In Ontario, school will be back in session in about 2 weeks. I can’t believe how fast this summer has flown by for us. I am sure everyone feels that way, but this summer seemed to move faster than usual.
I is really important to me that our kids love school, enjoy learning and look forward to the year ahead. And I feel like a fun way to do that is to make a big deal of it and celebrate the start of a new year, new friends and new adventures.
I wanted to dress up the front door and embellish my DIY Burlap Wreath with a new wreath attachment for the month of September.
To make your own Back to School Wreath attachment you will need:
- A wooden pencil cut out. (The Mr. made mine for me but something similar is available at craft stores.)
- Craft Paint (Mine all all from Dollar Tree)
- Craft Paint Brushed (Also Dollar Tree)
- Floral Wire (Guess what… Dollar Tree)
- Ribbon (You guessed it! Dollar Tree)
- Hot Glue Gun
To start I painted the entire pencil cut out white. This is to gave the pencil a bright base and make sure the colours pop. I then traced a rough sketch of what I wanted it to look like.
I painted the outside colours first and allowed them to dry. I used 2 coats for each colour.
And this is the finished pencil. Allow the pencil to fully dry.
To create the bow I used a simple bow making technique which you can find here for my St. Patrick’s Day wreath attachment. I used 3 colours of ribbon, 2 grosgrain and 1 sheer.
The bow is made by folding the ribbon over itself to create 2 loops and securing with a length of floral wire.
I made 2 of these bows, one larger and one smaller. The smaller one, I cut the tails right off. I then stacked the bows and secured them with a long piece of wire.
To make the bow look finished, I hot glued a small length of ribbon around the bows at the centre. The wire will be used to attach the bow to the wreath.
Putting it Together
Fasten with staples 2 lengths of floral wire to the back of the pencil to secure it to the wire frame of the wreath. Select your locations, fasten with the wire and hang!
I love how it turned out and I think the kids so too. You could also swap out the primary colour ribbon for something in your school colours to really show your school spirit.
How do you get the kids excited to start a new school year?
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