Monday, August 13, 2012

Back to school pencil wreath

School starts here in T minus 9 days. Not that I am counting or anything. I love my kids, but I really, really love back to school. I love having a schedule and a daily dinnertime routine.  You know the commercial with the guy pushing the shopping cart down the aisle dancing and throwing supplies into his cart?  All the while-“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” is playing in the background. Yea-that is so me …..

So, to get all of my family in the back to school mood, I decided a wreath making day was in order.

pencil wreath collage

I had cruised pinterst looking for some back to school wreath ideas. There were a few ideas that I liked. So, I combined those, and added a twist and came up with my own version. It’s cheap and totally easy. My two favorite words when it comes to crafting!
You need to gather your supplies.

back to school wreath supplies

I hit up my local Wal-mart for the pencils and crayons. The prices right now totally rock! I picked up the measuring tape and cork boards at Joanne’s. The measuring tape was a $1 and the cork boards were $2.99 each.  Warning….when you go to look for the cork boards-they are in the kids section. I searched and searched. You could also use Ikea cork trivets. They are a little bit smaller, but would do the job.
I used around 60 pencils and 1 box of crayons.

pencil wreath steps

I used my trusty glue gun to put this together. TIP-Make sure that the glue gun that you use is high heat. If it’s low temp, nothing will really stick that well.

finished pencil wreath pin

Start gluing the pencils on the underside of the cork board. I varied the heights as I went along. Mine is far from perfect, so if you want perfect, you will probably want to make an x in the middle first and go from there. I was not this smart and didn’t figure out that little diddy until I wasn’t finished.

back to school wreath 2nd pencil step

Once all of the pencils are glued on, you will want to glue your 2nd cork circle to the top. Again, I just used my glue gun.

back to school wreath 3rd step with cork center

After I glued the cork on, I flipped it over and made a measuring tape hanging thing.  I cut the tape to the size that I wanted and then glued it on. I also added 2 push pins, just to make sure everything was secure. You could also use thumbtacks. I didn’t have any, so I used what I had.

back to school wreath how to hang

Now it was time to add the crayons. I just randomly stuck them in between the pencils. It was a tight enough fit that I didn’t need to glue them.

back to school wreath pencil crayon side view
*The crayons were added after everything was glued because I thought it needed something else. This is kind of how I craft. I don’t always think everything through the first time.  If you know that you want to add the crayons-you could do this step BEFORE you glue the cork top on. *

FYI-if you live in Utah, like I do. The crayons will probably melt. So, consider this when you are designing your wreath. Because of the heat issue, I am planning on hanging it inside. Because I have a little nit of a hoarding furniture problem,  I do happen to have a old, elevator door as decoration in my home. This will be the wreaths new home. (pics of this in a minute)

Next step-
Add the chalkboard vinyl to the center. I didn’t love the cork board center. I felt like it needed a little something. Yes, this could have something to do with the fact that I love to embelish…but I digress.
I found the Chalkboard Vinyl at  They carry all kinds and colors of vinyl. They should be your vinyl go to source.  I promise, you will be happy that you visited.
I traced a circle, pulled the back off the vinyl and applied.

back to school wreath crayons and chalkboard

Remember how I told you I have a problem with not leaving things alone. Well, I couldn’t leave the center alone…just yet. It needed a little love, so I added a simple “Welcome” banner made out of scrapbook paper, washi tape and letter stickers.

back to school wreath finished up close

I drew a little bit of “school graffiti” on the chalkboard and I was done!

finished pencil wreath close 3

I am loving the finished project! It is definitely helping all of my family get into the Back to School mood!

back to school pencil wreath 1 
This is my old elevator door that I have. I love it! I so don’t have room for it and I should probably get rid of it, but one never knows when she will need a random door to hang a wreath on. Am I right?

finished pencil wreath 2

I hope that I have inspired you to get in the “Back to School” mood and create your own pencil wreath!

IF you are looking for more School ideas, check out my easy Locker Accessories & Washi Tape Laptop desk

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  1. I pinned your wreath -cute!

    Submit and share it with my readers!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

  2. That is so freaking cute! I have seen a ton of those starburst mirrors and I am even trying to do a "back to school" mantle, so this is the perfect option! Great idea!

  3. This is so great! I hope you will link this up to The CSI Project this week starting tomorrow night. The challenge is Back to School. Come see the tutorials each day and link up! You just might win!
    Each week is a new challenge!

  4. Thanks Kim! It is so cheap and easy! If you do make one, I would love to see it! Happy Creating!

  5. that would be so cute for a teacher!

    1. Thank you Suzzie! (ps-I love the way you spell your name!)

  6. Great idea!! Love it!

  7. Great idea! Love it!!

  8. What a great wreath! And yes, I think we mum's all feel the same way about back to school!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  9. Featuring you today at Happy Hour Projects ~


  10. That is so cute! It would make a great teacher gift. Nice work!

    1. You are right, this would be darling for a teacher gift! Thank you!

  11. how cute! perfect for a back to school gift for the new teacher!

  12. This is so cute and it simply makes me smile to look at it. I have always had a love affair with stationary supplies and especially pencils and crayons. I guess it is happy childhood memories. This wreath is so sweet and would be pretty on your own door or as gift for a teacher! Thanks for sharing it with all of us. I found your blog through Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects and am so glad I did. I am now following you!

    1. Thanks Maureen!
      I too love school supplies! So cute and fun!
      Thank you for your sweet words!

  13. Fun and cute! My daughter is in HS but I have so many friends that are teachers. I know they would love one. Thanks for sharing! I'm off to find some 10cent pencils & crayons! :)

    1. So glad that I inspired you to try it!
      It is so fun to make!
      Thanks for stopping by

  14. Oh wow! How cute! What a great gift for a teacher! I would love to have you come join my Get Social Sunday party. YOu can link up your homepage and promote your awesome blog!

  15. This is just too cute! Love it : ) Featuring you tonight! Have a great week!

    1. Thanks so much! I so appreciate the shout out!
      Have a happy week!

  16. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button!


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