Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monday Made It {and Winners Announced}

It wouldn't be Monday Tuesday without a Monday Made It!

I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics.

I have been so inspired by all the talent and creativity I have seen this summer.

This week I worked on a few simple Pinterest inspired projects.

First up, my notebooks:

I plan to have the kids keep their math notes and vocabulary as well as foldables we create all inside this notebook.

I used composition books that I purchase at Big Lots (they are less stiff). I hot glued ribbon to the back cover for an instant bookmark. I used ribbon bought at the Dollar Tree and cut it into 8 in. strips. Finally, I glued an envelope to the back cover (also a Dollar Tree purchase). The envelope will house any items that are not made in the notebook (example index cards).

Next up:

I made these birthday balloons. I cannot remember who I got the template from :0(

(If you know, send me a message so I can include it in this post.)

I bought giant Pixie sticks from Dollar General.
I copied the birthday balloons onto colored card stock after shrinking the image a bit. My room has a mostly green and brown color scheme with accents of yellow and blue, so I went with the yellow and green card stock (purchased from Walmart).
I hot glued the balloons onto the Pixie sticks and arranged them in an empty jar I had. I hot glued a ribbon around the jar and an extra birthday balloon for decoration.

I hope the kids like their birthday treat!

For my grade level teamies - I assembled these:

Finally the hubs and I made these:

I was so excited about this project!

I purchased 3 crates at Walmart for under $4 each. I headed over to JoAnn fabrics and purchased foam and fabric. I spent around $25 total there. Then my husband and I went to Lowes for the plywood with crate in hand. He was not sure about how this whole thing was going to work, but I reassured him that I saw plenty of blogs about it and I even saw it on Pinterest! {still not sure he was convinced at this point}

Since I was only making 3 crates, we didn't need those big pieces of plywood, which would result in tons of leftovers. So...we found smaller pieces along the wall thanks to the friendly, helpful associates. These pieces resulted in the perfect size for my little project. An associate cut my chosen plywood piece into 3 rectangles that perfectly fit into my crates! I had very little left over waste, so that was great! The price for the sheet of plywood was $14.

The final step was to assemble it all! My husband was all into helping - yeah!
We laid the plywood pieces over the foam and cut. I had enough foam to use two pieces per crate resulting in added comfort! We then laid the foam and wood over the fabric (upside down) and cut the fabric, leaving enough around the edges to wrap and staple.

The final product is sturdy enough for me to sit on and for a 5 year old to stand on and jump (as I frantically yell at her to stop)!

Total for the crate project = $50
The experience of making them = priceless

NOW for the giveaway winners!!

Drumroll please...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you to everyone for entering and for being a follower!
I can't wait until I hit 200 followers - I have an idea for a spectacular giveaway!


  1. Great projects!! I think I need to make those birthday balloons!

    1. Thanks! And yes, you definitely should make the birthday balloons - super easy and super cheap!

  2. Man you have been busy! Everything looks awesome!

    Ginger Snaps

  3. I also made these crates yesterday... sounds like your wood finding went a bit smoother than mine. I bought a huge sheet of plywood and then the cutter guy was like miffed that I really only wanted four little squares! Hee Hee... I am secretly hoping a teacher wandered in after and was happily surprised that they had just what she needed! Yours look awesome! And I may just have to add those balloons to my list!
    - Michele

  4. Your crates came out great! I made some about a month ago & they are a great addition to the classroom. Love all of your creations! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. Thanks so much for visiting my blog this week! Sounds like you're having a great summer! Michelle

  6. Hi Angie, your projects look terrific. I love those crate seats!

    Am I the Wendy who is the winner??? I sure hope so! ;O)

    One Happy Teacher

    1. Yes! You are the W.I.N.N.E.R.!!!
      I sent you an email - let me know if you don't get it!

  7. We are thinking about starting a new link called "Almost Made-It August" because we have all these great projects started but nothing finished!!! LOVE the crate seats and birthday balloons! Cuuuuhute!
    ~Christy & Tammy

  8. I love all your projects. The fabric on the crate seats is so colorful and will really make a big statement! Great job!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  9. Adorable birthday ballons... I just made a Birthday Bouquet and am so excited for the kiddos to see it!
    :0) Melissa
    More Time 2 Teach

  10. Wow! You're so motivated and have made some cute stuff! Great job!