A Patron of Students Back-to-School Treat!

I just finished posting this over at Shower of Roses, but decided that it was appropriate for here at Catholic Cuisine as well! 

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 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. 

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  1. That prayer is beautiful! I love these cute pencils, really fun idea!

  2. I love it!!

    I wonder what my teenagers would think if they opened their lunchboxes to see these crafty treats?!


  3. Beautiful Jessica!!! Very creative!!
    Could I use one of your pictures to post it at Familia Católica?

  4. I love this idea. Thank you!

  5. Thanks for all the comments! :)

    Xhonane ~ Yes, you may use one of the pictures, with a link of course, on Familia Católica. Thank you for asking!

  6. Ready!! Thank you Jessica!!

  7. Greetings from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa. Richard from Amish Stories.

  8. Made this craft idea for the big day tomorrow. Thanks!

  9. I am *totally* making these for our parish's coffee hour on the 18th ~ it's when the catechists are honored and we get to meet our new students! One thing, though ~ I didn't have any pink paper and instead bought some of those Canadian wintergreen soft mints (perfect for an "eraser" at the end and just the right size!). Also, I printed directly on the yellow paper the name of the saint and "pray for us."

  10. Oh, and I forgot to add ... instead of a hot glue gun, I just used tube squeeze frosting to attach the Hershey's Kiss and the wintergreen mints ... that way, the kids can still eat the mint. :)

  11. These pencils were a HUGE hit! Thanks for providing not only a great idea but super easy to use template that made this painless to make! The kids are already talking about next year's back to school pencils!


    And, thank you for the reminder to make "back to home school" special...I'm always tempted to skip that part and dive right in.

  12. I love your pencil idea to use as a back to school year treat, but don't see that your printable version of the pencil wrapper is available anymore. Would you be able to send it to me?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you! I just transferred the files to Dropbox and updated the links in this post. They should work for you now. Let me know if they don't.