July 15, 2013

Monday Made It w/ a Must Have

I'm linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It! This is the first time I've joined this particular linky, but not the first time that I've been a part of it. I wait for Mondays so that I can eagerly read all the crafty blog posts, hoping to pick up ideas for my classroom. I'm also linking up with Sabra at Teaching with a Touch of Twang for her Must Have Mondays. This is a two-fer day!

It's all about my must have: DUCT TAPE! I am all about repurposing old things into new things. On a Catholic School teacher's salary, repurposing is a must have! Duct tape allows me to save money and have stylish stuff, especially now that there are all those cool colors and designs available.

Last year we moved our school into a new building, well, actually an old building that our community repurposed. The rooms were spiffed up with new paint, shelves, wiring, all the important things. However, small details were overlooked, among them the PA system speakers... they were old, scratched up and UGLY! Here was my solution...
Duct tape to the rescue!
This year, duct tape is once again helping me be stylish. I have a dozen or so clip boards that I use in my classroom for everything from literature circle organization to portable lap desks. They are OLD having ALL been purchased at garage sales for either a nickel or a dime. The first thing I did was spray paint the metal clip with silver paint. Then I covered them with strips of duct tape in shades and designs of teal and purple, the colors in my classroom. They look fresh and new. In the snapshot you'll also see a pencil/crayon box that my brother-in-law made for me; that, too, got taped. LOVIN' IT!

Off to find other things to tape!

Happy Teaching,
The Teacher's Desk 6


  1. So excited to be your newest follower :) I LOVE duct tape, too. Come stop by if you get a chance!

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  2. LOVE all the duct tape! Especially that PA system! So cute :)Thanks for linking up!

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  3. There are so many different kinds of funky duct tape now!! Your clip boards look super cute!!

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  4. That is a great idea! Can't wait to get the fun animal print duct tape out of my boxes and pretty up my ugly brown clipboards.
    Grade 4 Buzz

  5. We are loving Duct Tape too. Did you see that there is a brand now called DUCK TAPE? LOL! My boys were so confused. :)
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