With back to school season fully underway, it can be kind of depressing to think that summer is pretty much over. Those afternoons spent at the beach are probably now going to be spent in a lecture on physics (or you know, at the office). But it doesn’t have to be all textbooks and tears — make the transition a little more fun with a few DIY projects. Whether you’re in need of a super unique backpack or a luxe looking laptop case, here are ten projects to take on before Monday’s return.

1. DIY Mousepad: Make those late-night projects a little more bearable by DIYing this customizable mousepad. (via Brit + Co)

2. Leather Laptop Case: Leather laptop cases look so sleek, but they’re definitely not cheap. Instead of buying one, invest in a few leather-making tools and create your own for a fraction of the cost. (via Almost Makes Perfect)

3. Plastic Drawer Upgrade: Let’s be honest, most of us probably have these drawers at home. They’re not the prettiest, but they sure are practical. Give them an epic makeover with one easy step. (via Ohoh Blog)

4. Watercolor Backpacks: Sorry, Mr. Jansport, but we’ve found something a little (okay, a lot) cooler. (via Brit + Co)

5. Wooden Desk Caddy: Keep this modern piece of desk decor plain or make it tres chic by adding a color-blocked element. (via Dream Green DIY)

6. No-Sew Back to School Pouches: Keep all your essentials easily accessible by keeping them in this adorable pouch that requires zero sewing skills. (via Brit + Co)

7. Plywood Day Bed: Need something to fill that extra space in your apartment? Make this elegant day bed out of plywood to create the perfect place for guests to crash or have a lazy Sunday afternoon reading sesh. (via The Merrythought)

8. Watercolor Notebooks: If that backpack DIY started a bit of a watercolor obsession, make these notebooks to complete the back to school look. (via Brit + Co)

9. Gemstone Garland: Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for a fun way to spruce up a room, these wooden gemstones are definitely the way to go. (via Tell Love and Chocolate)

10. Yoga Tote Bag: Free up that other arm and make this cute bag that will securely hold your favorite yoga mat as well as all of your other things. (via Always Rooney)

What weekend projects are you Pinning + making this weekend?