Some of these crafts were simple to do, and made a huge impact in my classroom. Others were a total FLOP.
Classroom DIY Project One: Chalkboard Sign (WIN)
Classroom DIY Project Two: "Team Grade Three" Shirts(FAIL)
I had big plans to make matching tee shirts for my teaching partner and I. Oh man, were these a lot of work. I designed the logo quickly in PowerPoint (it's faster and easier than using InDesign for a quick job) then reversed the image and printed it onto iron-on paper. But transferring it onto a tee shirt? That was such a nightmare. I think I wrecked two full shirts before I finally got the transfer to stick perfectly without any residue. (Even then, I couldn't get it to work with a transparent background!)
When I finally tallied up all of the time I spent on those darn tee shirts I wish I had just bought some of the cute ones I saw online. Next year I have a plan to buy one from The Essential Teacher, and save myself a lot of frustration and ruined tee shirts!
Classroom DIY Project Three: Ribbon Banner (FAIL)
Classroom DIY Project Four: Crate Seats (WIN)
Classroom DIY Project Five: Pick Sticks (WIN, kind-of)
Did you make any great DIY projects this year? What were your greatest successes? Any major flops? I'd love to hear them in the comments below!