Monday, July 4, 2016

Monday Made It– MAKE

Well, here is a third day with a third post in a row... must be summer! I'm linking up with Fourth Grade Frolics to post about a little project I did for my new classroom. Yep, I'm moving rooms. Might as well have a little fun with it.

So, this is nothing especially original– letters that say words in your classroom. Imagine. But in the new room I am creating a new maker space. I mean, I think I am... I've written this several times now... publicly on the blog... so I hope it does actually, eventually, by end of summer, come to be... sigh. Anyway, I want to designate an area in the room as a maker space and what better than to have a sign that says so. Besides, MAKE is a good word for the kiddos to know.

So here is mine all finished. I show it to you on top of a doorway in our house, so you get the idea that it is going to be up on top of a bulletin board in the classroom.

I bought the wooden block letters at Target for four bucks each. Then I painted the letters white with acrylic paint, also from Target. You don't have to paint the letters white, I just wanted the washi tape colors to really show up. Then I covered the letters with four washi tape patterns I liked. Here are the letters half done. I did not use any rhyme or reason applying the tape, just wanted the letters randomly covered with no repeating patterns to be seen.

When the 3D letters were completely covered with tape on the front and sides, I painted them with Mod Podge so the tape wouldn't peel away over time. Mine have a shiny finish but you can use matte finish Mod Podge, if you prefer.

One little tip to share– place any painted object on crumpled foil when you are done painting. The crumpled foil makes a sort of easy drying rack which allows air to circulate, cutting the drying time, and the objects don't stick to the surface as much. Pin to remember!

I'll show you pictures of MAKE when it goes up in the classroom. Hope you are inspired to try some words for your room– math, read, learn, laugh, play... so many great words to choose from. It wasn't hard to do and it gave me a nice feeling of accomplishment at the start of summer. If I don't get to any other fun thing for the classroom, at least I did this one!

Click on back and find lots more inspiration on the Monday Made It list! Thanks, Tara!

And, oops, almost forgot. I'm part of a blog hop giveaway– a $100 TPT gift certificate. And for just the next few days I have my letter writing packet as a FREEBIE on TPT, too. Not. Too. Shabby. Click on pic to get everything... but hurry!

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!


  1. Oh those letters are just darling! What a great job you did!

  2. I made "READ" letters a few years ago with glitter paint, but I've never thought to use washi tape! Your letters turned out awesome! I need to make some "MAKE" ones! Thanks for sharing!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. You just reminded me....I have plain old white READ letters that need something....washi? Brilliant...I have about ten million rolls, Thanks for linking up:)

    1. Washi truly is one of the greatest inventions of the modern world... well, almost. Love it! Thanks for stopping by and I do so love your link up. Only wish I had more time to let loose my inner crafty person and I'd be on here every week :) Kathleen

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    1. Thanks! It was so fun I might do more... thinking of ways to change it up :) Kathleen

  5. Your letters look awesome! I enjoyed reading your post! And - happy 4th!! Please visit my Monday Made It HERE. Have a great week! Pam from PJ Jots

  6. Kathleen, I LOVE those letters! You always do such a great job on things, too! Happy Summer!!!

    1. Hi Carolyn! Glad you like them. See you later! Kathleen

  7. Those letters look fantastic! Using washi tape to cover them is a great idea!
    Kay @ Sommer’s Lion Pride

  8. Those letters are just so cute! Great idea to have a maker space. I look forward to seeing your finished area. You are just on a washi roll! Have a great week!

    Luv My Kinders