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Project - School Supply Centerpiece



I put instructions on a message board post but it was forever's what I put on the PTO Today facebook page:

Here's how I made it:

I cut a cardboard round that was the base. It was ever-so-slightly smaller than my circle of crayon boxes (I wanted the base to be invisible)

I put (don't laugh here!) cut up pool noodles in the center of the crayon circle so I'd have something to squeeze them onto with the ribbon. (does that make sense?)

So, given using the pool noodles, I had a base to work on for the next layer, the glue sticks. I did a similar thing for that layer, using pool noodles again as the core. The nice thing about using that was that I had an old noodle in the garage that was starting to sort of disintegrate that I used. It was also sort of smooshy and forgiving. I cut it with an old steak knife. The cut pieces were about 3-4 inches long.

For the notebook layer, I fanned out a stack of composition books and tied them around a ginormous Costco-sized coffee can. I stuck a still-wrapped roll of paper towels in the can, and tied the other layer of crayons, and the 3"x3" post-it notes around that.

The paper towels were still showing by about an inch, so I folded some notebook paper to look nice and tied that around.

Then I put a welcome message on rulers as if they were flowers and stuck them in the center of the paper towels.

As you can see, this was an exercise in flying by the seat of my pants. It wasn't super-planned out either. The whole reason I had 2 layers of crayons is because I had a bunch left over after the first layer!

I hit a Wal-Mart school supply sale and hit the 25 cent sections! The hardbound composition books (we call them cow books here bc of the covers!) were just stacked as if they were a cake platter underneath it.

I hope this helps! I wish I had more specifics, but I was just spitballing.

I'll post my photo on this page in case things are more visible.

Thanks for your kind words about our project!!

There's a less detailed explanation of the project on my blog, if you're interested!

Love this idea for the teachers. I think some instructions on how to make this would be great.

What did you use in the center to support it? I would love to make one of these to raffle off for our Relay for Life team! TFS!

This is soooooooo cute! I LOVE it!!!!! I'm a teacher and would love to have received this!

Project - School Supply Centerpiece
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Project - School Supply Centerpiece
by yaycarter
posted 08/21/09 at 10:59 AM
Galleries: Photography

I made this for the Back to School Luncheon for the teachers and staff at our elementary school. It was really inexpensive to make since school supplies are sold at such a discount at this time of year.

We gave it away as a door prize and the teacher who won it will share it with her grade level!

I really wanted something festive that would have the school theme that would be something that could be used for another purpose.

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