14 Back to School Ideas

You're never too old to enjoy that 'Back to School' feeling!

Whether you're embracing your geeky grown-up, starting life as a student or preparing the kids for a new term, check out these awesome ideas for making the most of your new start.

1. Make your stationery more awesome

No one likes boring desks. Bring your stationery to life and brighten up your workspace with Sugru!

2. Upcycle a jam jar into a pencil sharpener pot


Keep your desk tidy and your pencil shavings under control with your very own unique pencil sharpener pot.

3. Your notebook and pen belong together

Adapt your notebook so it works better for you! Create your very own unique Sugru pen holder that keeps your pen handy with your notebook.

4. Transform any pen into a Lego character

This one's for big kids as much as little kids. Brighten up your pens and turn them into awesome Lego characters with a little help from Sugru.

5. Make your pen more comfortable to use

Whether the natural grip has worn away or it's just uncomfortable to hold, adapt your pen, pencil or paintbrush with Sugru so it works better for you!

6. Add feet to your stationery

Prevent unwanted damage and make your stuff easier to use. Add Sugru feet to your stationery to stop it slipping from your desk!

Sugru is ideal for this project because it is grippy when cured. Want to know how to make your Sugru grippier or smoother? Head over to our tips page. :)

7. Make USB drives easily identifiable

Ensure you always know where the data you need is, and make your USB drives easily identifiable with Sugru patterns and colour indicators.

Sugru-er, DoktorJ, created these USB drives for his brother who is registered legally blind, using different patterns as an easy way to identify the difference.

8. Conquer spaghetti cable mountain

Outer order, inner calm. The feeling of a clean desk is energizing and inspiring. Your workspace is clean, you are focused and ready to work! Keep it that way and get your cables under control with Sugru cable grips.

9. Sugru + Lego = Awesome!

Who knew? Cables fit Lego figure's hands perfectly! Here's another way to liven up the way you organise your cables with Sugru + Lego.

10. Add tactile markers to USB cables

It's a 50/50 chance that we always get wrong. If you have a little Sugru leftover from a project, add markers to your USB cable and you'll always plug it in the right way up.

11. Protect your stuff and make it last longer

Prevent unwanted damage when you're carrying your stuff to and from school by creating custom Sugru bumpers!

Mack added Sugru to the corners of her hard-drive, adding texture for an extra-rugged effect.

12. Patch up worn shoes


There's no need to buy new school shoes when they get scuffed or tear. Patch them up with Sugru and they'll be ready for another adventure!

Sugru is ideal for repairing school shoes because it is durable, waterproof and most importantly – it comes in black!

13. The best way to fix any zip

Whether it's a waterproof, a school bag or a pencil case, don't sweat the small stuff when something goes wrong! Fix any zip the easy way with Sugru.

14. Give your kids more independence at home

Make school mornings less frantic. Add coat hooks anywhere with Sugru and give your kids more independence to do things for themselves!

Still feeling giddy about back to school? Head over here for more ideas and inspiration!

Make a DIY pencil sharpener pot

You're never too old to enjoy that "back to school" feeling! There's a secret pleasure we all take in stationery – from unique pencils to customised notebooks and everything in between.

Watch this video for a great way to keep your pencil shavings under control with your very own personal pencil sharpener pot.

Whether you're a geeky grown-up embracing your love of stationery or just getting the kids ready for the start of term, you'll be one step closer to achieving organised nirvana with this idea.


Power to the handy people! Sugru is ideal for this project because it bonds well to metal, glass and most plastics.

To make your pencil sharpener pot, you'll only need 1 quarter of a single-use pack. Need to stock up on Sugru? Head over to our online shop.

Step 1 – Divide your Sugru in 4.

Step 2 – Take 1 piece, roll it into a ball and press it against the back of your pencil sharpener.

Step 3 – Press your pencil sharpener against the inside of the jar, ensuring you can still close the lid. Clear any excess Sugru with your finger and smooth over.

In 24 hours, loose pencil shavings will be no more – you'll have your very own unique pencil sharpener pot to keep your desk tidy!

Top tip: As you only need 1 quarter of a single-use pack, we recommend lining up several projects to make the most of your Sugru. Head over here for more ideas.


We've stuck our pencil sharpener inside a jar so we can keep it on our desk, but you could put your sharpener anywhere, like the inside of your rubbish bin.

Saving your desk from pencil shavings is just the beginning! Keep reading for loads more ideas to make your work easier.

More ideas to make your work easier

1. Get your cables under control

Conquer spaghetti cable mountain and keep your workspace tidy with these awesome Sugru cable grips! Your cables will be out of the way, but always within easy reach.

2. Customise your stapler


Bring your stationery to life and brighten up your desk with Sugru!

3. Customise your USB drives

Make your USB drives easily identifiable with a little help from Sugru!

This idea was coined by Sugru-er, DoktorJ, as his brother is registered as legally blind and needed a simple way to identify his USB drives.

4. Add Sugru markers to your cables


Always forgetting which cable is which? Not sure which way is up when you're plugging them in? Add colour-coordinated Sugru markers to your cables and you'll even be organised in the dark!

For loads more ideas and inspiration for making the most of your space, head over here.

Get your cables under control

Outer order, inner calm. The feeling of a clean desk is energizing and inspiring. Your workspace is clean, you are focused and ready to work! But how are you going to keep it that way?

Watch this video for a great way to conquer spaghetti cable mountain and keep your desk clutter free with Sugru cable grips, ideal if you're a student in a new dorm room.


