DIY Back to School Decor Projects
Whether you are one of those moms who is reaching for a box of tissue to dry your tears or a set of “pom-poms” to shout out a great big cheer, “back to school” is an exciting time. As I was thinking about all of the kids headed back to school my mind also turned to our teachers who are also headed back to work. I wanted to focus on some DIY Back to School Decor Projects to celebrate and thank our teachers as they set out to help our children learn and grow over the next year.
Here a few fun projects as well as techniques that can be used for other projects as well.
The First Project I want to share is a fun idea or bookmarks that your teacher can use for prizes or incentives for her students. I wanted to share with you a fun paper tassel technique that is perfect for either a bookmark topper or even a graduation tassel.
You need the following supplies:
Dictionary or old book paper
Fringe Scissors (or just regular scissors will work too)
A paintbrush or wood skewer (something thin to wrap tassel around)
Gold Mirror Board (optional)
Cut a strip of dictionary paper the desired length you would like your tassel with regular scissors. (For a thicker tassel, use several layers.)
Roll the strip around a tin paintbrush handle or wood skewer. Glue every so often as you are wrapping it. If desired wrap a thin strip of mirror board around the top for a finished result.
The second Project I wanted to share was an idea for a Faux Book treat box.
For this project you will need the following supplies:
-School Themed paper
-A book Shaped paper mache’ box that opens
-Corrugated kraft paper or old corrugated cardboard box packaging
Step 1: Cover the front and back of the box to resemble a book cover with spine. Either cover or paint the inside of the box.
FUN TIP: With most paper collections you can even make use of the packaging. Can you spot where an image from the packaging was used in this project?
Step 2: Cover the edge with Corrugated paper to resemble book pages.
Use a quote or image from the paper or print your own quote and adhere to the inside of the lid. Then simply fill with treats or school supplies.
Last but not least, I want to share two great techniques that will help you get the most out of supplies: creating custom ribbon and making your own epoxy embellishments.
First, Creating your own custom ribbon.
Cotton ribbon (with a fine or smooth weave)
Stays on or archival ink
Desired stamps and stamp block
Simply select your desired image and stamp firmly onto the ribbon. A great idea for customization is to use alphabet stamps so you can stamp names or monograms.
Place a cloth over the ribbon and heat set with an iron. Then simply trim the ends as desired.
The last technique I want to share is how to create your own epoxy embellishments
An old button
An image or sticker that will fit inside of the button
Paint (if the button is not the color you need)
Paint the button the desired color and let dry
Place image into the center of the button
Place a layer of glassy accents over the top. Make sure you avoid air bubbles. Then simply set aside until it is dry.
Hopefully you’ve learned something new. Don’t forget with all of the “hussle and bussle” of back to school to remember all of the great teachers that work so hard to make our children great. What is your favorite part about back to school?