Saturday, January 7, 2012

Colored Pencil Wreath

While searching Pinterest recently, looking for teaching resources, I found this craft idea, and decided it would look super cute on my classroom door.  So, I broke out my surplus supply of colored pencils, the hot glue gun, some cardboard and ribbon, and then got to work!

First, I traced 2 circles on a piece of cardboard, cut it out to resemble a hoop, and colored it in case any of the hoop shows through the pencils.  You could also wrap the hoop in ribbon or paper, but I went the easy route.

Next, I decided on colors and a pattern for my pencils and started hot gluing them onto the hoop.  Glue just the edge closest to the inside of the ring, as you'll be sliding your ribbon under the pencils as you weave, and cover up some of the cardboard hoop.  Continue all the way around the hoop.  If you use a thinner cardboard, like I did, it will be a little flimsy, but don't worry, the ribbon will provide some support.
Next, cut your ribbon and begin weaving it between the pencils.  Slide the ribbon under every other pencil, between the pencil and hoop. I also used glue to attach the ribbon to the tops of every other pencil for more support.  Once you finish weaving the ribbon, glue on the underside of the wreath.  

Next, cut a length of ribbon to serve as the hanger.  I chose to go a little shorter with my hanger.  I then glued the two ends to the back of the hoop, and added another small piece of ribbon to secure the hanger.

 For a final touch, I made a matching bow to glue to the bottom.  And you're done.  I only used about 30 colored pencils for this project, a piece of cardboard that I saved from the booklets of our last state standardized test, and some ribbon.  It was easy, quick, and looks super cute on my front door.  I can't wait to get the school Monday morning and see how it looks on the classroom door!

I found my original inspiration at Out On A Limb:

Have a great weekend!

1 comment:

  1. I love your colored pencil wreath! Great job and thank you so much for the shout out. Your students will love it. Have a great weekend!