Made-It #1: I've been using these Ugly-But-Functional Lowes buckets for small group seating for the past two years- they're great because they have no legs (they can't get tangled together!) and they're really easy to put up for vacuuming. Also, if necessary, you can cram more kids in at the table on buckets than on big, cumbersome chairs.
Anyway, my friend at work saw the bucket-seat idea and she went out and bought some, but her husband made PADS for them!! They were so cute, I had to give it a shot. -My friend's hub used plywood to make a cover for the bucket- but that's too hard for me... and plywood's kind of expensive!
|Before and after! It's almost magic!! :)|
Here are some pics at the Kidney Table- notice that they slide all the way under and look WAY less cluttered than with chairs!
So here's what I did AFTER spray-painting the buckets with Krylon Fusion plastic paint (*UPDATE* I do NOT recommend Krylon fusion paint! Mine got scratched up even after the seven day cure time. I may not have shaken the paint long enough, but I would definitely not try it again! You can just buy colored buckets in the shade you want!:)1. Trace the top of the bucket onto folded in half, inside out fabric. Do this for as many circles as you need.
2. Cut around the circle you traced- but leave 1/2 inch or so so you can just sew right on your trace line.
3. Sew and stuff- This is really easy if you have a sewing machine and minimal skills. I didn't pin or measure ANYTHING- Trust me- my sewing skills are limited to fixing ripped seams. I promise.
4. Staple those bad boys down to the bottom of the buckets. Staple on opposite sides to keep it smooth. I used 12-16 staples per bucket to make them look smooth. Here's a little tutorial on stapling your buckets. I know it's kinda dull- but it will help you make it look neat.
My How To Staple Video!
5. Stand with your hands on your hips to admire your cute, little stool! That's IT!
Made-It #2: Word of the Day Flip Chart and PDF'
Well, since I'm moving to a new grade, I need to remake some of my stuff so it matches sixth grade content. Last week, I remade two of my Word of the Day flipcharts and they are WAY cuter now. I even made the fruit clip art! :) Plus, they include Kagan structures and review games to make vocab instruction cooperative. I also made a copy in PDF form for those of you who don't have the free AvtivInspire software. You can get them for FREE in my TN store.
Yesterday, I ran into Hobby Lobby to buy even MORE of the bucket fabric (I had to make pads for 12!!) when I saw this little gem for 50% off:
|Only $5.00 for this metal sign! YAY!|
I also bought a shoe organizer from Amazon- I'm waiting for it to be delivered via PRIME (my favorite ever!) When I get it, I'm going to cut out the rows to make my own cuter, better version of the Kagan Team Tubs (kinda like a supply caddy for tables.) I'm going to hot-glue magnets to the back to make a storage caddy that takes up NO desk space! They will just stick to the front of the desks. I'm so anxious to get started on my FINAL project for the summer. I think they're going to turn out amazing! I'll show you next week!!
Thanks for stopping by! If you're reupholstering anything, leave me a link! I'd love to see your furniture makeovers!!