Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monday Made It (Focus Wall)

I am joining one of my all time favorite bloggers, Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It! 

I posted a quick video on Periscope & had a TON of requests to blog about it. I did post the original video from Periscope on my YOUTUBE channel.....yes, I've had a YOUTUBE channel...I just never told anyone about it! 

Anywho, I will be uploading all my Periscope videos on my YOUTUBE channel since they only stay up for 24 hours. We are all going to get super busy very quick so I promise, I will try to keep up with these videos. 

Back to what I actually made...........

Focus Wall with cardboard lettersI originally saw this pin on Pinterest of course. If you are the source or find the link, PLEASE let me know. I could NOT find it for the life of me :o(

I fell in LOVE with this idea & have been thinking about how I wanted to create it in my 1st grade classroom. 

Raise your hand if you say this all day long? Um, yes...I do too! 

I rarely ever write on any of my white boards. I placed the letters right in front of my class (so I can see the clock), where all the students can see. I have always kept my focus wall right up in front. These letters are perfect & admin can NEVER say I don't display a focus wall...lol.

Focus wall with paper mache letters
I had already purchased hot pink spray paint and black and white striped scrapbook paper. I had a vision you see. Well, as I was walking through Joann Fabrics, I stopped in my tracks when I saw these chalkboard letters. Say what??? They come colored already???? So I was in a dilemma my friends. The store was closing in 20 minutes and I needed to make a decision and fast. I made sure to put all the letters I needed in my cart..you know just in case someone else was in the store trying to spell out "focus". I wasn't completely sure on the chalkboard letters because they needed something else. They just seemed BLAH and I didn't have that Mel D style added....at all. 
Then....I saw the wide black and white striped striped washi-tape waving it's arms at me & I ran over! This is IT! I was completely inspired! 
You can grab this Heidi Swapp tape at Michael's or Joann Fabrics. If you follow me on IG, then you know I am completely obsessed with black and white stripes & gold and I just HAD to find a way to see this every day in my classroom. 
I posted this image above on IG.....you should follow me there if you don't already. I am always redecorating something! 

Cardboard letters for focus wall
Above I am showing the back of the letter...obviously. Well...I hope it's obvious. Anyway, the tape wrapped around the back of the letter in order to get this look. I made slits along the black and white stripes for tricky corners just so they looked as smooth as possible. I used the above Scotch tape to adhere them to my wall. 

Here is my COMPLETELY UNEDITED video from Periscope. I am not ready nor have the time to get into video editing so please don't give me a thumbs down. Follow me for video notifications though just so I have more than 20 followers...K?


  1. Just love the stripe details with the letters! Great idea! Thanks for linking up:)
    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Love the focus wall! Thanks for sharing! Cute idea to jazz up the letters!!

  3. LOVE the Focus idea! I am pinning because we are supposed to be doing Focus walls this year. I know on your IG you mentioned that you can get the light-up letters at Michael's and JoAnn's...just saw them at Hobby Lobby too this past week. Thanks for sharing!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. I love the stripe details and the fact that you hung up high so everyone can see the stripes. We are (maybe) doing focus walls? I am not a classroom teacher, so I won't but I think classroom teachers are supposed to? I will pass this on!

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