Monday, June 25, 2012

More "WILD" Improvements (with DUCK TAPE!)


I'm linking up with Ladybug's Teacher Files for her SUMMER SHOPPING LINKY! You know we all like to shop, but we normally buy a lot of things during the summer that are for our classrooms (or at least I do!). Take a look below at my newest purchases! Then, be sure to link up!!! Show me what you've bought lately!

Ok, can I just say, I am LOVIN' the DUCK TAPE I bought today!!!!

Why, might you ask???? Well, for starters, it's ZEBRA PRINT! It goes perfect with my WILD classroom theme :)

I spend about $100 today between my trips to Hobby Lobby and WalMart, but I got A LOT done in my classroom!

AND, I can honestly say, my FAVORITE purchase of the day was this cute duck tape....SERIOUSLY!

Here are a couple of things I did with my DUCK TAPE:

For starters, I turned these plain clipboards into CUTER clipboards to hang outside my room. I'll use them for posting our school calendar and my class schedule.

Two plain clipboards...

MY NEW BEST FRIEND!!!

THe clipboard covered with duck tape!


Then, I toop pieces of two different types of ribbon and tied them around the top clip.

CUTE, right??

Then, I used this old vase below....


And, covered it with the zebra duck tape!


INSTANTLY made it look better! Totally tied it into my classroom theme!



A few other items I bought were a cork board, pink zebra print fabric, and a couple of small wooden zebras. I wanted to re-do my entrance for my classroom. Look below for my before and after pics!


I took the clipboard and painted the edge of it black with acrylic paint.Then, I painted on tacky glue over the cork board.

Then, I put smoothed on the pink zebra fabric over the cork board.


And, lastly, I added the cute little zebras to the corners. :)

 I would say, my shopping today TOTALLY PAID OFF!!!

This is what my entry looked like BEFORE:



And, this is the AFTER!


The sign in the top LEFT is something I made to go along with my class....


Would you like this sign for your room??? If you look up at the top of my blog page, you'll see a Classroom Signs button! CLick that and you can download them for free!

I'd like to thank my WONDERFUL AIDE, Brenda, for helping me today! LOVE YOU!

More pictures coming TOMORROW as I continue working on my room :)


55 comments:

  1. I would love that sign for my room Marie! I was on the hunt for duct tape today, but couldn't find any to match my theme. Your creations came out awesome!!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. Thank you Lisa!! I'll be posting the sign for ya'll this week! :)

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  2. I like what you did today. I have not seen the designer duct tape. Will have to look for it the next time I am out. I am starting a 1st grade classroom in the fall and I am looking for great ideas. Thank you!

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    1. Glad you found me!! It's always exciting starting in a new room because it's a blank slate! :)

      The tape can be found at WalMart for sure! That's where I got mine! BUT, I'd also bet they have it at Michael's and Target too!

      Marie

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  3. Oh my goodness, I LOVE everything you made!! It would totally fit in my classroom theme too. Yes, I def. want that sign!!

    April
    Wolfelicious

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    1. Oh, awesome! I'm glad you saw some ideas for your room too! :)

      I'll be posting the sign this week!

      Marie

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    1. Thank you!!! I worked hard today, but looking at these pictures, it TOTALLY was worth it for me! :)

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  5. Love the zebra duct tape. I was going to use scrapbook paper for my clip boards but I think your idea is better. I am your newest follower.

    Tricia

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  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Very cute. Thanks for sharing.

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  7. Love it! I have the same zebra duct tape! I used it, this past year, by wrapping it around the tops of my pencils when they started to disappear. I LOVE the clipboards! :)

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    1. That's a great idea!! I may do that with some of my pencils too!

      Marie

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  8. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE....the duct tape worked wonders! I'd love to have that little sign. Thanks!

    ~Tanya
    Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

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    1. Thank you! I'll post the sign tomorrow! :) I have to get it from my other computer. :)
      Marie

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  9. Wow! Your AFTER looks amazing! Really! I'm actually on the hunt for the tape today. Going to Michael's soon...

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Firstgradebloomabilities

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    1. Yay!!!! Have fun! I'm telling you, that stuff is ADDICTING! lol
      Marie

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  10. I am so going to make those clipboards today (with polka dots instead)! did you just wrap the duct tape around the clipboard? Or were there more steps involved? I'm so excited to do this!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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    1. Hi Sara! Yep, all I did was wrap the tape. THen, I had to use a couple of extra little pieces to get the top corners. It was VERY EASY! :)

      Good luck and have fun!
      Marie

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  11. I love your duct tape idea!!!! And Miss R's use of it on pencils! Thanks for sharing. I'm doing a camping theme, so I'm thinking camo!
    Thanks again, your newest (for the moment) follower,
    Stacey

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    1. Thank you for following Stacey! :)
      I like your idea of using the camo for the camping theme!! That will be VERY cute!

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  12. Great ideas! I love it!!

