400 Instagram Followers Huge Giveaway with a Made It Monday thrown in early

I am so happy to have over 400 Instagram friends!!! Whoot!!! I have found so many fun ideas from Instagram, and hope to gain more followers all over blog - land!

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!

I am guessing that Tara and her Monday Made It is going to end up going to once a month since she is starting school...sniff sniff, wipe the tears.  I still have so much to share!
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!
This is what it looked like when it came out!

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
This was my set of toolboxes. The polka dot one was from my room last year. The blue one was from my first classroom in 2009. Yes, I left it blue and I only put on avery labels. I don't know when the original teacher toolbox was created, but I have a feeling I have been using it for quite a while now, but it just wasn't fancy. This needed to change!

 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!!!
Isn't she pretty!? I need to start using a big drop cloth because part of my driveway has yellow on it. OOPS

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! 

Finished product! 

I will add my sign from below that says
Writing Folders

Finished Product! 
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...

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 

 So I covered it in Mod Podge and traced each letter backwards on thick yellow and gray tones of cardstock.

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.???

                                                     Made It Number 6
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 

Please join my rafflecopter giveaway for a custom wreath, gift card and my entire tpt store! 

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! 

Please leave me a comment! I love hearing from you, and try to respond back to everyone's comments! I would love for you to follow me on my blog, instagram, pinterest or my TPT
Mrs. H.

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  1. Girl- your Made-its look AWESOME!! I love those toolboxes!

    Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd:)

    1. Thank you so much! I love the tool boxes too! They keep me organized! It is also easy to train my kiddos to get stuff!

  2. I love everything that you do! Love your tool box, love your mailbox, love your writing folders! Love your mini-me, too! How cute is she!!!! Thanks for the giveaway! You're truly amazing!

    1. Thank you for the advise about the mini. I just love it! :) Lots of luck - maybe you will win!

  3. I have completed all of the Rafflecopter questions except for pinning on Pinterest. Unfortunately, I don't know how to pin :-( any pointers?
    My email is: najda_2000@yahoo.com
    Thanks again....

  4. Wow you have been busy! I follow you on bloglovin, Instagram and TpT. I'll add Pinterest and your regular blog follower when I am on my computer later. Thanks for the chance.

    1. Oops pushed enter too soon. bartramsbuccaneers @yahoo.com

    2. Awesome! Thank you for following me! :)

  5. Wow, you've been busy. I know this summer, I have created more (Instagram has been great - but I feel that it increased my "to do" list this summer to an impossibly long length!!!). Is it just me, or when you start to spray paint you want to spray EVERYTHING???? I have a treasure chest and chair waiting to be sprayed - hah hah.

    Love your blog and your rafflecopter ideas! One of these days, I need to take the bull by the horns and do a rafflecopter giveaway! Maybe once I get that Facebook page up and running (see? it's that list!)

    :) Chrissy
    Adventures In Second Grade

    1. I swear something happens in me the day school lets out. I don't craft all summer since I am so busy but each day in the summer while my son sleeps, I am forever making something. It is relaxing to me. I love sharing things I have done/made! :) I can't wait for you to do a giveaway!

  6. Oh! Forgot email: youelcm@gmail.com :)

    Also, I couldn't find you on Pinterest - can you post a link? Would love to follow you and your ideas (I live by Pinterest as well!).

    Thanks! :)

  7. I did everything!

  8. You have been so busy. I love it all. I had no idea you could dye your pocket charts. I love all of your creations and would love to win.

    1. Thanks Miss Nelson! You are an inspiration from looking at your fantastic stuff!! Yep - you can, but I warn you - it doesn't always work. I am going to check on my second chance of trying to dye a pocket chart failure...if it doesn't work, I am going to have to paint it. I am not happy about that last option but I will have to because I need that thing! :)
      Thanks for entering! I am so happy you did

  9. You are crafty! I did everything!


    1. Thanks Cherie! Good luck! Thank you for following me - I hope you find something useful for your room!

  10. So...where do I start??? Everything looks fabulous! If we were closer we would be in HUGE trouble...I have a serious spray paint addiction right now...it is so addicting! I want to do my pocket charts so bad but i am afraid. I might give it a try with an old one first. How cute are you and that outfit!?! P.S. - still jealous of the 3 hour naps!!
    Two Friends In First

    1. Hey girl! Thanks so much - yes we would be in trouble. I just can't help myself. I should be running on the elliptical while my son sleeps, but this is so much better! lol I need to perfect my craft for spray paint. The yellow stuff was my first attempt. I am going to spray them with sealer because I don't want them to fall off. Do you do that? Aw thanks for the compliment on the outfit. That is my favorite outfit! I am very lucky for those naps - sometimes they don't happen so it makes for a long day. :)

  11. I'm all entered to your giveaway! You are so creative! :)

    1. Thanks for entering Ann - I am glad to have you as a follower!

  12. You are so awesome! We need to be blogging friends :) I would say friends but we live across the country from each other or else I would come spray paint with you! LOVING your creating!!

    Crofts' Classroom

    1. Thank you so much Tina! I am excited. I love looking at all your things - Instagram and Blogging is costing me a fortune!!! lol I am so happy to have you as a blogging/instagram friend! :)

  13. Wow you have so much stuff you made! Everything really looks great! I spray paint a lot of things too!

    Rambling About Reading

    1. Hi Jess! Thanks for stopping by and for the compliments! Spray paint is so simple, why have I been painting things normally for so long??!

