Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Made It

I'm finally linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It.  I've been for her Monday Made It.  I've been looking, eyeing, stalking for awhile now so I figure with one week before I have to head back I should actually make some of these items.  

Creation #1

Draw sticks. I love these. I have a set with zebra but also needed a set with some cheetah print on them. I put a student's name on each stick with a clear label and this is how I "pick sticks." The kids love being picked by sticks and not just random picture assigned by Smartboard.

Here's how I made them:

I cut tissue paper slightly larger than the stick. I bought my tissue paper at Hobby Lobby. I used one piece of tissue paper to make 26 sticks.

Cut tissue paper slightly larger than the craft sticks.

Then I applied Mod Podge to the back of it.

Apply Mod Podge to strip.

I placed the stick on the tissue paper with modge podge and wrapped it up like a present. Except, I didn't wrap the round edges. I learned last year these didn't dry very well and they were lumpy.

Wrap the stick in the mod podge. Do not wrap the round edges.

This year I cut the edges off so they didn't have to be folded over. 
Cut the edges off and round them so they match the stick.

Creation #2

Inspired by Jill over at Marvelous Multiagers, I made these Spacewriters! I think they'll help my little ones as we work on writing this year.  I found the large, color sticks and wiggly eyes at Jo Ann Fabrics. I just used my mod podge brush to put a little on the tip and then stuck on the wiggly eyes! 

I have so many of thosewiggly eyes left, I'm trying to think of what I can make next with them!

Creation #3

I stopped by my room last week and I found these green bins. Green is my accent color, but I didn't like the pink.  Since patterned duck tape is all the rage, I decided to use some to cover up those pink handles (no spray paint since I may want the pink handles again!).  Super easy and cheap! I just used 2 of the flat duck tape sheets and my exacto knife. I traced the handles on a piece of white paper to make a pattern.  I'm really excited about how these turned out. 

Materials I used.

Those are the pink handle I wanted to cover up.
I'm SO excited about the final results. So cheap. And I did it while watching the Bachelor Pad, so it doesn't take a lot of concentration to do!
Final Product

Close up of the duck taped handles on plastic baskets.

Now I'm off to make a few more projects! The countdown has begun! 


  1. You have been busy!! I love how your baskets turned out, too! SO CUTE. :D I'm sorry that you have to go back in a week! Boo hiss.


  2. Those zebra handles rock! You have such great items to add animal print cuteness to your classroom, thanks for sharing!
    :) Antonia @ forkin4th

  3. I LOVE this!! I have white baskets just like those and really wanted to spruce them up, but I didn't want to spray paint them. I'm so stealing this idea!! Thanks for sharing. I found your blog from 4th Grade Frolics, Made it Monday!

  4. I like all of your creations. You have inspired me to look around my room and duct tape some baskets too!


  5. Lovin the new box handles! They add a little fun to them!

    The Second Grade Superkids

  6. Your baskets are adorable! I am a new follower and can't wait to read more.
    Happy Teaching,
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  7. Love the animal print (duct tape) on your basket handles! Thanks for the idea!

    Mrs. B's Nook

  8. You were busy! Love everything, especially the basket creative!

    I nominated you for an award! Swing by my blog to pick it up!

    Craft of Teaching

  9. The duck tape handles are so cute! I never think of stuff like that. Glad I found your blog. I'm a new follower.


  10. I have the same green baskets. Love your idea! I may have to try it!

    Mello’s Memos

  11. I love your blog, and I will definitely be back to visit it. Your baskets are so adorable too!

    Fabulous Finch Facts

  12. These are adorable!!!! My house looks like a disaster area because I have crafting materials all around and half finished projects everywhere. :(We will have to meet up again after school once the school year begins!! :) Melissa