How To Make A Back To School Wreath

Let’s take a look at how to make a back to school wreath.

Today is alos $10 on the 10th and our theme is back to school.  

Because of the theme I made a wreath to symbolize items that remind us of back to school days.

Rulers, pencils and crayons especially remind me of school days gone by.

supples for the back to school wreath

As you read this post, the pencils illustrated here changed with my design a bit.

I enjoy making wreaths for all the seasons, here’s one I recently shared for the upcoming fall season.   This is also a pretty craft for Christmas too.

Besides the fact these pieces remind me of back to school, they’re budget friendly especially for the amount of $10.

Wreath getting layout

By the way, how to make a back to school wreath can be made in 10 minutes. 

Making The Base Of My Wreath With Yard Sticks From A Home Improvement Store

Step 1

To begin, purchase two wooden yards are from the local home improvement store for $1.49.

Before beginning the wreath, using a coarse sanding sponge I sand the yard sticks. Sanding the yard sticks is a great way to add character to this school wreath.

sanding the yard sticks

Cutting The Yard Sticks To Size For The Back To School Wreath

Step 2

Next cut the yard sticks 13 inches.

Heating The Glue Gun and Gluing The Pieces Together

Step 3

Meanwhile, my glue gun is plugged in and heating to glue the base of my back to school wreath.  Once hot, a dot of glue is added to two corners of the cut yard sticks.  I press them together to lightly set. Next, do the same steps to the other cut pieces of yard stick to form a square. 

The yard sticks cut to size with glue gun heating for the back to school wreath
hot glue in the corner
yard sticks getting glued together

Step 4

Adding Dark Wax

After forming the square, apply a light coat of dark wax.  I always have waxes in my office. 

maison blanche dark wax
dark wax added to the yard stick for the back to school wreath
dark wax rubbed in to the yard stick
back to school wreath form with dark wax

Adding Extra Dark Wax In Spots

Step 5

After I am finished rubbing in the dark wax. I like to add an extra amount here and there. I do this because when pieces age naturally the piece doesn’t age the same allover. Because I do this it keeps pieces from looking too uniformed.

showing extra dark wax in certain areas
showing extra dark wax again in extra spots of the school wreath

However, if you don’t have wax, to keep this on budget old-fashioned shoe polish in the can with the twisted metal tab works. Also, raw umber craft paint mixed with a tiny bit of water will work as well

Add Pencils To The Back To School Wreath

Step 6

Adding the pencils keeps with the theme of my back to school wreath. 

tape gun and pencils

Stacking Pencils in Threes For The Back To School Wreath

Step 7

So next, using clear packing tape I group the pencils into four sets of three pencils each. 

Because I have a slight pencil obsession,  I am using unused and used pencils.  Besides, I think mixing them adds a bit more interest to the back to school wreath.

After you have your pencils in threes take a piece of packing tape and wrap the pencils. 

three pencils stacked together and taped for my project

Gluing the Pencils To The Back To School Wreath 

Step 8

Next, using the hot glue again, add glue to the back and secure them to the wreath.

Hot glue getting added too the pencils for my back to school wreath

Hanging The Crayons On The Wreath

Step 9

Because this is a back to school wreath, crayons are a must. Nothing says back to school more then these, dont’t you think?

ribbon getting added to the crayon pack for the back to school wreath

When adding these to the wreath, I slid the ribbon through the cutout where the crayons hang from in the store. Next, I glue the piece of ribbon to the yard stick of the school wreath. So then I glue the ribbon to the back as well.  By the way, the crayons cost $1.19.

Adding Ribbon To The Back To School Wreath 

Step 10

Lastly, using the same ribbon, I made a loop around each set of pencils and tie a knot.

stack of pencils getting tied to the wreath with ribbon
showing the way the ribbon is tied to the pencils in a knot hanging on the school wreath
trimming the ribbon to the correctlength hanging from the pencils

And here is a cute very inexpensive back to school wreath totalling 4.17. However, if you have to buy the ribbon and craft paint it will hit $10.  

back to school wreath hanging on the door.  showing a close up of the pencils and crayons
closer vew of the back to school wreath.  showing the yard sticks, pencils nd crayons

Additionally,  this would also be a cute idea to make for child just starting school.  They can use the pencils and crayons. Please visit the others participating this month.

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

29 thoughts on “How To Make A Back To School Wreath

  1. Cindy this is a super cute wreath! I love how you used all things back to school. And I had forgotten about using shoe polish for wax. Thanks for the great reminder!

  2. Cindy, your back to school wreath is absolutely precious! You always come up with the best ideas! I can’t believe it’s almost time for school to start. Summer has flown by in a blink! Happy Tuesday, sweet friend!

  3. This is adorable Cindy. On a teacher’s door would be so cute. I also thought this would be cute in a families home and put some hooks on it for backpacks when the kiddos come home. Super cute. You are so crafty. Have a good day. xoxo

  4. Cindy, you come up with the best ideas for seasonal wreaths!! This is cute and not expensive to make at all. It’d be fun to make for my teacher. 🙂

    Thanks for another fun wreath idea,
    Hugs,
    Barb 🙂

  5. This is so cute and festive for the season, Cindy! I love it. It’s so hard to believe summer is almost over. I’m definitely ready for Fall but I know the littles are going to miss the lazy days on the beach. Hugs, CoCo

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