I've always been a "crafty" person. When I was a kid, I used fabric scraps to make dresses for my Barbie dolls. I tried my hand at cross-stitch and attempted a quilt when I was in high school. I picked up knitting about five years ago - that one stuck - and after my mother-in-law gave me her disused sewing machine, I've been getting back into sewing.
So it was no surprise that I got completely hooked on Pinterest, the social media site for collecting and organizing "pins" (bookmarks, essentially) from all over the Web. It wasn't long before I was a pinning fiend, browsing the DIY and Craft boards, pinning potential paint colors for a house that I don't have yet and gathering favorite quotes on my boards.
My co-worker and fellow Pinterest fan Dana Sulonen suggested that we start a feature where we actually put our pins to use. She and I and any other pinning co-worker we can sweet-talk will be writing monthly features displaying the results of our endeavors and explaining our process.
Tribune Chronicle / Mary Beth Wyko
This Pinterest-inspired back-to-school wreath is an easy project to do with extra supplies from a school shopping trip.
In addition, the Tribune Chronicle now has its own Pinterest account - pinterest.com/tribchronicle/ - where readers can find recipes and feature stories organized into themed boards.
To launch the Tribune's Pinterest page and this feature, I decided to tackle a seasonal project. It's my ultimate goal to be able to decorate my front door with a different wreath each month, so I've been pinning lots of wreath projects. There were two projects that caught my eye for August, using school supplies to make a fun back-to-school wreath. I decided this would be a great (and timely) project, so I gathered my supplies and got to work.
2 cork circles (available at most craft stores)
Glue gun and glue sticks
Silver Sharpie or chalk
Before I heated up the glue gun, I did some practice arrangements with my pencils to see what I liked best. Once I had an idea how I wanted my pencils to go, I got out the glue.
First, I affixed four pencils on one of my cork circles in a cross-shape. Next, I added four more pencils between those first four to make an X. I kept adding pencils - some glued at different lengths - until all 32 were arranged in a sunburst pattern. I glued the second cork circle in the center to keep everything secure.
While the glue dried, I moved on to decorating my chalkboard. I glued groups of four crayons at each of the corners of the chalkboard. Use caution at this point - the glue gun is hot enough to melt the crayons. I switched my glue gun to the lower heat setting while gluing the crayons.
As the chalkboard dries, take the tape measure and decide where you want the wreath to hang on your door. I liked mine to sit 15 inches from the top of the door. Double this measurement, and cut the tape measure to that length. In my case, I had 30 inches of tape measure. Make a loop and glue it to the cork circle at the back of the wreath. I stapled the loop together a couple of times to keep it secure. You can also do this step first and sandwich the loop in between the pencils and cork.
Glue the chalkboard to the cork circle on the front of your wreath and when it's dry, use your Sharpie or some chalk to write a message on the chalkboard.
Visit the Tribune Chronicle's Pinterest page to see my inspiration pins and to pin this project to your own boards.