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Friday, August 31, 2012

Back to School Wreath

As my Back to School Event is nearing the end, I have one of my most favorite projects to share! I've had Back to School wreath ideas in my head for awhile, and I finally had the time to sit down and play around until I landed on something I loved. 
 When school time rolls around, the thing we all think of is school supplies, so I thought, why not put a whole bunch on a wreath?! I love those pencil wreaths and crayon wreaths out there, but I teach kindergarten and we use a lot more "stuff" than that! I wanted to included not only school supplies but the other things we use daily in our classroom. Any elementary teacher is familiar with lots of these: blocks, magnetic letters, dice, paint brushes, scissors, glue, play dough, connecting cubes, rulers, etc. I wanted a wreath that represented our day in kindergarten. I really wanted to fit a tiny book on there, but  I ran out of room. Ha.
 I added the chalk board and bunting for a little extra fun. The chalkboard's wooden border is covered in ribbon and rick rack. I wrote "Welcome" for the Back to School season, but I can change it throughout the year if I want. The bunting is just pinned on (it's a straw wreath form) so I could technically change it out if I wanted to. 
 I didn't take pictures for a tutorial for this, but it's super simple. 
Wrap your wreath with strips of fabric, then hot glue a ton of "stuff on there. The end. Ha.

 I wanted a layered effect so I started layering a couple of rulers on one side, then piled on the crayon box (which I glued the crayons inside the box so they would stay out), the play dough and my colored pencil bouquet (see below.)

Around the bottom of the wreath I didn't add as much because these little pieces looked so nice against the blue.  The tip to give you when making this wreath is to use lots of glue. :) Hot glue will, of course, melt if you hang any wreath outside, though, so be sure to hang a wreath like this in the shade or inside (like on a classroom door!)
I secured the chalkboard with some velcro wrapped around the wreath since it was a little wobbly, but everything else is stuck on really well. 

I hope you love it. It has definitely made my classroom door cheery. Even if you're not a teacher, it would be great to put on your front door when it's time for your kids to go back to school. Mr. Lovie was actually really sad I was taking it to school...he wanted to put it on our front door...(and we don't have kids)! Ha.

Happy Friday :)
Go check out the other Back to School Events!
Go link up YOUR Back to School projects at my very first linky party ever! Any school-themed projects are welcome. I'll feature my favorites on Sunday! 
And come back tomorrow for one more Back to School idea!

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9 comments:

Heather said...

Adorable! I recently started reading your blog and am really enjoying it.

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

This is amazing. Love it. I love this for a gift for my son's teacher. Great job.

www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

Heather Morris said...

How cute is that! It looks great! I think it is precious. I am a new follower of yours..I just found your blog through the blog hop. I hope to see you stop by my blog too :)
Heathersthriftycloset.blogspot.com

Smart School House said...

This is so stinkin cute!
I'm your newest fan thanks to this wreath!
As a teacher, I happen to adore this stuff:)

XOXO
Kelly at Smart! School {House}
http://www.facebook.com/SmartSchoolHouse

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

This is just the cutest thing EVER Allie! Love it! So perfect for a classroom door!
Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse Party! I'll be featuring this tomorrow! :)

southernscraps said...

This is adorable! Perfect for the classroom.

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

This is so fun and cute Allie!! Thanks for linking up - I featured you today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/09/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-63/

Alice Emma Thompson said...

Oh I love this - what a fab idea & lovely cheerful colours. Would definitely help get the children back in the term time spirit.

I would love for you to link up this post at the Empty Your Archive party - we're focused on back to school posts this week but you can also share your great old posts on over 100 different topics in the Mummy Archive, which is a fab resource bank for mums - Alice xx

Abby Lawson said...

I loved this so much that I shared it in a roundup of Back-to-School projects on my blog today! You can see it here: http://justagirlandherblog.com/21-creative-back-to-school-projects/ Thanks so much for the inspiration!

~Abby =)
Just a Girl and Her Blog

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