Since I used to teach Pre-K before kids, I kind of went a little bit crazy with the idea of homeschooling... crazy in the craft department! The past week, I have been super obsessed with creating a "school" for James. I bought a really cool dry-erase poster from Wal-Mart (see my guest post at The Mommy Teacher's blog), among other things that I will share with you below. All together, I spent around $30 (including the dry-erase poster), though I'm sure throughout the course of the year I will be adding more stuff because that's what I do.
I got this cute little chalk board for $10-something on clearance... normally $30!!! However it didn't match my purple kitchen where the kiddie corner was going to be, so I had a little fun with it... pass the screwdriver... a little Mod Podge, a little paint, put it all back together again and voilà!
Here's a tip: I was trying to draw on the chalk board and something was seriously wrong with it! I was so bummed! I thought I bought a defective chalk board! The board was really gritty, the chalk wasn't writing well on it, and when I tried to wipe it off, it just made a big mess. I vented my frustration to Bo who said, "You have to break a chalkboard in. Take a piece of chalk and scribble all over the chalkboard then wipe it off. It'll be ready to use." Look on my face: "Um, ok... sure dude... whatever you say."
|Yeah, totally worked. Just erase and it's ready to use!|
Chalkboard done, but don't pick up the Mod Podge just yet! I wanted a cute way to display the boys' art work so I went to Hobby Lobby's OTHER clearance aisle in the back and found these awesome extra-large clothes pins regular $8.99 a piece (say what?!?) on clearance for $3.40!
|Painted the sides, but not the inside because it was hard to reach.|
|After! I used the same scrapbook paper as the chalkboard.|
What next? Oh yes, MORE MOD PODGE! I am seriously LURVING this stuff (Shout out to my cousin Varessa who does a hilarious Celine Dion impression ("The power of LUUUURRRRVE"). Bo has been on a strict don't-throw-the-cans-away regiment (shh don't tell him that I accidentally threw the enchilada sauce cans away tonight and had to fish them out of the trash) because I am re-purposing them!
|Reduce, reuse, recycle, people!|
EVENTUALLY, I will be attaching these to a magnetic strip on the wall by gluing a magnet to the can. I have yet to find the perfect magnetic strip, so this will have to wait. For now, they will still look cute sitting on the table.
|After Mod Podging this adorable alphabet scrapbook paper.|
By the way, scrapbook paper was on sale at Hobby Lobby this week for 50% off... JACKPOT!
So would you like to see the "finished" product? I say "finished" because, knowing me, I will keep adding more and more stuff and then rearranging it...but here is the "finished" product for now...
|So many fun things to do! I can't wait to get to work, I mean, school!|
|The portrait of James was done by my super talented cousin, Duston Tinsley.|
|Popsicle Sticks and Number buckets featured on The Mommy Teacher|
|James made this cute little wooden box at Home Depot today. We found a GREAT use for it!|