Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Made It: School AND Home

Okay, so I have had another busy week and I could not be more excited to share with you some things I made this week! Thanks again Ms. Tara!!

First up on the school front, teacher toolbox, DONE. Still thinking if I should spray paint it silver... but I love red. It's just not matching perfectly with the bright zebra prints. A big thanks to Elizabeth at Fun in Room 4B for posting THIS awesome editable template to make everything go so much smoother.

I cannot wait to use these this year. Whenever I give directions, instead of the "What do I do next?" or "Can I use markers?" I will be placing these on the board as we go over directions. For example 1. Cut 2. Glue (gluestick!!) and 3. Color (markers). That way students have a visual on what to do and I can specify what glue and what coloring utensil I want used. They came from Mrs. Bainbridge.

Okay can I tell you how excited I am to use these!?!? My plan is to have them hanging on a ribbon or stapled on the wall by the door. As students leave at the end of the day, I'd like to say one to students, and they say one back to me. What a great way to practice rhyming words too! These beauties came from Mrs. Carroll.

I know you've all seen these. I was inspired by this pin.
I found the buttons at Hobby Lobby and snagged some scrapbook paper there too. Then I printed out 4 "Ask me what I made on Ms. Wilkie's test" sentences. Using the back of the button, I traced a circle around it, cut it out, then pressed it inside the button. I think they turned out cute and I can't wait to use them!

Last school related made it is my duct tape quilt! After seeing the one done by Kathy last week, I could not wait to try my own and turn it into boggle too! I followed this great video tutorial at Classroom DIY.

I did the back of mine a little different. The video wanted you to duct tape the back too.. but I knew I wouldn't have enough tape and also I didn't want to waste it on a side that no one would see.

So to tape up the back and keep it secure I used clear packing tape. You can't even see it! And these baggies are not going ANYWHERE!

Now onto a few projects for my home.

Currently the mister and I are painting our dining room wall. We're planning to make this into our feature wall. It use to be a yucky pea green. We painted to opposite walls a mason gray, and are planning on using the same gray for the stripes, but adding orange in too!

Stripes are extremely frustrating and time consuming. I have taken so many breaks from this! I'm not sure if there's an easier way, but I've been using my level and making sure to keep the tape straight on. Can't wait until it's done. Gonna be bright and bold!!

 My next project is the one I am the most proud of, and the one I am planning on doing much more of! Do you remember all the pins about DIY canvas photos? Well... I tried out the tutorial by Crystal at Little Bit Funky and I LOVE how mine turned out! I was skeptical about ironing tissue paper, and then printing on it, but it worked!! Then all you do is modge podge the printed tissue paper onto your canvas! I finished one of these in 10 minutes! The hardest part was getting the picture on the canvas centered.. and then pushing out all those wrinkles. But I feel like it will only get easier as I practice and make more.
 This one is going to be given to my parents. I cannot WAIT for them to receive it in the mail!!

I of course had to do one of my boys too! So 50 pictures later, here's the one I chose! I think it's precious.

My canvases are 8x10 inches, and I found a 2 pack at Hobby Lobby for $4. Recently Michael's had a sale on them 10 for $15. I have an upcoming wedding and I think this would make a perfect gift to give! Soooo many possibilities!!

It's been a busy week... but I have checked SO much off my to do list. Planning to go to school today to meet our new admin team and try to get some things figured out in my room. Hopefully this week will be just as productive!

Happy Monday Made It everyone! :D


Amanda said...

Wow, you got a lot accomplished this week! So impressive. I may just have to try out that duct tape quilt idea. Good luck with your walls in the living room. I love strips too but they are time consuming. You will love it when it is done though. Finally, I have somehow missed those cute canvas pictures! That is really neat!

The Teaching Thief

Aimee said...

Wow! I love all of it! You've been very, very busy. The canvases turned out amazing! I'm getting ready to do some painting at home too, so I admire your ambition with the stripes. Wow! I can barely keep the paint on a plain wall so it will be a while before I try something fancy. I can't wait to see the finished wall!

Primarily Speaking

Layla Wiedrick Henry said...

Looks like you have been one busy lady! I love your teacher's toolbox. I have been putting mine off because of the labels... I also love your test buttons. Those are SUCH a good idea! I may have to make some too...
Thanks for sharing.

Fancy Free in Fourth

Storie said...

Wow! How long did it take you to do the boggle board/duct tape quilt? I've seen the boggle boards all over Pinterest and have been thinking about trying one out this year.
Stories by Storie

Lana said...

