Saturday, August 13, 2011

Back to School Blog Hop

Hello Everyone and welcome to the Back to School Blog Hop Hosted by the talented Jovan at Cards by Jovan!  If you arrived here from Girlia's blog then you are heading in the right direction.  She is so creative, isn't she?  If you just stopped by to see me today (thanks) then you'll want to go back to Jovan's blog to start at the begining, you won't want to miss a stop!  There are so many talented blogs in this hop, blog candy to be won and there's also a fun challenge at the end too!  I hope you'll join us!
 I am so excited for Back to School time!  As much as I love the fun summer brings, I also love the structured schedule of the school year (yes, it is part of my OCD, I need my schedules) and I LOVE fall!  This year is very special because my Oldest E is heading to Kindergarten.  As much as I'll miss her, I know she is going to LOVE Kindergarten and I know she'll thrive there!   I am also a preschool teacher, so I can't wait to meet the new students and to see the kiddos who are returning!  Such an exciting time and who doesn't love NEW SCHOOL SUPPLIES!  There is nothing like fresh crayons and un-sharpened pencils....hmmmm!!! 


For my Back to School Project, I decided to make a gift for my girls to give to their Auntie K for her classroom (she is not really their aunt but that is what they call her). 

I had seen these at a local craft show a few years ago and thought they were soooo cute!  I made a few of them last year for Christmas gifts and they were all well received!    They are such a cute addition to any classroom and very easy/inexpensive to make! 

I've seen the crayon wreaths in many sizes and colors but here is how I made mine.  I started out with a 6" and 8" hoop.  I've made them bigger before but I like this size the best!  You get two wreaths out of these hoops! 

I used two boxes of 24ct crayons on this size wreath (minus the neutral colors).  I started out by lying the crayons in a pattern where I wanted them.  Then I hot glued them to the hoops.

After adhering all the crayons, I tied ribbon around to hide the hoops.  At Christmas time I think I used red ribbon.  I really like the green better, but then green is my favorite color too!   

Once the wreath is wrapped I added a hanger ribbon, a large bow and some fun decorations!

I cut a chalkboard, personalized it, added a little bookworm with a Peachy face (I'm sorry, I know I use this little worm way too much, but I can't help it...he's too cute) and a rolled piece of white for the chalk.

A little school bus from Doodlecharms with a "hello" stamp from My Craft Spot.

The glue is from Simply Charmed and the scissors are from Locker Talk.  I hope you like my crayon wreath!  They are very easy to make and can be decorated to fit anyones classroom style!  You could always make it with pencils to be more fitting for a Middle/High School Teacher too!

So, who wants some blog candy?  I have an assortment pack of 8.5 x 11" Stampin' Up! cardstock that I think includes the colors Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Early Expresso, and Daffadil Delight.  I was going to include the bottle of Stickles too, but my little darlings got a hold of it today (that was a fun mess, sorry for the teaser picture).  I'm sure I'll find something else to throw in there by time I pull a winner!


BLOG CANDY RULES
1. You must leave a comment telling me what Back to School means to you.
2. You do not need to be a follower, but I would love if you were!
3. Because I love my friends (aka followers), followers may have an extra entry by adding a second comment letting me know that you are a follower (old and new)!
4. You must stop back on Monday Aug 15 to see if you won!

I have taken enough of your time today.  Thank you Jovan for hosting this fun hop today!  There are so many more wonderful Back to School projects to see, so have fun and thanks for hopping by today!  Your next stop is my talented friend


Here is the entire line up in case you get lost along the way!
Jovan  
Cindy   

Amy  

Girlia   

Amber   You are here

Jayne   NEXT STOP

Adrain   

Sherrie K   

Amanda   

Melissa  

Theresa   

Amber  

Carri  
Jovan   to participate in the Back to School challenge!!

Back to School Blog Hop

Products Used:
  • 2 pks of Crayola Crayons 24ct box
  • 6" cross stitch hoop
  • 8" cross stitch hoop
  • Ribbon from Michael's
  • Stampin' Up! Cardstock
  • Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge
  • Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge
  • Locker Talk Cricut Cartridge
  • Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge
  • My Craft Spot Sweet Sentiments Set #1
  • Peachy Keen Critter Faces
  • Crystal Effects
  • Stampin' Write Markers
Challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend!

110 comments:

Jayne said...

Hi Amber,WOW,love your crayon wreath.What a really neat idea!Great how you used the ribbon and I think that little worm is so cute!
Jayne x

Celeste said...

