Monday Made It - on a Tuesday

Oh my crafty goodness!  I really have not spent a lot of time this summer DOING things for my classroom this fall.  I have been THINKING about it, but the doing part has pretty much been limited to Pinterest, jotting down ideas and imagining.  That all changed this weekend!

For some reason, the craft juices were just flowing from the time I came home home from the beach on Sunday through Monday night.  The last time I linked up with Tara and 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It, it was pretty depressing.  Not this time, though!  (And I'm saving the best for last!) Let's get started!
I'm going to put these first two together because, honestly, they are not that big of a deal.  But, they had to get done so here they are.

Those are the labels for my kiddos' notebooks and folders.  (And I just realized I forgot the writing ones.)  Math and spelling notebooks will be single subject notebooks.  Reading notebooks are those red composition books.  The science notebooks are 3-pronged folders with loose leaf paper that we will switch out for every unit.  And the writing ones just go on 2-pocket folders.

I decided to make myself new schedule cards this year to go with the added colors in my room.  I couldn't help it.  The old ones just did not go and they would have driven me nuts if I had to look at them all year.

This one was really an easy one - but it will be sooo helpful in my room.  I was inspired by this pin
and knew I had to make one for my classroom.  My kiddos LOVED looking at the monthly calendar in the morning to see what was coming up - now they can easily see what's going to be happening during the week.

I got the collage frame at Michael's (coupons, baby!), added scrapbook paper to match my room, printed the "week of" page and put it all together.  I'm going to hang it near where we come in.  I can write on the frames with dry erase markers and wipe them clean each week.  Brilliant!

I have this big white space by my door when you come in the classroom.  It doesn't have a bulletin board, no cork strip... just open space.  I have never really been able to figure out what to put there (and how to hang it!) so I'm gong to try just using it as inspiration space.  I bought curlicue wooden letters (on sale for 99 cents!) and painted them black and sprayed them with clear gloss.
(Nevermind that I had to go to THREE different stores to get a the letters I needed.)  Here's the end result:
My plan to hang them is to use command picture tape - it has a sticky back like sandpaper and is supposed to hold picture frames.  We'll see if it works.  I have framed inspirational quotes that I used to hang in a different place (we put out a different one each month) - I think I'll add those under the letters.

Are you ready for the big one?  I am so impressed with myself on this one!

First you need to know where the idea came from.  I have white gift bags with cut out letters on them and tissue stuffed inside that says "second grade" on my back wall.  Cute... but the tissue really faded and it was bugging me.  (You can see what they looked like at the get-go in one of the pictures from this post.)

The, I saw this fantastically creative idea from 2nd Grade Snickerdoodles

Now... there is NO way I was going to create anything as amazing as that...but.... how about this?
Not too shabby, huh?  And it was really pretty easy.  I started with 8x10 blank artist canvases, modpodge, brushes, scrapbook paper, black acrylic paint and clear gloss sealer.  (And I didnt think to take pictures of what I need until I started, so we have to just go with the list.

Step #1  Paint the canvases black.  I put on two coats because the first one still showed some white when it dried.

Step #2  Cut out letters.  I used my Silhouette Cameo so it was easy-easy.  I made the letters fit an 8x10 frame, and had the Cameo cut them out. (Hard to see, but there is an "E" cut on there.)

Step #3  Modpodge the black canvases.  Modpodge is your friend - use a lot.  It goes on smoother when the brush is full. 

Step #4  Brush modpodge on the back of the cut out letter and stick it to the canvas.  It helps if you just put down one edge first then run your finger over the letter as the rest of it goes down.  You get fewer bubbles that way.

Step #5  Now cover the whole thing in more modpodge.  Run the brush in the direction of the letter s it doesn't tear.  Smooth out the thick parts and let it dry.

Step #6  After they are dry, spray the canvases with a clear sealer.

There you go!  I'm going to hang these (somehow) in the back of my room where the bags were.  I'm not sure if I'm going to add a ribbon to hang the or not.  I have to see when I go in and look at it.

Wow.  That was Monday Made It at it's best.  Tomorrow I'm off to school to put all this up and empty out everything I have been carrying around in my car for the last two weeks.  I'm planning on taking LOTS of pictures so you can see what I will have been up to!

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  1. You've been so busy! They all look great! I love your weekly calendar idea.. it turned out lovely!

  2. I LOVE your Second Grade sign!! You've really done alot! My Monday Made It was only one thing...but I'm sure I'll have more coming. I think you did great!!!

  3. Your students are going to be so excited when they walk in and see your room! :)


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