I love this time of year. It's like a mini New Year celebration and a chance for fresh starts, big plans, all that good stuff.
Just for fun, and for a little decorating project for Kennedy and I to do together, we decided to put together this little fantel display. Fantel is short for fake mantel, for those of you just joining us around here.
All the back to school cliches are there! Apples, rulers, bright yellow pencils, chalkboards, books, a globe. We've got them all covered.
One day when I grow up, I hope to be one of those moms who have the whole back to school celebration planned out to a T for months in advance. Cute lunch pail printables, back to school outdoor decor, special back to school dinnerware, you know the type!
For now, this is a fun little baby step to try to make this time special for Kennedy.
The little chalkboards were 33 cents at Michael's! The yard sticks were found in a closet when we moved into this house. We find the best things around here!
Apples. Kennedy doesn't get why there are so many apples in this display. I guess the reference is too old school for her. Ha! Get it? Old "School"!
When there are kids involved, there always needs to be a craft. And 99% of the time, that craft needs to involve paper towel rolls taken out of the recycling. Or sometimes the trash. Almost daily, Kennedy comes to me holding one and asking what she can make with it. Almost daily I have no idea. Luckily this time I had this cute little apple garland idea in my back pocket!
I really think this turned out super cute. Leave me a comment if you want help making one too!
Since nothing escapes my "sticking things to the wall" phase lately, I made this little old-fashioned school house and bell cut out and filled in a blank space. I used the same technique as I used here for the fabric, only it's paper! I love this option for quick holiday decorating! Just make sure the steam on your iron is OFF!
So that's how we're trying to make back to school a little more FUN!
Kennedy's in equestrian camp all this week, so I'm getting a chance to get all my ducks in a row a little bit early. This is going to be a great year for both of us!