Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday Made Its: Paper Wreath, Bookmarks, Menus

Happy Monday! Today is my last day off even though I'm going to school to set up my room. Teachers officially start back tomorrow.
Mondays are great because of Tara's Monday Made It! Her linky makes me accomplish some of the things on my "to do" list!

My paper wreath was inspired by Love, Pomegranate House! Of course, she made it look so easy. I think I made mine too big. The directions called for an 8" circle and after gluing several pieces down, I knew it looked too big so I ripped the paper off and trimmed it to make the circle smaller.
I made this wreath for my classroom door.
I cut an 8" circle on poster board and collected the cardstock colors I wanted to use for my wreath. 
 I cut the cardstock in fourths and rolled the paper. I used my hot glue gun to secure the rolled paper together. Then I hot glued the rolled paper on the outside of the circle.

I continued working my way into the center of the circle.
Here it is!

I hot glued a piece of ribbon on the back to hang on a hook (I used a push pin and it holds it up!).
My second Monday Made It are these colorful bookmarks for my students. These were inspired by a pin I pinned on Pinterest. At the beginning of every year I cringe when I hear how many of my students hate reading. I try to equip them with several fun things to get them excited about reading at home and school.
I used scrapbook paper and labels to make the bookmarks. The scrapbook paper is the package of 2"x12" strips and I cut it in half.
 My third Monday Made It was something I just had to sit down and get done so I can implement them right away with informational text.
I finished making my class set of my Reading Response Menus for Non-Fiction! Can't wait to use them this year!

Go check out all the great ideas on Tara's Monday Made It-you won't be disappointed!
I'm so honored that Tara blogged about my Door Hangers for this week's Monday Made It! It's one of my favorite creations to get students motivated about reading, studying, and working at home!
My Door Hangers will be 20% today so you can motivate your students too!
Thanks Tara for the shout out!


  1. Found your post through the linky. I LOVE your wreath! It is so cute! I still have plenty of time before school starts and I think I'm gong to add that to my list! Also loving your bookmarks- super cute!

    The Land of I Can

  2. Your wreath is so cute! How far does it stick out? I can imagine my fifth graders hitting it with their heads as the pass by :)

    Fifth in the Middle

  3. I like your wreath! Cute colours! I bet it looks great in your room!

  4. Hi! I love your wreath. I tried to do it for my Read sign, but I just couldn't get the paper to cone the right way. I was so frustrated! I wish I had the patience because it really is beautiful! :)
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  5. Joanne
    You are always so crafty! I love to read about what you are making. I am SO NOT crafty!!
    Enjoy your first week back!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  6. That. Wreath. Is. So. Cute!! I'm totally gonna do that. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome idea! : )

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  7. I tried making these paper cone thingies for little gift holders for a party. I must not have used the right tape, they just kept unraveling. V. frustrating!

  8. I'm in love with your wreath. I've got to try it. You've inspired me! Thanks.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

    1. I still think your wreath is the best one I saw this week. I'm going to try it over the weekend. I don't think I'll have any energy till at least after lunch on Saturday! Thanks for your help.
      Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

  9. Just added the menus to my wishlist - they look great! Such a clever idea using the precut paper and labels for those bookmarks! I really wanted to make some before school started, but I was afraid it'd be too time consuming. Thanks for the ideas. Now I may try it as a weekend project!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  10. I am just gonna stare at your wreath in AWE because I am positive that I would not be able to accomplish that. You hear me? Positive with a capital P. Now Jerm on the other hand might be able to do this FOR me. He is the absolute most patient person on the face of the planet and likes "helping" me make stuff. I think I might use my photo mats to make some of your beautimous bookmarks! They look more like my speed of craftiness. I'm off to school for my "official" first day of pre-school planning. :)
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  11. Your wreath looks awesome! I'm super impressed!

    How fun to have Tara blog about your door hangers!

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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  12. Your wreath looks amazing. I need to make something new for my door but I am not sure I could have mine turn out as good as yours! Love the bookmarks, love the door hangers. I had forgotten about them until I read Tara's post and I was so happy to be reminded about them - you really do have the best ideas :)

  13. I love your wreath, Joanne! You are so crafty:) I also added your reading response menus to my wish list!! Those look like just what I need for next year!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. Oh, and I read Tara's shout out for your door hangers!! That's awesome!!! :)

  14. i love the reading response booklets! On my wishlist!

  15. I seriously LOVE everything you made this week. I pinned the bookmark idea (didn't see that on in my Pinterest stalking adventures!).

    I can see that this post is going to cost me money...I HAVE to get those Reading Response Menus! Off to TpT...

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings


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