Oh wow such a wonderful idea. thank you so much for sharing.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful wreath project.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

Amy said...

This is so cool! I love this project- so clever! :)Amy

Adrian said...

Wow, such a super project!

Jessica said...

I just LOVE this wreath! It's a wonderful gift idea and the perfect addition to a classroom. Great job!

Back-to-school for me means my son is in mother's day out -- and I have more craft time!

Thanks for playing along with us at CTO and FCCB this week!

Jessica

Jessica said...

(And I'm an existing follower.) :)

Cathy said...

Oh my goodness...I LOVE IT!! my future daughter in law, just got her first job as a teacher this fall, and I am so going to make her one of these!! thanks for the idea.
mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com
cathyplus5.blogspot.com

Cely said...

Wow! This gift is EPIC! I need to keep this one in mind! And yay for ROY G BIV! Lol, the most used information that I learned from elementary school!

cely_rohr at hotmail dot com

Melissa said...

How fun, great project!

Houses Built of Cards said...

Incredibly WONDERFUL project!!! LOVE this idea!!! I'm a homeschool mom, so back to school means back to work for me!!!

housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

Laurie said...

Absolutely adorable!!! I remember the excitement of getting that new box of 64 crayons!! Great project!!
Laurie
scrapsbysissy.blogspot.com

Sharon said...

Oh My Gosh! I love your crayon wreath! It is fantastic!!! I do not have any children in school. Our's are grown. We do have Grands though. So I guess going back to school means seeing how excited some of the Grands are about going back to see their friends. Excited about making new friends and meeting their teachers for the first time. :)

Sharon said...

This is my second post to let you know that I am a follower! :)

Sherrie K. said...

Holy moly Amber...this is GREAT!! What a cute wreath for a Teacher to have hanging on her door:) So creative and such a FUN project! Good luck tou your little one as she starts her first day of school! When I look back now...it went SO fast. I truly miss those days:(
Back to school to me means getting together with my girlfriends for morning coffee, then shop and go out for lunch. We all use to meet up every yr the 1st day of school after we dropped out kids off to school:) A great MOM day!!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Sherrie K. said...

I am a older follower of yours and LOVE visiting you and stalking your creations, haha!!
Thanks for a chance to win Amber!!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Patti B said...

Great idea. I will be borrowing it. Thanks for sharing. This year back to school is a sad for me I have no one going back to school. Both of my girls are out of school and in college. Not as much fun as the years past. But the best is my daughter is expecting twins anyday now. So that makes it all better.

lebpab21408atyahoodotcom
pattispaperfun.blogspot.com

Patti B said...

I am a follower and always enjoy your post.

lebpab21408atyahoodotcom
pattispaperfun.blogspot.com

Jovan said...

This is AMAZING! I love this wreath, I will definitely be trying to make one this year. I know that is a great gift, I would love it if I got one.
I know your daughter is so excited about school. Thanks so much for joining me!

June Houck said...

Amber, you are so clever! I love this :)

Suzy said...

Awesome wreath! I'd love to have that hanging in my classroom. I'm a first grade teacher getting ready to go back to school. This hop sure put me in the mood ;) Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!!
Suzy suzyq28024@gmail.com

jennyplace2 said...

That is the best back to school wreath ever. I just love it! What a super wonderful ideal. I am going to have to scraplift this one for sure! My kids are all grown up so back to school means stay away from the school supplies in the stores, it is just like a zoo!
jennyplace26@gmail.com

jennyplace2 said...

Forgot to say, I am already a follower. Have a great weekend!
jennyplace26@gmail.com

jo (http://joboogie.typepad.com) said...

Ok, ONE - your project is FABULOUS! I bow down to your creativity, Lady! TWO - Back to school means both of my kids will be in school at the same time 2 days a week for 2 1/2 hours - I'm excited! THREE - I'm already a follower and you know I love ya! :)

hugs,
Jo:)

DIANA L. said...

I love this crayon wreath it came out beautiful.

DIANA L
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

Creations by Shirl said...

Amber - who would ever thought of doing anything like this... Wow such talented idea my friend..
Luv it.... What a great project, the more I keep hopping it's getting more interesting...
Wow wee!

Judy said...

Since I am a complete 'empty nester', I live vicariously through the grandkids! My daughter is an upper grade teacher so this precious wreath wouldn't work or I would make it for her!!!
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

Judy said...

Blogger is being mean to me this week and not showing the follower links. I even tried Explorer and Firefox and it is MIA with both. I joined up on your email list - hope this works until I figure this out -- argghh:-(
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

This is such a fun project! Love all the fun detAils! School means back to the strict household routine! Carri-abusybee

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Already a follower! Carri

JustYolie said...

