Friday, August 31, 2012

Repurposed Message Board

I was driving home from work the other day and realized I didn't have a daily schedule displayed anywhere in my classroom.  In the past I used a pocket chart from the teacher store because it was provided for me by my school district.  Well, I left that in my old classroom and haven't thought about it since.  Until my drive home the other day, that is.  Charley was still sleeping after the drive home from the sitter's house, so I went to the basement in search of something to hold the daily schedule cards.  I was originally thinking an empty picture frame with wire attached from side to side would work to clip the cards to, but I didn't have a frame on hand that was large enough.  Then I came across this ribbon message board that I had in college.  I started ripping the ribbon and buttons off and I was left with a solid black fabric board.

Please excuse the terrible pictures.  It was late in the afternoon and I was snapping photos with my phone, as this was a spur of the moment project.  Anyway, I pulled out my basket of ribbon and searched for something neutral in color.  I came across a piece of black and white checked ribbon and a big roll of thick string.  I cut the ribbon and string to size and spaced them out where I wanted them to be on the board.  Then I used a staple gun to attach each piece to the back.

Next, I dug around in one of my craft drawers in search of mini clothespins I knew I had stashed away from a baby shower a while back.  (And by a while back, I mean the baby shower I threw for my sister when she was pregnant with Ava.  Aaaannnndddd, Ava just started Kindergarten last week.  Wow time flies).  Sure enough, those little clothespins were still there and they were perfect size for my schedule board!

Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the schedule cards hung on the board, but you can imagine.  If you don't have a classroom or you're not in need of a picture schedule for any kiddos, this same concept could be used to hang pictures, meaningful postcards, quotes, newspaper get the idea. 

I hope you have a fantastic LONG weekend!  

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