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DIY Crayon Wreath

Tabitha Helms

Though I am in the midst of wedding planning, there aren't too many crafts I can do myself that don't require my fiancé's expertise, so the crafting bug itching inside of me this weekend set out to do a just-for-fun craft. For any of you that are teachers or that know a teacher who would like one, this is a simple and adorable craft project for you to try out. I first saw this on Pinterest--pinned from a craft suggestion from my all-time favorite Hobby Lobby, and fell in love with it. I knew I needed it for my classroom. I thought it would be a good replacement for next year when my crayon art currently in my room is no longer applicable.

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It may be a little early be making "Mrs. Helms" things for myself, but like I said, I needed to craft something, and I'm more than happy keeping it in my bedroom to remind me what I am becoming until it's time to be in my classroom. (I'm excited to be his wife, so sue me!) ;)

We (sadly) don't have a Hobby Lobby near us, so I found all my supplies from Michaels during my break between Parent Teacher Conferences (and was therefore a couple minutes late to a conference, whoops!).

DIY Crayon Wreath

Supplies:

1 large, cardboard floral wreath frame 2 packages colored, mini clothespins 1 small chalkboard if you can find it (I couldn't so I used a mini picture frame and printed out a rounded rectangle, filled black with white, KG Ten Thousand Reasons Font) 1 box of 100+ crayons (I got a 96 crayon box and used the leftovers from my melted crayon art projects) 1 wreath hanger small, wooden letters (M.R.S. in my case) 1 roll of thick, wired ribbon 1 roll of small, school themed ribbon tacky glue

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Directions:

Arrange the crayons around the wreath to figure out where you want to glue them. Since it's a circle, the ends of the crayons should be touching, but the tips should have a little space between them.

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I positioned the crayons closer to the end on the wreath frame. You'll want to leave a little space that's the width of the thicker ribbon to hang it.

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Tie a piece of thick ribbon around the space in the frame and glue it in place.

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Glue all the crayons in place. I did about three at a time.

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Write your last name on the chalkboard, or print it out and cut it to fit the picture frame.

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Glue your wooden letters to the top; you can paint them first if you'd like.

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Position the frame on top of the crayons and lay out the clothespins along the ends of the crayons, leaving a space where the frame is.

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I made two rows of clothespins, each row face a different way.

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Glue the frame in place.

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Glue the thin, school ribbon in the center of the thick ribbon and let dry. (I used about a little less than a yard of ribbon and then trimmed it.)

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Tie into a bow, and glue in place to cover the frame where the hanging ribbon was tied.

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Let it dry, tie the top ribbon into a bow that makes it hang at the desired length and you're done! A $20 [I desperately need a me-craft day] project in two hours makes this teacher extremely happy!

DIY Crayon Wreath

Easy DIY Chair Pockets

Tabitha Helms

521932_640829852602236_257773166_n It's my last week of summer vacation, and while last week I was thrilled to death to start the new school year, the arrival of my last week of freedom suddenly changed that emotion. Now I am dreading it because it's crunch time and I actually have to get stuff done instead of doing it a little at a time at my own pace.

One of the projects on my to-do list was to make chair pockets for the students. My reason for needing them was that in Kindergarten, the students don't keep their backpacks at their tables. So if they need something regularly, they have to take it out in the morning and have a place to put it. This year, I'm introducing morning work. Our calendar time was always done whole-group, and the students are engaged by means of popsicle stick calling to answer questions, songs, and being an assistant for class jobs, but for the most part, I noticed my students were seeming a little bored of it after 1st semester. That's when I saw Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits post her Rise and Shine Morning Binders on Pinterest. I oohed and aahed before assessing if it was realistic to incorporate in my classroom. I decided it was and bought the $7 Kinder packet. My last two weeks have included a lot of paper cutting, copying, and laminating. She doesn't laminate her cards, but it's a pretty big to-do to put them all together, and I don't want to have to do it every year. So I am laminating in hopes that they last the next few years before I take a break from other people's kids to have some of my own! ;)

All that to say, I didn't have an extra shelf to keep their binders on, nor did I really want them out of their seats, crowded around the same shelf to get their binders every morning. That's where the chair pockets come in! I saw them floating around on Pinterest and said, "I could totally make that, easy peasy." So I busted out my box full of fabric leftovers and made a gallant attempt. I needed 15 of them, but I didn't want to make all of them before getting to school and making sure it actually fit on the chair. To my relief, it did, though it only held a single 1-inch binder comfortably. (I had been hoping they could store their Bibles in there too, but we'll just have to keep those in their cubbies--not really a problem since they only need them on Wednesdays.) Here's the tutorial for you to try it yourself. It's SUPER easy. I can sew, but don't really follow patterns. I'm one of those, let's look at it and figure it out ourselves types when it comes to sewing. (Don't hate.) But I promise you, you can make this too--no matter what your sewing level is.

This tutorial is for a small, school chair. The dimensions of my chairs were 11" from seat to top, 12-1/2" across base of chair back, and 9" across top of chair back.

Materials: 1 yd fabric** Matching thread Sewing machine or hand needle

**I used a thinner, cotton fabric that was the same on both sides. Since it was thinner, I planned to fold it in half to thicken it. If you are using a thicker, more durable fabric like denim, you can halve the measurements. You should make sure the fabric print is the same on both sides if you are not halving it.

Directions: Cut fabric to 27-1/2" x 29-1/2."

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Fold it in half; the 27-1/2" side should form the top and bottom or the short sides of the rectangle.

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Sew the three, loose edges together, leaving a hole in one corner to turn it inside out.

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Turn it inside out, sew the hole closed, and iron it flat.

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Fold the now rectangle fabric in thirds. One third should fold behind and one third should fold in front so that the folded edges of the fabric are facing opposite directions.

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You can see my finger is pinching the folded side of the top pocket and on the opposite side, the folded edge is on the bottom.

Now sew the short sides closed with a 1/2" seam.

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Ta-da! You're already done! Easy huh? :) One open pocket goes over the chair back, and the other is a pocket for you to stick a binder in.

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