Ye’ old school mantel! Because if your kids are young enough you can trick them into being super excited about school starting again.. the older they get the harder it is I hear (and well, remember) to get them pumped up about waking up early..learning.. and giving Mom some freakin’ peace and quiet already. Kidding- of course. This is a repost from last year but it’s one of my favorite mantels and I kind of have some packing to do for our last vacation of the summer and I hear some crazy things happened at the VMAs last night? Who is this NSYNC I keep hearing about? Ha ha.. I should probably check that out to be safe. If your kids went back to school today like a lot of the kids did- you could scurry something like this up before they get home and remind them.. for the next 10 months.. this.is.it. ;)
First it started off with the white frame I used in our Summer “Pure Michigan” Mantel. I wanted to use it for a chalkboard but didn’t want to deal with making the chalkboard. So, I picked up a 1.49 piece of black poster board over at Target and the sharpie paint pen and went to work.
A little Dr. Suess can fix anyone’s mood.
A few boxes of pencils and rulers (which we’ll gift to the school when we’re done with the mantel, who needs 15 rulers unless you’re a teacher? Wait, don’t answer that. Crafters do get crazy sometimes. ;) ha ha!)
I wanted a red apple but wally world was fresh out. Of course, the only time you need a fake apple they’re out of the color you want. I snatched up the last green one though. Is there a fake apple shortage I haven’t heard about?
Some books, blocks, scrabble tiles and a few framed flash cards one from a new set we bought for chloe and one that I took off our Playroom wall and we were all set! I’m loving the feel it gives to the room. It’s a little cheesy, yeah. But, it gets everyone in the mood for school. Plus it’s an excuse to play around with a new mantel theme. I can always do spring, summer, fall, halloween etc. But there’s only a short period of time I can do school themed and have the kids still like it and not moan and groan to not remind them of what’s to come! :)