Well, I have been buying those little wooden, pre-painted shapes like crazy and finally decided to take the time to assemble some new pointers. If you notice in the photos above, my current pointers all have colored sticks. While I like the colored sticks, the dye tends to bleed a little in moist, little child hands (and kid hands ALWAYS seem to be moist!!). Well, I decided to use my friend Mod Podge and some scrapbook paper to give them a different look!!
That's right--I Mod Podged scrapbook paper onto the dowel sticks! It was a little tricky at first, but I ended up being able to crank out 14 of them last night! It took 3 episodes of Snapped to get them all finished.
- a surface able to get a little messy
- dowel rods (any size)
- scrapbook paper
- X-Acto knife (or sharp scissors)
- Mod Podge
- hot glue gun
- fun wooden shapes of your choice
1. Pick your paper. I recommend trimming one end of the paper so that it is slightly shorter than the rod so you are to wrap the stick a little easier (you can see how much I trimmed on the right side; and, don't worry, that part will not be seen.) Use a paintbrush to apply Mod Podge to the top of the paper. Lay the dowel rod on top of the Mod Podge on the paper, leaving a little edge exposed.
2. Grab the edge that was exposed and press it onto the dowel rod. Roll/tuck it just like a burrito over all of the Mod Podge you painted on.
Be sure to apply enough pressure to get rid of air bubbles and tuck tightly!
3. Use an X-Acto knife (or scissor blade) to trim the excess paper. Trim slightly below the bottom of the stick.
4. Apply a little more Mod Podge to the flap and finish wrapping the stick.
Press it down!!
5. Apply Mod Podge to the paper to seal it.
6. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes.
7. Time to glue! Apply hot glue to the back of your chosen wooden shape.
8. Apply pressure to the stick for about 30 seconds.
Here is the part of the stick I did not cover with paper. Leaving it exposed made wrapping SO much easier!
Made some big ones for the number line at the top of the wall in my classroom.
This is to show you how ginormous these are!
I. LOVE. THEM. EVEN. MORE. I cannot wait to add these to my pointer collection!!
Cheap trash can + fun stickers equals.......
LOVE IT!! And it was so easy to make! :) Stickers from Hobby Lobby and trash can from Walmart.
The third and final project for me was this fun little tray!
The tray will hold various supplies for small groups and will sit on the small group table. I bought the tray from the party section at Hobby Lobby.
1. Pick your favorite papers.
2. Cut the papers to fit the inside of the tray.
3. Apply Mod Podge to the tray where you will place the first paper.
4. Stick the paper on and press it down.
5. Do the same for the rest of the papers.
6. Apply a top coat of Mod Podge. Beware of air bubbles!
This tray will house these fun pails and will be kept one of my small group tables.
Thanks for stopping by!! :)