Does anything say “school” more than a box of crayons and yellow, #2 pencils? Today’s back-to-school wreath is made with both of these iconic school supplies. What a cheerful way to greet the new school year! Why not make two Welcome-Back-to-School Wreaths – one for you and one for a favorite teacher? (I’m also linking to a School Bus Picture Frame, a perfect way to display those annual school photos.)
The wreath is pretty straightforward to make, and the supplies are inexpensive and easy to find. Crafting the apples involves a little more time, and if you prefer, you can easily substitute ready-made apples that you’ll find in the floral aisle at your local craft store.
To make a Welcome-Back-to-School Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
- Black acrylic craft paint
- 32 Golf pencils
- 32 Crayons
- Print ribbon: school theme and measuring tape
- Scrapbook embellishments in school theme
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: paintbrush, scissors
To make the apples, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: three, 2” balls
- Acrylic spackling
- Red acrylic craft paint
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- Tools needed: paintbrush, fine sand paper, wrapped wire, green floral tape, pencil, wooden skewers
To make a Welcome-Back-to-School Wreath:
1. Paint the wreath black and let dry.
2. Next, make the grooves in which you’ll nestle the crayons and pencils. Place the chopstick across the face of the wreath and press down. Repeat, making 32 indentations around the wreath. The grooves should be approximately ¾” apart on the outside edge of the wreath, and ½” apart on the inside edge.
3. Glue the pencils and crayons into the grooves, alternating them as you go.
4. Arrange and glue on the scrapbook embellishments.
5. Make a bow from the themed ribbon and glue to the wreath.
6. Form a ribbon loop and pin and glue to the back of the wreath for hanging.
7. Hang and enjoy a new school year!
To make the apples:
1. Using the point of a pencil, make a hole in the top and bottom of a foam ball. With the pencil in the top hole, roll it around the hole at an angle to widen the hole. Use your fingers to mold the curve at the top of the apple. Roll the lower half of the ball on the table to compress it. Using the side of the pencil, make an “x” in the bottom of the apple, and then smooth the contours with your fingers.
2. Insert a wooden skewer into the bottom of the apple to use as a handle. Brush on a thin, smooth coating of lightweight spackling. Occasionally dip the brush in water to help smooth the surface. Stand the skewer in a jar while the spackling dries.
3. Lightly sand the apple with fine sandpaper.
4. Paint apples red. When dry, brush on Mod Podge.
5. Insert florist wire for stems. Cut a leaf from green floral tape and twist onto the stem.
6. Remove the skewer and cut to 3”. Insert and glue skewer into the bottom of the apple. Insert and glue the skewer into the wreath.
Here’s a colorful way to display the annual school photos. Because you’re cutting the frame out of a sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, you can make it as long as you like. You could cut it down to make it just the right size for one or two photos, or stretch it out like a stretch limo to showcase lots of photos. The tutorial for the School Bus Picture Frame is on StyrofoamCrafts.com. Hmm . . . this could also make a fun bulletin board for a classroom teacher . . .
When do your kids or grandkids head back to school? Is everyone ready??