Birthday Balloons

by becky on August 7, 2011

Hi again! Sorry I’ve been MIA. I spent the majority of last week setting up my classroom. I’m hoping to finish this week and then I’ll have tons of pictures to share. Let’s just hope the laminator gets replenished at work so I can finish about 5 projects. Does anyone own their own personal laminator? Do you like it? Is is expensive to buy the paper? Sometimes I really wish I had one at home. Not for the huge projects but for computer paper sized projects.

Anyway, I’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments on my Focus Wall. First, THANK YOU! I love getting *positive* feedback. Give me a few days and I’ll tell you all about how I run my focus wall and what this year’s wall looks like. 🙂

Since the majority of my work this week has been done at school and I’m not quite ready to show you, I thought I’d share my Birthday Balloon jar that I made. I was inspired by so many members on ProTeacher and also from my blonde twin (just kidding, but seriously, sometimes I think we were separated at birth) Christie at Teaching in Flip Flops to create my own set. Here you go:

Part of me wishes I had made the balloons with polka dot or zebra patterned paper like Christie did, but I had to have a talk with myself this week. I told myself that even though I LOVE so many ideas, I am not a millionaire and I need to start using the supplies I already have. In fact, I won’t let myself go to Dollar Tree or any teacher stores  until the end of September. By then, most of the back to school crazy cute items should be gone. Sigh. It’s been hard, but my motto right now is, “If you can’t make it yourself, you don’t need it.” It’s been a daily struggle, lol.

The best part of my balloons is that I didn’t need to cut anything except the ribbon. My cricut came with the most boring font cartridge but I scored big time when I realized that there was a balloon shape on it. Can you say, EXCITING? I was very happy. I like the jar as it is, but may add black letters saying Happy Birthday. We shall see.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Talk to you soon!

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Mrs. A August 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Love this idea! I’ve seen these before and they are just so stinkin’ cute! I like the paper you used for the balloon and the container you put them in. I do have a small personal laminator. I don’t use it often as I try to laminate at school, but I’ve used it a few times when I’m in a pinch and it works great. I haven’t bought any sheets in a while so they may be more expensive than they used to be. I’m not sure.


Ashley August 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Those birthday balloons are too cute!! I actually own my own laminator too and it wasn’t that expensive. You can buy huge sets of paper that will last you a lot longer than you think as well! I couldn’t live without it now that I have one.


Shawn August 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm

That is so true! I have been so in inspired by all these blogs but also a little overwhelmed because it is costing some money to make all these things. So I have tried to not let myself go get supplies. Thanks for the willpower push.


Kinderdi August 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Thanks for sharing your ideas. I am doing a polka dot theme this year, so I can’t wait to see your room pics!


Jennifer August 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Love the birthday jar ~ I might have to make one now too lol. It would be nice to have something on hand for the whole year rather than trying to get something together every month. I bought a home laminator this summer because my school ran out of lamination in January and boy was that a pain! This year I will only need lamination for large projects! I buy my laminating packs either at Walmart or Sam’s club and really, I don’t go through that much, even when I’m laminating every night! I think it’s totally worth it. My laminator was less than $50 (can’t remember the exact amount) and the lamination is so much sturdier, I love it! I am your newest follower btw, even though I teach kinder, I love stalking other grades since so much can be adapted for my class!

Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten


Kym August 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm

That is so cute! WHERE did you find the pixi sticks? I want to make these too but I can’t find them. Thanks!


Kym August 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm
becky August 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Hi Kym, I bought the pixie sticks at a store called Party City. They were in the candy aisle. 🙂


Kym August 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

My website didn’t come up.


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