More DIY for the Classroom!!

It's officially Summer, and I am officially in DIY mode! I have so many projects that I really need to add them ALL to my organizer to keep me focused!!!

The trouble (makes me think of the Pink song...LOL!) is that I have just as many projects to do in my classroom as I do for my house! The list is ever-growing. I L.O.V.E. Pinterest, but it's just adding more AWESOME ideas to my list. LOL!

For this post, I am just going to focus on the DIY projects that I have made for my classroom, this week. And, trust me, there are many more to come!!! 


Step 1: Purchase organizer. I got mine at Lowes for around $20. I have also seen them at Home Depot. 

Organizer from Lowes
Step 2: Purchase scrapbook paper, cut to fit drawers. I got my paper at Hobby Lobby.

Step 3: Type out a list of what you want to keep in your organizer. I used the font CCSweetSpirit by Cara Carroll. Another option for Steps 2 and 3 is to use your own digital background paper.

Step 4: Cut out and glue each item (word) to scrapbook paper. Let dry.

Step 5: Optional. Laminate.

Step 6: Add to the front of the drawer. I just set mine on the inside. The items inside the drawer keep it in place.

I absolutely LOVE this organizer!!! I already took it to my classroom and started adding items to it. I can't believe it took me this long to make one. How did I ever survive without it?! I already have plans to make a second one!!!!!


I purchased this bookshelf at a garage sale for $5, but you could do this with any bookshelf that you want to cuten up!

Step 1: Clean bookshelf with a damp cloth.

Step 2: Take off the back. I'm sure you could do this project with the back still on. It will just be a lot more measuring, cutting, and patience, but it will definitely work.

Step 3: Spread Mod Podge (I used a small paint brush) on the inside backing of the bookshelf (I arranged the paper before I added the Mod Podge to get an idea of the best arrangement).

 Step 4: Add paper. This paper is from Hobby Lobby.

Step 5: Spread Mod Podge on top of the scrapbook paper. Smooth out. Let dry.

Step 6. Prime the bookshelf. Let dry. Add a second coat, of it seems necessary.

Step 7: After the primer has dried, paint the bookshelf. Let dry. Add a second coat, if it seems necessary. I also painted the backing at this time.

Step 8: After the bookshelf is completely dry, put the back on.

I love how this turned out and I can't wait to take it to my classroom! 


I have used this desk (mostly as a storage area) for the past few years. I never sit at it anymore, now that I have a laptop. It pretty much just collects stuff! I bought a table at a garage sale that I (of course!) am DIYing and will use as my new desk. So, I decided to also DIY this desk so I can take it to my classroom. I think it will be perfect for my Writing area.

Step 1: Clean desk with a damp cloth.

Step 2: Take out drawers.

Step 3: Take off any visible hardware.

Step 4: Prime drawers and desk. Let dry. Add a second coat, if necessary.

Step 5: Paint drawers and desk. Add second coat. Let dry.

*You do not have to paint or prime the front of the drawers, just the edges.

Step 6: While the drawers are drying, cut the scrapbook paper to fit the front of the drawer. 

Step 7: If the drawers have hardware, make sure to add a hole, where needed.

Step 8: Add Mod Podge to the front of the drawer.

Step 9: Add scrapbook paper, make sure the hole in the paper matches the hole in the drawer.

Step 10: Spread Mod Podge on top of the scrapbook paper. Smooth out. Let dry. Add the hardware.

Step 11: When the drawers and the desk are completely dry, put the drawers back in the desk.

I just LOVE how it turned out!

I have a lot of DIY projects still on my list! Mod Podge Clipboards, labels for all of my book bins, labels for all of my supplies, a table that I will use for my new desk (priming, painting, and mod podging the edges), mod podge supply cans, so much more!!!!

Hi. My name is Beth and I am O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D. with Mod Podge!!!!! What about you?  


  1. Your DIY Projects look fantatic!! Love how they turned out! The teacher tool box is on my list of DIY this summer as well. Good luck with your other projects.


  2. Thank you so much! You will LOVE the teacher tool box!

    Beth :)

  3. Love your new look for the writing desk! I was obsessed with the scrapbook paper and modge podge last summer. I did the fronts of my file cabinets and the nasty paper sorter. They turned out awesome (if I do say so myself :)) I think the scrapbook paper is an easy way to pull your classroom color scheme together. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects. :)
    On the Trail of Learning

    1. Thank you so much!!! I have a tall, old metal cabinet in my classroom that I am going to do that with! I am excited for that project..I would love to see a pic of how yours turned out!

      Beth :)


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