Ideas for Back to School Centerpieces


Back to school is an exciting time of year. If you are hosting an event for teachers at your school, creative centerpieces can add some flair to your event and be useful too. School supplies and a little creativity provide endless options for designing a centerpiece that is pleasing to the eye, budget-friendly and functional, as you can disassemble the centerpiece and actually use the supplies.

Things to Use

  • Gather school supplies such as unsharpened #2 pencils, rulers, chalk, flash cards and letter tiles or letter blocks. Employ your creativity when working with different age levels, for middle or high school you may use football- or band-related items such as megaphones or whistles. Decide if you want to permanently secure the items or to leave them unsecured to disassemble and distribute the items for use. Secure the center pieces using twine or fishing line in order to disassemble for re-use. Create a permanent centerpiece using a glue gun.

Design Time

  • Choose a design for your centerpiece. Determine how tall you need your centerpiece to be. Using a pencil box can lift your piece higher off the table. Surrounding a canned good from your pantry with pencils, securing them with a rubber band around the can, makes a taller display on which you can attach other items such as flash cards. Encircling a drinking glass with pencils can create a simple vase to use as your centerpiece. Assemble one centerpiece as your sample, then building the rest will be less time consuming.

More Ideas

  • Use pretty ribbons in your school colors to hide the rubber bands when wrapping glasses or cans with un-sharpened pencils. Paint old terracotta pots with chalk board paint then use white chalk to write on them when the paint dries. Stacking old textbooks and tying them together with string can create a taller base with classic style.

How to Use Your Centerpiece Items

  • Raffle off the centerpieces to those attending your event. Determine how many teachers will be in attendance; if you have enough give one centerpiece to each teacher. Re-package the supplies and give them to a back-to-school drive helping children in need.

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