"Welcome to School" Sign
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"Welcome to School" Sign

Greet the kids with a warm welcome back to school with this fun sign made from foam board and various craft supplies.

Designed by Craft Marketing Connections, Inc. courtesy of Elmer's.

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Elmer's® Foam Board™, Orange, 20" x 30" x 3/16"
  • Elmer's® Craft Bond™ Extra Strength Glue Stick
  • (4) Yard Sticks
  • 12" x 12" Cardstock, (2) each: white, blue
  • 12" Length of 3/8" Wide Orange Ribbon
  • Buttons, asst. sizes / colors to cover letter "C"
  • 4" Tall Letters (or stencils to trace)
  • Silver Glitter
  • Low Heat Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Coping Saw or Hand Saw
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Art Supplies for Display
  • Elmer's® School Glue
  • Elmer's® School Glue Stick
  • Child's scissors
  • Colored pencils
  • Watercolor set with brush
  • Crayons
  • Markers

Project Instructions

An adult should use coping saw to cut two yardsticks at 34" for horizontal pieces and two yardsticks at 24" for vertical pieces.

An adult should apply hot glue to horizontal edge of Elmer's® Foam Board™ and quickly attach a 34" length yardstick piece with 2" overlapping on each end. Repeat for bottom of board. For vertical yardstick pieces, apply hot glue to contact corners where yard sticks cross and attach yardstick pieces with 2" overlapping on each end.

For hanger loop, overlap ends of a 6" length of 3/8" wide ribbon and hot glue to top left back of board. Similarly, make and glue loop for top right back of board.

Use pencil to trace letters to spell: "WELCOME" onto both white and blue cardstock. Cut out letters with scissors. Set all blue letters and the white "W" aside. With remaining white letters and art supplies, do the following:

Use colored pencils to draw and color stripe pattern on "E".
Paint a watercolor picture on "L".
Use Elmer's® Craft Bond™ Extra Strength Glue Stick to attach buttons to "C".
Color fun shapes and patterns with crayons on "O".
Use Elmer's® School Glue to make glue squiggles and apply glitter to "M".
Draw fun designs with markers on "E".

Position decorated white letters over blue letters for shadow effect and place art supplies near letters as shown in photo. (Note: "W" should be placed between the child's scissors blades, giving the appearance of being cut out.)

Use Craft Bond® Glue Stick to attach letters to Foam Board™. Use hot glue to attach art supplies to Foam Board™.

Craft Notes

Adults only should use the coping saw.