Welcome to the Summer of Paper series – where we’ve invited fabulous guests to create projects using supplies from my Home + Made paper decor line.
Hey everyone, Vanessa here from Our Thrifty Ideas. I am excited to be sharing a fun tutorial with you today….but a little sad at the same time. Who would have thought that it’s time to start thinking Back to School already?! I feel like Summer just started, but have already started on our checklist of the hundreds of things needed to get done before my two little kids go back next month.
Although we have tackled a bunch of the things on our list, there’s some things that are a last minute task whether we like it or not. Our family made a list of 7 things to do the last week of Summer, to get us ready for that first day of the school year. Since my family is HUGE into the idea of countdowns (check out our Back to School countdown chain free printable over on O.T.I.) I decided it would be fun to make a back to school countdown pocket banner and each one will hold a task as we count down to the big day.
- 1 Week until School Checklist (free printable here)
- Coordinating Cardstock Paper
- Gold Metal Clips
- 7 Pocket Tags
- Paper Cutter
- Double Sided Adhesive
- Glittered Ribbon
- Rick-Rack & other ribbons
- Thickers stickers
I started by cutting a bunch of different sized “tags” out of the coordinating cardstock. I did different shapes, different lengths, different widths and all different colors. The more variety the better the banner looks in my opinion!
String the pocket tags onto your rick-rack spreading all 7 out evenly. Place numbers 0-6 on the front of them, counting down from left to right.
Next I embellished the gold clips with some glittered ribbon. I cut some double sided adhesive to the same size as the front of the clip, and put it on the front. Then I cut the glittered ribbon the same size and adhered it to the front of the clip.
The funnest part comes next, a whole bunch of randomness!! I know it sounds silly, but I really just threw things up. I used the random tags and some scrap ribbon and held them in place with the glittered clips.
Once everything is up, I cut out the 1 Week until School Checklist into strips, one for each day, and stuck them inside each of the pockets. I kinda determined how much time we would need for each one, or which days would be best for each task and put them in accordingly. Obviously the night before one goes in the “1” labeled pocket, and the 1st Day of School goes in the “0” labeled pocket.
I would love to have you check out some other fun ideas I’ve shared over on Our Thrifty Ideas!
Thanks Vanessa! I just love this cute banner. And, I’m sure my kids would love to countdown this way, too! Vanessa has so many cute ideas on her blog. Here are a few more school ideas I think you’ll love:
She has some adorable ideas for a Back to school party with free printables!
And countdown to school with this cute Free Print & Cut Back to School Countdown Chain!
And, don’t forget about her recipes! These Healthy Blueberry Pineapple Popsicles look perfect for summer!