Gettin' Crafty for Monday Made it with a FREEBIE!

Monday means craft day... at least that's how I feel :) Tara and her amazing linky always provides me with some serious motivation to pull out the glue gun and get to work! Today I was uber productive and have lots to share with you :)

Last week my good friend Caity and I (the teacher friend I always talk about who is always up for craft adventures with me!) found these awesome plain wooden frames at Michael's for $1.99. We knew JUST what to do with them! First day frames :)

#1 We spray painted them lime green (they look yellow in the picture but are much more green in person!) and spray painted some stars yellow. We used my cricut to cut out the letters and laminate them, and made a cute bow with some ribbon and poms! We made "1st" and "Last" letters to put on the star and use velcro dots to attach them. This way we can change it out for the first and last day of school photo!
{Aren't they adorable?! Caity made hers say school since she teachers Special Ed. and has all age groups!}

{Close up of mine... Isn't it adorable?! I can't wait to see my precious fourthies pics with it!}

#2 We also saw this real cute canvas art at Hobby Lobby and thought... we can make that! So we did!
{ We painted the canvas brown and took turns on the different fonts to paint the saying. We were pretty proud of our free hand.}

#3 Every year I try and do something to make my kiddos feel special on their birthday. With 56+ kids this can add up! I found these crazy straws 10 for $.80 on sale at Walmart and picked up every pack they had in May. I made these cute little balloons, laminated and cut them out, taped them on the back, and put them in a cute bucket! Every kid can pick one on their birthday :)

If you like these, you can pick up the balloons and tag for free at my TPT store! I made them in 6 different color options, too :) Just click here to head on over and download!!

#4 I wanted to add a little more pop of color and love to my reading nook this year, so I had to make a cute READ sign, of course! I picked up two 2 packs of 8x10 canvases from Hobby Lobby and set to work having fun painting them! I used lime green, yellow, and blue to go with my room theme! I can't wait to see them hanging on the wall.

{I know, the "R" is a little low on the canvas, but I had a little burn my hand glue gun disaster... yikes! haha I guess I'll have to deal.}

#5 I have been loving making these Classroom Decor Packs, and my good friend Caity wanted one to match her Dots on Turquoise classroom theme. Of course I couldn't refuse my best crafting buddy, so I set to work! First, I made these papers to create the pack! There are 17 papers and 2 bunting banners in all! If you use these colors or the Dots on Turquoise set in your room, these are perfect for anything else you want to create to add to it.
{Click here to download them at my store!}

#6 After I made the papers and banners, I set to work on a Dots on Turquoise Classroom Decor MEGA Pack. There are 208 pages of goodies in this pack including nameplates, bunting banners, library bin labels, number labels, Team Cards, a calendar set, Color Behavior Chart, Daily 5 signs, and so much more! Click here to head on over to my store to pick it up!

Now before you leave, don't forget to take the poll to name my new linky party. I plan on starting it the first week of September and can't wait to have everyone's thoughts and ideas all in one spot :) It will be a KWL for bloggers where we will share what we know, want to know, and have learned from other teachers on a topic each week; a great place to store everyone's wonderful ideas!

Let's make it a GREAT week!


  1. Amelia, I love your birthday balloons! SUPER cute!!! I saw them on a different blogger's post and the link was wrong. I am so glad you posted about them. Thank you for sharing all your talents with us.
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

    1. You are so sweet. Thank you!! I was so excited to make them :) Glad you get to use them!

  2. Wow- you have created some adorable things for your classroom. I especially love the frames for the first day of fourth grade and the READ signs for your reading nook. Hope your glue gun burn isn't too bad. I would have never noticed the R had you not pointed it out. lol

    1. Awe, thanks so much!! I can't wait to use the frame and put the READ sign up! My burn is slowly recovering.. I may not have fingerprints anymore though ;) haha!

  3. I love all your craftiness this week! Super cute!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. Thanks girl! :) I can't wait to see my little fourthies faces in them!

  5. I love that quote! Doesn't Hobby Lobby have some great stuff right now? Good job on replicating it!

    Simply 2nd Resources

  6. I love your READ signs! I think I am going to have to try and make something similar. Thanks for sharing!

    Eclectic Educating

    1. You definitely should! I think they add a little pizazz, don't you? :)

  7. So many great projects! I love how you did your READ signs! Love how the canvas art turned out too!

  8. I love your Read sign and your digital papers!
    Fun in ECSE