*This post is sponsored by The Brand Connection/Pentel, all ideas and opinions are my own.

It seems like this summer flew by. By now most of the country is back to school (my kids go back next week). I wanted to do something to commemorate their first day back, so when Pentel asked me to use their famous POP by Pentel Gel Pens to make something fun I used the back to school season as my inspiration!

Pentel sent me a few fun packets from the POP by Pentel Gel Pens line, including:

  • Milky Gel Pens
  • Sparkle Gel Pens
  • Solar Gel Pens

I used to LOVE the Milky Gel Pens when I was younger. As a teen and during my college years I was heavily into photography and the Pentel Gel Pens were the only thing I used when writing on my photos. I used to make the coolest photos with the subjects outlined in wild colors! Plus as a lefty I didn’t have to worry about smearing because they dry so quickly.

Now that I have a very artistic daughter I get to pass along my love of creating to her. She was very eager to get to work drawing on a picture frame, and I got to work with a special plate that the kids can have their “first day back to school snack” on while we talk about the day and the upcoming year.

Making the frame is easy – just grab a plain picture frame and start coloring! TIP: It’s easier to color if you run an eraser over the surface of the frame first. Allow the ink to dry completely before placing a photo in it. I think Riley did a GREAT job on her frame!

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DIY Back to School Snack Plate

  • POP by Pentel Gel Pens (I used the Sparkle Pens)
  • White Ceramic Plate

Preheat oven to 220 degrees. Draw your design with the POP by Pentel Gel Pens and allow to dry. Bake the plate for 40 minutes, then turn the oven off and allow the plate to cool completely before removing. Doing this will reduce the risk of shattering or breaking. When cleaning use a dry cloth – anything wet could smear the ink. This is why cookies are perfect for it, the crumbs can be brushed away!

My kids are really looking forward to some fresh baked cookies on their Back to School Snack plate and we will now use it every year to keep the tradition alive!

About Pentel Brand

For over 70 years, Pentel has supplied the world with the highest quality products.  Pentel is the only writing instrument company to receive the Deming Award for recognition of the highest standard of quality.

Pentel invented roller ball technology…the smoothest way to express ideas.  Their mechanical pencil inventions remain the hallmark of the industry.

Every Pentel mechanical pencil, lead, eraser, pen and correction fluid is manufactured by their own factories.  No other manufacturer can match this commitment to manufacturing excellence.

Pentel proudly offers a environmentally friendly line of writing instruments, Recycology. Pentel’s product’s dozen boxes, master cartons and blister cards are printed on recycled and recyclable materials.  Pentel is working with you to create a healthier environment.

At Pentel, your satisfaction is guaranteed.  Every product is backed with a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.