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These back-to-school flower displays are anything but basic

 

We know. Summer just got here—so why the need to even speak about back to school? Because these lazy days are fleeting, and soon enough will come shopping for supplies, brown bag lunch menus to plan and routines to fall back into. Plus, there is the excitement of teachers and class assignments and, of course, beginning-of-the-year gifts to cross off the list. Entertaining Editor and How2Girl Courtney Sixx has you covered there—these teacher-inspired vases are simple to make, totally school savvy, match any arrangement and are a fun end-of-summer project to work on together. Reminder: Don’t forget an apple to give along with the display!

DIY Ruler Vase

For this project, you will need:

Inexpensive cylinder vase—plastic is fine, or use a vase you don’t mind parting with

12-inch wooden rulers (enough to cover the vase when positioned vertically from base of lid to lip)

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

  1. Heat glue gun.
  2. When glue is ready, place zigzag strip of glue along back of one ruler.
  3. Place ruler with markings facing out on vase, with one edge of ruler aligning with bottom of vase.
  4. Repeat with more rulers until vase is completely covered; if spacing is uneven for final ruler placement, position so its side edges rest on rulers at either side. (Ruler markings should be all facing same direction; last ruler may overlap a little resting on top of two rulers, because there may not be the exact amount of space for rulers to all fit perfectly.)

DIY Crayon Vase

For this project, you will need:

Lucite or glass vase

Jumbo crayons

Three-inch wide grosgrain ribbon, trimmed 12 inches longer than width of vase 

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

  1. Heat glue gun.
  2. When glue is ready, place strip of glue along back of one crayon.
  3. Affix crayon to center of ribbon; length and width-wise. 
  4. Repeat gluing and affixing crayons, being mindful of alternating crayon colors to create a rainbow pattern, until enough crayons are on ribbon to cover the outside of vase. NOTE: When gluing crayons from center out to ends, ensure that end result has enough ribbon at the ends to be able to tie.
  5. Let dry and then tie ribbon onto vase with crayons on outside; secure with knot and trim edges. 

DIY Pencil Vase

For this project you will need:

Lucite or glass vase

Standard pencils

Three-inch wide grosgrain ribbon, trimmed 9 inches longer than width of vase

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

  1. Heat glue gun.
  2. When glue is ready, place strip of glue along back of one pencil.
  3. Affix pencil to center of ribbon; length and width-wise. .
  4. Repeat gluing and affixing pencils until enough pencils are on ribbon to cover the outside of vase. NOTE: When gluing pencils from center out to ends, ensure that end result has enough ribbon at the ends to be able to tie.
  5. Let dry and then tie ribbon onto vase with pencils on outside; secure with knot and trim edges.

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