Though I am in the midst of wedding planning, there aren't too many crafts I can do myself that don't require my fiancé's expertise, so the crafting bug itching inside of me this weekend set out to do a just-for-fun craft. For any of you that are teachers or that know a teacher who would like one, this is a simple and adorable craft project for you to try out. I first saw this on Pinterest--pinned from a craft suggestion from my all-time favorite Hobby Lobby, and fell in love with it. I knew I needed it for my classroom. I thought it would be a good replacement for next year when my crayon art currently in my room is no longer applicable.
It may be a little early be making "Mrs. Helms" things for myself, but like I said, I needed to craft something, and I'm more than happy keeping it in my bedroom to remind me what I am becoming until it's time to be in my classroom. (I'm excited to be his wife, so sue me!) ;)
We (sadly) don't have a Hobby Lobby near us, so I found all my supplies from Michaels during my break between Parent Teacher Conferences (and was therefore a couple minutes late to a conference, whoops!).
1 large, cardboard floral wreath frame 2 packages colored, mini clothespins 1 small chalkboard if you can find it (I couldn't so I used a mini picture frame and printed out a rounded rectangle, filled black with white, KG Ten Thousand Reasons Font) 1 box of 100+ crayons (I got a 96 crayon box and used the leftovers from my melted crayon art projects) 1 wreath hanger small, wooden letters (M.R.S. in my case) 1 roll of thick, wired ribbon 1 roll of small, school themed ribbon tacky glue
Arrange the crayons around the wreath to figure out where you want to glue them. Since it's a circle, the ends of the crayons should be touching, but the tips should have a little space between them.
I positioned the crayons closer to the end on the wreath frame. You'll want to leave a little space that's the width of the thicker ribbon to hang it.
Tie a piece of thick ribbon around the space in the frame and glue it in place.
Glue all the crayons in place. I did about three at a time.
Write your last name on the chalkboard, or print it out and cut it to fit the picture frame.
Glue your wooden letters to the top; you can paint them first if you'd like.
Position the frame on top of the crayons and lay out the clothespins along the ends of the crayons, leaving a space where the frame is.
I made two rows of clothespins, each row face a different way.
Glue the frame in place.
Glue the thin, school ribbon in the center of the thick ribbon and let dry. (I used about a little less than a yard of ribbon and then trimmed it.)
Tie into a bow, and glue in place to cover the frame where the hanging ribbon was tied.
Let it dry, tie the top ribbon into a bow that makes it hang at the desired length and you're done! A $20 [I desperately need a me-craft day] project in two hours makes this teacher extremely happy!