Saturday, July 28, 2012

DIY Where Are We Board

I have seen so many cute "where are we?" boards on Pinterest and I've been wanting to make one for my room all summer! I always thought it was a good idea to let people know where we are when we're not in our classroom, in case of an emergency, ya know?! Here's what I came up with!


I just love it so much, I can't get enough!!

And it was super simple to make! Here are the materials you will need:
 Cardboard 
{I used that lined whiteboard that I picked up at Target in the dollar section! It is sturdy and already in the shape that I was looking for, but any type of card board piece would work!}
Scrapbook Paper
Stickers
Ribbon
A Clothespin
Mod Podge {my bff!}
*not pictured*
Hot Glue Gun
Acrylic Paint
Paintbrush

To start, I laid the scrapbook paper down onto the whiteboard until I liked the way it looked, then I turned the whiteboard and paper over and traced along the back before cutting. I mod podged the paper on using a layer as an adhesive and a layer as a sealant. Then I cut the ribbon to fit and mod podged that on too! {see..bff!}

While the mod podge dried, I painted the clothespin with acrylic paint. Have you seen this trick on how to paint clothespins!? Clip it onto something sturdy and paint both sides at once!
 Then I used a q-tip and pink paint to add the polka dots.
While the clip was drying, I stuck the stickers onto the top half of the board and sealed them with a layer of mod podge. 
{I had every intention of using the green polka dots as the bottom half of my board, but when I subconsciously painted the clothespin green, and couldn't see the stickers when I had them on the pink part, I just flipped my board around!}

When everything dried, I adhered the clothespin using, you guessed it, mod podge!

Finally, I hot glued two pieces of ribbon onto the back of the board and tied them into a bow at the top. Then I printed, laminated and cut out my "where are we" cards and clipped them on!

While I was at the Dollar Tree {just browsing ;)}, I found this awesome bright pink magnetic caddy which was absolutely perfect for holding my extra "where are we" cards! I was planning on making something to hold the cards but this was just too perfect!

What do you think!?
I just love, love, love them!!! You can pick up your own copy of the "where are we" cards at my TpT store or TN shop!

I linked up with Bowdabra Design
OneCreativeMommy.com 

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47 comments:

  1. Super cute!! I have never used modge podge but maybe I should try it and see.

    - Vicky
    http://themadnessthatiskindergarten.blogspot.com

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  2. Cute! Where are you going to keep the cards that aren't being used at the moment? Just curious. I have been wanting to make on of these too.

    Kari :)

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    1. I have a couple of ideas in mind! I'm going to play around with them and then I'll post when I find what I like!

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  3. I love it! Totally cute! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

    Mrs.G's Kindergarten in Heels

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  4. so cute!! I made the exact same polka dot clips (with a q-tip, too) for clipping cards on a money tree for my sister's housewarming 2 weeks ago... how funny!!!! LOL - love the colors you chose for your project;)

    ~ Kimberlee ~

    Two Fulbright Hugs

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  5. ahhh! SO smart on that clothespin! Didn't know that one! ;)
    Super cute as always!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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  6. Wow this is wonderful. What fun for the classroom. Thanks for the tutorial!

    If you have time, please share it in our Crafty Showcase. We run it Sat-Thur and showcase our favorites on Friday.

    Thanks much and really, it is so helpful when the steps are explained.

    Susie @Bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/07/27/saturday-showcase-craft-projects-12/

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  7. This is very cute. I'm putting this on my to do list.
    KindergartenLove.
    Cindy

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  8. You make me sick!!!! :)
    In a good way!!!

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  9. Love it! Adding it to my to do list. Thanks for the clothespin tip!

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  10. I love this! I have been wanting to create a where are we board too! Especially since I'm going to have full day pre-k next year and WE WILL be doing places! :)

    This idea is exactly what I want to do and I just purchased your card set--they are super cute!

    Thanks for sharing this great idea!

    Erin
    Creating & Teaching

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  11. going* places! I couldn't not correct that typo!

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  12. How cute?!? I super {heart} modpodge!!

