Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DIY Goth School Supplies

Is it starting to look like autumn where you guys are? Unfortunately here it's still bright and sunny, but that doesn't mean I don't have everything fall-related on the brain. Pumpkin flavored treats, nice warm jackets and, lest we forget the younger Goths, school. Now I'm in college now but because I fully embraced my Gothness at school I have fond memories of spooky school supplies, so I thought I'd make a post about how to make your school supplies fit your spooky lifestyle.

The inside cover of my planner


First things first, you're going to need the school supplies you want to Goth up. Now, everyone has a different budget and different needs for that kind of thing. Personally my necessities are: an accordion folder (really good for organizing older papers that you want to reference later), a planner, and one-subject college-ruled notebooks. 

Other things you might need: regular folders, calculator, binder, tape dispenser, stapler, pencil pouch, USB drive, etc. Look for Gothier colors and patterns. Blacks are very common (if your local store genders school supplies for some strange reason like my local target does, I find more dark colors in the boy's section) and damasks are pretty much always popular. 

Tip: If you want a pencil pouch but find the varieties lacking, look for makeup carrying cases which come in a lot more variety. You're sure to find something you like, especially in the autumn when dark motifs are most popular.

Then you'll get to actually Gothing them up. Now, luckily, the other thing that's happening around this time of year are craft stores stocking up huge quantities of Halloween supplies. So, get thee to a craft store (JoAnns, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc.) and go find some supplies. I usually find cool Halloween stickers and stamps in the scrap-booking section, and this year my planner has a cool The Raven themed stamp on the inside cover- cute!

Tip: If you have a planner that uses a ribbon bookmark you can usually detach it pretty easily and replace it with a more Goth-appropriate ribbon. I know that Michaels stocks wonderful skull ribbons which I showed in my Halloween haul two years ago but other places must surely stock them.

Also, if you can find Halloween decor you can use this for school supplies. Goblets, cups, or mugs that are Halloween themed make great ways to organizing pencils, pens, and other desk supplies. In addition you can use place setting holders to hold reminders on your desk.

Of course, you can also use sharpies or paints to decorate your school supplies if you're particularly artistic, but I'm not so I'll leave that to you all.

If you're a Corp Goth and you're in need of stationary take a look on websites like Zazzle which have lots of cool Goth-y paper supplies. Or you can visit my friends over at Evil Supply Co, of course. Their mailing supplies would make great ways to decorate your desk or notebooks. 

How do you decorate your school or office supplies to make them look spooky, or do you at all?



7 comments:

  1. I'm working in an office now, and I decorate my cube for Halloween. Last year it was a tiny graveyard made from dollar store gravestones, rocks, and a tray. I accidentally left it up until December and a coworker told me I was holiday confused; I made a "ghost of Christmas yet to come" and said it was now a Christmas decoration.

    Otherwise, I have a series of appropriately spooky computer backgrounds on rotation.

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    1. That is such a cute desk idea! I had a fish bowl terrarium that was a graveyard, but I like the idea of a tray. Computer backgrounds also sound like an awesome way to get in the spooky spirit!

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  2. i live in a country where we - :'( - don't celebrate halloween but i think i can find something at art and hobby

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    1. Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that, best of luck!

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  3. Definitely support having appropriate computer backgrounds, a la Emily above. Tech is actually a really good thing to goth up - there's so many appropriate phone and laptop cases, which can also be easily DIYed.

    On an unrelated note, happy late birthday!

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    1. Thank you! And yeah, I had a folder once of amazing iPhone cases that were nice and spooky, maybe that's worth a post later this year. :) Hmmm

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  4. I used to print images that I liked and glued on notebooks and files (I did one like a wall of my favourite bands. I've printed small images and glued them together on a line, like a wall). As for pencil cases, once I got a Skelanimals one that I LOVE, but I also have a tin one, very old (it was my mother's) with an image of a cat's academy.It's very pretty but not very big. As for a backpack, you can get a black one and add some patches, like you would do to a jacket :)

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