What a clever idea! I love it! TFS!

Missy said...

This is fantastic Amber I've never seen a crayon wreath before, and the images you put on it are adorable!!

Kimberly said...

Oh my gosh Amber this is so adorable!!!! What a great gift for a teacher!! I love the cuts you used! :)

Marie said...

Love this!! I would try it, but idk what Id do with a super cute crayon wreath!

Back to school then meant supply shoppin! I love buying B2S supplies and decorating all my book covers and binder.

Now means B2S clothing sale since I work in retail.

In the future means my lil peanut's first day of school!

Marie said...

Thanks for awesome inspiration! Ive been a long time followet!

Kimberli said...

What a fabulous idea, I love it!! Back to school means bittersweet times to me because my 3 yr old will be starting preschool! I'm excited for him because he'll love it and have so much fun but sad because it means he's growing up too quickly!! This would make the perfect gift for his teacher - thanks for the inspiration!!

Kimberli said...

I'm already a follower!!

TyTynNiyasmom said...

This is AWESOME!!! Back to school to me means pencils, back packs, and notebook paper! I have a high school and a preschooler.

Candace
mypassion4scrappin.blogspot.com

TyTynNiyasmom said...

I am already a follower! Love your blog:)

Candace
mypassion4scrappin.blogspot.com

joydee1963 said...

That is the coolest wreath!!! School means to me ,seeing my son start another year of school and see him growing so fast!Also I love looking at school supplies,I am a brandnew follower of your blog,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

teachU14 said...

Hey Amber... I love this idea. I've seen it at a craft fair with pencils but the crayons are so much better :)As a teacher... I would love to get a gift like this from a student. Fantastic Job!

www.shortycreations.com

teachU14 said...

I'm already a follower :)

www.shortycreations.com

Cindy said...

Hi Amber,Oh my your project is BEAUTIFUL!What a FANTASTIC idea, Such a great gift for a teacher.TO CUTE!Have a great weekend!:)

Jenni said...

This is really adorable! Nice job on the photo tutorial as well. Back to school is a lot of work for me as I'm a kindergarten teacher but I'm always so excited to meet all of my new kindergarten friends each September. Thanks for joining us over at CTO this week.
Hugs, Jenni
http://mylollipopgarden.blogspot.com

lmkindell1 said...

This is so cute and your directions are great.

Linda

lmkindell1@verizon.net
lindashappyplace.blogspot.com

lmkindell1 said...

I am a followere of all your great projects.

Linda

lmkindell1@verizon.net
lindashappyplace.blogspot.com

Jenni said...

PS: I'm a follower too!

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

I LOVE your crayon wreath! I was goin to to one for the hop that I im part of right now but instead I did a pencil holder with crayons.

Veronica
mommyscraftycreations.blogspot.com
mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

Im a loyal follower. Thanks for the seconf entry.

Veronica
mommyscraftycreations.blogspot.com
mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

Carol's Creations said...

I am relatively a new follower and love your creations. Back to school means to me...MISSing my daughter and always wondering what she is experiencing and being sad about not being there to experience it with her. I am though extremely proud to say my 4th grader does very well in school! BTW, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your crayon wreath and I will have to try one of these some day...thanks for sharing it!

Lynda said...

What a beautiful wreath! I think it is awesome! As a first grade teacher, back to school means getting my classroom ready and getting excited about meeting my new students! This is my favorite time of year!

Lynda
rlhamm1 at gmail dot com
blossomingbutterflycreations.blogspot.com

Lynda said...

Forgot to mention that I am a new follower! :)

Lynda
rlhamm1 at gmail dot com
blossomingbutterflycreations.blogspot.com

HappyPlaceJen said...

Super cute Back-to-School wreath, Amber! I've seen these before, but I love the Cricut cuts you used to add to it. Back-to-School isn't exactly positive to me. I don't like getting into that busy routine and having to check over homework nightly (cuts into my crafting time-LOL). The laid-back lifestyle of Summer is definitely more appealing! But shhh- Don't tell my kids that, ha,ha! Thanks for your inspiration as always! :) ~Jen http://happyplaceforjen.blogspot.com/

Cathy said...

I am an existing follower:)
mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

Scrapper69 said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! that's all I can say! WOW! This is a FABULOUS project and I LOVE the whole idea of it! I'm also kind of an (OCD) gal when it comes to schedules! Gotta love it when the kids go back! :o) Thanks for sharing this neat project! :o)
Theresa

Scrapper69 said...

