Made It Monday on Wednesday

I am just thrilled with today's project, and I can not wait until next week to share it. You are not seeing double.  I made two of these sweet things.  I team teach, and I could not make one for myself without making one for my buddy, Gwen too.  

It all started with this cute pin that I saw a few weeks ago.  This teacher placed the board in her chalktray I believe, but I needed mine for my reading group area. 
brightly colored, fully functional  Love this board...made with an oil pan, scrap book paper  duct tape

I will be working with K, 4, and 5 this year, so I needed blocks that will work with all three age groups too.  So this is what I came up with.  I have a section for our focus skill/anchor chart, a word of the day, specific reading vocabulary students must know, and a place for word study activities.  

The first step I to making this is to pick up a large oil drip pan from Walmart.  They are $12.00. You can use it in the metallic color, but I decided to paint mine a blue green color as the basecoat.

Next, I brought it in and mapped out my blocks.  Chart paper is 18 x 24, so I blocked off 22 x 24 to allow for a header and the clips to hang it on.
I wanted that part to stand out, so I used my handy dandy Mod Podge and scrapbook paper scraps to make a colorful collage. Then, I used 2 10 x 12 scrapbook papers to make my second blocked row for vocabulary.
Once I adhered all the papers, I did a finish coat of Mod Podge and added trim to define my sections.  
The last step was to make the title blocks in Powerpoint, print, and laminate them.  I hot glued on magnetic buttons to the back to hold them well to the boards.  
When I take these to school, I can either hang them with Command hooks by drilling holes and adding ribbon or put them on an easel.  I think either would work well.  I plan to use magnetic hooks on the back side to hold the magnetic letters we'll use, our vocabulary words, etc.  

Now, if you decide to make this, I will be honest.  You should be prepared to take a few hours, but I had a great time making it.  

Since this is another getting crafty post, I'll stick in the Rafflecopter that's still running.  If you haven't entered, you have a little bit yet.  It will run until July 3rd.  Good luck!

Have a great day tomorrow, and if you have questions, please feel free to ask.


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