Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Made It

What a week! Last week I spent every day either in my classroom or at an in-service. Trying to get ready for the year is hard work! Since I don't have keys to the building yet, I used the weekend to make a few thing for my classroom.

Project #1
First up, I made a teacher toolbox that I have seen all over pinterest. The project is one that I've wanted to do for months, but I decided to wait until I saw my classroom. Once I did and realized that half of the drawers in my desk are stuck shut, I knew it was time to go shopping! I got the organizer at Lowes for $16 and change.

I liked the blue it came in, but it didn't really fit with my decor, so I decided to spray paint it black! I just used regular spray paint, I decided it wasn't worth the extra money for plastic-specific paint. I spray painted the entire thing, let it dry for 24 hours, then painted the front and top with an extra layer. 

Once it was painted, I was ready to decorate! I used Kristen Doyle's polka dot labels and just edited a few to suit my class (like no magnets, the only magnetic thing in my room is my file cabinet!). I just used regular green tape to tape the labels on the inside of the drawers. 
I really love the way it turned out!! So cute and practical!

Project #2

In one of the classes I subbed for in the spring, she had drawers like these for each day of the week. I thought it was a great idea, but I knew I would need them to be cuter than just plain paper! I whipped these up on power point and taped them in. I also added just the polka-dots to the sides since they can be seen. Again, easy and adorable! My AP walked in and was gushing over both projects, turns out she too is a dot lover! Good to know I am not the only one. :) 

Project #3
My school requires our lesson plans to have Bloom's Taxonomy verbs in our lesson plans. I was given a printed list, but all those verbs in black and white was just overwhelming! So naturally I re-typed the list, made each level a different color, and added a little pizazz. My desk has a glass top, so I slid the page under the glass so the list is on my desk at all times, ready to help plan at any time! 

What a busy weekend! Later this week I will post about pencil sharpeners and awards! 


  1. Hi! I love your blog! Have you seen the sock monkey classroom decorations? ADORABLE! I have that same toolbox, but I use mine in my bathroom for make-up! Never thought of using it in the classroom. I am your newest follower! Stop by my blog sometime!
    Sixth Grade Scribbles

    1. Hey Katie! I do love sock monkeys! I bought some decorations from Mardels and am in love. Having the drawers in my classrooms is already great. It is nice having everything at my fingertips!

  2. Hi Kate, I've given you an award. Please come by to check it out!
    You have such a cute blog!

    Mrs. Jones Teaches :o)

    1. Thank you so much!! I am working on answering now! :)