Monday Made It: I've been busy!

Tuesday 18 August 2015
Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like realizing you only have 3 weeks left until the first day of school. Well, at least for us procrastinators. Anyone else try to cram everything into those last few weeks of summer? I did some things earlier on, but was putting off some bigger projects. It's been a busy few days though and I'm finally ready to share what I've been up to!

I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It to show you what's been keeping me so busy lately.

My first made it is a project that I've wanted to do for over a year - a library bench cushion! I've wanted a comfy library bench ever since I saw the Pinterest famous Kindercraze bench. I was hoping to make a cushion last year, but the shelf I had wasn't sturdy enough so that plan went out the window. This year, I made sure to get a shelf that is super sturdy and works as a bench.

Although I was originally going to ask my grandmother to sew a cushion cover, I quickly decided to go the no-sew route instead. So glad I did! It was so quick and easy! My dad had some plywood lying around and my sweet grandfather cut it to size for me.

I sprayed the wood with adhesive before putting the foam on it. (I definitely recommend this step because it helps the foam to stay in place.) Then all I had to do was wrap the batting around the foam and staple it down. My dad and I worked on that part together. 

Then my mom got in on the action! It was truly a family project! I had some fabric leftover from last year so we wrapped it around and stapled it over the batting. The corners were a bit tricky; we kind of folded and tucked them the same way you would your sheets when you make the bed.

Check out the finished product! I'm in love! It looks exactly like how I pictured it. :) Can't wait to see my sweet kiddos sitting on it and getting cozy while reading.

My second made it is a first day sign for my students to hold when I take their pictures. There are so many cute signs on TPT but unfortunately, none of them will work for me. The public school system here is based on the British system so instead of kindergarten, first grade, second grade, etc., we say Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, etc. (I don't use any resources or posters in my classroom that say "first grade" or "first graders" because the kids are not familiar with those terms.) I've never done a first day picture with a sign, so I'm super excited to try that out this year. :)

This one isn't a full made it because I didn't make those adorable quote posters. They are a freebie from Khrys Bosland and you can find them on TPT here. I did spray paint two of the frames though! They were all pink originally but two got scratched in my suitcase on the way home from my vacation. A little spray paint fixed that right up and now I love these frames even more! They match my classroom color scheme perfectly. Did I mention that I had never spray painted anything before this? I feel like a whole new world of possibilities has opened up now. Haha. 

A few weeks ago, I made some posters of our school rules to display in my classroom. We have four core rules which are all centered around being a safe school. We use the acronym SAFE to remember them: S is Show respect to everyone. A is have an Attitude that's positive. F is Follow directions and E is Engage in learning.

Here is one of the posters. I made them in Powerpoint using a plain black background and KG fonts!

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll remember I posted a picture of some Michael's finds, which included these wooden plaques. The moment I saw them, the lightbulb went off! I knew I wanted to try to use them to display my SAFE rules. So my dad and I busted out the black spray paint and got to work!

After they were done, I tried to adhere my rules to them and let's just say the first couple of attempts were not successful at all. I won't even share with you the hot mess that it was, but it was bad. Real bad. 

The third time was the charm! Now I just need to reprint a couple of the other posters so I can try modpodging them again.

My final made it involves spray paint again - yep, definitely a new obsession. 

I got this table to use as a guided reading table this year. I love it, except for the super bright yellow trim. Now don't get me wrong, I like the color yellow, but this one is like school bus yellow. The picture doesn't do it justice. Plus, yellow isn't really one of my classroom colors. So I taped up the metal part of the legs and spray painted the yellow legs black.

I took off the tape and got so excited! I love it so much more with the black trim! As you can see, there is still some yellow trim around the top of the table. I am thinking about just covering that area with black electrical tape or something, but we'll see. Any other recommendations? :)

I sure loved sharing all of my made its with you! Be sure to head back to 4th Grade Frolics to see what everyone else made!


  1. Hi Kristi,

    I found you through the Monday Made It linky and I love that you teach in the Caribbean. Are you from there or do you live in the States? I am currently a teacher abroad in the UAE (Middle East near Dubai) and love meeting other teachers from around the world. I look forward to following your blog this year and am super envious of your reading bench. My classroom doesn't have room. I also really like your SAFE rule posters. Very cute. I suggest trying some Washi tape on your yellow table edges. It might be just the right width to make it really pretty.

    Teaching Doodles

    1. Hi Susan,

      Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm from here and have lived here my whole life, except for four years of college in the States. I love meeting other teachers from around the world too! So many teacher bloggers teach in the U.S., so it's nice to find others who teach in other places. I feel you on the lack of classroom space. This year will be the first time I've had a big classroom. In previous years, I had to get real creative if there was a piece of furniture that I really wanted to fit in the room. Thanks for the washi tape suggestion! I will have to try that. :)

  2. Hi Kristi! I would think with all the washi tapes and duct tapes, both of which come wide and narrow you'd be able to cover that edge with no problem. There are some really cute patterns that would match your room. And as the kids will be sitting with you at the table most of the time, I don't little fingers would have too many time to pick it off. I am about to paint a wooden table black, too. I love paint! See you around. Kathleen Kidpeople Classroom

    1. Hi Kathleen! Great idea - a cute pattern might be just what that little table needs! Good luck with your painting project and thanks for visiting my blog! :)

  3. I love those posters. Thanks for sharing the link!

    My Bright Blue House


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