This DIY, Back-to-School Pencil Wreath is a fashion design star

I’m sure you’re seeing lots of back-to-school crafts right now, like school bus yellow, DIY Pencil Wreaths. I’ve featured a more traditional Back-to-School Wreath, too, but today’s sleek, back-to-school Pencil Wreath knows that basic black is the key to high style. In fact, this Pencil Wreath resembles a sophisticated, and fashionable, starburst wreath. You start with yellow, No. 2 pencils from the dollar store, and a coat of black paint adds style. Hang it on your own door, or give it as a back-to-school gift to an appreciative teacher.

DIY Pencil Wreath -- very sleek & chic, thanks to a coat of black paint. Looks like a retro starburst!

Sleek, Back-to-School Pencil Wreath designed by Kathleen George.

To make a Sleek, Back-to-School Pencil Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath with flat front
  • Pencils, 64
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
    Mod Podge
  • Wire, 6” (for hanging)
    Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Stiff bristle paintbrush; wire knippers; straight pins

To make a Sleek, Back-to-School Pencil Wreath:

1. Paint the wreath black and let dry.

2. Starting at the top, or 12:00 position, divide the wreath into quarters, and then into eighths. Mark each section with straight pins. This will help you arrange the pencils evenly around the wreath.

3. Place a pencil on the wreath at the 12:00 position. Press the pencil into the wreath, creating a depression. Repeat, making grooves around the wreath every ½”. Use the pins marking each section to guide you and keep the grooves evenly spaced. When finished, you should have 64 grooves.

Cool Starburst Wreath made with pencils!

Work with five pencils at a time as you stagger them around the wreath.

4. Place the first five pencils into five adjacent grooves. Stagger the pencils in this manner:

  • The tips of the first and fifth pencils should almost touch
  • The second and fourth pencils should line up with the inside edge of the wreath.
  • The center pencil should almost touch the first and fifth.
  • Refer to the photo to double check the placement.
  • Glue the pencils in place.

5. Repeat, adding five pencils at a time, till the wreath is covered.

6. Paint the pencils black, and touch up the wreath, too. Let dry.

7. Brush on a generous coat of Mod Podge to seal the wreath.

8. Form wire into a loop, and glue and pin the wire loop to the back of the wreath for hanging. Let glue dry before hanging.

You could hang this Back-to-School Wreath year-round, really. I bet most people wouldn’t even know it was made from pencils.

DIY Starburst Wreath made with pencils. Cool idea.

You could paint this a metallic, too. Or, how about bright red for Christmas?

Has school started in your neighborhood yet? We have a few more weeks to go till that yellow school bus shows up here.

Happy crafting.


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7 Responses to This DIY, Back-to-School Pencil Wreath is a fashion design star

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  2. eshanascraft says:

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  3. LisaM6 says:

    What a great wreath. Just think school colored pencils would make for a great teacher gift.
    Nice tut. 🙂 The rain has come and now power outage every couple days. YUCK.
    Hope you are have better weather. Have a great Weekend!

    • Sharon says:

      I hope the rain is bringing cooler temps with it. We’ve had a wet, cool summer here, and that’s o.k. with me. I’d prefer that over hot & humid. Hang in there — fall is coming! Sharon

  4. Who knew that pencils could be so classy? LOVE this! I think it would make an awesome clock too!! Hmmmmmmmm! Methinks I might have to make one! TFS!

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