Are you looking for some cute, inexpensive ways to decorate your classroom this year? Great news, you've come to the right place! Since I moved classrooms this year, I'm redoing everything in my room. This includes my decor! My colleague left me some extra shelves that she had built in years ago. These shelves are pretty high up on the wall, which would make it pretty difficult for my 5 foot frame to reach extra items located on them. I gave a lot of thought as to what to do with these shelves. I finally decided on using them for decoration - what teacher doesn't love some extra decorating?? My brain clicked on at 7:00 this morning and as soon as Target was open, I was there, raiding the dollar bin. If you haven't discovered this gold mine yet, I highly suggest you go... right now! I found some sweet quote boards along with painted mason jars and a mini apple chalkboard to help me get inspired. I wanted to find a way to incorporate my love for teaching reading on at least one of my shelves. While speaking to a friend, she suggested that I find some beat up book jackets in my room and transform them by putting them on display in frames. Brilliant idea! And FREE if you have some old picture frames lying around. I unfortunately did not have extra frames so I bought some on clearance at Target.
Later this afternoon, I worked on my classroom and focused on mostly organizing, avoiding throwing things away as usual and unpacking the last of my boxes with my friend Danielle, a professional organizer (pictures are coming soon!!). I decided to bring home part of my shelf project. I picked three book jackets that represent not only the books I love, but the messages they send my students.
If you haven't read these, they all focus on friendship, accepting and embracing the unexpected or loving yourself for who you are. A great display for primary students! These book jackets can cause confusion with students not knowing how to put them back on the books they belong to and as a result may end up ripped or bent. That's what happened with my poor Pete the Cat jacket, there are rips and tears all over it! Book jackets are probably all over your room and are just waiting to be repurposed!
I used the paper insert of the frame and centered it on the book jacket. I traced around the paper to make sure that I would get the perfect measurements for cutting the jackets out. I get so frustrated when a picture/paper doesn't fit perfectly into the frame and I've found that using the insert is the simplest way to make sure you get it right! After (painstakingly) measuring and tracing, I cut out my jackets and put them in the frames.
I'm so excited to include these frames in my decoration projects! They're colorful, meaningful and will hopefully help to instill that love for reading in our students that all teachers strive for. And as you can see, Pete looks good as new! The trimming and framing helped to eliminate all those little bends, rips and tears that would have been otherwise seen around the book.
As school gets closer, I'll be posting many more pictures of my DIY projects, organizing solutions and activities I'm creating or finding! Stay tuned! For now, I'll leave you with a picture of the least helpful, but one of the sweetest helpers in my classroom this summer.