Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cute new chairs/storage!

I am tagging onto a blog hop for newbies... yup that would be me!

Click the picture above if you would like to join! Janis had this great idea to share a bit of information about ourselves...

1. I teacher in Kansas
2. 1st Grade
3. I have taught 4th grade for 3 years, and now going into my fourth year of teaching.
4. I started blogging in May when I found out I was for sure moving to 1st (and yes this was my choice... I'm so excited!)
5. I have a gmail account and I read all my blogs through Google reader! This saves a lot of time, because it tells me who has news posts and everyone is in one spot.

Anyway, today I got some help from my hubby to create these crate seats! I think I am going to use them at my guided reading table. The only thing I need to add is the ribbon on the sides to help for easier lifting. 
Here's how to make one for your room!

Staple Gun
Material (or I used vinyl tablecloth so that it's easier to keep clean)
Ribbon if you want to make handles

First, you need to cut your plywood to fit just inside of the crate, so it sits on the inner rim that is made for holding file folders. Make sure it fits nicely, remember fabric will be going on the sides. Then lay your piece of plywood on the back side of the material. I measured four inches away from the perimeter, and probably didn't need quite that much.

Then staple one end and the two corners on that side. 

Now you can start stuffing, make sure you stuff all the way to the corners and work it around to avoid lumpiness.

Finally, flip it back over and staple all the edges to the plywood. If I have leftover material I am thinking about cutting a rectangle to completely cover the wood.

Place it in the Crate and take a load of your feet!

Only 5 more to go!! :)


  1. Super adorable! I am a follower from the hop! Best wishes on your new blog!
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  2. Ariel- Oh my goodness, CRAZY! I love yours, too! And how I haven't followed your blog until now I have no idea. How's teaching going???


  3. Awesome job on the crate seats! And I'm curious, did you end up painting a mural in your classroom? I think about that sometimes, too, but then I remember I can't paint well. Hehe!

    By the way, I nominated you for an award!! Head on over and check it out!


    First Grade Fascination

  4. Hi...I just found your blog through the Newbie Blog Hop and am now a follower. I hope you will hop over to my blog for a visit soon.
    Adventures In Teaching

  5. I just found your blog and its adorable! I am giving you an award:)
    Come check it out as well as my birthday giveaway!

    The Resourceful Apple

  6. Thank you so much! The blogging world has been very fun to be a part of this summer! I am making it a goal to keep at it and get better at this whole blogging thing.