Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Followers (and Monday Made It)

I am SOOOOOOOOO excited that I have followers!  My little tiny blog is actually followed by someone!  Thank you to you four for following me- two on blogger and two on Bloglovin'.  Thank you so much!

Now, for Monday Made It(s)- I've been busy this week!  I have other projects too that will be finished next week (hopefully) but because they're not done, they won't be here tonight.

Monday Made It # 1  Letter Storage

File box from Target (came with 5 hanging files)
28 file folders
26 tab dividers
letters from Dollar Tree

It's hard to see, but in each hanging file folder is a file folder with the uppercase letter printed on it, and a divider (inside the regular file folder) with a lowercase letter printed on it.  I put lowercase letters in front of the divider and uppercase letters behind the divider, but still inside of the regular file folder.  If I need a letter, I just pull out the hanging file and take what I need.

For my nicer letters (not from the Dollar Tree or made by me from laminated construction paper), I will put them in photo albums.  Stay tuned for that MMI!

MMI #2  Crate Seats!!

I have been seeing these beauties everywhere and finally had to make my own.  I only show one finished product because they took awhile to finish so I only got through one (started late).

You need: (in picture)
staple gun
crate seats (mine are from target: two teal, two purplish pink, two white) all for like $3!!
foam pads (mine are from Walmart.  They were super thin, so we had to add another piece of foam to them which made them very tall but should be comfy for all.  Even me!)
felt or fleece (to protect fabric from ragged edges of cut wood)
boards! (Home Depot cut these for free.  Even helped me do the measurements!  You need to take your crate with you to see how big you want them cut, and to make sure they are cut correctly!)

First, cut your felt to go around the board.  Staple it to the board.

Next, cut the foam to match the size of your board (see, we had to use two!).  We glued the foam pieces to each other using spray adhesive just to be sure they wouldn't shift around.

Pull the fabric around the whole contraption, fold like a present, and staple like crazy!  Then, put it on top of your crate to admire your handiwork.  In my case, I admired my mom's cuz she was afraid I would hurt myself with the staple gun  I have NO talent with crafts though I love them   she loves me and wanted to help get my classroom running.  Remember, I am brand new so I have lots to make this summer!

I made several other things this week but apparently didn't take pictures... so maybe I will show them next week!  Who knows....


  1. I love your letter storage! Definitely a step up from my ziploc bags! Great job!

    1. Thanks! I wish I could take the credit for it. I can't find where I found it originally, but I love it! I hope it works as well as I think it will!

  2. Your seats turned out great! Nice idea for the letter storage as well!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

    1. Thank you!! They took a super long time, but I'm in love with them!

  3. Hi! I found your blog through the Monday Made It and I am your newest follower (on google and bloglovin')! Your crate seats are adorable! I made them last summer, but I have changed my theme, so I have to replace the material! My students loved them!!! Yours will, too!

    Beth :)
    A Kindergarten Life For Me

    1. Thank you! I can't wait for them to use them :)

  4. Let me be one of the first teachers to tell you, go girl! You will love your crate seats...my kids really enjoy them and brag about them to other kids not in our class. Keep up the blogging, you will get more and more blogs. Visit my blog and comment, which will help you earn followers too!

    Happy summer fellow VA blogger!
    Laken :0)
    Whole Brain Teaching in the Ladybug Club

  5. I'm your newest follower! I'm a teacher in VA too! The crate seats turned out amazing! Nice job :) You make them seem easy!

    Fourth Grade Lemonade