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A Week of Pinterest-Inspired Crafts: Day 1

Well, the countdown is officially on.  Two more weeks until I'm back to school.  I think I'm ready curriculum wise ... I've got my first week plans, I have a good idea of my long-range plans, I have my class list for groupings and seating plans ... check, check, check.

What I'm not completely ready with is my classroom decor.  Completely inspired by all your beautiful classroom pictures I've seen posted lately, I decided that this was one area I could definitely work on.  I've got a good start - I know my colours, my bulletin board paper, borders, and letters have all been delivered, I received my first Vista print order ... but I still needed that extra something to "raise the bar".

While I was fishing with the family yesterday, I had a brainstorm - I'd do a post each day this week on a pinterest-inspired craft I had completed.  It's win-win ... it will force me to complete some of those ridiculously cute crafts I've pinned, and it will give me something to blog about this week.  (I'm running out of ideas ... my camera and I have to get back to school).  So, after we returned home from our fun fishing trip (my middle daughter is the only one who caught a fish ... make that two fish), I took a quick trip to Walmart for some more supplies.


Day 1

I had pinned this melted crayon art that I had seen floating around the blog world.  This print is from Etsy, but I got the idea and the instructions from The Techy Teacher.



I bought a 16 x 20 canvas and a box of 96 crayons (I took out the white, black, grey, and all the browns).  Glue gun your crayons to the top of the canvas.  I left all the crayon names facing out (I LOVE some of the crayon names ... seriously, they just make me happy).  Then, I set to work with the hair dryer.  I kept the dryer on low, and aimed it at the middle of each crayon (so the melted wax wouldn't splatter as much).  I have to admit, it did take a while to get the effect I was looking for ... probably about an hour - but I AM LOVING the end result!  This will look great sitting on the top of one of my bookshelves in the classroom.  Voila!


Are there any pinterest-inspired crafts you've just got to try?  I'd love it if you left a comment (and even a link!).

Happy Monday!!!

19 comments:

  1. I'm wanting to make those bookmarks with the ribbon attached to the jumbo paperclips. I can see myself giving those as gifts to friends or even as a reward to students that I sub for.

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

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  2. I have seen this on pinterest as well and loved it. Yours turned out fantastic! I am definitely inspired to try it now. :)

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  3. I just pinned that one today! Yours turned out wonderfully. I am definitely making one now. I just bought the supplies to make one of those crayon wreaths. I think I'll try my hand at it tonight. It looks really easy.

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  4. Thanks, everyone! Football Wife, the wreath was really easy - I made it about a week ago. And I LOVE it!

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  5. I pinned this too. I was going to try it as a science experiment with my students and put it in the sun. It gets pretty hot in Florida so I thought the kids would enjoy it. I'm glad you said it took some time...I didn't think about that. I'll use the blow dryer as my back up :)

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  6. I tried this and mine didnt turn out so great... :(

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  7. That looks awesome!! I hadn't seen that before so I'm glad you posted about it :)

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  8. I LOVE that!! I'm going to have to try one since you made it look so easy! I made those seat crates that are all over Pintrest....

    My First Grade Heart

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  9. O just pinned this today! So cool! Yours turned out great!

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  10. Love it! I just finished the crayon craft wreath from Pinterest! I am so excited to see what else you have planned! if you want check out my wreath on my blog

    http://mrsgiglio.blogspot.com

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  11. I looked at all of the crayon pictures on the Etsy site and loved them. Now that I have seen yours.....I just may have to make one....Nice job!!

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  12. LOVE!!!<3 So inspired... gonna have to make one... :)

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  13. I made bookmarks with ribbon for my students. I didn't use the jumbo paperclips, but just the big ones. I am going to give it to my students as a bookmark for their journal. They always skip so many pages, and then wonder why they run out of them at the end of the year!

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  14. I have seen this on pinterest and yours came out great! The students will love it!

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  15. This is so cool! I always have problems when it comes to finding craft supplies.

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  16. hey! yours looks awesome...i did mine in a similar fashion, however the next day there were alot of cracks between the wax. did anyone else experience this/any advice? thanks and happy holidays!!

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  17. i just love all the art put up here

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