Monday, September 5, 2011

"Back to School" Crayon Wreath

We still have a whole week before school starts! Can you believe it? I'm hanging on by a slim thread here, people. With Orientation Day for the girls tomorrow (kindergarten and preschool), I thought a fun way to get into the "Back to School" spirit would be to add some color to our bland front door with a Crayon Wreath. Our door was bare for a week or two (gasp!) before I found some crafty wreath inspiration on my Pinterest page. Here's my version:


Here's a Before/After Comparison Shot:























The plain white door is oh so fabulous, don't you think? My husband loooves the white front door and refuses to paint it (part of me thinks he says he likes it so he won't have to paint it), so I'm going to try to sneak in some vinyl house numbers one of these days.

Supplies:


  • Flat wreath form (I used a card board box and traced some circles)
  • Box cutter (to cut your wreath form out)
  • White Spray Paint 
  • Scissors 
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Two boxes of Crayons (I used Dollar Tree crayons since I didn't have time to do Crayola, which are so much prettier!)
  • Fabric for Rosettes
  • Coordinating Ribbon
  • Thread

1. My first step was to quickly spray paint the "wreath form" white (one side was already white...I made sure to pick a good one at Costco!) and let it dry. Then I took my ribbon and looped it around the form, making sure it was long enough to hang on my door before securing it to the form with hot glue.


2. The next step was to hot glue the crayons to the wreath form. I didn't use any patterns for the colors. Just tried to use a nice mix.




























3. Once the crayons were each adhered, it was time for rosettes! I don't have a tutorial for these, and I tend to wing it, but Jen from Tatertots and Jello has a great fabric rosette tutorial. I hot glued them right on top of the wreath!
























A few final shots?



My girls thought it was one of the coolest things they'd ever seen, although they were slightly disappointed that they didn't get the new crayons. Their little friend Brayden came over to visit and said he liked it because "it's very artistic."

All I know is...I'm a sucker for Back to School supplies. Seeing the crayons and the rosettes in primary colors  makes me giddy. Staples was right---"it's the most wonderful time of the year." (click over for the video)




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31 comments:

tammy said...

hey, amanda!
thanks for visiting my blog & the sweet comments that you left! i love your wreath, too! & while i prefer crayola crayons for coloring, i think that the wrappers from your $ tree bargains made a beautiful wreath.

t

Jessica @ Nuchey's Mommy said...

Good idea using cardboard as the wreath! I never thought of that....I think we might make one today :)

Carole @ Blue Chateau Interiors said...

Love that you used cardboard for the base. We have crayons out the wazoo here.

Love that Staples commercial. Makes me giggle.

Anne said...

I love your take on the crayon wreath! And I think it looks really nice with the dollar store crayons that all have the same wrapper - it gives it some cohesion and makes it look more "designer".

bendedspoon said...

fun wreath! my kiddos will enjoy making this one with me :)

Amanda said...

Very fun!!! Love this! Like the same wrapper look, too!
Amanda

Alana Karl said...

i love this idea! especially the cardboard backing...styrofoam wreaths can be a bit pricey!

Hello, I'm Laura said...

What an adorable wreath ~ I love it!

I am begining a new linky party on Wednesday ~ "Fall" In Love. Please join in on the fun.

Have a happy and blessed Labor Day!

jackielopina said...

such a cute way to welcome back to school! And I feel like I had a "duh" moment in never thinking of making a cardboard wreath form before! So much cheaper and it looks great!

Mandy said...

Very cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I, too, really like the same wrapper on the crayons!

Laura said...

My kids have been in school for 2 weeks now, and it may be the saving of me! And them!!

I love your wreath. So bright and colorful and frugal too! I think your white door is a perfect backdrop for such awesome colorful-ness.

Stephanie said...

This is too darn cute! It will get any youngster into the mood for school that is for sure!

Erin @ His and Hers said...

This is so cute! The fabric flowers add a nice touch. And you can't even see the cardboard form against your white door, so it just looks like a magical wreath of crayons!

Love what your girls and their friend thought about it, too. :)

Paula said...

This is perfect for back-to-school season. I love that your crayon wrappers have their own cool design and no brand name. You were smart to use cardboard as your wreath form to save a few $$.

JennyLynn said...

I love this idea. I just found a box filled with new boxes of crayons. I could see this hanging in my daughters special art area. Best part is that I have all the stuff to make it today.

Beth said...

Very cute! I love that you used cardboard for your wreath form!

Richella said...

This is adorable, Amanda! I'll bet the girls were thrilled with it. When you no longer want it on the door, you could hang it in a playroom or in any space that's mostly dedicated to children. Or you could give it as a gift--I'll bet a preschool teacher would particularly love it!

I have a friend who's a really talented interior designer. She insists on always having a white front door, because she says that door decor such as wreaths show up much better on the white. Maybe she's T's aunt! :)

Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki said...

Love it!! I'm definitely sharing this one on FB. Also, that Staples commercial brings back so many memories. It was my dad's favorite commercial every time "back to school" time came around! Ha!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

This is adorable, Amanda! I know crayola ones would be pretty, but I kinda like that the wrappers on each crayon are the same. The rosettes are a fun touch!

Now, where can I find that 'wet napkin craft' you've been talking about? Lol!

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

Amanda, that is adorable!
Great job with the $store crayons, the wrappers are kinda cool!

BluBabesCreate said...

Cute, cute, cute! Come on over and see the Ferris Bueller chairs.

Moddy Bee said...

This is so cute!! What a great idea! My kids are back in school and I am Soooo pumped! Now, I'm excited for my fall t.v. line ups to start!!!
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Nadir@StitchSense said...

This might be one of my new favorites that you've made! How creative & the colors are so fun! I might make one of these for my sister's classroom next year, the rosettes are the perfect finishing touch too. How has it held up in the heat?

Dawn said...

great idea!! love how you added the flowers-dresses it up perfectly! lol at the crayon box-hours of fun :)

betweenweekdays said...

Adorable! I actually like the look of the Dollar Store crayons. :)

Chic Crafty Chick said...

That is one of my favorite commercials. That dad just cracks me up. And the faces on those kids are priceless.

Great idea for using the crayons. A lot of bang for not a lot of bucks is always good in my book.

Xazmin said...

I LOVE the crayon wreath on Pinterest...and yours turned out fantastic!

Jennifer said...

Very cute! Just saw one last week with pencils I think. And apples on it. The crayon idea is really cute and colorful though! Great idea Amanda.

breanna said...

i love that you used cardboard as the base- great idea! the wreath is really fun!

Rose Ribbon: gifts and photgraphy said...

Oh my!!! I love this! I love handmade wreaths but this is just awesome. I can't wait to try and make this for my son's preschool teacher as a gift! Thanks for the ideas!

Patricia Purcell said...

What a cute project! I'll bet it was fun to make too. That would make a perfect decoration for our schoolroom!

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