When I spotted this cute little back to school sign at Michaels I knew exactly what I was going to do with this! The other side of this says “Last Day of School”. This is a great sign to keep for taking photos for the first and last days of school each year, but I had other plans!
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Take a styrofoam (you can also use straw) wreath form and wrap it with wide ribbon. I selected red, but any color you choose will work. I wanted to match the red apples on the sign. Start your ribbon with a little dab of hot glue or other adhesive of your choice stuck to the wreath and your ribbon.
Make sure you are wrapping the ribbon very tightly and overlapping it so none of the white styrofoam shows through. When you get to the end of your ribbon use a little bit of the same adhesive to secure your ribbon. I used one and a half bolts of ribbon from a 9 foot long bolt.
Set the school bus sign on top of the ribbon covered wreath form. You will place it just a little off center as I show in the photo below.
Use four pipe cleaners, wiring two of them together to make them longer and tuck them beneath your wreath on one side as shown within the green oval below.
Wrap a small block of dry floral foam with chicken wire and place it against the ribbon wrapped wreath form.
Take the pipe cleaners and wrap them around the chicken wire wrapped foam and twist the ends of the pipe cleaners to secure the block of foam tightly attached to the wreath.
Go ahead and cut off the long ends of the pipe cleaners.
The next step is to begin to secure the school bus frame to the caged foam block. Feed two pipe cleaners through the chicken wire and then wrap them around the bus frame. Twist them as tightly as you can and then trim off the excess pipe cleaner length.
You should have a secure block of foam attached to the wreath and attached to the school bus frame.
Now you are ready to add your flowers and foliage to your wreath! I began by adding just a few pieces of faux ivy to the floral foam.
To coordinate with the school bus, consider adding red and yellow blooms. I had a few red geraniums left some a previous project, so I began with those.
Next, add sunflowers! The cheerful yellow blooms are a great complement to the school bus and are just right for this time of the year. Fill the rest of the space with the sunflowers stuck right into the floral foam.
Finish off the arrangement on the side of the bus by adding some pencils to the arrangement. Alternatively you could add markers, glue sticks or even rulers!
The last, and important thing you need to do is to secure the other side of the bus frame to the wreath. Use a pipe cleaner to attach the frame to the wreath as shown below.
Apply some hot glue to the wreath only. Don’t get the glue on the bus frame in case you choose to use the frame in a different way in the future.
Cut the stem off of one of the sunflower blooms and press it down into the hot glue securely. Now your wreath is finished!
Supplies to make this project:
Your wreath is complete and ready to display or like me, to gift to a teacher heading back to school soon!
If you would like the tutorial on making a school supply cake, you can find them here!