DIY For the Classroom

Part of being a teacher, is being creative...or at least trying to be creative! I love DIY projects for the classroom...sometimes too much! Do you ever have so many great ideas on your TO DO List that you think, "Will I ever get to them all?!" I really don't know if I ever will, especially since discovering Pinterest! Wowie Wow Wow! There are some AWESOME DIY ideas floating around! Here are a few of mine!

CANS and CONTAINERS:

I love saving cans! I used to cover all of my cans and containers for the classroom using cutesie contact paper. Then, I discovered Mod Podge! Oh.My.Goodness. My cans have taken on a whole new life! Cans+Mod Podge+ Scrapbook Paper=DIY CUTENESS! I made these cans (except the pencil can, that's contact paper) using pirate scrapbook paper! LOVE!

Step 1: Wash out empty veggie, bean, or soup cans. I also use washed out sour cream containers and doggie treat containers (btw, those are the best doggie treats ever!! They are from Costco!).

 Step 2: Cut scrapbook paper to fit can or container.

Step 3: "Paint" Mod Podge onto the can or container.

Step 4: Carefully wrap the paper onto the can or container.

Step 5: "Paint" the paper, using the Mod Podge, smoothing out the paper when you can.

Step 6: Let dry! It always looks better/shinier after it dries! 

It is definitely easier to create this using a can. When I have made it using sour cream containers, the paper tends to wrinkle, but I still love it! Try it both ways and see which one you like best!

I use these containers to hold pencils, pens, markers, games, counters, cut up letters, flashcards--the options are endless! Plus, they look so cute in the classroom!


Game containers, made with contact paper

CRATES:
These crates are all over the blogs and Pinterest! I made these and the students love them! We have a Pirate Theme in our classroom and this material was perfect for our theme!!


Have you made "crate chairs" for your classroom yet? You should! They are so fun!! :)

CUBBY CURTAINS:
We have a WALLLLLLLLLL of cubbies in our classroom! We use them to hold manipulatives, games, whiteboards, storage, etc. This wall of "stuff" can look overwhelming. So, we created "cubby curtains" for our classroom. We put velcro on the curtains and the cubbies. Now, we can cover this wall! When we need access, we just lift the curtains. Love them!

"Cubby Curtains"


What DIY projects have you made for your classroom? What do you want to make? I'd LOVE to add your favorites to my ever growing DIY TO DO List! LOL! :)

30 comments

  1. Hi Beth,

    What a cute and simple idea! I have used empty icing containers in my classroom because they are white and I just hotglue a ribbon around the top of them but your cans are SO super cute! I might have to add some mode podge cans to my LONG list of summer crafts!

    Thanks for stopping my by blog, I am happy to be your newest follower! :)



    Laura ~ First Grade Spies

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    1. Thank you! I like the idea of using icing containers..I have seen those used to hold borders. Adding a ribbon sounds so cute, especially if I add a "pirate" ribbon! I guess I better start using frosting! LOL! :)

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  2. Oh my goodness girl, SO cute! You have inspired me to do some DYI(ing). I am thrilled I just found you and am a new follower!

    Hugs!
    Khrys
    Keepin’ It Kool In KinderLand

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    1. Awwww..thank you so much! And, thank you for becoming a follower. I just checked out your blog, and I love it!! I am your newest follower. :)

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  3. Super fun! Thank you for the tutorial. :) I love having canisters and such all cutesied up!

    Erica
    Sprinkles to Kindergarten
    erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you!! Me too! There's just something about a cute can of pencils on the table or a cute canister with a game inside. Makes me smile. :)

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  4. They are all adorable! I have a few Pringles cans I have covered to hold pointers, but I have a whole collection of cans and containers waiting for summer:) You've inspired to get working on those a bit sooner.
    I love to use curtains to cover storage areas, too because my OCD makes me twitch when I see all the different materials and manipulatives!

    ~Nikki
    Teaching in Progress

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    1. Ohhhhhhh..Pringles cans! What a great idea!! I am always searching for more! I look at everything, and think, "Hmmmmm, can I make that into something for our classroom?" It's kind of ridiculous! LOL! :)

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  5. Well, you and your blog are the cutest!!!! Thank you for following my blog. I followed you right back!!!! I can't wait to see all the good stuff you are doing!

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  6. Hi Beth! Katie's my bud and I saw your cute comment on her blog and had to hop over! Wish I could have met you on Saturday!

