DIY Back To School Wreath







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Posted on Aug 12 2014 - 1:00am by Jill
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It’s not everyday that I’m invited to share one of my wreaths with another blog. So when Jill asked me to create a Back to School wreath for her family, I was thrilled. I’m an empty nester so back to school hasn’t been on my radar for a while now. After working and raising a family, we moved to a small town and I was able to retire. So life is gardening, renovating my 1935 Tudor home and cooking for when the kids and grandkids come to visit (this week!!!).

DIY Back To School Wreath

Back to school for me and my kids was always about a new set of pencils, so what my first thought was to incorporate some new pencils into this wreath. Here’s how I made the DIY Back To School Wreath:

1) Create a Base:

DIY Back To School Wreath

You could buy one of those nice MDF wreath forms, but you’ve got enough to spend money on at this time of year. So I made mine from a piece of cardboard, using another wreath form as a guideline. After I cut it out, I realized that it didn’t need a centre hole. So I just left it as a circle.

Step 2) Glue on the Pencils:

DIY Back To School Wreath

Start by laying out four pencils — top, bottom and sides. Glue them in place. Then fill in the space in between. I used about 30 pencils – got them at the dollar store, so it wasn’t expensive.

Step 3) Prepare the Chalkboard

DIY Back To School WreathI bought this light wood frame at the dollar store too. It needed some holes to thread the ribbon, so I took my ever present drill and added a couple at the top.

This frame did not come with a chalkboard insert, so a piece of cardboard painted with black chalkboard paint was glued in place.

DIY Back To School WreathThread the ribbon through the two holes, securing with a knot at each end. Then glue the chalkboard in place (my photo does not show the black card for demonstration purposes).

Step 4: Thread Ribbon

DIY Back To School WreathTo give the wreath more colour, you can thread some red ribbon in between the pencils. I did two rows close to the centre, but showing beyond the chalkboard. At this point, I decided that the chalkboard needed some colour. Out came the red craft paint.

Step 5: Paint Lettering

DIY Back To School Wreath

I always struggle with this. Getting my lettering right is always a challenge. After a couple of failed attempts with chalk and with a white paint pen, it was back to a thin brush and some white paint. Is it perfect? No – but then what childlike writing is?

DIY Back To School Wreath

Because Jill is a home schooling mom, I thought it would be fun to hang this on my backdoor to welcome my students to their home classroom. But wouldn’t this be a cute gift for your favourite teacher? Or if you have a houseful of kids bored because “there’s nothing to do”, this would be a great reminder that summer is fleeting.

Thanks for allowing me to share one of my wreath projects here, Jill. Here’s some of the other wreaths you can find over at New House New Home

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  • I love this! The pencils are just perfect for back-to-school!

  • Thanks for allowing me to share my Back to School wreath with your readers, Jill.

  • Woah. This Back to School wreath is amazing. Great job Jill. You are so creative. My kids interesting to do this. Thumbs up.!

  • Very cute and looks easy to put together!

  • I love the idea of this wreath. It is so cute. Would be great for a teachers gift, if you aren’t a homeschooler.

  • I love how well this turned out! It is a great seasonal decoration!

  • This is so neat! I love the chalkboard center πŸ™‚

  • Hi Jill, that is one cute bts chalkboard idea! I love the other wreaths too! Theresa

  • So cute! I need to update my front door wreath with fall approaching.

  • That is SUPER cute! I love the idea of giving it as a gift to a teacher. I think I might have to do that next year.

  • This is adorable, especially with the “chalk” smudges!

  • Thanks for sharing! I’m always curious about how to make a new wreath and this was perfect. I can’t wait to try this out with my kiddos.

    -Tracy
    4th Grade Dynamic Duo

  • What a fun way to welcome in the new year!

  • I love how cute this turned out!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • Love how this turned out!! It’s adorable.

  • We are a homeschooling family too…and I can’t wait to make this wreath! Thanks for sharing this great idea, I’m so glad I came across your blog πŸ˜€

  • This is such a cute idea for those who homeschool and those who don’t I think. Thanks for sharing such a detailed tutorial. I may end up giving this a try myself. #ThrowbackThursday

  • Cynthia

    Such a cute wreath! It makes going back to school seem like a holiday! Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

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  • What a fun wreath!! I love it! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!