Back to School with Petaloo: World’s Fair Desk Organizer Set
Hello, Friends! Is it really August already? Seems like we just got our flip flops out of the closet and now it’s time to buy new backpacks! Sometimes it’s hard to get the kids revved up and ready to head back to class. It’s nice to ease them back into classroom mode with a little creative endeavor. This Back to School Desk Set is a project that is kid friendly and earth friendly because it uses upcycled tin cans. You can let the kids get in on the creating, and who knows…they might even get excited about going back to school!
The cheerful bold colors of Graphic 45’s World’s Fair collection is filled with inspirational sentiments that work perfectly for a back to school theme. I repurposed two black bean cans and a small tea tin by covering them with patterned papers from the collection.
I added ribbon or sticker borders along with loads of cheery Petaloo blossoms. Isn’t it fun?
I used Matte Multi Medium to decoupage this ephemera card to the front of my pencil tin. The sentiment reads “Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun.” It’s just the inspiration needed to get started on a report or term paper.
Each side of the image is framed by gorgeous Petaloo blooms. The Black Burlap Blossoms, Yellow Dahlias, and Antique Gold Mixed Blossoms are a match made in heaven for the World’s Fair papers.
Tiny black buttons make everything POP!
This tiny tea tin holds paperclips. It’ had a black base to begin with, so I just wrapped it with designer papers, and topped it with a blue bow and a Black Mixed Textured Blossom. Quick and easy!
I’ve loaded this cute tin up with all my shaped scissors, but you could put pens or markers or assorted desk tools in here as well. This sentiment reads, “Logic will get you from A to Z, but Imagination will get you everywhere.”
Here’s a neat way to alter your Petaloo Dahlias. I gently heated the bottom two layers on each flower, then separated them from the top. Then I mixed and matched top and bottom layers to create these pretty custom blooms. The edges were lightly inked with Vintage Photo Distress to give them an antique look.
This burlap butterfly is part of the Burlap Blossoms pack. It offers a great contrast to the soft yellow flowers. These little ribbon pennants are topped with the smallest burlap blossoms in the pack. So cute!
So break out some tins from the recycle bin, let the kids choose some colorful, fun papers along with their favorite Petaloo blossoms. Give them a budget to purchase supplies and spend some time creating a little back to school project. Throw in some cookies and milk, and you’re the hero of the day!
Thanks for stopping by!
Teastained Yellow Dahlias x 10
Antique Gold Mixed Blossoms x 8
Black Mixed Textured Blossoms x 4
Black Burlap Blossoms x 10
Graphic 45 World’s Fair Collection
Really Reasonable Ribbon Canvas Color Band Ribbon
Funny, Kathy, but my recycled cans have never looked THAT good! LOL What a fun project for all ages! World’s Fair is the perfect paper for this and your flowers make the set perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!
Great idea Kathy. I love to recycle and re-purpose things. Love how you decorated with the Graphic 45 and Petaloo flowers. Thanks for sharing.
So creative, Kathy! These altered cans are sure to inspire any student! Great idea and fabulous embellishments that work so well with those papers! Hugs!
Hi kathy, so creative to inspire any student while doing homework, at least I think students have homework. I love the creations well done. Hugs
Fabulous back to school project!
This is so creative my friend! I love the papers and what wonderful containers for many treasures!