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Monday, July 23, 2012

Yay for Monday Made-It! (Stool and Welcome Sign)

Well, I did it!  I am linking up with Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics for my first-ever Monday Made It and I completed TWO projects!!  For both projects I used scrapbook paper.  I love, love to scrapbook in my spare time.  Why?  It lets me be creative even though I am not artistic in the least!  I cannot draw to save my life (it is actually a joke with my students when I try to draw anything and they love laughing at me)........but I can use scrapbook paper, glue, and COPY borrow other people's ideas:)

So, I have recently started pinning two weeks ago when I first entered the blogging world (shocking, I know!).  I started seeing all these stools on pinterest that people paint and thought, I could NEVER do that!  This is from Laurie Cole Designs on pinterest....AMAZING!

Then, I saw this one on I Heart Elementary using scrapbook paper and I began to think I could redo my stool too!

So, I am extremely embarrassed to say that this is what my stool looked like for 12 years:

I started with my supplies (scrapbook paper, acrylic paint, mod podge, spray glitter, and foam brushes):

First, I lightly sanded the stool with 220 sandpaper.  Then, I painted the stool's legs and seat.  The legs took FOUR coats.  I didn't prime first though and I hope that doesn't come back to haunt me.

I used my Cricut Expression to cut a scalloped circled for the stool top, a center circle in a coordinating paper, and a black monogram "S".  My last name begins with S but I am also going to call this the Sharing Stool where students can share book reviews and adventures with Lilly, the classroom pet.  

I glue the S on the red circle and then mod podged each piece in place.  I mod podged the whole seat and as other people had stated in directions I read, the mod podge dries clear!  I had never used mod podge before and this stuff is amazing!

I sprayed the legs with glitter and then starting cutting scrapbook paper to wrap around the 8 rungs on the sides.  I made sure the seam was on the under side and held each piece in place tightly for 20-40 seconds.  It held firm!  Then I mod podged the whole stool 2x and the seat a total of 4x.  I also bought a clear varnish because I thought the mod podge might be tacky, but it really isn't!  I may still add it anyway.  Here is the finished project:

I love how the one piece of scrapbook paper says, "4th Grade". It makes me happy.  Can you see the glitter on the legs?
UPDATE 7/2021: I have since made more stools for my teammates and my original as well as theirs are holding up beautifully!! I did apply a clear coat of this Delta Varnish and it helps secure the Mod Podge for years!
More stools I have made-using craft paint like in the picture above, scrap paper, mod podge and varnish! I did NOT sand the stool before painting. It's super easy!!

My next project was originally inspired by Tara at 4th Grade Frolics and she gives her inspiration credit to Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten.  This was Mrs. Lee's sister's picture:

I just love the WELCOME sign idea and Tara's is super cute too!!  So, I set to work cutting circles on my cricut.  I used the circle on the "Going Places" cartridge and "Ashlyn's Alphabet" for the font.
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Note to Self:  See picture below with letters too large.  When using "base shadow" on the Cricut, the letters come out larger than the dimensions set!  I wasted a whole piece of paper...ugh!

Then, I got it right.  I used my two favorite adhesives-Beacon's 3-in1 advanced craft glue for the letters and Scotch's advanced tape glider to glue the circles together.

I still have to laminate them and string them together.  I love how they turned out and they will go with my owl themed door.  It will be eerily similar to Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten's picture (remember I said I can COPY borrow?).

Thanks for reading!  I can't wait to "borrow" some more ideas for next week:)


  1. I love your banner and stool. Scrapbook paper is the best.

    ✣ Miss Nelson✣
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

  2. Both projects look great. Super job for someone who claims not to be creative!
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  3. Your stool came out great. I love it when I think I can't do something because of my lack of artistic talent and someone suggests an idea that makes it seem much more doable.

    room 4 imagination

  4. Seeing 4th grade peeking out from the bottom ring of your stool is a cute & clever touch! Everything turned out really cute! :)

  5. Wow Holly! I LOVE your stool AND your sign...great job! I came back and followed your blog...LOL I was blog stalking late last night and I forgot to hit that button!

    Craft of Teaching

  6. Your stool came out great. I made a welcome banner this week too!

    Success in Second Grade

  7. Both of your projects are perfect! Thanks for sharing:)

  8. Fabulous projects! I love the mod podge stool.
    Thanks for sharing!


  9. Your stool is fantastic!! I really want one:)

  10. Love the banner (I'm pulling out my Cricut right now!) and the stool is amazing!

    I'm your newest follower...I'd love to have you stop by and see me!


  11. I love love LOVE your stool!!! I am not crafty... AT ALL... so I don't think I can pull it off!! Fantastic job!! :)

    Ashley @Fierce in Fourth

  12. Both came out cute!!!!!! I love the stool so much.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  13. Super!!! that stool is prec!!!! what cartridge did you use to do the scallop circle?

    A Passion For Primary

  14. Oh my word!!!! Your stool is adorable IN LOVE!! AND the welcome sign what a great idea:) LOVE IT!!! Thanks for sharing all of your great crafty goodies for your room!! I think I need a welcome sign for my door!!!

  15. Your stool turned out super cute! Love the colors. Cricuts seem to be the new super awesome thing! Love what you made this week.

    Reaching for the TOP!

  16. Your stool is ADORABLE! I am in the process of re-doing mine!

  17. The stool is adorable! You make me want to buy one for my classroom and decorate it. Thanks for the inspiration.


  18. Your stool is all kinds of adorable and precious! It makes me want to get a stool but I know I could never make something that cute. I am wondering now who I can bribe to make me one. =)

    Heather's Heart

  19. Wow! Very cool! They all turned out great! I also revamped my stool, but I painted mine...I shared it a few Monday Made It agos...lol (if that makes sense :) )

    Thanks for sharing!

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

  20. Your stool came out great as well as your Welcome sign. Thanks for stopping by fellow WNYer! And if you didn't find anyone to be your classroom, pen pal, I would be interested, even though I have 3 sections of kiddos. :)

  21. Your banner looks gorgeous and that stool is so bright and welcoming!

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

  22. I LOVE how your stool turned out!! It makes me want to make another one!

    Hooty's Homeroom

  23. Wow, great job on your stool and welcome design! I love that you used your cricut. All I need now is to get my stool from my classroom... Thanks for the idea.
    ;0) Melissa

  24. OMGosh...I have to have that stool!!! I nominated you for an award, stop by and pick it up!!
    Mrs. Saunders' Lovelies

  25. That stool is amazing! I want it badly:)

  26. That stool i amazing! I want one, too!..Yeah..yeah...I know....I need to get busy and get it done. That just may be my next project!!! :)

    Mrs. B's Nook