August Tablescape: Pencil Gift Tags & Bookmarks to Celebrate Back-to-School

Back-to-School pencil themed flower or plant gift tag and bookmarks for kids

It’s almost that time again.

Summer break is rapidly coming to a close.

Your agenda for the final days of this summer vacation will be jam-packed with shopping trips for clothes and school supplies.

You’re excited for your kids (and maybe a little bit for yourself) and want to recognize and celebrate the start of a new school year with them.

A simple end-of-summer or back-to-school family party that honors your children as students will make them feel special and help them look forward to the first day of school.

This student-focused August tablescape features a yellow, red, black and white color scheme with simple potted yellow marigolds decorated with personalized Happy First Day greeting tags.  These pencil gift tags would also look cute on a teacher’s gift.  The tags are easy to make with some office labels that you pick up during one of your school supplies trips!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This same pencil design can be used for a fun bookmark craft project for children (8+ years) for their upcoming school year.

To make a pencil gift tag, you’ll need:

  • Self-adhesive neon office labels  (1″ x 2 3/4 “)
  • Black marker (Sharpie)
  • Heavy yellow paper (cut 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″)
  • Scissors
  • Optional curling ribbon for bow
For a bookmark, you’ll need the above supplies plus:
  • Hole punch
  • Two 9″ strips of curling ribbon or yarn to match

To make the pencil sticker:

1.  With a black marker, draw a black edge around the entire yellow sticker, then add three or four lines on one of the short ends of the sticker to represent the ferrule* just below the pencil’s eraser.  Optionally add a greeting to the tag, or add a smiley face.

Quick Vocabulary Lesson:
The metal band that attaches the eraser to the pencil body is called a “ferrule“.
(Pronounced like “feral”, as in the cats who have no home, but spelled differently.)

2.  Cut 3/4″ of the short end of a pink sticker for the eraser piece.  Draw around the top and two sides.

3.  Cut 3/4″ of the short end of an orange sticker for the pencil point piece.  Measure and mark the midpoint of the short side, and 1/2″ along the edges from the short edge.  Draw the lines angled from the long side to the midpoint of the short side to create a point.  Color in a semi-circle at the point to represent the pencil lead.   Use scissors to trim off the edges to create a point.

Assemble the pencil pieces:
1.  Peel back about 1″ from the “ferrule” edge of the yellow sticker and carefully attach the pink eraser piece to the underside of the yellow sticker.
2.  Peel back about 1″ from the opposite edge of the yellow sticker and carefully attach the orange point piece to the underside of the yellow sticker.

To make a plant gift tag:

Add the assembled pencil sticker centered onto the heavy  4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ yellow paper.  Affix the tag to a pencil or other stick to insert into a potted plant.  Tie a bow with ribbon above the tag on the stick.

To make a bookmark:

1.  With a hole punch, make one hole approximately 1/4″ from the outside short edge of the heavy  4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ yellow paper.

2.  Cut two pieces of curling ribbon or yarn.  Holding both pieces of ribbon together, fold in half lengthwise and feed the folded part of the ribbons part way through the hole.  Insert the cut ends of the ribbons through the loop made by the fold and pull through to secure the ribbons at one edge of the bookmark.

3.  Add the assembled pencil sticker (from instructions above) centered on the bookmark.

Have fun making these tags and bookmarks as a gift or gather your kids together for a fun afternoon project.   And, they’ll add a new word to their vocabulary at the same time.

Plan a little celebration or recognition of the start of the school year to make your children feel special and help boost their confidence with returning to school.  Here’s your chance to let them know how proud you are of their progress and enjoy the opportunity to talk with them about their goals for this upcoming year.

Enjoy your Happy First Day of School party with your children this month, and your celebratory pumpkin latte with your adult friends once school is finally in session!

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