Classroom Crafts

DIY Summer Memory Jar

I'm baccckkkkk! I've missed you all terribly! Thank you for your patience :) I shared this project over at Crafting a Green World, but to get us back into the swing of things, how about creating a craft that displays what you've been up to this summer?! It's a spin off of this tutorial on How To Make Your Own Bubble Gum Machine.

What You Will Need:


1. One terra-cotta pot with the water tray that goes underneath

2. A glass bowl (I got my terra-cotta pot, tray, and glass bowl for $.75 at a garage sale.. scorreeee!)

3. A cabinet door knob

4. Industrial strength glue (I used E-6000)

5. Spray paint

6. Summer memories (sand, shells, etc)

How To Do It:

1. Paint the terra-cotta pot. This would be a fun step for the kiddos to do with regular paint!

2. Once it has dried, glue the glass bowl to the bottom of the pot.

3. Glue the cabinet door knob to the terra-cotta tray. Follow the directions on your glue to see how long it needs to dry, etc.



4. Put your summer memories in the glass bowl. I put sand and shells from the beach in mine.



Place the "lid" on top of the glass bowl, and you have the whole shebang. My mom is a teacher and she plans on having each of her students create a summer memory jar at the beginning of the year. You could also store/display craft supplies in it, just like I displayed buttons in a bubble gum machine. You might want to put candy or some other goodies in it, too!


What would you do with it? Leave a comment below with your ideas!


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Classroom Crafts: Part 3

Hey guys!! If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 of the Classroom Crafts series, I hope you'll check them out! Here is the 3rd and final (or at least until I go to Florida again) Classroom Craft post. My mom got this idea from here, but modified it a bit.

As an end of the year project, she asked her students to give advice to her upcoming new students. When her new students come for open house, she will tell them to go over to the bulletin board and read their advice. This is what her bulletin board looks like:


Of course, I used my Silhouette Machine for the letters :)

Here's a close up of one of my favorites:


I don't know if you can see it clearly, but the flower in the middle says "don't burp"-- my mom despises burping/farting. Nearly every student gave the same advice! The flower on the right says "Talk about B&B"-- aka talk about Bonnie and Brian (my brother)... precious!

Hope you guys have enjoyed the Classroom Crafts series.. I know I have! Any teachers out there with more ideas that I can share with my mom? 

Classroom Crafts: Part 2

Hello all! If you missed Part 1 of Classroom Crafts, feel free to check it out here. Now for another craft project from my mom's classroom. This one was 100% her idea so I can't take any credit for it (but I did do all the handy work haha).

My mom likes to put her desks in groups of 4-5. I think it makes the room look more inviting versus the normal cold and intimidating rows of desks... especially for an elementary school. To make things easier, she likes to name the groups so that when she calls each group to line up, or go get supplies, etc. she can just call each group one by one (I hope I'm explaining this right.. I'm definitely not a school teacher!). Of course, she wanted to make the group names educational, so she named them after indian tribes that they will learn about throughout the semester. So... with my Silhouette Machine, I cut out the tribe names and glued them on cardstock paper like so:


I made two name pieces for each tribe... you'll see why later. 

My mom bought these cute little "caution-like" cones that say corny cute things like "Way to go!" and such:



With scissors, I poked a hole in the top of each one. (This is my attempt to take a picture of myself poking a hole in the top haha)

Then, I put a wooden dowel in the hole.


The cones encouraged me as I went along.


Then, I took the two name pieces and stapled them together, making a kind of pocket type thing around the wooden dowel (this is why I created two name pieces for each tribe). Close up:


Final product:


I don't know how to pronounce it.. but it looks good!

Here is how it will look for each group:


(Another side note: my mom said a lot of teachers do this, but I'll tell you anyway-- she velcros the cups to the tops of the students' desks for their pencils and such. If they want to take their cup to the writing center, or if she ends up changing the seating arrangement in the middle of the year, they can move around!) I thought it was such a genius idea. I love all the creative ideas you can come up with in the classroom. There are so many ways to organize, but make it cute and colorful at the same time!

More classroom crafts will be coming soon :)