Saturday, August 17, 2013

Super Saturday!

Since there are only a few days of summer left for us here in Connecticut, I've decided to cram as much into each day as I can. Because of this, my house is suffering, I guess I need to dedicate a good day to cleaning and Today I wanted to work on the wreath I was planing on making my daughter's new preschool teacher. I've never met her, but I think she is a new teacher, so I wanted to make her first days of teaching extra special. From one teacher to another, I know it can be challenging...especially dealing with four year olds all day. Now I am not the crafty one, that's Robyn, in fact she made a similar wreath for our daycare provider for Christmas and it came out adorable! So if you want to mock me, like my husband, you can just say that I m copying Robyn, but actually it's from Pinterest! I of course needed Robyn's help and opinion as I worked on it today.

What you need: 
Two hoops (the kind you use for needle point). They need to be different sizes. I chose a pretty purple set 10 inch and 8 inch. You can use the wood ones, but I would paint them first because some of it is visible. 

3-4 boxes of 25 crayons. Be sure to get the same kind so the labels are the same. I only had two boxes originally and had to go back to the store. I ended up using three full boxes.

Ribbon! I followed a Pinterest tutorial on how to make a bow for a wreath, but I needed wire ribbon and didn't feel like going back out. So get thick wire ribbon if you want a fuller bow. 

A hot glue gun with plenty of extra glue sticks. 

Stickers for decals. 

Letters for the name.

Paint if your letters are not painted. 

Glitter if you want glittery letters. 

To start, take the hoops out of each other. Technically you can make two wreaths because each hoop has two pieces and you need one of each, per wreath. (I have an extra two if any of my local friends want them!)

Place the smaller hoop in the middle of the larger hoop and put hot glue on a crayon. The bottom of the crayon should be almost even with the smaller hoop. The crayons are what is going to hold the hoop together. You want to keep the crayons close together and form a circle. I also glued the same side of each crayons, so it would look more uniform. 

Crayon by crayon, just keep glueing! My glue gun got clogged and then all the glue exploded on my poor pinky finger causing a huge blister! Ouch!

Be sure to buy enough crayons, I ran out. I needed 75 crayons for the 8 & 10 inch hoops. 

I painted the letters because they were plain wood. I love glitter and I think all elementary school teachers do, so I "glitterfied" the letters. After the second coat of paint I dumped glitter on top. It seemed to stick well, hopefully it stays. (I let Isabella help me with this step and she thought it was the best thing in the world!)

I quickly went back to the store and finished glueing the crayons and letters on top. I also bought some cute pre- school scrap book stickers at my local craft store and hot-glued those onto the wreath. I tied a bow (by following a Pinterest tutorial), and glued it on as well. To hang the wreath, I simply tied white ribbon around the wreath. Overall, I think it came out adorable! This was much easier than the ribbon wreath (that i made for my classroom) and I would definitely make it again! 

The best part is my daughter thinks it is AMAZING and cannot wait to give it to her teacher. Robyn is proud of me too, so I guess it was a successful craft day! ;) 

Don't forget, get your carts ready on Teachers Pay Teachers! The huge back to school sale starts tomorrow! At check out, use the code BTS13, for 28% off of my store! 

Check out this amazing linky sponsored by Jo-Ann's Craft Store!


  1. I LOVE this! Lucky new teacher :) I hope you guys enjoy these last days of vacation. We just returned to a gorgeous day in CT after many weeks of travel (perks of having a husband who teaches) and can't believe how quickly it flew. Fingers crossed for no more wretched weather and a long vacation next year!
    The Wild Rumpus

  2. That looks fabulous! I'm a new follower. Just found out I'm moving from 2nd to 4th this year.

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  3. How can you say you're not the crafty one; that's beautiful! Nice work :)

  4. Glitter...Lots and lots of glitter...

    Wasn't that from a Back to School Target ad last year? I miss those...

    Your wreath is beautiful! I'm sure your daughter's teacher will love it and it was very thoughtful of you to start her off well.

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