I'm not going to lie, I was stumped with this month's Point of View theme "Back to School." My oldest just started his first year of preschool so I have not had a lot of experience in school themed crafts or teacher appreciation etc. I asked the hubs what was the first thing that came to mind with "back to school" and he said, "pencils and paper". So, I ran with it.
I took a cute picture of my son on his first day of school and wanted a special way for him to display his big boy milestone. But, in true Tipsy style I did not want to spend a lot or buy some really cheesy, overly colorful back to school frame. So, I made one out of the true symbols of back to school: pencils and paper.
Back to School Frame
Want to make your own? Here's what you're going to need.
Supplies needed for Back to School frame:
- 4x6 picture frame (mine was from Dollar Tree, the plain wood frames from Michael's were too long for my pencils)
- 16 pencils, may want to have extras in case you break one or make one too short (they have packs of 16 at Dollar Tree, got my packs at Office Depot)
- Pencil sharpener
- Hack saw
- Foam brush
- White lined paper
- Mod Podge
- Exacto knife
- Hot glue
- Red cardstock apple
- School Picture
2. Slice off the extra with a hack saw so you don't have to sharpen the pencils for hours (or be like me and recruit the hubs to do so). Our table saw had the perfect little groove to hold two pencils in place which was great since you need two of each size.
3. Sharpen the pencils to a point until they all fit perfectly on the frame.
4. Brush a light coat of Mod Podge over your frame and lay a sheet of lined paper over it carefully smoothing over the front of the frame. The only part that will show are the corners, so if it creases a little don't worry.
5. Mod Podge the edges of the frame and wrap the paper around folding on the corners like a present. Mod Podge the paper around to the back of the frame so the sides look nice and finished.
6. Cut an X in the paper in the middle of the frame with your exacto so you can fold it in to the middle and Mod Podge on to the inside edge.
7. Trim off the excess paper. You will fold the paper under the picture when you put it in.
8. CAREFULLY hot glue each pencil in place. I had all the pencils in place so I could see exactly where they needed to go. I put 3 or 4 tiny dots of hot glue on the back of each pencil.
9. Add a cardstock apple (found in my scrapbook stash). I cut a little piece of lined paper and penciled some seeds o it to add a little dimension.
10. Add your favorite back to school photo (the one with him wearing his life jacket to look like muscles was a close second) to finish it off.
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