Monthly Archives: September 2016

Apple Bags

It’s been a busy month – can’t believe it’s almost over already!  So I’m just now getting around to sharing an idea I had intended to share much earlier in September, the month of all things apple.  But perhaps it’s appropriate that I’m finally sharing it today, on Johnny Appleseed’s birthday of all days!

I found these darling apple treat bags on Pinterest.  Just get red and green bags (or red or green and white striped or checkered or polka dotted or zigzagged, etc…. so many possibilities).  Fill them up with a treat (I used them for a back to school get together with some of our daughter’s classmates and filled them with a box of crayons).  Then fold over the tops, punch holes in the folded parts, and tie them closed with red and white bakers’ twine.  Cut out stems and leaves (or punch them out if you have punches that will work to make stems and leaves) and attach them to the tops of the bags with pop up dots.  That’s all – how do you like them apples?

Apple Bag Favors

Apple Bag Favors

“Teacher Stuff” Storage

Back last July, I promised to share the ingenious plan I had come up with for storing my massive amounts of “teacher stuff” in our art room – especially the bulletin board sets and borders.  So finally, over a year later, just in time for back to school time, it’s complete.  And let me just say, I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Hanging Bulletin Boards

Hanging Bulletin Boards

First of all, I thought to hang all my pocket charts and the bulletin board sets I use the most often from pants hangers in the closet in the bedroom we use as our art room.  It makes them so easy to find and keeps them from getting crumpled or creased or  ruined.  The only trick I learned the hard way is that when hanging heavier bulletin board sets, be sure to put them in bags with handles so that you can loop the handles around the hangers for added support.  Otherwise they may all end up on the floor over time!

Teacher Closet

Teacher Closet

Now for my favorite part – my hanging borders.  We installed Elfa Utility Tracks from the Container Store on the front wall of the closet and put several Elfa Utility Accessory Hooks on them.  Then I took Stainless Steel Wire Clothespins also from the Container Store (after a lot of searching, these were the only clips I could find that were both strong enough to hold the borders and also big enough to fit over the hooks) and clipped them to the ends of the borders.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much easier this makes finding the borders when I need them each month!

Border Hangers

Border Hangers

The bulletin boards and borders that didn’t fit in the closet and don’t get used as often ended up inside a beautiful window seat my dad built.  They are out of sight but still easily accessible.

Art Room Valance and Window Seat

Art Room Valance and Window Seat

And while we are on the subject of the window seat, did you happen to notice the darling pillows and scrap valence my mom made for our art room?  I found the idea for the scrap valence on Pinterest and absolutely love it in our art room.  I also made a matching scrap lamp (another Pinterest idea) and scrap picture frame hangers to go with it .

Art Room

Art Room

And as long as I’m showing off stuff in our art room, I’ll share my other latest creation: a crayon lamp.  The fillable lamp (and the crayons for that matter) are from Target.  It’s the perfect lamp for a room all about art!

Crayon Lamp

Crayon Lamp

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this tour of our art room and maybe gotten some ideas of your own!  And hopefully you aren’t too horrified by the huge amounts of “stuff” (aka valuable educational materials) teachers accumulate over the years.  (I won’t even mention all the boxes of “stuff” not in use this school year currently packed away in our garage storage area…)