Sunday Open House: Back 2 School

If you are just catching up with my Sunday Open House Series, then here are the links for the other posts:
1. Kitchen
2. Curb Appeal & Landscaping
3. Dining Room
4. Fireworks (4th of July)
5. Blueprints
6. Back-To-School Decor
7. Cooper's Bedroom
8. Football Season Decor
9. Fall Decor

In honor of my last week before school starts, here's a look at how I'm getting my house ready for...dare I say it????  ....back to school season {Dom, dom dom!!}

And, of course, all of my decorations are reused, recycled & favorite kind these days!

Here's the same ole crate box the hubs made for me for free with left over pallet wood.  I left the basic set up the same...crates, candles and mason jars...
And added some schoolish decor.  I used some burlap ribbon I had (which I have in several colors...unopened.  Not really sure why I bought this way back when.  I'm sure I had something in mind and it just never happened.  Does this happen to anyone else?)  Anyways, I thought the yellow would be the perfect color because....

(1) It's just a happy color!
and (2) I wanted to mix the dotted ribbons I already had on hand with it and I didn't have any yellow grosgrain ribbon. :( So if I wanted to do primary colors, then the burlap was gonna have to be yellow! Especially since I didn't want to have to buy anything new!

I layered the burlap and grosgrain together.  This burlap ribbon was perfect because I was able to just loop it and shove my crate!  No wiring or anything.  It has so much body already!!

I tied black small grosgrain ribbon I had on hand around the mason jars to add a little more color and stuck some left over pencils in the jars.  The scrunchy stuff was left in there from my patriotic set up.

I had these mini chalkboards from Cooper's C is for Cooper 2nd birthday party last year.   They are actually chalkboard ornaments from JoAnn Fabric, but I just cut off the ornament loop.  For this set up, I added the a, b, and c and glued a wooden craft stick to the back to help them stick up.

Okay, confession time:  this project wasn't completely free... I ordered some mini red apples from amazon for a few bucks to add to my empty mason jars.

Flower jars got replaced with fresh, real apples on our buffet.

A few extra pieces of ribbon tied to the lantern handle add another great splash of primary color.

 And I added a few of Cooper's favorite board books for some color.

In the living room, I used some left over chalkboard pennants from Cooper's party to make a back-to-school banner.
 It was a little dull by itself, so I added some ribbon to brighten it up!

And, finally, my apothecary got some fresh red delicious apples in it and I framed my Back To School Subway Art next to it.

It's a dollar deal in my TPT store!  Grab your copy HERE!

8 days until I start back and counting....How many days do you have left?

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