Hi there! Today I’m sharing this Homework Study Screen Tutorial! This project is very flexible and can be altered depending on the supplies you have at home (like using paint instead of paper for the background) and can be personalized for your child! These homework study screens are great when you have multiple kids doing homework or homeschool work at the same table. It nearly eliminates: “He’s looking at me/ She’s making faces at me/ Mooooom!!! He’s breathing on me!!!!!!”
Both of the kids I was making these for have difficulty focusing, so the screens needed to be very simple, but you can add pockets or their name or pictures of their favorite things. My kids do best with very little distraction, so I just added simple clips to hang up study guides or reference pages. So feel free to add on to this and adjust the design for your particular needs!
Make a coordinating DIY homework supply box at the same time!
Homework Study Screen Tutorial
- A large trifold project board
- Craft knife
- Spray adhesive and scrapbook paper (paint or contact paper also work great!)
- Hot glue gun
- Clothespins. (I found small wide ones at Walmart that are great for this.)
- Washi tape, stickers, or other decorations you might like to include
Start by laying your trifold board out flat. You’re going to measure halfway up the board (most are 28 inches tall, so you’d measure to 14 inches) and make marks all along the width of the board. Then Lay your ruler across the marks to draw a straight line across the center of the board. Now you’re going to use your craft knife to cut the board in half along this line. This way you can get two homework screens out of each board, and they’re still the perfect height. If you have very tall kids or kids older than about 12, you may want to keep the board in one piece so they can’t easily peek over it! Now if you’re using contact paper or paint, go ahead and lay down the paper or paint the board. If you’re using scrap book paper, you’ll want to cut the paper to fit the board, and make sure that there are seams where the board folds. I chose to do blue paper along the bottom of one board, and pink and blue most of the way up the other board. Lay the paper out where you want it to make sure it fits well.
Following the directions on your spray adhesive, go ahead and adhere the paper to your board and let it set up completely before we move to the next steps. This time will depend on your adhesive, but mine is good after a couple hours. For my blue board, I added a strip of washi tape along the top of the blue paper. Then I took my clothespins and put a generous amount of hot glue on the back.
Then I glued the down on my board, below the washi tape but still high enough that it can hold a standard sheet of paper. I did one clip on each of the two side panels, but you can always add more! See how well the board still folds up even with the clothespins? Now for the pink board I added 3 strips of different washi tape for a cuter design. This child doesn’t get as easily distracted as my other one.
And then I just added two clips again in the same spots. You can keep the boards as is, decorate them more yourself, or let your child add their own touches. Since we’re pretty strict on focusing during homework time, we kept these simple! Aren’t they cute?
They’re big and have plenty of room to spread out and work, and you can hang things like hundreds charts and clocks for litte kids.
For the bigger kids who may have more complicated work or be doing homework on computers and tablets, you can hold up post it notes or headphones.
And if you have two kids who need to sit facing each other, you can attach the boards at the top with a binder clip! Plus, they still fold relatively flat for storage. I put mine behind the bookcase where we keep all the extra coloring books and homework supplies. I hope you find this Homework Study Screen Tutorial helpful as we’re starting the new school year!