Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monday Made It (Focus Wall)

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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...........

DIY FOCUS WALL LETTERS
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. 
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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?

11 comments:

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

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

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  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!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  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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