Monday, July 4, 2016

Classroom Decor, T-shirts, and Painting Signs

Happy Fourth of July! Happy Birthday America!

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday Made It! Many thanks to Tara of 4th Grade Frolics who is the founder of this fantastic linky and to Learning in Wonderland for hosting Monday Made It this week! 

I was hard at work this week on my "made-it's". 

When one of the first graders came into school wearing one of the t-shirts I knew I had to make them for the team.

I found the shirts this week for $3.99 at Michael's. I already had the HTV (heat vinyl transfer at home).

I cheated a little and bought the SVG file (that's the pattern you see on the shirt) for my Silhouette Cameo on Etsy for $2.50.  I could have made it but....I'm lazy.  Some things are just worth the $2.50, you know what I'm saying?! My husband bought me the Silhouette last X-mas and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!  The first week when I was learning it I wanted to launch it out the window and my husband and kids wanted to move out. But after the first week it got easier and now I can use it no problems at all. And trust me....if I can figure it out...anybody can.

My second "made it" is not as fancy. I'm no "Van Gogh".

Here's proof:  I'm pretty sure most fine artists and painters don't use paper plates and Elmo cups filled with water to paint.  But....I'm on a REALLY tight budget right now (that's a story for another day).

So I found this piece of wood around the house. Don't tell my husband in case he was going to use it for something.  I needed a "Monday Made it."  You know how it is....

I spray painted the wood and then used the stencil to trace the words.  Let me back up and say that I didn't do this originally.  Don't be like Julie. I thought I was pretty fancy and could just whip out the paintbrush and ....yea. Not so much.  You should see the back of this piece of wood. But you won't. Because it's a hot mess. SO....I spray painted over that. With black spray paint. What mess? Don't be like Julie. Use a stencil.

So...anywhooose......draw lines with a ruler and then trace your words with a stencil and paint the letters with a fine tipped brush.  Once it was dry, I outlined it with a fine-tipped silver Sharpie. 

I's such a masterpiece isn't it?  I don't think paint is my forte.  I'll stick with t-shirts, I guess.

My last "made-it" has been a labor of love. I have been working on my classroom décor theme for this school year which is going to be a black and white and bright set.  I hope to have it posted in my Teachers Pay Teachers store this afternoon. But here's a "sneak peak..."

What have you made this week? Won't you join us for Monday Made it?  Click the logo below to see what other fabulous creations other bloggers have created this week!


  1. The shirts....I'm in LOVE! My fifth graders would love them. Thanks for sharing!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. Thanks Alison. You are always so kind. I'm hoping the primary colors making it look a little less "gangsta" for an elementary school but I believe we can all use a little humor in our lives. :)

  2. I think your sign is great and the kiddos will love it. The message is such a good one. See you around. Kathleen Kidpeople Classroom

  3. Those shirts are so fun and what a great gift idea!!!! Love how they turned out! That quote is from Wonder, right? Love it!!! So important for kiddos to get that...especially in the world we live in now that has some not so kind:/ Your classroom decor set looks awesome! Thank you for linking up:)

  4. Love your sign! It is one of my favorite quotes. I think you did a good job on it. It looks like a chalkboard sign. Your shirts turned out great!

  5. Your t-shirts are so cute! Your team will love them. I enjoyed reading your post! And - happy 4th!! Please visit my Monday Made It HERE. Have a great week! Pam from PJ Jots

  6. Now I think I need to make a welcome sign for my classroom. Yours looks great. I'll probably have to spray over mine more than one time--on both sides! Happy 4th!