This is a re-post from last September. I thought since we are all thinking about back to school it might be a good time to show you how to make the pencil and cork wreath again. I love it on my front door but it would also make a great teacher gift for the classroom.

I bought all these pencils for $1.50 (thanks to the back to school sales) and I had everything else on hand. The cork circles were going to be used for something else but it didn’t work out so I’m glad I could use them on this project.

I started with 4 pencils to form a cross then worked out from there. I wasn’t going for perfection so I didn’t measure anything, I just started gluing. I ended up using a total of 64 pencils (just in case you were wondering).

The E6000 held the pencils really well until I got to the outer ones. At that point I glued half the pencils, then weighed them down with something heavy and let them dry for about an hour. Then I glued the other half and let them dry. I glued the other cork circle to the front and then let the wreath sit over night before I finished it.

I made a banner for the front using scrapbook paper, twine, and rub on letters.

I added a ribbon to the wreath using thumbtacks. I decided on 2 rows to make it more secure.

Then I just tied the banner on the front and added a little greeting using a thumbtack to hold it in place.

I never know what to put on my door for September so I think this is a fun look for the back to school.

And since the center is cork I like that I can attach different messages to it.

What do you have on your front door this time of year? Do you think you might try your hand at the pencil and cork wreath?

I’m linking to these awesome blog parties:
Show Me What Ya Got at Not just a Housewife
Lil Luna Link Party at Lil Luna
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts
DIY Link Party at {aka} Design
Saturday Seven Party at Positively Splendid
Craft-O-Maniac Monday at Craft O Maniac

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Tanya August 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

I love this idea! How fun is that, I think it’s time to upgrade the burlap wreath ;)

Hugs, Tanya

Kegan Taylor August 8, 2012 at 6:43 am

Can you tell me where you bought the cork board and did it already come in a circle? I am wanting to make some for my son’s teacher and my sister-in-law.

Natasha August 13, 2012 at 7:07 am

wow this is great!! you did an amazing job!!

would love it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday, that runs from Saturday to Thursday @ http://www.serenityyou.com

theresa September 8, 2012 at 10:51 am

I’m a teachers aide and I made it for the first day of school for the new teacher. I did a twist on it though, I used colored pencils ( just randomly) and used the point side outward. For the center of the cork I put a huge clip( like the kind on clipboards) and attached a pad of post it notes and tied a pencil to that for messages. It came out adorable. Thanks for the idea!

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