Back to School Gumball Rulers

My name is Natalie Stern and I own an online party stationery shop called Katarina’s Paperie. I also write a party ideas blog called Confetti Diaries. We design fun and creative ideas that you can use to celebrate any occasion – big or small – as well as share many free printables.  Back to school is such a fun time of year. Even though they have to say goodbye to summer, it’s great to see how excited kids get as they anticipate the upcoming school year. These fun gumball rulers and free printable tags make a great back to school craft. They’re perfect to create for a back to school party or even give as a little gift for new friends on the first day of school.

You Will Need:

1. Load your gumballs into the plastic candy tube.

2. Place each number on the candy tube a little above the bottom of each gumball. Using the “i”, “l” and other straight letters, add the marker lines next to the numbers. If you’re making multiple tubes, I also cut up the capital letters to make the lines. Or you could use a permanent marker.

3. Print out the set of our free printable “School Rules” gift tags. Use a three inch punch or cut out each gift tag. Punch a hole in the top of the tag. Tie onto the tube using red ribbon or baker’s twine.

These gumball tubes are perfect for a back to school craft. You could even make a set for a welcome back treat for your child’s class. It’s a great way to kick off the new school year!

Natalie Stern is a the designer of unique and modern party stationery. She owns an online party designs shop called Katarina’s Paperie. She also shares inspiration and do-it-yourself party ideas on her blog, Confetti Diaries. Natalie also loves to throw amazing events, creating many of the details from sweets to decorations herself. She is mom to two beautiful children who are her inspiration in everything she creates.  Check out more of Natalie’s work on FacebookPinterest or Twitter.

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This post was originally published at Confetti Diaries on August 29, 2012.

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  1. My boys would SO get in trouble with this . . . but it’s such a super cute idea.

  2. These area adorable! Love, love, love them!

    What a fun gift and you can get bags of one color gumballs at Party City!

    • I’m so you enjoyed them! They were a lot of fun to make. Thanks so much for the information about where to find single colored gimbals. I receive a lot of questions about that from my readers and I appreciate having a place to send them.

  3. How fun! I love that idea, and what a great and fun visual for kids!

    • Thanks! As a former teacher, I wish I had thought of this project when we were studying measurement, it’s a great way to get kids excited about rulers and help with counting. Since each gumballl is 1 inch long, you could actually use the gumball tube to measure with too.

  4. What a creative idea! My kids would eat those quickly though. ;)

    • Thanks so much! I think the best part about this ruler is that it”s so much fun to eat! You’re right, though… They will gobble them up!

  5. you come up with the cutest diy’s! :)

    • Thanks! It’s so much fun coming up with new DIY projects – especially those that involve candy! They’re the best kind! Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Love these and the crayon note card! Can’t believe we are BTS again!


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