back to school hanging

I know that school is still a ways away here, but I’m trying to ride on Annabel’s wave of enthusiasm and keep her hyped for Kindergarten. She asked me if we could decorate the house for school. “You know, like how we decorate for Halloween and Christmas.” I was like, “Um…sure?” And then wandered around the craft store until I found the stuff to make this sign. I was inspired by the ruled notebook paper she’ll be practicing her words on. I like how it turned out!

Back-to-School Wall Hanging
Foam disc (mine is just under 16-inches in diameter)
Ruler
Something to sculpt foam with
White, red, and blue paint, and paintbrushes of different sizes
Small wooden letters
Foam glue
Ribbon
Scissors
Thumb tack

Back-to-School Wall Hanging

I started by carving lines into my disc to represent the blue lines on notebook paper. My wooden letters were just under 3-inches tall, so I made my lines three inches apart. I used a crochet hook to widen the lines.

Back-to-School Wall Hanging

Next, I carved thin lines between each wide line to represent the dotted red lines (common on the wide-ruled paper young kids use).

Back-to-School Wall Hanging

All done carving!

Back-to-School Wall Hanging

I covered the whole thing in several layers of white paint. Styrofoam is very absorbent, luckily I had two bottles of paint!

Back-to-School Wall Hanging

When the white paint is dry, I used a small paintbrush to fill in the wide blue lines.

Back-to-School Wall Hanging

Then I used a smaller paintbrush to fill in the dotted red line.

Back-to-School Wall Hanging

Once all the paint was completely dry, I used styrofoam glue to secure the letters.

Back-to-School Wall Hanging

I cut a loop of ribbon and attached it on the back of the sign with a flower tack (but any ol’ tack will do).

Back-to-School Wall Hanging

And there it is! I think it’s cute now, but it would look really good with a teacher’s name on it. I might have to make a few for my teacher friends!

Any questions, let me know. Have fun!