This summer I have been so busy with digital projects like cleaning up my school files and cataloging my class library that I haven't had as much time for crafting, creating and Made It Mondays! But, finally I found some time to finish my first two summer projects; Reading Buddies and refinishing a new chair for my classroom.
To make mine, I first had to get some paint sticks and Home Depot was generous enough to donate a whole class set to me. I spray painted the sticks in various colors and once they dried I attached the Beanie Babies to the sticks using rubber bands.
I decided to store the Reading Buddies in my big blue bucket which I think will be handy since it has a nice handle on it and students will be able to move it to the hallway for morning line up reading and then back to our room for Daily 5 read to self. Click here for a Reading Buddies sign freebie!
My next project was recovering an old chair that came from my Mom's beach house. Earlier in the spring, my hubby and I went down the beach house to help my mom and step dad paint the place. They rent the beach house all each summer and furniture usually takes a beating over the season. The picture doesn't show it but this chair was pretty grimy and my decided to throw it away! Yikes - the teacher in me saw it's potential and saved it from the dump!
I found some bargain fabric at JoAnn Fabrics and got out my trusty staple gun. I learned a few things along the way - the first one being that I am not a very good upholstry refinisher! But after a lot of trial and error I was able to finish the chair and I think it looks pretty good. My cat, Boo, loves it! It spins around and is super comfy so I know my little first grades are going to love it too!!
I love Made It Monday's! Thanks so much to Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for creating and sharing this linky party! I am off to read and get inspired for my next project!!