Monday, August 3, 2015

DIY Classroom Projects

Hello friends! Michele here from Triple the Love In Grade 1!

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And now for some crafty fun! Just in time for back to school :)

Guess what I JUST learned makes an excellent dry erase eraser? FELT. YES FELT. No more socks, no more tissues, no more sides of hands, no more pompoms hot glued to expos. Just plain old, 25 cents for a piece of felt!

After I found out this awesome new fact, I decided to plug it into pinterest. A pin can up showing the felt glued to foam blocks to make an eraser. Ohhhh, I thought! I want to make those. Alas, there was no link to follow once you clicked on the pic. Just a photo. So, I did not think this diddy up all by myself. I do not claim to be the mastermind behind this FABULOUS ideas. However, I will happily show you how I made my own class set of dry erase erasers for MADE IT MONDAY!!!!!!

Ok, I know you have all hit the dollar spot over at our favorite store Target! I just picked these up this week! They are there! 18 foam blocks for just $1. Maybe you have them already. I hope you can find them! 

Here is a picture of the felt section at the craft store I went to -- A.C. Moore. Who knew that there were so many to pick from? Why black? So it doesn’t get dirty! You could pick the leopard pattern if it goes with your class decor though! Go for it!
Next, you need the right glue! You want the felt to stick and adhere to the foam. I didn’t even chance it with Elmer’s. I didn’t want the felt to fall off or to start to slip so the littles would be tempted to pick at it. So, I went with the big bucks and got the glue that was sitting with the felt -- felt glue!

Just in case you are thinking, why does it say 40% off up there? Use your coupons! Actually, it is even cheaper, with your 15% teacher discount :) 

First, measure the felt onto the foam square and cut. Super easy. 

Second, I found that putting the glue on the foam and not directly onto the felt was easier. 
Next, spread around the glue with your finger tip making sure you reach the edges! Place the cut felt square on top and press. It’s glued!

Do three at a time to speed up the process :)

Finished product! Works GREAT:)

This is the felt THAT I HAD LEFT OVER! Um, I can make new ones for next year. I am going to GIVE each student their own eraser after I sharpie their class number on top.

This is my sticky finger after making 18 erasers! Hey, I’m a teacher of first grade! Totally used to it!

And there you have it! Easy peasy and cheap! They work great! And for pennies to make - you can’t go wrong! 

I hope these directions inspire you to make these great erasers! Have fun!

Michele @ Triple the Love In Grade 1