    LOVE this idea with the mod podge! I'm thinking about the sterilite tubs I have in my daughter's bedroom - they need some serious cute-ing up!!! I smell a Spring Break project!!!

    Smiles - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

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  7. Wow, thank you so much! And, thank you for becoming a follower!!

    I love the idea of trying Mod Podge on the sterilite tubs! I have a BIG 'OL clear assessment tub that I want to cutsie up! It's see through and I thought of putting scrapbook paper on the inside to hide all of the assessment tools, but I bet Mod Podging the outside might just work, too!! So many ideas! Thanks!

    I am going to hop over to your blog and becoming a follower right now!

    Beth :)

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  8. I love the things you have made for your classroom. I makeover my classrooms too and I love modge-podge. Last summer I made modge-podge clipboards and I love them. You can see the post I made about them here: http://www.firstclassteacher.blogspot.com/2012/07/monday-made-it-linky.html

    I am a new follower,

    Pamela

    First Class Teacher

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    1. Hi! Thank you!! I LOVE your clipboards! I can't wait to make these using pirate scrapbook paper...so cute! Thank you for the wonderful idea!!!

      Thank you for following me, I followed you right back!

      Beth :)

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  9. This looks super easy! I am definitely trying this one as soon as I get some containers emptied out! :)

    ~Jen
    Jen's Kinder Kids

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    1. It is easy! You'll love it! :)I make a lot of things in the crockpot...so I have cans in abundance! Sometimes, I think extra doggie treats this week just so I can empty that container faster! LOL!

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  10. Hi Beth!
    I also love DIYs (and modpodge!) These look so easy to do and are lovely! I really need to coordinate some colors in my classroom this summer--I have a lot going on! This looks like such a practice, fun and easy way to do that! Thanks for the fabulous post!
    Stacey
    http://mrscolegrovesfourthgrade.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! I use so many cans that I am getting ready to make another set for the weather unit we are getting ready to start..it's a fun way to bring everything together! Have fun making yours!! :)

      P.S. I discovered Mod Podge when I used it to make a magnetic board by adding scrapbook paper to a spray painted cookie sheet!! So COOL!

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  11. Love the cans and pirate theme! Thanks for sharing!

    Oh, How Pintearesting!

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    1. Thank you!! The pirate theme is sooooo fun! :)

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  12. Beth-- I am your newest follower!!! First you found me, and now I have found you!!! Love your blog! I always have all of these cute ideas to classy up my classroom, but I can never find the time to do them. Well, and I can't sew..... That is my project for the summer. :) hopefully it is not too hard to learn how. Those crate seats are super cute! I winder what the weight limit is on those suckers....would a 5/6 grader be too heavy?

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    1. Thank you so much for following me back!!

      The great thing about the crate seats...no sewing involved! Just a staple gun!! I'm not sure what the weight limit is... These are pretty small, light crates from Target. I bet if you got some bigger, heavier duty crates and used a thicker piece of wood...it would work for upper grades. My students love them! :)

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  13. Hi Beth:) Thanks for stopping by my blog...I'm your newest follower! Your projects turned out so cute, thanks for sharing. Now I'm off to find some scrap paper and Mod Podge...:)

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    1. Oh, you are so welcome! Your blog is great!! Thank you for following me, too. Have fun mod podging!!! :)

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  14. After seeing all your projects I've got to get busy! Your blog is great!!


    Owl About Us


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    1. Thank you so much! My DIY list never ends! But, at least it's a FUN TO DO list! Have fun!! :)

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  15. I love love love DIY projects! I made crate seats for my classroom this last summer and LOVE them! I think I may make some more this coming summer. I also love your cutsie cans. I think I'm going to need to give it a try :) I'm your newest follower!

    Adrienne
    A Day in the Life of a Kindergartner

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    1. Thank you for becoming a follower!! :)

      Sometimes, I think we need summer just so we can complete our DIY list...which never seems to end! There's always something to add to the list! LOL!!

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  16. Your blog is so cute and filled with great ideas.
    I love your DIY ideas!!! The crate stools are awesome..I think I want to do that for my room next year!
    I found you through the TPT forum and now I am your newest forum.
    Thanks,
    Melissa
    http://grellamonsterrs.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! You should definitely make the crate chairs! They are so fun!

      Beth :)

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