I was checking out your blog! You do fabulous projects! I'm one of your newest followers! Love what I see so far... can't wait to see what else you create! :O)
Theresa

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, this is so creative and absolutely amazing!! LOVE it!! One of the best back-to school projects I've seen!! :)

Lisa
http://indymermaid.blogspot.com

Ulysses' mama said...

I love,love,love that project!! That wreath is so creative! Thanks for sharing your process. I am already a follower.
daladypej@aol.com

Jen_H said...

This wreath is absolutely adorable. I am definitely going to try this! Back to school is so very different for me this year because the youngest of my three started kindergarten! All three are in school now which means that I get to volunteer more and actually go on field trips again! Yay! So excited! Thanks for the chance to win!
~~Jen H~~
jolton0503atyahoodotcom

Jen_H said...

I am already a follower! Thanks for the additional chance to win!
~~Jen H~~
jolton0503atyahoodotcom

Frank-LEE Speaking... said...
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Frank-LEE Speaking... said...

Hi Amber, I'm already a follower of your blog. This is entry #1. Smooches... Felicia - frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com

Frank-LEE Speaking... said...

What Back to School means to me is exciting new adventures for kids to learn. I have a 2yr old, but my step-daughter who's 16 is so excited and shopping with her is always fun. Smooches... Felicia - frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com

craftylizard said...

This is so cute!! I want to make them for my sons' teachers! I have 3 A's, all boys. Back to school always meant back to friends and fun. I know my oldest is looking forward to seeing his friends again!
craftylizard at gmail dot com

craftylizard said...

I am a new follower - thanks for the extra chance to win!
craftylizard at gmail dot com

Peggy Sue said...

ok so I finished one of those tonight and yours is waaay better!! ahhh! love it! that lil worm is to die for!
mrsroddy4@aol.com
http://ICrea8Cards.blogspot.com

Barb said...

I teach kindergarten, so back to school means getting my classroom ready (I'd love to have a crayon wreath to hang there!), meeting the families and new students, and having our back-to-school BBQ at school.

http://barbshobbyhighlights.blogspot.com/

Barb said...

I'm already a follower. Thanks for the chance to win!

http://barbshobbyhighlights.blogspot.com/

Peggy Sue said...

I am a new follower!
mrsroddy4@aol.com
http://ICrea8Cards.blogspot.com

Peggy Sue said...

oops forgot, back to school means my oldest will be off to college, my middle one a senior in HS and my youngest starts pre-k! ahhh crazy! but crazy fun!!
mrsroddy4@aol.com

Amanda said...

OMG, I love your crayon wreath and all the adorable cute images you used on it..

scrappy hugs,
Amanda :0)

Pat N. said...

Your wreath is so cool. And what a neat idea. Nice gift and you did a terrific job!-Pat

Creative Diva said...

This is spectacular. I love every detail. I so want to make one now. Already a happy follower. Back to School means to me that I am looking forward to a great year with a new class of Kinders to help them grow and learn the best they can be.

Hugs,
Patty
creativediva98.blogspot.com
creativediva98 at gmail dot com

Tina said...

This would look amazing on my classroom door!! :) Great project!!
Tina
www.myhoppyplace.blogspot.com

Dilsaver Designs said...

What fun and creative gift, really adorable!! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO :)

ScrapinShana said...

I'm a teacher, so Back to School means lots of prep work for me! I LOVE this wreath!! I am SO making one for my classroom. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!

callyannc said...

Are you kidding??!!! This is the best idea I have seen! Thanks CallyAnn(follower)
BTS means spending way too much money:)
http://callyanncraftycreations.blogspot.com

pruttybird said...

What a cool wreath. Unfortunately, back to school means the end of summer :(

pruttybird at comcast dot net

pruttybird said...

I am already a follower :)

pruttybird at comcast dot net

GiGi said...

This is so cool! I love the crayon wreath and all the extra embelishments on this! THanks for playing at CTO!

Tara said...

I am in love! I want one! My favourite part of back to school is seeing friends old and new!
Tara
thecreativeprincess(at)hotmai(dot)com

Sabrina said...

Absolutely ADORABLE Amber! What a great gift for a teacher! She is going to love it. I am sure your daughter is going to love Kindergarten. What back to school means to me is the excitement of the new year with new teachers, back to school shopping, and structure as well! Thanks for the opportunity to win your blog candy!
Thanks for playing along with us at FCCB!
Sabrina
FCCB DT Member
http://scrappinwithsabrina@gmail.com

Sabrina said...

