Back to school wreath

Back to school wreath

Back to school wreath 550 521 Consie Sindet

It’s almost here…the beginning of another school year! This year I’m in need of some motivation but I also have something to celebrate! The motivation is to help me just dig in and finish the last two classes I need for my BA in Fine Art. The celebration is for a new job! I will be a school portrait photographer this year and will be spending a ton of time in many schools here in NJ. So I’m making my own back to school wreath!!
backtoschoolwreathThis wreath is the next incarnation of the one I started way back at St Patrick’s Day, and that has undergone a few changes since (here and here).
burlap_wreathIt all starts with a grapevine wreath, some burlap strips, a little gold cording and some hot glue. The instructions for the base can be found here.
schoolsuppliesforwreathFor my back to school version, I gathered together the following:

  • Notebook paper
  • #2 pencils
  • Red and green cardstock
  • Scotchtape
  • Black fine tip marker
  • Hot glue gun

paperapplesschoolwreathCollageI created the apples by cutting out red circles and green leaf and stem combos. Using the black marker, I added some stitching marks to define all the apple pieces. The stem and leaf is hot glued onto the apple.
pencilpaperschoolwreathCollageAfter sharpening my new pencils, I had a little stress therapy and snapped them in half! For the notebook paper tubes, I cut 3″ squares, rolled them up and secured the tube with a piece of tape.
burlapgrapevinebacktoschoolwreathWith all my school supplies ready, I hot glued the pieces into the wreath.
pencilapplepaperwreathI only used a small amount of glue on all of the supplies since I plan to use this wreath again for the holidays. Any ideas what I should do? Halloween will be here before we know it!
backtoschoolwreathI am sure this colorful wreath will keep me motivated this semester!! I am looking forward to the new job and maybe I will end up photographing one of your kids!


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  • Sami August 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I LOVE this cute little wreath and it looks so easy to make! I’m a teacher and always looking for fun ideas for my classroom and my daughters’ teachers. Thanks for a fun project!

  • Jenna August 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Very very adorable, Pinned!

  • Tahnie August 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    This is absolutely darling! And I adore the fact you can recycle this wreath too…my favorites are when you can get so much use out of a few affordable purchases! Love the stress release breaking the pencils, fantastic idea! 😉

    Stopping by from the SITS Share Fest!
    Happy Saturday to you.

    • Consie Sindet August 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks, Tahnie! I still can’t believe I have gotten 4 designs out of the same wreath base! Keeps me from having a ton of wreaths just hanging around, though. Thanks for stopping by!

  • YUMMommy August 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I like! My daughter is starting school this year and I think this will be a great craft for us to try to celebrate her first year of school. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Christine August 13, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    LOVE IT Consie!! What a unique wreath!

  • Confessions of a Plate Addict August 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    The retired teacher in me loves this wreath…freshly sharpened pencils and new packs of notebook paper! Thanks for sharing at The Scoop!…hugs…Debbie

    • Consie Sindet August 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Thanks, Debbie! I love new school supplies! It is hard not to go buy them just because…this at least gave me an excuse for a few!! 🙂

  • Danielle August 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    love this wreath and awesome tutorial to go with it! 🙂 Just wanted you to know that you’re being featured on the Saturday Pin it Party on on Friday night/Saturday! Hope you have a lovely day!

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  • Create With Joy August 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Congratulations on your new job, Consie, and thank you for sharing your beautiful wreath with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!

    I have featured your beautiful work at our party this week!

    Would love it if you could add our button to your “Party” list.

    Thanks and have a fabulous week! 🙂

  • Arnoldo L. Romero August 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I just moved into a new classroom and trying to get some decorating ideas. This is a really good one. Congratulations on being featured on Inspire Me Monday!

  • Susan August 19, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Your wreath is adorable and I love that you repurposed an older themed wreath. Congrats on the new job. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

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