Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Made It...iROCK and instasticks

Today I'm linkin' up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for another Monday Made It. Yippee!
 In exactly two weeks my little rock stars will be in my classroom for Orientation.  They were adamant that they wanted new decor since they would be spendin' another year with me.  I seriously have no wall space, counter space, floor space, etc. left.  That's the only drawback of loopin' each year, I feel like I always need to make it fresh. So...I have found some tiny things to make and add here and there. I refuse to change my color or theme...they are stuck..haha!   

This week I have gotten my inspiration again from Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching.  For last week's Monday Made It...she made this beautiful creation...radical right?  

I told her how very much I loved what she made.  She had faith in me that I could also make one.  Well, I decided to use the same materials, but I went a different route in my design.  I'm goin' to try her neat-o design for my home instead(in maybe October...or when it's less craziness).

I gathered my supplies: a small canvas, black paint, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge(I forever have been callin' this Modge Podge until I read the label in the pic), paintbrush, scissors, a little patience and some Diet Coke(I know, I know...it's not good for me, but it keeps me sane).

Painted the canvas black without gettin' it all over myself.

Cut out some letters by hand. 

Set the letters on the canvas...TOO BIG. Seriously? Back to cuttin'.  Startin' to need the patience here.

Finished product after the Mod Podge.  The "C" looks weird, but oh well, I had already thrown out the extra scrapbook paper pieces that I had left.  *Disclaimer: The "i" is not referring to me.  I plan on addin' some more canvases later for my kiddos to gaze at: iLearn, iRead, iThink, iProblem Solve, iCollaborate...I'm sure you get the idea.

I've also created some instasticks.   What are instasticks?  Add numbered CDs to your popsicle/craft sticks to pick a child's number 1-30. Great for questionin', callin' on a student, rewardin', linin' up, and many more. All you need to do is: download, print, cut out the CDS, laminate, and glue on sticks! Easy-peasy and super cute! These can also be used in math centers, for math flash cards #1-30, to hang in cubbies, on book baskets, to use as labels, etc. The possibilities are endless.

I originally got the idea from Tara on an earlier Monday Made It this summer when she made a "Pick Me Pot".   Since I have a Rockstar theme, I used CD's for my numbers and instasticks.  This is a FREEBIE for you in the Double Trouble store on TpT that Miss Nelson and I have teamed up to create.  It's so neat that we are neighbors and get to work on projects together. We've been spendin' a great deal of time makin' stuff for Double Trouble and have had LOTS of laughter in the past two weeks.  We hope you enjoy the freebie and please be sure to leave some positive feedback...pretty please with sprinkles on top.  It's the rockin' thing to do!  You can also click on the pin below to grab it on Pinterest.   

My instasticks in a black cup with my left over tulle from last week's Monday Made It.  My bow tyin' skills haven't improved in the last week.

I'm kinda diggin' the wavy sticks. What do you think?




I also made some new Behavior Beads-Special Editions add-ons for 3rd Grade Rocks, 4th Grade Rocks, and 5th Grade Rocks.  I hope you have a ROCKIN' week!

20 comments :

  1. i love the idea (iRock, iRead, iCollaborate...) Sounds like their classroom will be awesome after all :)

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    1. There are so many "i" words that can be used. I think I might have to overtake the bathroom walls soon.

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  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one needing more patience! Everything looks great!!

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    1. Thank you! :) One little baby step at a time.

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  3. Cute post! I definitely agree about the Diet Coke. But for me, it's chocolate!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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    1. I didn't start likin' chocolate until just recently. It's probably a good thing that I waited this long.

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  4. I really like your canvas! Turned out great!

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    1. Thank you! I think it definitely turned out cute.

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  6. I am loving your canvas art! It is a nice way to add some extra flair to the classroom! Thank you for your awesome answers for the Liebster Award. I am currently sitting in my classroom... And quite overwhelmed. Ha! I think that qualifies for a Made-It?!

    No A/C in here AND it is a bajillion degrees in Florida!

    -Jessie
    Lil Bit Country in the Classroom

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    1. No A/C? You better get OUT and RUN...it's Florida...you will suffocate. Nevermind, don't run...again it is Florida. Runnin' in it could be worse. Get in the AIR!

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  7. Thanks for freebie - I actually went with black and white ones! Love! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! The black and white ones are very cute and go with any theme! :)

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  8. I love your made-it! Those CDs are too cute and make me want to change my theme....but I'm way too deep to do that! I'm really jealous that you and Miss Nelson are neighbors!!! Lucky ducks!
    Erin
    Short and Sassy Teacher

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    1. You can come move and be our neighbor! I don't blame you for not wanting to change your theme. That's exactly how I feel. I'm goin' into my 5th year with the Rockstar theme!

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  9. I love all of your made its! Especially the 5th grade Rocks Behavior Beads. I am thinking about how I could keep up with these in my classroom!

    Kerry

    Flip Flopping To School

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    1. Thank you! We use clear plastic jewelry/craft containers with to store them and put them on the ball chains that you can get at Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Students can leave them at school hanging on a Command Hook or wear them home each day.

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  10. Oh those sticks are cute! I'm trying to figure out an owl-saying to use something similar… Any ideas?!? :-D
    ~Lindsay
    Just Keep Teaching

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  11. Great idea! I love it! You're so creative!

    Kelly
    A View Into My Classroom

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