    - Elizabeth
    http://firstyearinthe3rdgrade.blogspot.com/

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  13. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! I'm LOVING your DIY zebra-themed projects! Too cute! :)

    Jessica
    Mrs. Heeren's Happenings

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  14. Thanks for checking out my blog! I love your ideas with the duck tape. Now my mind is racing with ideas. :)

    Amy
    Krazy About Kiddos

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    1. lol....that's what has happened to me! Now everytime I look at something, I'm thinking "How could I duck tape that?!?" lol

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  15. That is ADORABLE!!! I had a jungle theme in my classroom for the first few years! Then I had a baby, and his room was jungle, too! I love all of those ideas! Makes me want to switch to jungle again! We're monsters right now. I'm also in love with all of the cool duct tape. Funny story: this last year I told one of my social butterflies "do I need to duct tape you to that chair, silly girl?" she said "ohh! Do you have the hello kitty one?" Sigh. Needless to say that did NOT work.

    Cherie
    The {mis}adventures of first grade

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    1. lol DUCK tape. Fingers got carried away.

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    2. LOL!!! Love that she knew about the Hello Kitty duck tape! I just saw that kind yesterday! :)

      I'm having a BLAST with this new theme. I used to be "STARS", but it was really generic and not nearly as fun as this WILD ANIMAL plan!

      Marie

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  16. This is absolutely adorable! Wow. When I come into work tomorrow, I am definitely snooping in your classroom! hehe I have been changing it up a bit in my room as well...doing a white/black/red (kinda polka dot--what I can find) theme!!!I might just have to grab some of that zebra duct tape! Or maybe go red/black if they have it! Don't think I saw this above, but did you get the duct tape at Walmart or Hobby Lobby? My most recent exciting purchases for my classroom include one red and one black vinyl bean bag ($19.99 at Walmart.com)and vinyl Dr. Seuss sayings and red/black polka dots for the wall! Money well spent!
    -Ann S.

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    1. :) Thanks Ann!!! I am having SO much fun re-doing my room theme! I saw your room and it is SOOOOO stinkin' cute! Love the red and black! Where did you get your vinyl online?

      I got the duck tape from Target, but they also have it at WalMart. They may even have black with stripes or red polka dots... LOVE THE STUFF!!! I used it to cover a paint can too so that I have a cute pencil/pen holder on the table outside my room. Maybe I'll see you tomorrow!

      Marie

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  17. Please upload the CUTE classroom sign! Thanks!

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    1. It's up! :) I uploaded them in yesterday's post.

      Get yours HERE: http://cotesclass.blogspot.com/2012/06/classroom-signs-for-you-guys.html

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  18. Love your Clip board idea! I found the cool duct tape print last year and went with it in my classroom as well. Thank you for sharing!!!!

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  19. Wow, everything came out so lovely!! I am so impressed by your duct tape clipboard!!! thanks for linking up!

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  20. Wow! What great, creative ideas! Thanks for sharing. I'm finding you through the linky party, and I'm your newest follower! I've been shopping too, so come by when you get a chance.

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,
    Rebecca

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  21. Kathryn GarrisonJuly 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Awesome, I am redoing all my clipboards! Also, I would love a copy of that sign! Thanks!!!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn! If you go to the top of my blog and click "Classroom Signs" you can download any of them for free! :)

      Marie

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  22. Great ideas! Now I know what to do with the duck tape I bought!

    Heather at TeachItToday!

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  23. I love all the items you made. I'm a huge zebra print fanatic and will be using a rainbow zebra theme in my classroom. The sign is great! I'm your newest follower! Stop by my blog sometime.

    threadgillsteachingtoolbox.blogspot.com

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    1. THanks so much! I'll be sure to check out your blog!

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  24. I would love to have that sign!!! How might I go about getting it?

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    1. There is a tab at the top of my blog "Free Classroom Signs". You can click that, then scroll to the sign you want. Click it, and download for free! :)

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  25. Love, love, love your classroom sign! Putting it on my summer "to do list".

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  26. I love everything about this, of course. I also love the font you used for your sign. Could you share what font that is? I have some signs I want to make for my classroom, and like to coordinate. This may be my font of choice this year.

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    1. Thanks Cara!!! The font is actually one that I found in Microsoft WORD....it's called "teen" :)

      It's one of my faves, just because of the way they make the "a" look! LOL

      Marie

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  27. Love all the duct tape stuff! I am a new 5th grade teacher and am using it to color code my students notebooks since I teach science and social studies. I am also using it to make a quick easy border around my door and whiteboard.

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  28. Would love the sign for my classroom.
    I just made some clipboards for my classroom for students to use during tier time :)

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    1. If you look at the top of my blog you'll see a button that you can click to get the signs! :) Enjoy!

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  29. When you wrapped it around did it overlap on the front or back or all over? Did you just do one continuous strip or cut?

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    1. I cut strips and just put them on top, and wrapped the edges around the back. I have them hanging on my wall, so you don't ever see the backs. :)

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  30. The sign is fabulous! Wold love to hang it up in my classroom! Have you posted it yet?

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    1. If you look at the top of my blog there is a button that you can click on to get the class signs! :)

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  31. That sign is super cute! Yesssss! I would love to have that darling sign for my classroom, too! Thanks so much in advance!

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