This is so exciting! I decided to have a giveaway! A customized one!!!
There will be three winners!
The first will win this beautiful customized classroom wreath! I will ask you for a color from your classroom, and will add a ribbon of that color to this wreath and mail it to you!
The next will be my entire TPT store - for free! :) How fun is that?!
The third rafflecopter winner will get a $10 Target Gift Card - maybe you can get those final Dollar Spot items for your room!
I am going to post my Monday Made It today rather than tomorrow so that people can start entering the rafflecopter!
This is going to be pretty heavy with pictures - some failures, some successes.
Monday Made It Number 1 - Dying of the Pocket Charts
I saw the horror stories of the RIT failures and I thought I would give it a try!
So I got the Rit in the bottle. It just seemed less messy! My pocket chart was the standard Lakeshore Learning 100 chart.
I used one cup of the only vinegar that I had - apple cider - walmart brand
I put it in this huge bucket. I put 2.5 gallons of hot water inside and stirred every 15 minutes for an hour and a half. It looked promising. Then I covered it and left it until the next afternoon with no peeking - pretty hard to do!
It may look blue still, but it is PURPLE! I will post pictures of it in my room once it is up.
RIT DYE / Pocket charts 0- ME -1
Made It Number 2
Here is the before picture with my labels that I cut out, not once, not twice but three stinkin times. I was so irritated. It ended up being my own fault because I didn't look at my print options! I was printing with it scaled on the paper. DUMMY.I started spray painting with the Krylon spray paint and WHAT.A.DISASTER.
It dripped and made a mess. So I ran across the street to Home Depot and got the Rust Oleum
What a difference!!!
Here it is looking FABO in my room.
Here is the other one. The white along the bottom is where I had my father in law add some wood to the bottom and the back to reinforce and make it stronger so that it doesn't have a chance of tipping.
Teacher Tool Box labels
I have realized that all teacher toolboxes are NOT created equal!!!! - If you are interested in mine, let me know and I will post them!
Made It Number 3
The writing folder holders
So this is how my little sweets keep their writing folders from being smashed and ripped in their desks by books and pencil boxes. I have my desks in three groups. See below. This is not even close to being finished and looking the way it should, but so you can see how it is set up. I have these bookshelves that were $15 for 4 shelves. I have the extra one by my reading table to hold things. Anyway, the kids reading book bags go in a bin that sits on top, and underneath holds their writing crate with works in progress and their science and social studies text books. I only want their workbooks in their desks to keep clutter down. I wish we had tables, I wish we had tables.
Anyway - man that was long winded.
I used my trusted spray paint
With gloves on the grass with wrapping paper
Two nice thick coats
Made It Number 4
My old mailbox
I loved my black and white polka dot mailbox, but I just didn't fit my colors!
May as well spray that too!
I will add my sign from below that says
I just need to add my vinyl letters that say Mrs. Hacker's Mail
Monday Failed It Number 10,000
Yes, I said Failed It...for now. I don't give up easily...and will try again.
I LOVE this pocket chart - LOVE, it is thick, holds 27 kids work that is unfinished and it doesn't match a dang on thing in my room. I HATE THAT. Hello classroom companies - we don't ALL love primary colors!
This time, I used the box rit dye in black...
This was after two days in the mix...
FAIL...TO BE CONTINUED...
OXY clean is my buddy - I took my crayon bins apart and tossed them in the washer with Oxy Clean pods and let them soak (didn't make it cycle though)
they came out clean as a whistle!
Made It Number 5
Second Grade Shenanigans made the most beautiful read sign for her room, and I want one.
So I am trying to do that now. We shall see how it goes.
Dang, that was so hard. I don't know how she rolled those into perfect cones, but I couldn't do it. I guess I don't have the patience! Oh well! At first I decided I would paint these babies silver...
They looked ok, as you can see I put washi tape over the D, and it didn't do anything for me. It didn't pop out, so I thought I should do something else
Then I put mod podge over the top and smoothed out the wrinkles with a gift card.
I know they still have some wrinkles but once hung, I doubt you can see them. I will lose my mind if you can though.
See that bubble? UGH
I think the E is huge and the D is too dark. Not sure I like the ombre look of my letters
You can really tell the size difference on that E when they are straight. They all came from the same bin though! HUH!
I may try to add some washi tape now in bolder solids. Maybe I should leave well enough alone.???
I am also doing the pick me sticks. dang it they take forever!!!
Now, do I write on them with marker? HMMM
Made It Number 7
I got this silver and wood table from Target for $3 on 80% off clearance and thought I could put the listening center on it.
I wanted chevron, so I decided to free hand/measure it...
Note the monitor on the table - my son takes three hour naps still at three years old, that is how I get so much crafting done! I get all my materials out when he is eating lunch, and as soon as he is in his room, I get started!
Its looking promising. Not too bad for free handing it
Looks pretty cute....until
I decide I need to have purple in it...here is where I think my table becomes a
Monday Failed It
What do you think? I am thinking I may order the contact paper and just cover it. Maybe its growing on me... I don't know. Hmmmm
I also made a few things for my classroom and TPT.
For my writing Folders I made a cover
For another inspirational sign for my room
Let them be little sign
This was updated in my subway art file if you bought and want to redownload.
Click on the Picture to buy the whole pack - this is written in three other fonts
To just have this picture as is, right click and save picture
Here is the link for the Avery labels I used. It is template 8195
Click on the picture below to get the pdf
I used 1 inch binder clips and wrapped the rest under the clip to keep it from being pulled off easily. I also put some mod podge over the top to keep it on there and more sturdy. Be careful though because it can smear - wait until the labels are dry. I hope it works for you when you download. Please let me know if it doesn't so I can try to fix it!
Two final pictures
First my favorites from this week!
Made it Number 8
So I made two wreaths this week. One for the giveaway, and one for my bathroom door in my classroom
You can click on any of my wreath posts to see even more detailed instructions. It is a craft in terms of getting it right. I still have flops, and it took me over a year to perfect my wreaths, and I still take them apart. The purple one may come apart today. I haven't decided.
Make a poof and pin it.
Then repeat a second row of poofs
Start wrapping your chevron ribbon
I will add a color of your choice ribbon to this wreath so you can customize it to your class. Or I can add a white letter of your choosing!
Made It Number 9 The purple wreath
Wrap the wreath so your hay doesn't show
I use pipe cleaner to hold the pieces together. I cut spirals of material of each color scheme and attach with u pins.
This one had too much black in places and not enough purple.
Here it is semi fixed. It is bothering me, so I will likely take it apart today and fix it. Be on the lookout for an update
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Oh. and here is my FANTASTIC new mini me from The Library Fox
Click on the above picture to go to her site to have her make one for you!!!
This was the inspirational picture she used. I just LOVE IT!
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