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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ruler Wreath Teacher Gift

I grabbed onto our Preschool Open House this week as an opportunity for crafting up several back-to-school projects that I was dying to try : )  One was this super creative ruler wreath from The Polka Dot Chair, that I shared on Craft, Interrupted's Facebook Page.

To make my wreath a bit fuller, and make the most of my rulers, I cut mine into thirds instead of halves.  Then I hot glued the pieces onto an embroidery hoop, just like the tutorial at The Polka Dot Chair

Instead of trimming and overlapping the center piece of the embroidery hoop, I cut out a small section so that the ends met together, and hot glued it from the backside.
Since I was making this wreath to go on the Preschool door during Open House, I found an image of a chalkboard slate, and edited it in Picnik to have the word "Welcome" and an apple on it.  I printed this on regular paper, then trimmed and mounted it on a brown piece of cardstock that (to my delight) perfectly matched the wood frame of the chalkboard image.  I laminated the whole thing in clear contact paper and then used mini clothespins to clip it onto a length of twine across the wreath.
I made several fabric yo-yo flowers, with button centers.  Then, remembering that I had seen an ingenious changeable wreath with velcro accents, I decided to use sticky-back velcro to attach the flowers to the wreath instead of hot glue.

My plan is to display this on the entry door during Open House, and then give it to the director.  I could then make a few gift sets of different themed/different colored sets of velcro accents to go with seasons or holidays, so that she can swap them out.  I'm picturing a little felt pumpkin, a little felt snowman, etc.  Cute idea for a teacher, right?  Even the "Welcome" slate could be easily swapped out for holiday messages, since it is just a card that is clipped on with clothespins.

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