Monday Made It!


I'm excited to team up with Tara and 4th Grade Frolics again for another Monday Made It! 


Every year I seem to forget having birthday "stuff" ready for kids so this year I am starting cheap, easy, and early! The new school I am going to does not allow parents sending food items for birthdays. (yay!) I was happy about that one! That means I probably can't pass out little goodies, either, if food related. I found these cute, colorful pencils at Target 18 count for $3.75. 




I printed out "coupons" for a free late assignment...

...cut 2 slits at the top and bottom to insert the pencil and - D.O.N.E.! It just happened to work out that the colors I printed on matched the pencils! I didn't plan that but was super happy about it! 


Anyone out there with a do-it-yourself husband? How about one that ropes you into helping with the construction stuff? When you are terrified? My husband is awesome and I try to help out when I can...but construction...up high?  yikes! Yes. This is Made It #2 - shutters. You may remember my post a few back where my hubby was throwing the old shutters off our house to throw away. I grabbed a few and made stuff for my classroom with them:



Well, new shutters had to be made so I was called into the installation! He made REAL working shutters this time! They are not 100% complete but they are getting there. I didn't mind helping but...it involves holding things up on the roof...in 90 degree+ heat. Okay. I can't complain because he does it all the time. He made a nice platform off of our porch...

This is a view out the second story window.


Lee doesn't mind being up high. He climbs this ladder no prob to work on the gable:
I had a hard time just taking the picture without vomiting. 

So - onto the platform...and the roof...I went. And...we got them hung! woo hoo! All that we have left is painting! (They will be the dark blue color in the one photo.)


Open shutters...

...and closed! 


I'm so excited that I finally figured out my Cricut and vinyl. I had the hardest time transferring the vinyl to objects without sticking it all over my hands. I finally googled ideas and - duh... transfer tape! It works WONDERFULLY! 

First, my board was getting "dull" so I gave it new life with Krylon's Easy Tack:

I covered the edges of my board with construction paper. Painter's tape would be a better choice! 



 I bought these great note blocks from Staples for only $2.00!
Then...I cut my name and decorations out of vinyl.

Ta-da! Sorry - I forgot to take picture of the transfer tape!! I know! Sorry - but it did work! 


I made a bunch of fans for my new room and wrote an early blog post about them. They turned our really pretty! READ IT HERE.




Two projects took almost no work. In this next one, I just used my Cricut to cut words for above my whiteboard on "wood" paper and glued them on black paper before cutting them out again!




FINALLY (I know, a long post!) this is a no make made it project! I found this Italian Sangria at Whole Foods (or the Nugget??) and had to buy it simply for the bottle! (My daughter loves Sangria so it was a win-win.) I took one of my flower pens and placed it in the top. So cute!

















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  1. I always forget about birthdays, too! I vow to be better this year!

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    1. Yes! I am so glad I got them done this summer this time!!

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  2. Love all your projects today! Just saw those pencils at Walmart, never thought of using them for student birthdays, thanks for the idea.

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    1. Thanks! Pencils are always cheap and easy - and add a printed out coupon - whala!

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  3. Your cute post it holder project is making me want a cricut again!! Maybe I'll put it on my Christmas list this year ;)

    Yukari
    A Pinch of Kinder

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    1. Yes! So worth it. :) I just wish vinyl was a bit cheaper!

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  4. All of your projects are AMAZING!!! I don't want a Cricut machine, I need a Cricut machine. I am so glad you shared! Have a HAPPY week!

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    1. I saw your cute pillows on insta! Matches your web site perfectly - so I am sure your classroom as well!

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  5. Love all of your projects! I'm amazed at how creative everyone can be! And how you all find the time, beyond me! Check out my Monday made it if you have the time :) I'm a first year 6th grade teacher and I'm thrilled.
    https://ladyliteracy-sixthgrade.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm new to 6th grade this coming year! :) I'd love to share ideas with you. I've taught for a long time - but 6th will be new and exciting!

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  6. Love your HOUSE... be right over :) And thanks for the bottle tip. LOVE... sangria or no sangria. See you around. Kathleen

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    1. Thanks so much!! Yes - the bottle was so cute I just had to buy the Sangria for the bottle! ha ha.

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  7. I must confess- transfer tape confuses me!! I must learn, because your post it holders turned out great!!!

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    1. I had never used it and found it really easy! I got a deal on Amazon, as well. I'm sooooooo glad because I had been making a mess with the vinyl sticking all over my hands!! Google a video = that will help!

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  8. I'm sure your projects are fantastic, but I was so distracted by your adorable hedgehog in the first shot! Googled the directions and now I am on the hunt for a book to use for my own Mon--Someday Soon Made It!

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    1. Oh Suzy, the Hedgehog is so easy to make!! I just used old books at home and made a bunch for gifts! :) I made the birdhouse, as well. You can google it. They are both really easy!!

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  9. Thank you for the reminder to prepare for birthdays!

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  10. Your shutters, and house, look beautiful. I love the pencil topper birthday gift. What a great idea.

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  11. Great idea for student birthdays! Looks like you're having a blast with your Cricut!!! Thank you for linking up:)

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    1. I am! Made more stuff today! :) I need to get my money's worth! :) Thanks, again Tara, for the link up! It really is my summer tradition!

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