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Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Made It (end of year buckets and clipboard gift!)

I am excited to link up with the amazing Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made-It summer series!    
I was a busy bee last week finishing up the school year.  Of course, I procrastinated and was working until the last minute getting some end of the year gifts made for my students 
(inspired by the blogging world, of course!).  

Made It #1
I used this AMAZING resource to create end of year buckets from the Teacher's Clubhouse!
This package comes with more than just the bucket goodies too!
My buckets don't include nearly as much loot as the buckets by Amanda at Teaching Maddeness did, but I love how they turned out and will definitely use them again!

1.  In the buckets, I included the "Stay Cool Kid" tags with two freezer pops:
2.  "You'll Blow Everyone Away in 5th Grade" wrapped around a package of gum:
3.  25 "Things To Do This Summer" besides TV/Video games handout (orange paper)

4.  Smile File by 3rd Grade Thoughts filled with Cards:
5.  iMovie of the year burned to a DVD for each student

I love how the letters turned out for the names on the buckets!
I bought adhesive backed vinyl paper for cutters to use in my Cricut to cut the names!
The paper with adhesive backing worked better than I thought it would.
The paper came in half sheets and I placed it on my Cricut mat to cut.  I used Ashlyn's Alphabet for the girls' names and Plantin Schoolbook for the boys' names.

 The paper peeled off usually with the letters still on the mat. The "H" in this picture didn't stay on the mat, but it peels out easily from the paper and then the backing comes off just like the others.
I used my Cricut spatula to peel the letters off the white paper to place on the buckets.


Made It #2
 Customized Clipboards!  I just love how these turned out for gifts!  
I was originally inspired by this pin:
I gathered my supplies.  
Scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
Foam Brush
Cutting tools
Corner Rounder
Cricut to cut out the names
Inking "cat eyes" for letters and edges of paper
Here is some of the paper I used.  My daughter's teacher LOVES the beach and used to live in Florida, so I chose a beach theme for her.

 I trimmed paper and used a corner rounder on the edges.  The picture shows the paper on the back of the clipboard with me using the corner rounder from Creative Memories.
I inked the edges of the paper in a brown ink.
Then, I mod podged the clipboard and adhered the trimmed paper to the clipboard.
 I cut an accent paper strip to the clipboard and mod podged that.
Letters and the heart were cut using the Cricut and I inked those in a darker pink before mod podging.

I applied two coats of mod podge over the entire clipboard except under the actual clip.  
I was afraid that it would stick to the clip.
 Here are pictures of the backs of the clipboards:
 Close up of tag on the back:
 I used this Varnish to seal the mod podge after it dried.  
I have learned from past practice that the mod podge will eventually peel if you don't apply a clear coat of a varnish over it.
Two of the items I used in these projects are absolute Must-Haves for me so I am linking those up with the sweet Sabra at Teaching With a Touch of Twang.
My two Must Haves are my Cricut and Creative Memories trimmer.
They both are so convenient and save me SO much time!!

See you tomorrow for the last Tried It Tuesday of June:)


  1. I LOVE the clipboards and the buckets are super cute! I just might have to borrow that idea for next year!

  2. You were so busy! These end of year projects are so adorable! I am pinning this to my end of year board. Thanks so much for sharing!


  3. Holly, these are awesome!!!

    I am adding the clipboards to my to do list. I know my teachers would love this!!!

    Hodges Herald

  4. Super cute! Love the buckets! Thanks for sharing!

    I Love My Classroom

  5. So cute! I just love it all!! Those buckets are amazing and I'm sure your kiddos loved them:) Thanks for sharing and linking up:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  6. Oh Holly! We seriously need to live a couple thousand miles closer. We could craft it up all summer together! I'm completely loving your ideas. I'm stealing them...all of them!

    Crofts' Classroom

  7. Pinning, pinning, pinning! I MUST make a clipboard! Your pictures and directions are so helpful and easy to follow. I'm off to Hobby Lobby! :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  8. WOW! Those clipboards are beautiful!! I wish I had a machine to cut the wonderful letters... I made buckets for my kids too, but I hand wrote their names--yours look superb! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas.

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  9. Your buckets turned out great! Such a cute end of the year gift.


  10. What lucky kiddos you have! Thanks for sharing!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  11. I am super jealous of your clipboards. I tried making some last summer but don't have all your fancy scrapbooking tools and skills :). The clip caused me endless grief as did the modge podge!
    I am sure your class loved their buckets, what a great end of the year gift.

  12. You have a paper-cutter! I was just lamenting today that I want one. All of your projects look awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  13. What great end of the year gifts for your students and then teachers as well. I'm sure they were adored!

    Great tip about the varnish as well. I always forget!

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane

  14. Wow!!!! I want to be in your class Holly! Amazing buckets and teacher gifts! They all turned out incredible!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  15. Those buckets are adorable AND I love your clipboards! I think I might need to look into a Cricut...you can do such cool things! :-)

    Craft of Teaching