Sunday, June 15, 2014

Totally Transformed: Pez Dispensers

This week I am back again with another Monday Made It edition of "Totally Transformed". Last week's project of transforming the Dollar Spot bags was a huge hit! If you missed it, click the picture below to check it out! 

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On the menu this week: transforming Pez dispensers into CVC sliders. I have been a collector of Pez dispensers since I was a child. I knew there had to be a fun way to transform these childhood favorites into a teaching tool.



Student teaching in kindergarten, a HUGE focus of the year was with CVC words. We used "Stretchy the Snake" a lot in the classroom! However, envelopes and pencil boxes can only hold the attention of a 5 year old for so long. By adding in simple character faces on a Pez dispenser, children will be instantly engaged! For example, if you have a child who loves Star Wars? No problem! Grab a Darth Vader Pez dispenser and you are golden!

Let's see the breakdown...


This project was as simple as adding two pieces of tape and writing three letters on each side. By adding the piece of tape, you have a teaching tool that can be used over and over again! However, if you don't plan on reusing these, you can skip that step and write directly on the Pez dispenser. This was seriously one of the easiest projects I have ever done! Gotta love 5 minute DIY's!

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While you are here, I also "made" a linky party called "Font-astic Favorites". It's perfect for all you font obsessed teachers out there! If you have a chance, I would love for you to link up! Click the picture below to join in on the fun!

http://thepolishedteacher.blogspot.com/2014/06/font-astic-favorites-tag.html

See you next week when I tackle another everyday object and turn it into a teaching treasure!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Font-astic Favorites Tag

Have you caught the font fever???

Everyone seems to be font obsessed lately! Font lists are all over Pinterest and people are even devoting an entire binder to their font collection. In order to help spread the font wealth, I thought we could play a fun little font tag. 

Simply use the names of your favorite fonts to answer your favorite thing for each category. You can play it any way you wish. You can answer the questions as seriously as you want, or be as funny as possible. The choice is all yours as it is all for fun! 

Just use the template below, fill it in, and upload it to your blog. Then come back and link your blog post up. Once you are done, tag 3 friends to play along! Hopefully in the process you will find some new blogging friends and download a few more fonts! Just be sure you check the TOU for each font you download! 

Let's get this party started! 

Here are my Font-astic Favorites! 


Grab your template to get started! Just right click and save-as! I edited mine in PPT just like I do with Farley's Currently slides.

Background by Sonya Dehart
Doodle Frame and Divider by Mad Clips Factory



Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Made It - Totally Transformed

Welcome back to another Monday Made It hosted by the lovely Tara at 4th Grade Frolics!


This week I am kicking off a new series of Monday Made It posts on my blog:
Totally Transformed
Hopefully it will be the solution to end my craft fails! During this series, I am going to take an everyday object and totally transform it into something new. 

For today's transformation I turned to my trusty sidekick: Pinterest. While it might be summer, teacher's never turn off their school brain. After seeing these on Pinterest...


I knew I just had to make some fancy new wall art for the classroom! If you are like me, you fall in love with wall art at places like Hobby Lobby only to discover it costs upwards of $30 for a single canvas. Have no fear, I am here to show you a much cheaper way to get top notch wall art! For the final product, each canvas cost under $1.50 to make after using coupons. 

Let's take a look at the break down:


Feel free to pin any of my Monday Made It creations on Pinterest that you might like to tackle in the future! We all know it is where most of my crafting ideas come from!

The process to turn these canvas bags into wall art takes just a few simple steps. If you are a teacher hoarder and Target fanatic like myself, odds are you will have all these things at your disposal.



To make six of these bags it took less than an hour. My favorite part, there was no wait time for things to dry like with other crafting projects. It was as easy as cut, tack, hang. The even have the strap already attached so they can easily be hung on the wall. Here are the final products in all their glory...


As you can see, I had a newer (2014) and older (2013) version of each bag. I know I have the original (2012) bags from the Pinterest page if I dig through my closet hard enough. I have been diligently collecting these bags at Target. I always buy at least 2 of each bag when I go to the Dollar Spot because I never know when I might need more than one and they are always sold out. Good thing I bought duplicates because now I have beautiful wall art and bags to use in the classroom. I cannot wait until the new set of bags come out so I can continue to add to my collection!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thanks to Fancy Frugal Life for the inspiration for this project! See you next week when I tackle another Totally Transformed project!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Let The Crafting Begin!

Ready or not, according to Tara at 4th Grade Frolics, it is full on summer crafting mode! While my school calendar still is in the teens, many lucky ladies and gents are on vacation. Summer vacation can only mean one thing...the best weekly crafting party on the world wide web! 

http://4thgradefrolics.blogspot.com/2014/06/monday-made-it-weekly-kick-off.html

If you are tuning in for yet another major craft fail... click HERE if you dare... you won't find any today! I haven't had time to scour Pinterest for the best DIY projects of the year. Remember the teacher toolbox of 2 years ago? Yea, I totally jumped on that crafting bandwagon! For this week, you will have to see a couple my digital creations that I never got around to sharing. 

 Desktop Organizer


I don't know about you, but I am totally guilty of downloading hundreds of items to my desktop and just leaving them in a cluttered mess, or throwing them all in one folder called random and pretending like everything is sunshine and butterflies. I created this desktop organizer so maybe I can trick myself into being more organized this summer. Cute things always make organization easier right?

Password List


Along the same lines, I have a millions passwords to all the sites I use online. I have become far too familiar with the "forgot you password" link this year. It has started to get so out of control that I had to make a change and create a list to keep track. We will see how long I can keep track. My Erin Condren planner lasted a good three solid months before I threw in the towel. Hey, you win some, you lose some! 
  
Maybe next week I will get my act together for the real deal! I can stalk all of the people who linked up already and see if there is another craft fail in my near future. See you next Monday!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Currently

I'm living by the less is more motto this month!
Happy June!
http://ohboy3rdgrade.blogspot.com/2014/06/june-currently.html
Thanks for helping me keep track of the month Farley!
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