Monday, July 9, 2012

Made it Monday

It's Monday, so I'm linking up again with 4th Grade Frolics for her Made it Monday Linky Party.

I just love linking up with her for several reasons...

  1. It reminds me to share pics of all those cool things I have made for my classroom (Remember, I'm ADHD,  I make and make and make but often forget to share!).
  2. I get to see images of what others are doing and then I have a reason to go shopping (I personally love any reason to go shopping!).
  3. I don't have to think "What should I blog about today?"  (Sometimes I get in a Bloggers funk...does this happen to anyone else?). is what I have been working on this past week.  

First, I saw these on Pinterest and it was love at first sight!

They are birthday balloons made with crazy straws.  The best part, Amy over at Step Into Second Grade has the free downloadable balloon.  So of course, I had to make me some.

I got my straws at the Dollar Tree and I was ready.

Here are mine.

Aren't they just the cutest!  I can't wait to give one to my kiddos on their birthday.  Don't you just love the red solo cup (Yes, you can thank me because now the song is playing in your head, isn't it)?  I am going to try and find something as cute to put them in, something as cute as Amy's (see pic above).  I just haven't found the right thing yet.  I saw a cute hot pink tall basket at the Dollar Tree...Oh no, now I might just have to go back and do more shopping!  Hey!  It's only a dollar!

Next up...I purchased this locker crate from Walmart the other day.  It looked like the perfect size for my daily folders and, even better, it was hot pink!

Here is what I did to it so far.

That is a blue polka-dot ribbon added to it (I just love my colors this year!).  I do need to make a label for it, but labeling always seems to happen later for me.  I think I always have to see how everything fits into my classroom and then I make the labels.

Here is a pic of my next project.  I am sure you have seen people do this on Pinterest.  You know the one, where you take a picture frame and make a "To Do" list out of it.  I got the frame at the Dollar Tree as well.  Can anyone guess how much I spent?  And, how come when you go up to the front to purchase and your cart is full the cashier automatically says..."You must be a teacher."  I think the Dollar Tree is starting to stereotype us.

Well, here is mine.  Unfortunately, I didn't write down who I go the free printable from.  I apologize for having one of my adult ADD moments.  If you know who did the download, please let me know so that I can give them their shout out because I just love mine.  I need to find a cute hot pink bow to add to it, but that will have to come later.

Lastly, I found these cute baskets at Dollar Tree as well.  I already have a few in my classroom (Which my seven year old daughter had to mention as I was purchasing more...she is so observant).  I also got the ribbon from there too but it was way back at Easter.  I remember driving to several different Dollar Trees at Easter time to purchase as many of these as possible because I knew I would use them this summer.  I have quite a collection now...but I still think I am going to run out! Ugh!

Here is what I did.  These are going to be my work table baskets.  I have four tables in my classroom and each table has a shelf at the end of it (another Pinterest idea).  I have them place their completed work in these baskets as they rotate through the tables.  That way they are not coming up and bothering me during reading groups.  Of course, a label is forthcoming. I am envisioning something in black and white maybe.

Oh and remember my treasure box?  The one I found at Walmart for a whopping $4.97?  Here is how it turned out.

I added letter stickers and then used my plethora of "O" stickers to accentuate the grommets on the container.  Of course, I had to add some bling (which I had on hand in my scrapbook room as well).  I think it turned out cute.

Well, that's it!  I have been busy creating but, unfortunately, I am not keeping up with my purchasing.  If you could only see the amount of stuff that is sitting on the floor of our game room (That is where everything seems to pile until I can get it to school).  The pile needs to find a new home soon since we have company coming in town on the 17th of this month.  

Which means I will be making a trip to my classroom.  
Which means that I will be bringing home even more projects.  
Which means that the pile probably won't be shrinking much.  Oh well!

What have you been creating?  I can't wait to see!  Go link up!

Happy Blogging!


  1. I love the ribbon on your bins.
    So cute!


  2. Your projects turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

    Success in Second Grade

  3. You've been busy!! I'm trying to not go to Dollar Tree until I'm back in my classroom but... you're not helping me here! lol! Love your baskets!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  4. You have made everything so cute! I need to go get some ribbon now!
    I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love your projects!! I still need to get a treasure box from Walmart. The ribbon makes everything so cute! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  6. All your projects look great! You got so much done...I am inspired! I love your birthday gifts! I just shared birthday gifts on my blog today also! :) I think I am going to do these next year; they are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

    Delighted in Second
    Hope you will join my $20 TPT gift certificate giveaway!

  7. So much cuteness!!! Love your birthday balloons!!! I can't wait for my kiddos to see mine;) All your baskets are too cute with the ribbon:) Love the to do list...I still haven't made one:) Thanks for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

  8. Thanks for all the great comments ladies! It' so nice to have followers!


  9. I love the crazy straws for a birthday gift! I am sure your kinders will love them too! I am also your newest follower. I would love to have you come and visit my blog.

  10. I bought the same file folder box from walmart too and was wondering what I could do to "spruce" it up. Adding ribbon is a great idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Color Me Kinder

  11. Loving the to do list. It may have to be my next Made It Monday.
    I am your newest follower.
    Stop by sometime.

  12. I think I'm going to get up off this couch and go to Target!!!!

    I am your newest follower and have nominated you for an award which you can pick up at my blog here