Thursday, August 5, 2010

ABC Decor

I teach Preschool out of my home & since we are WEEKS away from the 1st day of school, I decided it is PAST time to get working on a few projects I wanted to get done this summer...and have put off until now;)

I made this little ABC decor to fill a blank spot on my preschool wall, using ONLY what I had around the house...
Here is a little HOW TO, just for YOU!!!

I had these Good Will finds sitting in bags in my home for far too long, so I decided to pull them out & Craftify them!

One Window Box Frame & several small frames...
oh the possibilities! This window frame was 99 cents & the 6 small frames were in a bag, all for 99 cents!
I toyed with several possibilities, starting with the idea to hang starfish in the center of the frames with fishing wire(which I still may do in the future), but for now, I REALLY needed to fill this space in my preschool room!
You see, I push pinned this point chart up on my wall last year, but I have since moved my
"point system" to individual folders & needed to put something in it's place
BEFORE "Meet The Teacher"!

I took the 3 small frames outside for coat of RED spray paint...
and gave the Window Box a new coat of WHITE...
Then I measured and cut squares from a piece of Mat Board.
You could also use WOOD...but
 I had mat board & no wood. 
Easy decision.
Cut those pieces with Scissors!
Much easier than the saw it would have taken to cut wood...
Coated the 3 squares with a coat of Black Chalkboard Spray Paint...
After all the pieces dry, I brought them inside so I could stop melting in the 110 degree weather!
 
Time to "prep" your chalkboards.
Just lay your chalk on its side & cover entire area...
now wipe clean & write a fun saying or in my case, I wrote "A...B...C"...
Now put your mat boards in the frames, securing them with a dot of glue on each side...
Next, I decided how I wanted to hang them.  
 I decided that Ric Rac would be fun in my Preschool Room
& I simply attached it to the back with a stapler...
Once the Ric Rac was attached, it was time to attach them to the window box...
More Staples on top of the inside of the window box frame...
Decided that I didn't like how they hung a bit crooked.
Read: remember that I am slightly OCD...
and hung the small frames directly to the wall instead & then hung the window box around them...

Much better!
There are SO MANY projects you can do with the stuff laying around your house! 
I know this well, because I USUALLY start a project during my son's nap time, which means I CAN'T leave even if I need something, so I've learned to make do with what I have!
 
 

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14 comments :

Staci J said...

Hey Staci, I LOVE your name:) Those picture frames are darling! I wish my little pre-schooler could come play at your place!!
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Cori said...

I love your blog name!! What a great idea, and way to go using items you have around the house!!

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bella said...

Such cute stuff! My daughter teaches art to el.ed. students and would love your blog! stopping by from new friend follow fridays! Roz @ La Bella Vita

http://bellavita-bellasblog.blogspot.com

Design It Chic said...

I am now following you thanks to New Friend Fridays!It would be nice if you could share the love back on my blog!
Also we have the coolest blog-hop there is... no rules just fun and would love you to join in:) Oh and if you need any help tweaking your blog or easy HTML tips, you know where to come!Happy Friday!

Ms Muffin said...

This looks GREAT! Love the idea!

T said...

Staci - if you ever end up in my town you are invited to come and scour through my craft room... I have this feeling you'd come up with tons of projects that I just haven't had the vision for!!! (just give me a few days notice so I can tidy things up a bit!)

Amy C said...

This is such a cute idea! I love that you used chalk board paint, so you can change it up it you'd like. So CuTe!

Mass Hole Mommy said...

OMG, I absolutely love that! So cute. I am now following!

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Christine said...

I love your project very much...clever use of things you have-terrific!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

Those are just too darn cute, Staci! Love that red! :)

Lauren said...

Hello,
New follower from New Friend Friday!!!This is seriously the most adorable creative thing!!!! Do you homeschool and this is your classroom??? I LOVE IT.. Hope You have a wonderful Friday...

xoxox
Lauren
http://22yroldhousewife.blogspot.com/
Ps I also host a weekly blog hop... so feel free to link up anytime!

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

featured this on my blog today

kimboscrafts.blogspot.com