It's me again and just wanted to let you know I am a follower :)
Sabrina

Evanna said...

I LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing it with us at FCCB this week!

Karen said...

Cute project! Back to school for me means... I'm sad because I miss my kids when they go back. :(

Karen
craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

Karen said...

I'm already a follower! :)

Karen
craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

Dana said...

Great project. I love it. thanks for playing at FCCB.
imagine what you could do..

Nynaboo said...

What a cute wreath, I always get my self back to schoold supplies when I'm shopping for my kids :) Back to school for me means, back to regular schedules and routines!

Nynaboo said...

Also, I've been a follower for several months, I love your creative ideas!! Thanks for sharing!

Dawn, RI said...

I AM a follower of old, and have been to your site several times.
Dawn RI
abosoffit@hotmail.com

come follow me.
dawnsdpl-papercrafting.blogspot.com

Dawn, RI said...

what does school mean to me. At my age of 51,school can mean alot of things. This year it means Im losing my crafting partner to Kindergarten. shes 5 and loves all this stuff and shes very bright.
Dawn RI
abosoffit@hotmail.com

Treva said...

Wow, great wreath, tfs. I just may try to make one for one of my friends!

Mrs. Green said...

Great directions! I really have to make one of these some day! Every time I see one, I love it!

michelegreen120 at gmail dot com
www.michelegreen.com

Mrs. Green said...

I am a new follower too!

michelegreen120 at gmail dot com
www.michelegreen.com

Mrs. Green said...

Ah! So sorry, forgot to tell you that my favorite part of back to school shopping is buying school supplies. I'm a teacher so this is a great time to stock up on supplies for myself and backups for the kids.

scrappinC said...

Adorable project, the teacher will love it.
TFS!
Cindy Lou
endurapuppy at yahoo dot com
http://scrappinc.blogspot.com

Ive_Boricua_Girl said...

Super cute project... thanks for playing with us at CTO..

Ivette_DT

JulieK said...

Your card is fantastic! (lol) This is such a great project! Auntie K will love it! Back to school time *singing* Is the most wonderful time of the year....

Esther said...

Such a darling project!
Any teacher would love to hang this in their classroom or on their classroom door!
Love the school cut outs!!

LAscrapper said...

Love it! I'm going to have to save the instructions so I can do it later! Thanks for inspiring!

Besos,
Melparra@hotmail.com

Stephanie said...

This is such a fantastic idea. There is no doubt that a teacher would love this for her room! I really love the bow and the little extra cuts you added to this.

Nicole said...

I love going shopping for back to school supplies!!

Nicole

Nicole said...

Love your project!! Aunt K will love it. I'm an old follower : )

Nicole

Kate said...

I'm so sorry I'm late, Amber. We've had a very difficult week and I'm quite behind in my blogging! This is certainly worth a visit though. WOW! What a fabulous, fabulous wreath! It's so bright, cheerful and welcoming - as well as fun!
I'm like you and thrive on schedules, but back to school time means a bit of loneliness too. I work from home so really do miss my favourite people when they are gone.
Thanks so much for playing along at Fantabulous Cricut!
Kate
Small Bits of Paper

Crafting Misfit said...

Super creative and even more fun!!!

Thanks for joining us at CTO!
Rebecca "Crafting Misfit"
Celebrate the Occasion DTM
Visit my blog!

Amy said...

Amber, this is so CUTE!! I've seen these before, but never with the details you've added -- I wish my kiddos were little again so I could send them to school with one of these!! :) Let me add that I REALLY miss you at CTO, but I'm glad you're still entering challenges so I can peek in at more of your creations!! :)

Thanks so much for sharing your talent at Celebrate The Occasion!! :)

Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com
Celebrate The Occasion DTM

flowerdisco said...

misses amber....wow....your work has always been so nice but i am really loving all the goodies on this first page. this was the last post on it and i had to tell you i am in love with the step card.
that is a masterpiece my friend.

glad had some time tonight to visit.

hugs!

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

Tried to email you but not sure it went through. This is Suzanne from the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge DT. Tomorrow I am highlighting you wonderful crayon wreath on the Thursday Tutorial. Being a teacher for 33 years I absolutely love it. TFS

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

Tried to email you but not sure it went through. This is Suzanne from the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge DT. Tomorrow I am highlighting you wonderful crayon wreath on the Thursday Tutorial. Being a teacher for 33 years I absolutely love it. TFS