I’m so pleased with this wreath: fixed on the door in celebration of School starting this week, but also because we held a Back to School tea party for a few friends this week.
The first step was firing up the glue gun, then cutting a circle from one of the cork placemats I bought form Ikea for £2.50 recently (I used them for another pencil-related craft too.) I reinforced this with a circle cut from corrugated card when I realised it may not support the weight of the pencils, so you may just want to cut to the chase and use card.
I made a rough plan of how I wanted the pencils to look- a starburst effect- holding the pencils in place with playdough (The Girls were conveniently playing with this at the other end of the table whilst I worked). Then I started to glue.
I started by putting four pencils at points of the clock to give myself a guide. Then I slowly added in pencils, working with mid-exposure pencils, then short-exposure pencils before finally squishing in the long-exposure pencils. In some instances I needed to remove the eraser so that the pencils wedged firmly in their assigned spaces.
Once done, I added a large crepe bow, a 3-D apple which I made from cupcake liners and a pipe-cleaner stem, and some tiny bunting cut from cupcake liners, fixed to baker’s twine and then tied onto the exposed pencil ends.
Finally, I added a loop of ribbon to the back with a ridiculous amount of glue to keep it in place, and used that hook to hang it on the door.