5 DIY Projects for the Classroom

Hey friends! I'm super-excited to link up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It! I have been having a blast this summer with the DIY projects for my new classroom, so I thought I'd share a few (plus a couple of oldies!) If you follow us on Instagram, you've probably seen a few sneak peeks of these. If not... click here so we can be BFFs!

My first two projects were from last summer. I saw the cutest fabric strip table skirt from Marsha at A Differentiated Kindergarten. She has an amazing tutorial that you should check out if you want to do one!

 I started out picking some cute fabrics from Hobby Lobby. These matched well with my newly covered teacher chair (coming up next!)

 I then used fabric scissors and cut the fabric in strips.

The fabric is then tied around a ribbon the length of the table you're covering.

Ta-da! Final product! Again, check out Marsha's tutorial for instructions.

Next up is a project that I blogged about here: my comfy, cozy teacher chair! I've now had this chair for a year, and it has held up perfectly!

Check out the blog post for specifics!

Now onto my current summer projects.
My first project of the summer was a new eraser storage organizer.

I love everything about Target erasers. It's a problem. My kiddos love using these seasonal erasers as manipulatives with our math centers. I started to realize I had WAY TOO many erasers, so I ordered this toolkit drawer system from Amazon. I sorted the erasers and then hot-glued one eraser on each drawer for easy access.

What I love the most is that I still have room for more erasers! Ha!
You can check out how we use these erasers here.

 I am all about a deal, and when I saw these ikea stools (6) on Craigslist for $20, I jumped on the deal. Of course, I couldn't just leave them the way they were!

A little light sanding, some spray paint from Target, and voila! I used trash bags around the legs to protect the legs from the paint.

Finally, my FAVORITE project so far, my new classroom kindness table.

I started off with an ikea coffee table that I bought off a neighborhood Facebook page for $10.
I knew it would be perfect for a flexible seating option.
I started off by sanding the table and spaying it with primer.

I then painted the sides white and the middle teal. I used Devine Color Spray Paint from Target. You can find them here

Once all the painting was finished, I found a design that I could print with my Silhouette Cameo. I've always loved this quote, so when I saw it, I knew it would be perfect.
 The quote was in the Silhouette Studio Store. It's a digital download. You have to have a Silhouette and the software to access it, but I'm sure you could find something similar on etsy.

And here's the final product. I can't wait to share it with my students! I'm hopeful that this will be a positive reminder for my students each time they sit at this table.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you've found some inspiration. Be sure to head back to 4th Grade Frolics to check out some more Monday Made It blog posts!

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  1. Your things are darling! My favorite is the table!!

  2. Your table turned out cute! Nice job!

    1. Thank you! I had fun making it! -Jana

  3. Great ideas! Thank you for sharing!