Make and display my sweet Back-to-School wreath in your own home until school starts and then give it to a deserving educator to display in their classroom. They’ll love you AND your creativity!
Also, please keep it in mind that some teachers struggle to purchase school supplies as much as parents do, for their children. I love to stop by my local school early in the summer to donate an armful of bulletin board and room decorations (which the Dollar Tree now carries) as well as a few other inexpensive supplies. Imagine the relief a brand new or struggling teacher might feel to receive your anonymously donated goodies!
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You will need:
- 24-36” Grapevine Wreath
- 5 yards of Red and White Gingham Wired Ribbon
- Silk Greenery
- White Silk Daisies
- Preserved Plumosis Fern
- Artificial Red Berry Clusters
- Unfinished Chalk Board (available at discount or craft stores)
- Acrylic White Craft Paint
- Acrylic White Dimensional Craft Paint (with pointed dispenser cap)
- School-theme Wood Miniatures
- Low-melt Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Thin-gauge Wire
Paint the frame around the chalkboard white. Using the dimensional paint, draw “1 + 1 = 2” and “ABC” on the chalkboard surface. While that is drying, use the glue gun to attach the silk greenery around the entire front side of the wreath. Next, create 2 bows (1 larger & with longer tails than the other) from the wired ribbon. Cut 2 pieces of thin wire, long enough to keep the created bows together and attach them to the wreath.
Attach the larger bow to the wreath at (picturing the face of a clock) 1:00, attach the smaller bow at 5:30. Attach the wood, school theme miniatures to the (now dry) chalkboard and glue it to the 9:00 area on the front of the wreath. Hot glue the fern, flowers and berries throughout the wreath’s open, unbowed areas and you’re done!
Later in the school year, maybe around the holidays, you could gift your child’s teacher with a few small, silver frames (from your local Dollar Tree store), in which you’ve inserted photos that reflect fun or special moments with her class. Then, these can then be wired on to the wreath (be sure every student is reflected in a photo). Doing this will automatically recycle your wreath gift, making it seem brand new to the teacher as well as her class and you’ll be the star for very little money!