$3 Back To School Wreath + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!
One week.  That's how long I have left until my oldest child starts kindergarten.  I'm feeling conflicted between trying to to happy for her and not to think about it, but it's hard NOT to think about it when I'm being reminded by her every. single. day. because she's so excited.  I was one of those kids who actually really loved school (including college) so I'm glad to see her feeling positive about this new part of her life.  And with all the school supplies on sale, I decided to grab a few things and turn them into something fun: a $3 back to school wreath.

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As part of getting ready for the new school year, I decided to hop on the back to school decor bandwagon and embrace the fact that my baby girl is growing up. *sniff*  And what better way to show some school spirit than a new wreath?  This one only cost me $3 to make and it turned out so cute!  My husband always rolls his eyes when I tell him I'm making a new wreath: "Don't we already have, like, 50 wreaths?" "No," I tell him.  "And besides, I don't have a back to school one."  And then he rolls his eyes again and lets me do my thing.  *wink*

Before we jump into the tutorial, I have to give credit to my friend Kelli for the idea behind this wreath.  She shared it on her Facebook page and Instagram and I asked her if I could share it with you all.  She kindly said yes.  So if you have a minute, feel free to go and check her out on Instagram at @adashofthisnthat.  I keep telling her she needs to start a blog because she is so darn creative!

Okay, so let's get started.

I grabbed all of my supplies from the dollar store and the rest I had at home already.  Here's what you'll need to make your own back to school wreath:

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!

Start by cutting out your cardboard.  I actually just grabbed a small salad plate from the kitchen and traced around it.  You want to make sure that it's not bigger than your chalkboard, otherwise it will stick out on the top and/or bottom.  Cut it out using scissors or a razor knife.  Mark the center of the circle with a dot. 

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!

Take four pencils and set two of them end to end and the other two intersecting the first two so you make an X or + sign (depends on how you look at it).  Using your hot glue gun, run a line of glue down the bottom 1/3 of the first pencil and stick it to the cardboard.  Continue gluing the other three pencils down to complete the X. 

*Note: You'll want to decide ahead of time if you want the words at the top of the pencil to show on the front or not and then keep it consistent all the way through.

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!

Next, take four more pencils and place them in the corners, or angles, of the X, as seen below.  Glue them down.

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!

Lastly, use a mug and center the top of it upside down over the pencils.  Then use the remaining pencils and place two of them equal distance apart between each of the eight spaces you've created with the ends only going as far as the edge of the cup.  Glue them down and remove the cup.

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!

Now you'll want to grab your chalkboard, flash cards and apple die cut and position them the way you want on top of the pencils, making sure to cover the cardboard backing.  Once it looks the way you want, glue it all down.

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!

*Note: For my apple, I just hand cut an apple shape out of red paper.  Then I glued a popsicle stick to the back, cut the top at an angle and tied a piece of green tulle around it for the "leaves".

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!

Use a piece of chalk and write "Back 2 School" on your chalkboard.

To hang my wreath, I just grabbed some jute twine I had on hand and glued it to the back of the cardboard.

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!

And that's it!  The whole thing took me less than an hour from start to finish and now I have this darling new wreath hanging on my front door.  It's going to make a cute backdrop for next week's "first day of kindergarten" pictures and a fun way to jump into a new school year.

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!

Easy $3 back to school wreath using dollar store supplies!

And now, I've got a fun giveaway for you to enter!  With back to school comes lots of shopping and it can be a little tough on the wallet.  Normally, I'd have a $10 at Target post for you today but my co-hosts and I decided to each use the $10 and put it towards a giveaway for a $100 Target gift card!



To enter, simply complete the requirements below.  The giveaway runs from today, Monday, August 21 to Tuesday, August 29.

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10 comments

  1. This wreath is darling! I LOVE DIY projects. Enjoy the time before your oldest goes to kindergarten <3

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  2. That wreath is super cute!! Wish I had kids so I could make one. haha

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  3. What a cute idea for a back-to-school craft!! My kiddos would love to help create this!

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  4. Such a cute idea! My girls would love to make this. They could keep in on their own bedroom doors and change up the message over the year.

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  5. This wreath is super cute! It would go great in my classroom! It looks pretty easy to make! I'll have to try it out!

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  6. I absolutely love this wreath! Such a darling idea! Would be great to give to teachers too.

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  7. That is SO cute! I do not have nearly enough wreaths!

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  8. Oh my goodness, this is so, SO cute! Your friend Kelli is so creative and I love your version of it!

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  9. What a GREAT little DIY project and PERFECT for a classroom door! I love it so much!

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