Two Monday Made-It’s! :)

by becky on July 17, 2012

Hi, Everyone! I’m linking up again with Tara’s awesome Monday Made-It Linky Party.

This week, I created a Picture Frame craft. I’ve always wanted to do something like this, but never had the time. In the past, we were only in school for 1 hour and 4o minutes on the very first day. This year, we are in session for the ENTIRE day! Major change! The positive of this change is I will finally have time to take a picture of each of my Goobers on the very first day of 4th grade. Now onto the craft. I’ve seen a few of these on Pinterest and loved the idea of using a picture frame. However, I don’t have any laying around that are the right size, and anything I’ve seen at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby was looking pricey. Less is more, right? So, I thought about what I could use instead that would be durable but fun. Enter foam poster board. In the picture below, you can see some of the materials I used for the project.

I found this fun foam poster board at Target for around $3.99. The next day I found the same one at Walmart for $3.88. I also pulled out some of my pre cut letters I bought last year at the teacher store that I never use because I always end up making my own letters, a measuring tape, and a utility knife. I actually ended up NOT using the measuring tape and found a better and more accurate way to measure. See below.

For the record, I cannot draw, cut, or trace a straight line to save my life. The measuring tape kept goofing me up so I decided to use a strip of border and trace along each side. SOOO much easier and definitely more accurate.

Then, I cut out the middle very slowly. My knife is kinda junky. If you have a good knife, it will probably be much smoother.

Then, I arranged the letters to read, “The First day of 4th Grade”, I added a cute apple with the date of doomsday the first day of school, and took a final picture. I don’t have anyone here to model the frame, and Lillie was NOT cooperating, so just imagine a smiley 4th grader holding up the frame. I love how it turned out. And, it really only cost me about $4.oo. The letters cost money, but I already had them so they feel like they were free. 🙂

Now for my second Monday Made it… I’ve been dabbling here and there with my newish theme for my classroom and I’ve had some requests for polka dot themed ideas. I’m working on a colorful polka dot bundle that should be ready any day now, but in the meantime, I posted two new FREEBIES in my TpT store. I printed these out, glued them to fun sparkly ribbon and plan to hang them on the top of my whiteboard. I’m using the cursive version in place of the cursive ABC line I had hanging. It’s closer to the kid’s desks, and more colorful. Here is a shot of them hanging on the wall in my basement.

If you want to download a copy in manuscript, cursive, or both 🙂 click the covers below and enjoy!

Until next time, try to stay cool. The Weather Channel predicts another 3-digit day tomorrow, oy!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kris July 17, 2012 at 12:15 am

Love these!!!


Jeanne July 17, 2012 at 12:53 am

Thank you for sharing your alphabet! I downloaded these and will help me this year!


Kelly July 17, 2012 at 1:05 am

Love your letters and have already printed out my set!!!! Thanks for sharing.


Brandi July 17, 2012 at 3:14 am

Love your frame!

Success in Second Grade


Laura July 17, 2012 at 4:46 am

love both! Pinned our alphabet to pinterest so I can remember to print it out at school! Great Idea!


Faye July 19, 2012 at 7:34 am

Thank you!! So ready to hang them in my room.


Jill July 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I love your frame, so sparkly and fun. I love the polka dots. Thanks for sharing.



Tara July 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

What a super cute idea for the alphabet! Thanks for sharing!!! Love your first day frame!! I may be having to do that:) Thanks for linking up:)


Angela Nunley August 22, 2012 at 3:06 am

Hi Becky! I love the polka dot flags! I used them in my 1st grade classroom for my word wall. I was wondering if you had the flags available but blank…I want to create a banner that says “word wall” to hang above the word wall.
Thank you so much!


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