a thicker corkboard by gluing two 10×10 pieces together. Then we glued magnets to the corners on the back.

diptych of hands using glue gun to add fake flowers to push pins for corkboard

We created floral push pins by simply gluing a single flower to each pin. So easy and so cute!

My daughter also purchased a fake pathos plant (that we hung from the hook in her locker), a magnetic pencil holder, and a shelf unit so she could put her P.E. clothes and lunch box above her books. It was tight but we made it work.

diptych of decorated school locker with pictured pinned to corkboard

She added some magnets, a few favorite polaroids and she was happy. It’s the little things!

smiling teenage girl in front of her decorated school locker

Happy Back-to-School Days, students! Let us know how you decorated your lockers!

More Back-to-School Crafts from Alpha Mom:

1. Washi Tape and Wrapping Paper Book Covers DIY
2. Magnetic Pencil Holder for Back-to-School
3. Pom-Pom Crafts for Back-to-School

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Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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Selena Luna

Will she be able to fit a winter coat in there in a few years? In some schools, there’s a policy against winter coats indoors. Or, if you’re in a warmer climate and coats aren’t an issue, would she be able to fit a sweater or hoodie in there?