This project is ideal for making the making the most of your space, whether you’re going back to school, moving into a new dorm room or just maximising the surface of your desk.

You’ll be able to keep your cables organised and within easy reach at the same time!

With this project, you can create two cable grips for each single-use pack of Sugru. Need to stock up on Sugru? Head over to our online shop!

Step 1 – Divide your Sugru in 2. Press 1 piece into a hemispherical shape. Rub the surface gently to make it smooth.

Step 2 – Take a toothpick. Holding both ends,press the toothpick down into the Sugru untl its close to the back surface. Gently twist to form space for your cable.

Step 3 – Pinch the two halves of your cable grip close together (but not touching) and leave to set.

In 24 hours, you'll be able to pop your cables in place, one-step closer to the ideal workplace.

You'll feel refreshed and motivated knowing your cables are organised and out of the way, so you'll be able to spend more time focusing on your work.

But why stop at cables? Head over here for loads of ideas to keep your workspace tidy.

More ways to achieve desk nirvana

1. Sugru + Lego = a tidy desk!

Warning: this one may cause excitement! Use Lego to make the most of your space, and keep your stuff out of the way but within easy reach.

2. Access USB ports easily

Stop fumbling around behind your computer for the USB ports, and make them easily accessible with this great idea using Sugru + magnets.

3. Keep your desk clutter-free with a headphone cable extension


Conquer cable spaghetti mountain! Keep your desk clutter-free and add a cable extension underneath your desk using Sugru.

4. Organise your stuff with Sugru hooks

We love this idea from Ivan on Twitter. Add handy Sugru hooks to your desk and keep your headphones out of the way, but within easy reach. A great idea for organising your stuff and keeping it safe from damage while not in use.

Still feeling excited about making the most of your space? Head over here for loads more ideas and inspiration!

Organise your pot lids

At last – a solution for those messy kitchen cupboards! Why is it that saucepans and all their lids never seem to fit together neatly in one place? Any why are they so hard to match?

Conquer the kitchen chaos with this easy idea for organising your pot lids, watch this video and learn how to hang them from the back of your cupboard door.


Anyone who spends any time cooking will tell you, organisation is the key to a calm kitchen.

With a little help from Sugru, you’ll be able to spend less time hunting through a jumbled cupboard and more time preparing the perfect meal. And you’ll be able to match lids to the correct saucepan quickly and easily.

For each lid holder, you’ll need one single-use pack of Sugru. Need to stock up? Head over to our online shop!

Step 1 – Open your packet and divide your Sugru into 3 pieces (2 big, 1 small).

Step 2 – Press the 2 bigger pieces of Sugru against the inside of your cupboard door using your saucepan lid as a sizing guide

Step 3 – Shape into a pyramid and then into a hook using your saucepan lid as a sizing guide.

Top Tip: Follow our handy hooks guide for the best way to make Sugru hooks.

Step 4 – Add the final small piece of Sugru to your saucepan lid for colour coordination and leave to set.

In 24 hours, you’ll be one step closer to making the most of the space in your kitchen!

Sugru is ideal for this project because it sticks to surfaces you'll find in your kitchen, like ceramic, steel and wood without the need for drilling. And because Sugru is removable, you can always take your hooks off again if you ever move home or buy new pans.

So why stop at just pot lids? You can make anything in your kitchen work better for you.

More ways to make the most of your kitchen

1. Make your own iPad wall mount

Keep your workspace clutter free and your iPad clean from spills and splashes, with this great idea for creating your own iPad wall mount in the kitchen. This is a great idea for reading recipes or watching TV shows while you cook!

2. Create hooks and grips anywhere you need them

Running out of space in your cupboards and drawers? Hang your utensils and instruments anywhere you want by creating handy Sugru hooks.

3. Make your own DIY storage towers


Keep your spices handy and your kitchen work surfaces clutter free at the same time with these great DIY storage towers.

4. Keep the essentials handy

Keeping things organised is a chore. Remembering where your keys are is a job in itself! Keep the things you need in their own special place with Sugru + magnets.

For loads more ideas and inspiration for making the most of your space, head over here.


The best #DomesticNinja Tips

There's something special about Sugru-ers – a state of mind that we all share and love to celebrate. We don't just settle when things aren't working the way we want. We see opportunities where others only see problems. We flex our skills, roll up our sleeves and work out our own solutions.

That's why we built a MEGA LIST of 100 #DomesticNinja tips – those little tips and tricks we've all collected over the years that help us gain mastery over everyday problems.

Thank you to everyone who shared their tips with us! Whether it was an easy way to clean your microwave or a brilliant idea for making the most of your space, your tips helped empower others to make the most of their surroundings.

We've collected the most popular below. Which one's your favourite?

#DomesticNinja Tips – The Most Popular

Hull a strawberry with a straw.

Use an elastic band as a paint scraper.

Iron clothes easily and quickly with ice cubes and a dryer.

Clean up a spilled egg with salt – and then just sweep it away!

Add holes to your rubbish bin to prevent suction.


Hang copper vases anywhere with Sugru + magnets.

Don't have a bottle opener to hand? Open a wine bottle with your shoe!

Prevent your pan boiling over with a wooden spoon.


Hammer a nail safely by using a peg.

Remove a stripped screw with a rubber band.

Head on over to our Pinterest page to see how our mega-list is going. And don't forget to share your own ideas!

Follow Sugru's board #DomesticNinja Tips on Pinterest.

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