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Summer Series: DIY Projects for Your Classroom

DIY:  You either HATE those three little letters, or LOVE them.  OR - you love to hate them.
I think I'm that last option.  I always have the greatest of intentions of doing DIY projects - but alas, they usually end up staying pinned on my "To Make..." Pinterest board collecting dust (sigh).

But - in case all you need is a little push to help you actually accomplish those DIY projects you have planned for your classroom, well then, consider this post your nudge (you'll thank me later).

In this post, I'm going to share with you DIY projects that you can do depending on the time you're willing to put into it.  You've got 3 effort categories, as I'll call them, to choose from.

  • "Go Easy On Me" (Easy Effort DIY Projects)
  • "I'm Ready, But Don't Go Crazy" (Medium Effort DIY Projects)
  • "DIY is my JAM!  Let Me At It! (Only for the DIY Masters :) )

This is a swim at your own risk kind post - have fun :)

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 DIY Cut out Letters:
Flash Card Station:
 Anchor Chart Holder:
Teacher Pencils to Borrow (Never lose another pencil!):
Teachers - Now you will know if it's your pencil! Decorative duct tape wrapped pencils.:
Customize Your Personal Sized White Boards (customize for your theme or color scheme):
Awesome!!!! dry erase with cardstock, laminating, and duct tape - Just place the plastic sheet over the cardboard and tape around the edges. Simple as that and you're done. I was able to get 20 done in just over an hour sitting and watching TV. I love how cute they turned out and they are easy to write on/wipe clean. Plus between the presentation board and two rolls of duct tape it cost just over 50 cents each. I need to do this.:
Number Magnets (great for math centers!):
DIY Number Magnets - This simple DIY classroom project is perfect for your calendar and morning meeting area!  Have your students use them to mark attendance or lunch count.  Plus, you’ll definitely want to see how we use these number rocks for classroom management!:
Tissue Pom-Poms (adds an easy pop to bring out your classroom colors or theme!):
Make some easy Truffula flower pom-poms as ceiling decorations.
Dry erase areas on the guided reading table- great for student practice right at your table! (use vinyl adhesives):
Filing Cabinet Upgrade:
Make the edging look totally pro with washi tape.
Or upgrade the whole thing!
Mod podge wrapping paper to the front of your filing cabinets.
Jazz up your crates with ribbon:
Thread decorative ribbon through milk crates.

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No-Sew Skirt to cover shelves, under tables, or even as a valence:
Crate Bench Cushion (I promise its not as complicated as it may look:)
Whisper phones:
Homework Dry-Erase Boards:
Share Chair:
Kindergarten Classroom: Decorate a designated “Share Chair” for students to use when sharing writing or other accomplishments. | 36 Clever DIY Ways To Decorate Your Classroom:
Customized Plastic Drawers (a little spray paint magic!):
Re-purposed ladder into easel:
Turn a ladder into an easel.
Turn book jackets into a hanging banner:

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READ Wooden Letters:

Seat Sacks:

DIY Easel for your classroom with PVC Piping!
Anchor Chart Stand:

Tire Seats (plus extra storage!)

Phew - I'm a little exhausted just looking at those "DIY is My Jam" pics - but hey, if that's you...make two and send me one :)

Do you have a DIY that you are proud of or a tip to share??  I'd love to hear about it!  Let us know in the comments!

Now - get to it :)
Other posts in this series:
Creating the Classroom of Your Dreams
Planning Procedures and Routines
Back to School Activities for Every Grade
Launching Reader's Workshop
Launching Writer's Workshop
The Ultimate B2S Shopping List
Ways to Connect With Parents
Tips for a Successful Open House

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