  14. Thanks for an awesome giveaway! I enjoy following you on Instagram :)

    LaKeta Ille

    1. LaKeta, thanks for following and for joining the giveaway! I am very excited to be able to do something for someone else's class ! :)

  15. wow, you really have been busy. I would never have thought to dye my pocket charts.

    Hodges Herald

    1. I will say, one worked, and one didn't. I guess if it is thin material it works, the thicker, the better chance you will have a dud like my end post pocket chart!!! Thanks for stopping by!

  16. I follow you every way I can! Instagram, Pinterest, TpT, and your awesome blog! Thanks for doing such an awesome giveaway! :)

    Your projects are always so cute! You are so crafty! :)
    Mrs. Johnson's Little Prowlers

  17. You have been busy!!! I am totally with you on the primary colors thing...not everyone is using them; I really wish the "teacher companies" would step it up in that department. I love your wreaths! Great job!!!

    Primarily Speaking

    1. I just don't understand it! I hope you are in for the giveaway - it could be yours! thanks for following!

  18. I found your blog through Monday Made It! I am loving what I have found!

    1st Grade with Miss Snowden

  19. You seriously do more projects than anyone I've ever seen! I love the sneak peeks on Instagram! :)

    Thanks for doing a giveaway! :)


    1. Kayla, I am an overachiever - in my blood I suppose!:)

  20. WOW! I did not expect to see so many things accomplished. You give me motivation. Thanks for the giveaway (newest follower!)

    Enchanted Kinder Garden

    1. Thank you for following me Keri! I am glad I inspire someone! lol :) Thanks for stopping by

  21. Wow you have been busy bringing your theme together. I love your purple, black and white wreath - it looks so cute. I didn't know that you could dye blue pocket charts - great idea to bring more purple into the room. I love purple too.

    1. Purple is the best - it is relaxing to me for some reason! :)
      Thank you for the compliments and stopping by!

  22. Awww... I didn't know you blogged about your mini until someone emailed me saying that they saw yours and wanted one! Thanks for the shout out girlie! :-) I didn't know how crafty you were! I'm gonna have to follow you! I think you just gave me the courage I needed to try dying my curtains. They are dark brown and I want black... But I'm cheap. lol. :-)

    1. Why, of course I did! I hope I can get you more business! You are amazing!

  23. LOVE your blog! So glad you found me so I could find you! My 19 month old takes 3 hour naps as well and it's the only time to have guilt free crafting/blogging. :) I also had a similar experience with the Krylon spray paint...no bueno! Lowes is the big deal here so I use Valspar for my spray painting endeavors. :) Your wreath is cute too! The decomesh is so fun. :)

    ~Amanda Elementary Teacher Files 

    1. hate that spray paint...such garbage! :) I will need to try the Valspar...
      Thanks for stopping by!

  24. Holy cow! You have been busy!! Now I'm itching to dye my pocket charts!

    1. I can't promise it will work. I have one success and one failure. If its thick - skip it... :)

  25. I'm having trouble finding you on Instagram and the link on your page isn't working. :(

    ~Amanda :)

  26. wow!This post is year's worth of projects! Wonderful and thank you for sharing! I'm a new follower!!!

    1. Thanks for following Sandy! I hope you find neat tips and tricks !

  27. Great Blog...Love your ideas... Thanks...when I click on the links it takes you to yours but it is hard to see but when I refresh somehow it takes you to your "real" homepage. I had a hard time reading the first one. Just thought you should know...It is purple on purple...

    1. hmmm - I wonder.. I will look into it ! Thank you for letting me know and for stopping by!

  28. Wow! You've been so busy! I'm envious of all your super cute creations... I'm usually a very crafty person but most of what I touch this summer I just don't like it when I'm done.

    I'm going to have to remember the tricks to dying a pocket chart! I never knew it could be done... mind blown ;)

    Thanks for all your tips & tricks,
    My Shoe String Life
    Follow me on Bloglovin'

    1. I hope I don't ruin your pocket charts! I had one success and one failure - I hope yours works so you don't curse me... :)

  29. Awesome ideas! I completed all entries.

    scrapmoose at gmail dotcom

    1. Thanks Kristi! :) Thank you for following and commenting!

  30. OH man, I'm itching to dye some of my blue pocket charts black now! I hope it works!

    1. I hope it works too! Link back if it does! I would loev to see it!

  31. Love your blog, I'm so glad I found you on Monday Made It! You are one seriously crafty teacher! :)

    Fun in PreK-1 & Kinder

    1. Aw thanks Jessica! :) It has been a lazy summer for school WORK though! :)

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  33. I love the idea of using dye on a pocket chart, but I'm scared of ending up with a fail. I love all of the crafts and I am looking forward to seeing more in the future. I completed all of the rafflecopter entries - thanks for the giveaway! And...let's try it again following all of the directions - n.r.argumaniz@sbcglobal.net

    1. I had a fail...it was an expensive one too. My advice, the thicker the material, the riskier it is. My best pocket chart is ruined. UGH. I wish you luck on the giveaway! :)

  34. I am AMAZED at all of the things you've done-I'm struggling with some of the same projects! Thanks for the inspiration.

  35. You are a true inspiration. I have several things that I need to change the color to match my room. I tackled some this ye, but some will have to wait.

  36. I may have to try to make one of those wreathes. Good job on the pocket chart.
    Barrow's Hodgepodge

  37. I did all these things!!!

  38. I'm loving your spraypainting ideas! Super cute ideas! What a great giveaway!
    Tanya ☺
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

  39. Love your blog and IG! Gives me lots of ideas for my future classroom. Great giveaway! :)

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