Monday Made It - Several Projects I've Completed This Week

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I am linking up with the fabulous Tara at 4th Grade Frolics again this week for "Monday Made It."
Made It #1 - Monster Tissue Box

Most of you have seen this "tattle monster" on Pinterest, and with my monster theme for next year, I just HAD to create one!  I won't use it as a tattle monster though...I think I'll use it to drop answers in for our classroom Estimation Station.  I love him and he was super easy to make - took 15 minutes tops!

How to Make
1. Cover an empty tissue box with duct tape.
2. Add polka dots using circle stickers.
3. Cut teeth out of foam and hot glue inside opening.
4. Add large pom-poms and wiggle eyes using hot glue.

How easy is that???????  I may have to make more...and it was so easy, I'm thinking of letting my kiddos make these for Valentine card holders this year to go with our theme!

Made It #2 - Smarty Pants

I also saw some of these on Pinterest and HAD to create my own...with a monster twist, of course!  First, I had to find some small jeans!  I didn't want to spend much on them, so I headed to Goodwill and found this pair for $3.00.  PERFECT!!  Everything else came from one of my previous trips to Hobby Lobby.

How to Make
1.  Apply "Smarty Pants" letters to jeans (My iron-on letters didn't show up well on the jeans, so I cut fabric circles out to go behind the letters.  I attached the circles with fabric glue and ironed the letters on top of those.)
2.  Iron on any other embellishments you want (like my monster patches).
3.  Use fabric glue to close the bottom of each leg and to attach the ruffles to the legs.
4.  Add a ribbon/bow belt.

Voila!  A nice "Smarty Pants" display!  Since the legs are now closed, you can pour "Smarties" candies inside the pants.  When a student comes up with a great idea or shares something brilliant with the class, you can tell them to go grab a smarty from the smarty pants!
I found a hanger with those "little hooks" inside and they hang perfectly on those!  I think between these "smarties" and my "Kiss Your Brain" and "Hug Your Heart" jars that I posted about here, I've got plenty of little treats to hand out and will eliminate the treat jar I used in the past.

Monday Made It #3 - Rolling Seat Crate
I know, I know...EVERYONE has made the crate seats from Pinterest.  My problem...I always see a great project like this and then think, but "what if"?  {Sigh}  Often, those "what ifs" turn out to be disastrous, but every now and then they work out!  I don't have space in my classroom reading center for the seat crates (I already have a bajillion "cozy reading spots"...enough for each child to have a spot to read in each day...floor chairs, beanbags, saucer chairs, floor rockers, director chairs, stools, etc.)!!!  So, when I saw these I knew that I wanted them to be used at my computer station.  The problem - they would be too low.  I immediately thought that I would stack two on top of each other (I planned to store some HEAVY stuff in them, so I though they'd be sturdy enough.)  The problem?  They were too tall. :(

Solution - my husband added a wood base to each and drilled wheels to the bottom.
Now, they are the perfect height for my computer center and will be able to roll under the table (out of the way) when not in use!  I plan to store my whisper phones and headphones in them.  {Mr. Madden thinks they'll really be used for teacher races down the halls after school!} hehehe

And, I'm still working on this little Monday Made It....bunting in my classroom!  I hope to share it later this week.
I'll be back tomorrow with another post in my Writer's Workshop series.  Hope to see you here!


  1. Can I borrow your husband, too!? I need some rollingness! Awesome!

  2. What a great ideas you have! Then rolling seats are genius!

  3. I was wondering about those little jeans! Too cute!

    Inside this Book

  4. You have been super busy. Love them all! I especially love the pants.

    ✣ Miss Nelson✣
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

  5. What if... you could come to my house and help me get as much accomplished as you did????? Sound good? I love your monsters. Everything turned out so cute. Love it! I have been hesitant to make crate seats because I am so worried that my bigger students (I have had many 100 lb. first graders) would break the crate and then hurt themselves. I would feel terrible. I like your solution. Very solid!

  6. Great idea for the rolling crates. I can tell you my daugfhter WOULD be racing them down the halls after school. LOL I love the monster box, I've got an empty kleenex box sitting here, I just need to decide what I would use it for ifI made one.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  7. Oh the rolling seat crates are great! I have one seat crate...I bet middle schoolers would have a little too much fun if I added wheels!