    Kimberly
    The Learning Tree

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  13. Oh that is just too cute! What a fabulous idea. MY school has it's own cards but I am going to put my sign together like yours. Just bloody brilliant.

    M

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  14. So Cute! I plan on using this idea...but also attaching a plastic pocket to the back to hold the extra "place" cards.

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  15. Love it! At my school we are required to post where we are at all times. I've got a cardboard door hanger from CTP but I am liking this a million times more! THANKS for sharing!! LOVE IT!

    Color Me Kinder

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  16. Super cute !! What a great idea for this :)

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  17. I love this set... Would you by any chance be able to add a mass card- we go to mass every week and it would be great to have a church or mass card- I will be purchasing these- just wanted to ask about that first. Thanks!!!

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    1. Yes, I definitely can! Send me an email after you purchase them!

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    2. I just purchased!!! Soo cute! If you could do a church card I would just love it! Thank you!!!my email is julcanez@yahoo.com
      Thanks!!!!

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  18. This looks amazing! I love the colors :)
    I like the idea of this board as a special educator who has students with many out-of-classroom services. I could have this outside my office door & have the student change the card to reflect where someone could find us. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Cute! We always have one that I make with interactive writing. I think we will still do it that way but we will now have a cuter place to hang our cards. =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  20. Love it! So stinkin' cute! I definitely need to make one of these!

    Gladys
    http://teachinginhighheels.blogspot.com

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  21. Cute! Love the idea of using the whiteboard from Target!! Hmmmmm what else can I make with those things?!?!?!? Thanks for sharing!

    Debbie :-)
    K is for Kinderrific

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  22. I wish every teacher had one of these for her door! It's frustrating to walk all the way down to my child's room to deliver something, only to find that they are not there. I'm hosting a linky party "One Creative Weekend" at OneCreativeMommy.com. I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you'd like to share.

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  23. This is on my list of "Things To Make" before school starts. Yours is so cute! Great job, I love it!

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  24. LOVE it! I had made one last year using die cut letters and such but I think it needs a new makeover for the new school year!! I have all the supplies except for Mod Podge! Guess I will be taking a trip to Michaels this week!
    So cute...thanks for sharing!

    Sara
    Teaching Munchkins

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  25. Love the colors you chose - I think your "Where Are We" board turned out adorable! Great idea and I love learning from other creative minds how they use clothespins for a wide variety of purposes - these little guys are like the teacher supertool!
    :)
    Antonia @ forkin4th

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  26. Your board turned out beautiful! Now I have to get rid of my typed on paper slipped into a plastic page protector "Where are we" note. Thanks for sharing that you have the labels done.
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  27. I made a "Where Are We?" Board!! :) I did it a little differently than you, but used your basic idea...check it out:

    http://sweetiesinsecond.blogspot.com/2012/07/my-first-monday-made-it-w-freebie.html

    Thanks!
    Amanda

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  28. I made a "Where Are We?" Board!! :) I did it a little differently than you, but used your basic idea...check it out:

    http://sweetiesinsecond.blogspot.com/2012/07/my-first-monday-made-it-w-freebie.html

    Thanks!
    Amanda

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  29. I am giving you the Lovely Blog Award! Come check it out!
    Kristin
    http://krissyskindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  30. I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it! I hope you'll be back tomorrow.

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  31. Well... I just had a "duh!" moment after looking at your clothespin trick! Thanks so much!! If you only knew how many clothespins I have painted the old way!!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

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  32. I love this!!!!! So cute! :)

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  33. Thank you for starting with the picture of the materials . . . I love all these ideas on Pinterest but I am so very un-crafty that I haven't the foggiest idea on where to start . . . and . . . the tip about where to put the clothespin when it's drying is genius!

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  34. I've seen a lot of these "Where are we?" boards but yours is VERY cute! I love the background and the labels that you made. Great idea! I'm your newest follower :) Follow me on

    storiessparklesandsmiles.blogspot.com

    Allison

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  35. Sounds interesting. I 'll try to attend it. Looks like you are a specialist on this because you just made it so easy to be with you, motivated me to learn more on the subject!
    Regards
    Pre School Education In India

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