Hi Everyone! I can’t believe how fast the summer is flying by. This time next month I will hopefully be putting the finishing touches on my classroom. We officially start August 16th so I have A LOT to do to get ready for my upcoming Goobers. I have been working on plenty of things this summer, but most have been house related. I have also been waiting
impatiently patiently for Hobby Lobby to restock some of their Chip Decor so one of my first projects has been put on hold since early June. I cannot even express how many Hobby Lobby stores I have been to in IL and also in TN. I went to TN a few weeks ago to visit some college friends and luckily I was able to stop in a Hobby Lobby there. Per usual, my shape was out of stock. Grr. Oh well, it will just make the project more meaningful once it is done.
So, for today’s post, I wanted to share a project I was able to complete. I don’t know about you, but the things my students collect on and inside their desk drives me nuts. I feel like some kiddos understand that less is more on their desk, but others are mini hoarders and every day they have more “things” they accumulate. In their defense, I do expect them to have a pencil, pen, and highlighter at easy access. But, that can turn into a pencil, pen, highlighter, glue stick, dry erase marker, pink eraser, smencil, marker, notebook, and hand sanitizer. AHH! I am forever saying, “Find a new home for this” to several Goobers each year. Sooo, when I saw that The Dollar Tree had black, plastic, kid-friendly pencil cups, I knew I could work with them.
After I bought 30… yes, 30, (we never know how many kids we are going to have and my 1st year, I had 34 students.) I figured out how I could tweak them to make them more fun and personalized. Here are my materials:
I’m still going with a colorful classroom theme this year, but I’m narrowing the colors to pink, yellow, green, and blue. Why? Well, those were my favorite colors of polka dot border I could find. I wish they had purple with white dots, but no such luck. Maybe next year. The good thing is that I have a bunch of signs and posters already made up in these colors, so hopefully the room will look less punky and more pulled together.
To create my new pencil cups, I cut strips of ribbon in each of my new colors, 2-inch black polka dot circles, and numbers 1-30 in a whimsical frame. To adhere everything I used mini Velcro dots and of course, my hot glue gun.
The reason for the Velcro dots, is because I am planning to have my kiddos pick their own pencil cup. I don’t have my roster yet, so I don’t want to assign numbers to cups without know who is getting what. I mean, most boys are go with the flow, but I wouldn’t want to accidentally give a boy a pink cup just because their number happened to land on a pink ribbon.
I put a velcro dot here…
And the opposite side on the back of the numbers.
This way once they are glue together, the numbers will be easy to change out when necessary.
After a few trial and error cups, I got the hang of it. I’m hoping they will hold up.
I might need to get bigger Velcro dots, but I’m hoping they stay strong. Fingers crossed.
The final examples…
And, the same cups with the numbers switched around… easy peasy
All cleaned up and ready to be taken to school.
And there you have it… My first Monday Made it completed.
I am hoping to post a few more finished ideas this week. If it keeps raining, they will definitely be completed. This may be one of the rainiest summers I can remember.
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