Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Library Buckets & Magnetic Sign

So my Made It Monday is coming a little late. I had most of the supplies and ambition to start it  yesterday but it turns out, no hot glue. How can you craft anything without hot glue? I was not running out by the time I discovered my error, so for this time, it's Made It Tuesday! 

Here's the before....

 So, I've blogged about the new library system I want to try! My students did a terrible job this year at keeping my library organized. They checked out the books but then they would throw them back any old place even though most have labels on them. Many books are even grouped by AUTHOR... but my students didn't seem to notice or remember where they found their books... so, via Pinterest I found a great solution. Another teacher created "shelf marker" sticks to help students remember where they took the book from. They stay in the bins until the books are returned. Genius, right?

So for my first made it... I created little buckets to hold my sticks. One for each of my classes. The letters represent our last names so the kids know where to find their specific sticks and numbers.

The colors are teal and lime green. I found the felt letters on clearance at Michael's for .99cents each and the buckets were also at Michael's for only $1. So for a whopping $4 dollars (I already had the buttons and flowers) I created two buckets for library sticks.

Then to go into the buckets I found these bright adorable zebra print numbers to put on top of craft sticks. These aren't done yet because I want to laminate all my numbers before gluing them onto the craft sticks. My goal is that students will then place their numbers in the buckets as they check out books.

My  second made it of the week was something I've been wanting to do for a while but didn't have everything I needed. So after visiting the craft store for hot glue... I came home with all the supplies! Here's Made It #2.... A magnetic "Leaving the Room" sign-out.

I really want to put this sign by my door. I'm thinking of hanging it from Command hooks or velcroing it to the wall. I haven't made a "hanger" with ribbon yet because I'm not sure I have a physical place to "hang it" since I already have an eyewash by my door. I haven't glued down the letters yet because I'm debating if I want them straight or a little up and down. I used cork circles (they were only a $1.79) and magnets for the student numbers. I was going to use marbles but I was already racking up my total. The letters and ribbon are from Target's dollar bin. It is so lime green and teal since that's what I'm going with as a loose "color scheme."

Here's the buckets I already have in my library.... I think my new stuff matches quite well!

I can't wait to see what everyone else created...



  1. All of your projects look great! I love the teal and lime! I'm your newest follower and would love for you to stop by my blog sometime!

    Success in Second Grade

  2. These look great! I especially love the magnetic sign! I can see so many great uses for it.
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. I love your sticks! Where did you get the cute zebra numbers?

  4. The zebra numbers came from Teachers Pay Teachers thanks to Mrs. Pollard... here is the direct link (They are FREE!)


  5. These look great. I love your sign. Great ideas - thanks for sharing!!!!

    Teaching Tidbits and More With Jamie

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