Back-to-school season is in full swing, so we thought we’d squeeze in one more DIY project to add some cute to the classroom (in addition to all the kiddos there, of course!). This playful project uses none other than our favorite school supply—the ruler—to pretty up a wall or chalkboard. Ready to get started?
- Standard wood rulers (we used eight)
- Wood dowels (we used 16)
- Foam core
- Exacto knife
- Glue gun
- Hanging wire
Step 1: Weave the Wire
Use your hanging wire to weave the eight rulers together by the holes at the ends. Run the wire through each hole twice so it’s nice and sturdy. Try to keep the rulers close together and the distance between each one consistent.
Step 2: Glue Your Dowels
With your heated up glue gun, glue two dowels between each ruler. This is a place where you can get creative… spray paint the wood, cover it in washi tape or ribbon… whatever fits your fancy! We kept ours simple, but feel free to embellish.
Step 3: Weave Your Ribbon
Little fingers will help with this task! Carefully weave your ribbon over the dowels and through the ruler holes until you’ve made it all the way around the ring. If you’re using a thicker ribbon, a tweezer might come in handy to pull it through the little holes. Once you’re all the way around, tie off and knot.
Step 4: Cut and Glue Your Base
This step is for the grown-ups only, and it’s a little tricky, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t cut the foam perfectly (see below—we certainly did not!).
With the exacto knife, cut a ring just smaller than the center of your rulers, so you have a hard base once it’s ready to hang. Carefully flip over your wooden wreath, and glue the foam base down atop the ribbon. Give it a few minutes to dry.
Step 5: Hang and Admire
Cut another piece of ribbon to hang up the wreath. Loop this through the ring in the middle and tie a knot at the top, and it’s ready to hang from a hook. School supplies take on a whole new meaning!
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