DIY Decorated File Folders

You can purchase patterned file folders, but they usually work out to be about $1 a piece.  That is kind of pricey.  The best part of the DIY versions?   They are inexpensive and you can completely customize them to match your classroom theme or colors!  And they are super fast to create.  I created 3 of the 4 folders in about 10 minutes - literally.

Items to Gather:

  • Plain file folder in any color
  • Washi tape, patterned duct tape, or patterned packing tape


Step 1:   Use the tape(s) to decorate your folders in any way you like!

Optional:  The circles on the folder created below were made just by placing strips of tape on a piece of cardstock, then using a craft punch to create the circle.  Those were then glued on top of the folder.

Optional:  To add a ribbon border or a bow at the top like in the example below, use a standard hole punch to punch near the top edge close together.  Thread a piece of ribbon under the cover so the ribbon ends come out of the holes in the front.  Tie, and you are all set!

Have fun creating a fun folder to take to and from meetings - or just to proudly display on your desk!

DIY Easter Egg Crowns

Celebrate the fun of Spring and Easter eggs with this easy to make Easter Egg Crown!

Items to Gather:

  • green paper plates
  • white print out of easter eggs
  • x-acto knife
  • glue stick


1.  On the back of a green paper plate, graph 6 equal spaces with a pencil.

2.  Cut on the lines with an x-acto knife and fold up triangles to make the "crown" shape.  Download the Easter egg coloring page HERE.

3.  After coloring the eggs, glue them to the crown points with a glue stick.  Wear your crown!

Have fun teaching,


DIY Build It-Write It Cards

These Build It-Write It cards are ideal for use in your word work or literacy centers when practicing CVC and CCVC/CVCC words. 

Items to Gather:

  • Vinyl chalkboard paper (you can purchase this online)
  • Liquid chalk
  • Fine point black Sharpie marker
  • 24 counting tiles


1.  Print the following pdf.  When you download this file you'll receive 28 CVC cards and 12 CCVC/CVCC cards.

Click HERE to download this pdf


2.  Laminate or cover the cards with clear contact paper.  Cut the cards along the dotted lines.

3.  I tend to use red colored tiles for vowel and another color for consonants.  If you choose to do the same, using your Sharpie marker, write the vowels on the red tiles and the following consonants on the other color(s): 2- b, c, d, f, g, h,j, l, 2-m, n, p, r, s, 2-t, v and w. 

4.  Now you'll need to cut your vinyl chalkboard paper. Cut 28- 1" x 3" and 12- 1" x 4" rectangles.  I am a scrapbooker so I use my scrapbooking cutting tools.  You can certainly use scissors.

 5. Simply peel the back layer from the chalkboard paper and adhere it to the cards. 


Other Tips/Suggestions:

Have your students first build the word with the tiles and then write the word with the liquid chalk!  With a little water, the chalk wipes right off so  you can use the cards again and again.  You will absolutely love the vinyl chalkboard paper.  There are so many uses.  Try using the extra for labeling containers. 

Hope you enjoy this activity!

DIY St. Patrick's Day "Lucky Loot"

Here's an easy and fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Items to Gather:

  • Rolos (or other candies with gold wrapping)
  • clear gift bags
  • paper
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • bag tags (click HERE to download)

1.  Print the goodie bag tags on white paper (there are two versions depending on who you're giving the bag to).
2.  Cut out goodie bag tags..
3.  Put candy in bags.
4.  Fold top of bag over and staple tag to the front.
5.  Give the goodie bag to someone special!

Other Tips/Suggestions:
You could buy St. Patrick's Day pencils and tape the tag to the top of the pencil.  :)

Hope you enjoy!

DIY Number Activity

Here is a fun little DIY project for those of you that teach math!  I created a "How do you say _____ frame" made out of a cheap dollar store 8"x10" frame.


Items to Gather:

  • Inexpensive frame
  • Decorative piece of paper
  • one transparency sheet
  • dry or wet erase marker


Step 1:   Pulled the glass out of the frame (nothing says danger like the chance of broken glass in the classroom) and replace it with a blank transparency sheet.

Step 2:  Make a simple page on a PowerPoint template that says "Ways To Say" and typed a number.  You could also use Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, or a Keynote to do the same thing.  Print it off on any piece of paper you have (colored paper even works great for this if you have some leftover and aren't sure what to do with it.)  If you don't want to have to print a new page each week, you could leave the number portion blank and reuse the same page all year.

Step 3:  Put it all together and set somewhere in your classroom, along with either dry or wet erase markers that will wash off the transparency easily at the end of the week!

Other tips/Suggestions:

Use it during centers, or maybe as morning work (stop there before you take your seat).  Students will have to think of different ways to describe your chosen number.  This activity can be differentiated depending on the grade level expectations of your students.  They might use tallies, expanded form, word form, arrays, or an equation.  The only "rule" is that their answer must be different from anything else already posted on the page.

At the end of the week, grab the frame and discuss some of the answers.  It is low stress for students and the teacher.  Little to no prep time.  And students will love the novelty of being able to write on a picture frame.

Have fun and enjoy seeing the creative answers your students will share with the class!

DIY St. Patrick's Day Writing Craft

Need a fun St. Patrick's Day writing craft? Give this one a try!

Items to Gather:  

  • empty 7-Up/Sprite bottles
  • holiday ribbon
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • writing/tag printables (click here for them)
  • optional: glitter, four leaf clovers, gold coins, Lucky Charms, etc.


1. Begin by cleaning and emptying the soda bottles (including the labels)

2. Have the students use the printable to write their narrative on how to catch a leprechaun. Their writing should include items they can use in order to catch a leprechaun, these items can be placed inside their bottle. Items can be ones the teacher provides or items the students bring from home, but they must be able to fit inside the bottle.

3. The student will roll up their writing and put it inside the bottle.

4. Use the ribbon and printable tag to decorate the bottle.

Other Tips/Suggestions:

1. Send this home as a family project! 
2. Use a small rubber band to keep the rolled paper from unrolling as soon as you drop it in the bottle.

Best of Luck!

Number Combination Clips

 Are you looking for a fun, hands on way to give your students more practice with number combinations?   These fun clips are exactly what you are looking for!
Items to Gather:
  • jumbo craft sticks
  • wooden clothespins
  • Ziploc storage bags
  • Sharpie

1. Write the equation on the craft sticks and the addends on the clothespins.  Label the bag.

2. Students clip the numbers to complete the equations. Encourage them to find all the possible number combinations.

Other Tips and Suggestions:
I marked the bag, clips, and craft sticks with small colored stickers.  This will prevent the pieces from getting mixed up, and make clean-up a snap.   

Have Fun!


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