DIY Lampshade and Brain Food Bucket: Monday Made It

Monday Made It is a wonderful thing.  Where else can you go to find ideas for home and classroom that are for teachers and by teachers?  I've been so excited to link up with Tara - I even took a special drive out to a Hobby Lobby a few counties over to get supplies for my Made-It's.  I'm all stocked up and ready to share! 

First, I got a really pretty lamp from Bulls-eye on clearance.  Then, I picked up a plain, boring lampshade.  I had some fishing net and shells left over from another project, and I knew I could do something with it.  I also decided on spray adhesive because I thought hot glue would look funny on the front of the shade.

I stretched the netting to where I wanted it, then just sprayed it on.  Easy peasy. 

Finally, I added shells and a seahorse that were leftover from my Seashell Wreath. Verdict on the spray adhesive? It's a no go- you can see that the netting is falling off already on the right side, and this was just a few hours after it dried.  I still don't want to use hot glue...any suggestions?

For my second Made-It, I borrowed an idea from one of Tara's earlier this summer: Brain Bops. I decided to call it Brain Food, and my buckets look much less fun than hers! My plan for the Brain Food bucket is to have the students add a question at the end of a lesson or week, then as a closing activity one day, someone can pull a question and try to answer it or look it up.  My kids ask such great questions that we always run out of time to answer!

I picked up some plain buckets at Bulls-eye in the dollar section.

Then added some washi tape, ric rac, or ribbon.  I don't really have classroom "colors" or a "theme" (because I'm indecisive) but I like brights so that's what I chose.

I'm also getting ready for BTS at TPT...are you? I added these to my store- click the picture to check them out. 

And last but not least, here's a sneak peek of next week's Made It- still in the works.  

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  1. Love the pails. Thanks for the idea. The tape around the the chalkboard square to make it cute! Going to get some pails today!

  2. I saw those pails at Target and I had no clue how to pretty them up. I love the way you placed the decorative tape around the chalk board area. It gave it just the right amount of pop! Your lamp shade turned out beautiful, too.

  3. Love the Brain Food Activity! What a great way to promote question asking and research skills. I am sure your students will love it! I think the lamp turned out great and will look wonderful in your guest room!

    Eclectic Educating

  4. Is that a CAPE? Are you already planning a Halloween costume? What about craft glue instead of spray glue?? Maybe that will hold up the net. The lamp is too cute for you to abandon!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. Love the Brain Food buckets and how you plan on implementing them!! Great idea!


  6. Wow, you are really getting your craft on with the lamp and buckets! Great job!
    Conversations in Literacy


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