3 Classroom DIY Projects! {Monday Made It}

I'm happy to say that I've finally gotten some summer DIY projects done!  I keep adding, adding, adding to my to-do list... but then I don't do anything.  Until now, that is!

You may have already seen my first DIY project if you follow me on Instagram:
It's a photo prop chalkboard for my classroom!  I am in love with it!  Making this project was super easy.  I made a bunch of chalkboards for my wedding so I'm a pro, haha.  I used chalkboard spray paint on a piece of particleboard {you can paint the glass, but since my students will be handling it, I thought I'd use the wood instead}.  Once the chalkboard was dry, I popped it into the frame and secured it with the frame backing.  Using hot glue, I added some colorful buttons to the frame for a little extra POP.  The hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry so I could write on it!

My next project is for my classroom library:
Another easy one!  First, I traced each letter backwards onto the back of my scrapbook paper.  This way, there were no pencil marks on the nice side of the paper after I cut it out.  Then I put a layer of Mod Podge on the wood letter and placed the paper letter on top, being careful to smooth out any bubbles.  Last, I put a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the scrapbook paper to give it a glossy finish.

My last project is this fun cupcake sign:
I had the cupcake shape lying around for a while now, and finally put it to use.  To start, I spray painted the entire piece with chalkboard paint.  Then I painted on the cherry, icing, and sprinkles {to make the sprinkles, I used the eraser end of a pencil}.  And that's it!  I'm going to use this little cupcake to write Happy Birthday messages... and I'm sure I'll find other fun uses for it, too!

There you have it!!  Some completed DIY projects! :)  I'd love to hear what you think!!  And of course, I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for a little Monday Made It fun!


Mrs. Griffith said...

I totally made some "read" letters for my classroom this week too! Yours turned out great!

For the Love of First Grade

cali_teacher_mama said...

I love the little cupcake and the idea to put a happy birthday to students on it! I also love your read letters. I have the letters and the scrapbook paper, now I just need some motivations. Thanks for the pics of your projects!

Jess said...

Such cute stuff! I love your chalkboard idea!
Rambling About Reading

Everyone Deserves to Learn said...

Everything looks great! I bought tiny READ letters, now I want bigger ones!

Everyone deServes to Learn

Miss Kindergarten said...

You are adorable!!!!!

Unknown said...

I'm loving the photo prop chalkboard and am thinking that I really need to make one of my own!

Seconds at the Beach

Shelly Sitz said...

Love your projects! They are adorable.

Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

Shelly Sitz said...

Love your projects! They are adorable.

Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

Foreman Teaches said...

I really like your chalkboard!

Foreman Teaches

alwayskindergarten said...

I love the chalkboard frame! So easy and absolutely adorable. Gotta pin that one!

Creative Undertakings said...

Oh I love the chalkboard items!

Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

Stephanie Livers said...

Too Cute!!

Kate said...

I love the first grade sign.
Fun in ECSE

amy.lemons said...

You are so creative! LOVE!

jfl14 said...

I am thinking I need the READ letters for my classroom. Thanks!

Lindsay said...

Your READ letters turned out so cute! I love those colors together.

Live Laugh & Learn in Second Grade

Michelle Hudgeons said...


Amy Owen said...

I love the chalkboard and the cupcake sign...I actually have something similar to both on my never ending to do list!

Sweet Tea & Mosquitoes

The Brown-Bag Teacher said...

Oh goodness - I LOVE your read letters. It looks absolutely wonderful. I cannot wait to see your completed room! :)

The Brown-Bag Teacher

Tara said...

So cute!!! Yep, saw what was on Instagram:) Follow your awesomeness:)))) Thanks for linking up:) Yes....I am going to keep this going as long as I can or until my head spins off...lol:)

4th Grade Frolics

Bilingual Scrapbook said...

LOVE all of your projects! Too cute!

kinder-gardening said...

I love every single thing you made!! I'm going to make the READ sign this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

Unknown said...

I love it all! So cute and crafty=)
Lisa L.
TGIF- Third Grade Is Fun

Unknown said...

LOVE it!
First Grade Blue SKies

Faithinhim said...

Super cute!! I am your newest follower!!

Cassie Thompson said...

I love you chalkboard! It looks so much cuter than mine does :) ...I am sensing a re-do!
Thanks for sharing your super cute stuff!!

Mrs. Thompson
Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)
My TpT Store

Cynthia said...

I LOVE the cupcake!!! Cupcakes are my weakness. I have learned to focus on the kind you actually can't eat. It's better for the waistline that way.

Laura V. ~ A Grace-Filled Classroom said...

I would love a table to put my writing center at!!! Thanks for the give away.

Jennifer said...

I am really liking the read letters that I have seen a lot of people making for their library. It's so nice to see so many teachers creating stuff for their rooms that will make it more inviting for their students. Pinterest and teaching blogs are really such an amazing thing for us to have as teachers.

Darling Little Learners

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