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Monday, August 13, 2012

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY.... & Monday Made It

Happy Monday Everyone! I almost missed it again this week, Monday Made It with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics. It seems like the closer it gets to the first day of school, the busier I become. I have been working frantically in my classroom trying to get everything in place and ready to go. I thought that I would have a couple of days of uninterrupted classroom decorating time, but that has not been the case. Faculty meeting here, professional development there, training everywhere! UGH!!! Will all the meetings ever end?!?!?!?! But anywho, I plan to create a page with pictures of my classroom. I was trying to wait until I was completely finished with it. I should be done by Wednesday afternoon. I have so many other things that I need to work on Thursday and Friday to prepare for my kiddos on the following Monday, so I better be done by Wednesday... thinking out loud.... sorry! Enough with all this chit-chat, here are my made-its for the week:

Here is a small table that I made to go between the desks of my groups. It was super easy and cheap to make. I went to Home Depot, purchased a large piece of particle board. I had them cut the wood for me. It was FREE to cut, but the wood was $18. I was able to make four of these with that one piece. I used zebra print wrapping paper and a plastic table skirt to make it look a little nicer. I forgot to take a picture of it before I added the paper and skirt. Sorry! I lifted the skirt on one of the photos. Hopefully you can get an idea of how the original "table" looked. I used wood glue to hold the pieces together and I was surprised at how well the pieces bonded together after letting them sit over night.

Here is how I will be utilizing this creation: 

I'm really happy with the end result! I still have to add a few things and organize the table a bit, but this is it for the most part.

I also made these bucket seats for my small group table. I thought the buckets would be a little taller than the crate seats for my fifth grade students. They are the perfect height for my table. YAY!!! :) I purchased the buckets and lids from Lowe's. I painted the buckets black and covered the lids with fabric. I added a cushion as well. I think they are really cute!

And here's my snack bucket. :) I just added the vinyl. Ha!

I hope everyone has had a productive Monday. Pictures of my classroom are coming soon! :) Stay tuned... Haha!! Check ya later!


  1. Oh wow !! I love your bucket seats!!I wonder if they would be too tall for my 1st graders...or if they would rock back & forth & fall over! haha. Thanks for sharing ! :)

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  2. I love your cart for the sharing of material! great idea!

  3. What a genius idea! I love the tables for shared supplies in the middle of the group. Brilliant, and yours turned out so cute!

  4. How did you attach the cushion to the plastic lid?