  8. Whoa!! You've been busy!! So many great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

    Sweet n Sassy in 2nd

  9. My husband will NOT be happy that I read this post because now I definitely need casters on my crates! AMAZING ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    Learning's a Hoot

  10. Love all of your ideas! I haven't seen the Smart Pants before. Too cute!


  11. Wow! You have certainly been busy! I love all of your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

    Fourth Grade Garden

  12. I absolutely love your rolling crate seats!
    Totally Terrific in Texas

  13. I love the rolling crates. The smartie pants turned out so darling. You have been busy. Thanks for sharing.


  14. I love the rolling crate seats. What a great idea for the computer station. Don't you just love handy hubbies. :-)

  15. I love the idea of putting wheels on the crates! Your smarty pants are too cute as well! Way to go with all the craftiness this week!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  16. Your smarty pants and monster box is just too cute!! :) I love your carts on wheels....that's awesome! I need to talk my hubby into doing something like that!

  17. Wow! You were busy!!! I love everything!

    Across the Hall in 2nd

  18. Adorable! Love the rolling seats!
    Drop by anytime :)


    Creekside Teacher Tales

  19. Wow, you got a lot done! I think I need to make one of those banners for my classroom. They are so cute.


  20. I love your monster tattle box. It is on my list to do this summer too!
    Third Grade All Stars

  21. Amanda-So adorable! Every single thing you created. I love the rolling crates.

    Can't wait to see your bunting. I want to make one, too. Are you using Abby's tutorial?

    primary practice

  22. What a smart idea! I will keep the base and wheels in mind. Right now, I can't afford the supplies to even make the crates! :) Thanks for sharing your GRRRRREAT ideas!

    Miss R's Room

  23. Congrats on the following. I love your monster tattle box. You're one busy lady!
    The Hive

  24. I love your jeans and the rolling seat crates!
    So cute.
    The Idea Backpack

  25. I love what you've done! I might need to copy your smarty pants - too cute!

    Hooty's Homeroom

  26. Great projects! I LOVE the monster box:)

  27. Well someone's been busy creating cute stuff for their room! I love the rolling crates -- brilliant idea!

    There's No Place Like Second Grade

  28. cute ideas!! I am working on bunting for my class too.

  29. WoW! You've been busy! All of these ideas are FANTASTIC! Those SMARTY PANTS have been on my To-DO for a while, but I've been too lazy to go find a pair of small jeans...this makes me want to get out of the house now to find some! :)

    Love what you have shared!

    Ramblings of a Deaf Ed Teacher's Mind...

  30. Hi Amanda!

    Thanks so much for stopping by! I love your blog and am your newest follower! Can't wait to start sharing!

    Today, in Second Grade

  31. I love your Smarty Pants. I made some plain smarty pants last year & yours is so cute that I think that I need to make it look more colorful & crafty! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  32. I have a monster theme too this year and now I must make that monster box.

    Little Treasures

  33. Love your projects! The monster box is adorable...:) Vicky @

  34. CUTE! You are so crafty!! I can't wait to see your latest creation as I have been meaning to make some cute banners too :)

    Color Me Kinder

  35. I love the Tattle Monster! So cute and quick! Thanks for sharing!

    Craft of Teaching

  36. Your rolling crate seats are great! I love the idea of using them for the computer and being able to roll them out of the way (I have a small, small room...)! I wonder if I could talk my husband into doing the same thing....I could probably learn to do it myself first! =)


    Third Grade's A Charm

  37. Such cute crafts!! I love those smarty pants! ;)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  38. Hey Amanda! LOVING your projects! Love the rolling cart twist on the crate seats!! Great idea! Your monster theme is just too cute!!! Did you see Target has adorable monster duct tape???? So cute!!! Thought of you when I saw it! Thanks for linking up!!!!

    4th Grade Frolics

  39. I love your Smarty Pants. I created a pair last year but the candy weighed them down and they were constantly falling off the hanger. Let me know how yours works and how you stop if from falling off the hanger :) Thanks for sharing!!


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