Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Patron of Students Back-to-School Treat!

You may have already seen this CUTE idea already, but when I ran across it for the first time last week, I knew I had to adapt them for our children, as an added treat to the Schultütes they receive on their first day of school.   The idea was originally from the September 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes.

These are basically just Rolos covered in two colors of scrapbook paper, some foil, and a Hershey's kiss on the end.

To make your own:
  • 3 1/2 " x 4 1/2 " yellow cardstock
  • pinking shears 
  • 3 1/2" x 1/2" pink cardstock
  • 1" circles pink cardstock
  • 3 1/2" x 3/8" aluminum foil
  • Rolos and Hershey kisses
  • adhesive - I used my Ultra Low Temp Glue Gun 

Trim one short end of the yellow cardstock with pinking sheers (zigzag edge scissors), and score every 1/4" lengthwise.  Wrap around the Rolos and adhere.  Next, wrap the pink cardstock at the opposite end, adding the pink circle to cover the exposed end of the Rolos.  Cover the seam between the yellow and pink paper with the strip of aluminum foil.  Add a Hershey Kiss to the top and you're done!  They are super easy to make and turn out adorable.

After I was done making the pencils, I decided to add a tags with little invocations to the various Patrons of Students, choosing a different saint for each of my children.  I punched a hole in the top of the tag and attached them with some ribbon.  You can download my document here.

Note:  For those of you that would like to make this, but don't happen to have any pink or yellow cardstock on hand, here is a quick and easy printable version of the wrapper that I created!

Whether your children will be studying at home or at a school,
I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed year!

A Prayer for Students by St. Thomas Aquinas

Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being,
graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding.

Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born,
an obscurity of sin and ignorance.

Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, 

and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally.

Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations
and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm.

Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion.
I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 


  1. Oh how cute!! Yes, they'll be perfect for our first day each year -- I'll make and tucked them into our Schultütes too.
    Thanks for sharing, Jessica.
    Blessings for all of you as you begin your new school year.

  2. Oh man! I wish I'd seen this before we started school. The kids got their Schultutes but this would've been a great treat.

    Uummm perhaps I can still do it when we get back from a welcome back to school (again) treat...LOL

  3. I think they would also be a great option for the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on January 4th, following Christmas break! :)

  4. So cute!...and tasty, too. ;)

    Love this, Jessica! We already had our "unofficial" first day of school. We won't have our "official" day until the first week of Sept., though, so I think I can make these. It's been so crazy here lately.

  5. If it's cute...
    I know I'll find it on Shower of Roses.

    Also. Love the adaptation you made with the invocation to the patron saints!! You are so cool. You know what else is cool Home'scool. Have a blessed and wonderful year all for his glory!!

  6. And for those kids with braces? Lifesavers?

  7. Love, love, love these!

    This is a great idea - I have made the pretzel crayons a few times now and was looking for something new.

    I will be making my own this weekend!


  8. Dear Jessica,
    Thank you so much for sharing these and for doing all the work! They are so cute and having the pdf of the pencil and the tags all done for me made them super easy to make. My kids will love them!

  9. Dear Jessica,
    Can you please share how you made your family calendar spreadsheet? I am working on one now to keep my 7 blessings organized, but I can't seem to find a good template that fits 8 people! Thank you.

  10. Is this the calendar/schedule you are referring to? I am currently working on updating it for this year, and having a hard time fitting all 8 of us (the 7 kids and myself) but it is starting to come together. I create mine with a customized table in Word using the Publishing Layout.


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