Monday, August 4, 2014

My First Monday Made-It

I'm so excited!  I'm linking up for my first Monday Made-It!  :D

I've kept pretty busy this summer with classes and summer school and haven't spent a lot of time crafting or working on school things.  Now that I've got a whopping 13 days free I'm getting down to business.  It's time to start getting organized and ready to head back to school.  Gulp.  

So, for my FiRsT eVeR Monday Made-It I have four projects to share with you.  I hope you enjoy...        

My first "made-it" are these book stands I'm going to use in my classroom library.

My mom found these old, ugly beige frame stands in her basement so I ToOk ThEm!  I wrapped them in skinny duct tape and viola!  I think they look better than the three wire ones I bought from Michael's for $3.99ea.  They are so perfect for book stands; just the right size for chapter books, but picture books fit, too.  I even put my iPad in one while I was cooking the other night so I could read the recipe easier.

My second "made-it" are these pencil name clips. 

I use these clothes pins in my classroom to call on students for various things.  I prefer clothes pins to other sticks because once I call on the student I can clip the stick on the side of the cup/basket until all of the clips have been used.  I decided to jazz up my clips this year by decorating them like pencils.  I had some paint left over from another project so I simply painted the clips then added the details with a brown Sharpie.  SuPeR EaSy to do, and it only took about 15 minutes!  I love the way they came out.

This is the BiG one!  My "NeW" rocking chair!

I've actually been working on this for a few weeks.  This is an old rocking chair that another teacher gave me last year.  Last year was my first year teaching, so I figured I had enough on my plate without redoing the rocking chair right away.  So this summer I brought it home and gave it a make-over.  I sanded it down as best I could, taped it off, and got to painting.  I still think I'll put some sort of top coat on it, and I'm looking for a cushion of some kind, but that's it ladies and gentleman.  

Last, but not least, my Washi Wall.  

I live in an apartment so I'm somewhat restricted when it comes to decorating (because this girl is not painting and then repainting when she moves out).  I have a coat closet right when you walk in, so there is this little 3.5 ft wall facing into my living room.  I thought it looked like an extra large canvas, so I looked up some geometric designs on Pinterest, bought some gold metallic washi tape off (way more than I need; I only used about 1.25 of a roll), and when my tape came I got to work.  I didn't draw out the design and I know it's not perfect, but I love it and it looks AwEsOmE in my place!  

That's all I've got for now.  Hopefully I'll have some more stuff to share next week.  School starts on the 25th, but we have PD on the 12-14 and 21-22.  OMG.  Where did this summer go?!?


  1. Hi! I found your blog in the link up with 4th Grade Frolics. I love all your creations. I've been looking for the little fram stands. I'll be heading over to Michaels to pick some up. The clips are fabulous, and your rocking chair is just perfect. The wall is very pretty, as well. Thank you for sharing! :)

  2. Love all of your crafts! Those stands are GREAT! I need to find some as well! Thanks for sharing!


  3. Oh my heavens! that chair is AWESOME!!!

    Love all your made its

    Hodges Herald