All your projects turned out sooooo cute!! :) You have been busy!! I just got home from working in my room. I know what you mean about the drive, mine is 40 minutes away. Ugh!!

FourthGrade Flipper said...

Wow!! I love all your projects! The visuals with your circles will be so helpful keeping your students organized with tasks. We painted our den using stripes years ago and did the same thing with painter's tape and a level. I couldn't think of an easier way either! Then, when we took the tape off, I had to fix some of the lines where the paint bled slightly (I am a little anal) and it was a chore! Good luck and can't wait to see the finished product:)
Fourth Grade Flipper

Katie said...

How have I NOT seen that pin idea on pinterst!?! OMG I love it and just have to make some now! I don't have a Hobby Lobby though... I'll have to search around at a few other stores. Thanks for sharing!

Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

Mrs. Sheehan said...

Woah! You teacher toolbox is amazing! I also like the task circle labels.
Learning In Wonderland

Lauren said...

I think I am going to have to make those materials circles so that I too can avoid the constant questions about using markers, crayons, or glue.By the way, your dogs are adorable.

Sarah said...

So awesome! I wish I was as crafty as you!

I'm have a huge giveaway and week of freebies on my blog! Check it out!

The Fabulous First Grade

Mrs. P said...

I love those direction magnets/cards! Just printed them out! I'm also in love with the rhyming phrases.. I will be teaching 2nd grade and would love to do what you said you were going to try out! I think I'll give it a shot! Thanks for all the great ideas and inspiration!

That's So Second Grade

Cathy :) said...

I'm glad my boggle board inspired you! Thanks! Yours turned out great and you would never be able to tell that you didn't use duck tape on the other side. I'm excited to use mine this year too! Thanks for sharing all of your great made-its this week! :)
Cathy :)
C is for Cookies, Cakes, Children, Classroom, and Crafts

Erin said...

WOW! I'm jealous of how much you made for your Made It Monday! I can't wait to see what your jungle room will look like! Question about the Teacher pens, pencils, etc. fit straight in there or are they diagonal? I read somewhere they wouldn't fit straight in! :(

Elementary Adventure

Kristin Kennedy said...

Those buttons are the cutest! And your pups are too adorable. I'm jealous that you have two- I have one and he needs a buddy to be home with him once I go back to work. The hubs won't agree to that though.:(
iTeach 1:1

Ms. Moriconi said...

You must be feeling very
accomplished with all
of your awesome projects!
There is a Hobby Lobby
nearby and I'll have to head over there soon!
Thanks for the fantastic ideas! Love them!

First Grade Gallery~Lessons for Little Learners

Vicky Hunt said...

Just stopping by to let you know I love your blog and have given you the Versatile Blogger award! Stop by to pick it up...:)

Keep Calm & Imagine

Polka Dots and Teaching Tots said...

OMG I can't believe you got the photo canvas to work! I wouldn't even attempt it because it seemed like I would ruin an iron... or a printer... but now I might just go for it.
Also, love the idea about using the gallon bag quilt for a giant game of Boggle. Brilliant!

Angie said...

Wow! You've been busy! I love the teacher toolbox and the direction cards. I need to do that for my firsties! I'm your newest follower. :)

The First Grade Scoop

Kristin said...

Hello! New follower here! I love Monday Made Its! I have done a few so far, but I ended up doing a craft room redo yesterday instead. I guess that still sort of works. I love your projects though. I've been eyeing those pins for a while. I'd love it if you check my blog out! Happy blogging! :)

Teaching In A Nutshell

Miss R said...

How much were the buttons at Hobby Lobby? Today, I saw that the Target Dollar Spot had them 2 for $1. Yours turned out great!! :)

Miss R's Room

Rebby said...

I nominated your cute blog for a blogger award. Stop by my blog to get it if you don't already have it! :)

Classroom Compulsion

Corinna Woita said...

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Elizabeth Hodge said...

Hi! I love your blog!!! I'm your newest follower too! I freakin' love those buttons!!!

I just awarded you an award. Come on over and pick it up!

Mrs. Hodge and Her Kindergarten Kids

Gina said...

I made a toolbox too! I love it so much I am thinking of making another for home haha and I want to make those pins but I actually ended up crossing them off my list for now because I have so much other stuff. On the home front... we plan on painting stripes in my husband's "sports" room... I am fearing the stress that is going to come with that. I have no idea how to even do it!
Third Grade Tidbits

Jackie Abeyta said...

Love the toolbox you made! Super cute! I have nominated you for a blog award! Hop over to my site to pick it up!

Crazy Daze in First Grade