School Themed Wreath

I have had the idea to make a school themed wreath for my daughter’s first grade classroom for a while, but I really wasn’t settled on what medium I would use.  Then, Omayra posted projects using fun foam and I was totally inspired.  The designs used are from the SVGCuts’ “Back to School Collection”.  Some of the items I used as originally designed, others I modified.  All designs that I used on the wreath were cut on my Klic-N-Kut Max and are included in the downloads, with SVGCuts’ permission.

My specifics for cutting the Fun Foam on my KNK Maxx are 10 overcut; 15 trailing blade; 150 velocity; 50 pressure; blue blade; 6 o-rings.  No doubt your settings would not be exactly like mine, but this may be a place to start.  The number of o-rings needed are whatever it takes for the blade to move from one place to another without scoring the fun foam in the process.  Also, I taped the fun foam to my mat with blue painter’s tape to prevent any possible skewing.

In the pictures below I have detailed the changes I made to the basic purchased designs.   Most designs have multiple layers.  On all completed pieces I used a color coordinated Sharpie to color the edges and chalked the pieces for definition.

Left Picture – computer was modified to include a picture taken the first day of school, when each child releases a balloon in the air.  The small blackboard measures 7.5″ x 5.75″ and was purchased at a local craft store.  Vinyl was used for the name on the blackboard and the numbers on the ruler.

Right Picture – I cut a separate foam piece for the scissor handles and colored the edges of the handles with a red Sharpie.

Left Picture – School name was printed and the computer inserted in the backpack opening.  Right Picture – No changes from original design.

Left Picture – Cutouts were added to the books for insertion of Dr. Seuss book names.  The Dr. Seuss cover is from the web and is included as a PDF with the designs.

Right Picture – I modified the globe with what I thought were more realistic land shapes.

Assembly:  When all the pieces were completed, I found myself walking around my local craft store wondering how I was going to shim the pieces so that they faced the way I wanted them to when glued to the wreath base.  I knew that I wanted something dense, but pliable.  I was almost ready to leave when I spotted a kneeling pad that had a cutout in it to form a handle.  Now, I would have never gone to my craft store looking for a kneeling pad, but there it was…and I knew it would work!

I cut small pieces from the cutout, put a slit in one side and hot glued it in place on the wreath.  And now, I have the rest of the kneeling pad for future projects.  Then I painted the shim with brown acrylic paint to blend with the grapevine wreath.

Not all pieces needed to be shimmed.  The blackboard nestled in securely to the wreath, but was wired on the bottom corners through small drilled holes for added security.  All pieces were attached with a hot glue gun.

The inclusion of wired ribbon added additional dimension and detail.

I hope you have been inspired by my first “fun foam adventure” and find some of my techniques useful in making a wreath for the holidays or themed to validate someone’s personal interests.  I’m sure I will be using fun foam again.

School Wreath Designs in KNK Format

School Wreath Designs  in PDF Format

32 thoughts on “School Themed Wreath

  1. This is absolutely fabulous!! What is the “trick” to cutting fun foam? Settings, blade, etc?

    • Janice, I’m so glad that you like it. I am going to update the 1st paragraph above with the specifics that I used for cutting the foam. Thanks for asking.

  2. Lynn K.,
    I am blown away but this neat project. You daughter will love it, and she will be the envy of all the
    other teachers in her building. I love all the vibrant colors and also all the individual items you chose.
    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing and for sharing the files.

    • My daughter does love it, but has to wait until I take it to the retreat in Denver. It is fun being a part of what she is doing and being appreciated for it.

    • Thanks, Chad. It was a new adventure for me …with fun foam and my KNK Maxx. Love that cutter!!

    • It did take a lot of time, but since it was my first experience with fun foam, that took extra time. Thanks for the complement.

  3. WOW! Lynn! This is fantastic!! It turned out wonderful. You must have spent hours and hours making this. Pam is very fortunate to have her own personal school room decorator. Thanks for sharing the files.

    • How sweet you are with your comments! It was a fun project and will be really fun for Pam when I give it to her and she can show it off. I’m not planning on taking orders. I only do one of a kind. 🙂

  4. This is great. Who would have thought of making a wreath with a KNK and fun foam? Obviously you! It turned out fantastic.

    • I had the idea for the wreath, but I have to give Omayra total credit for the inspiration to use fun foam. I would have never tried it, if she hadn’t been so creative in her posts.

      • AAAAAHHHHHH LynnK, You are soooo Adorable. Thank you!!!, Fun Foam is easy to cut and I am happy that you tried it. I now that now you will love it.The project that we can make with fun foam are terrific. Very pretty your project and from now on you will have another different material to create projects (fun foam).

  5. This is a gorgeous project and thankyou for including your Maxx settings, I am inspired to try it out on mine now 🙂

    • So happy that you like it. I would love to see what you do with fun foam. It is an entirely a new medium for me, but I am sure I will be doing more with fun foam because it just seems perfect for school and the classroom environment.

  6. Love it! How creative. Fun foam is on my “try it” list. I am amazed at all the details you were able to get. Once again, yougiven me a challange. Thanks!

    • So happy that I could plant the “fun foam seed”. Omarya planted the seed with me. I’m already planning my next project. I especially liked finding out that fun foam was receptive to chalking for definition and inking the edges. Good luck in your venture down “fun foam lane”. 🙂

    • Did you know that kneeling pads are from the same material as penscore? The smooth ones can be used to heat impress, and stamp with it.

      • I had forgotten about the penscore. Thanks for the reminder. I have some of them that will work for future projects, if I need a shim.

  7. Goodness Lynn! I can already see Pam asking you to make more so they can be auctioned off at the school for fund raisers. Beautiful!

    • She hasn’t asked for one to be made for auctioning, but she has asked me to design her a Christmas wreath for the classroom.

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