This year, at the start if this most wonderful time of year, I decided I wanted to decorate for back to school (my girls started a month ago). But when I set out to collect apple and back-to-school decorations, I was surprised to find all the stores went straight from red, white, and blue decor to pumpkin decor. I couldn't find much of what I was looking for. I found a couple things in stores like a pencil vase, magnetic alphabet letter, and some artificial sunflowers, but really I ended up making my own decorations and using what I already had. As much as I hunted for apples to display, I already had a decent collection I was displaying in our laundry room (I had collected them for my kitchen but went a different direction in the end). So I just redistributed my apples and made a few extra decorations like my School Days banner.
To make my banner, I printed out letters using the alphabet provided by Shanty 2 Chic (a great find on Pinterest). I printed the letters at 50% since the 100% ends up being a full page (too big for my space). I then cut them out and attached them to burlap triangles using red eyelets I had in my stash. I strung the letters up using yellow ribbon in honor of yellow pencils and school buses. I have a mantle I could display the banner on, but it's in our front room that we rarely hang out in. So rather than hide away my cute project, I strung them up below our TV in our family room using inexpensive rulers and old Starbucks Frappuccino battles I've been hoarding for years. I couldn't be more thrilled with how it turned out. I know it's a little late, but Happy Back to School!