Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Made-It - Birthday Cupcakes and an Awesome Piano!

Made-It #1
 
 
Aren't these cute?

 
I'm glad you think so...

 
...because getting to this final product was a nightmare!

 
You know when you have a "great idea" but then you get started and that great idea transforms...many times. I'm not going to go into details, but I will admit that I spent about 2 hours total getting to this point and it took a friend of mine (thanks Sara!) to give me the idea to line them up in this straight line.
 
Go ahead...laugh and make fun of me (Kristi).
 
I will admit that I am--hmmm--particular about things. I had seen the cupcakes with candles for birthdays on Pinterest. I thought it would be pretty cool to somehow make them 3-D -- easier thought than done.
 
Anyway, I'm going to tell you how to make these cool cupcakes and save you the headache (and trial and error) that I had after messing with them.
 
First, get the corrugated border that has been hiding in your cabinet or closet from back when it was cool. Then cut it the length you want to make the bottom of your cupcakes. Hold in place and staple to your bulletin board. Next fluff and stuff tissue paper in the top. Finally, add glittery "fire-looking" poms to craft sticks (mine are small because I wanted colored and my jumbos were plain - I think jumbos would be easier to see...). Write your kiddos' names and birthdays on the sticks. Use a tiny bit of hot glue to hold them in place. Add the month labels--I'm sure you could make your labels cuter but I was DONE by this point in my experiment. Ha!
 
Easy peasy...well, for you anyway because you get to benefit from my OCD ways! :-)
 
Made-It #2

 
Check out this piano!
 
I tell you, my kids are such a blessing to me! They are always willing to help me in my classroom. My 13-year-old son made this awesome piano and put together this bulletin board. We are planning to add some black Mustangs (that is our school mascot) to finish it off.
 
Why am I decorating a music bulletin board? Well, I told you I'd explain later so I guess this is it...
 
My new job is at a very small  K-2 school. The specials teacher--she taught music, PE, art, and technology--retired and the district decided not to fill her position so the classroom teachers are each taking a "special."
 
The K teacher is also teaching PE.
The 1st grade teacher is also teaching Art/Technology.
The 2nd grade teacher (me) is also teaching Music.
 
We will have one hour a day where we rotate the classes through the specials (20 minutes each).
 
No, I do not play piano nor do I consider myself all that musical, but I can push play on a CD player and the school does have a music curriculum for me to use. It's going to be a learning experience, but I am going to try my best! I made the principal promise that I wouldn't get fired over my music teaching - HA!
 
My son has played piano since he was in the first grade. He loves music AND he loves to organize. While I worked in my 2nd grade classroom, I was able to send him over to the music room to organize and tidy up. He was perfectly happy to do so because it meant he could stop and play on the Clavinova every so often. :-)
 
My daughter was also helping during this time. She did another bulletin board, passed out all my books, and labeled almost everything.
 
Like I said I really do have the best kids!
 
Oh, and the winner is...

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Congrats, Jennifer! I'll be e-mailing you shortly. :-) 
 
Head on over to link up your Monday Made-It (or to check out all the other cool projects)!
 
 
 


 

33 comments:

  1. Your cupcakes are adorable! Isn't it funny how the ideas in our head sometimes times a little bit longer to create than we thought! I turned out great. Thanks for sharing!
    Jennifer
    Love Teaching Kids

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. I certainly didn't expect it to take so long to figure out how I wanted to do them! :-)

      Crystal

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  2. Your cupcakes are adorbs!!! Love them! Thanks for sharing.

    Shannon
    Sweet n Sassy in 2nd

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    1. Thanks, Shannon. Glad I finally figured out how to do them so I would be happy with them! :-)

      Crystal

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  3. I love the cupcakes, adorable. I am your newest follower.

    Terri
    The First Grade Princess

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    1. Thanks, Terri--and thanks for following! :-)

      Crystal

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  4. Wow I can't believe they are making you each teach a special. Doesn't the state require the teachers be certified in those areas?

    Jessica
    Literacy Spark

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    1. Crazy, I know. This is what they always told me in college - I had to take classes in teaching music, PE, and art because you may end up at a small school where they don't have specials. Our licenses are general K-6 so we can teach the specials. I do think if they decide this is going to be a longterm solution, they will want us to get an endorsement in that area in order to be considered "highly qualified." If I'm not mistaken, it can affect funding and they have 3 years to find someone highly qualified...Not sure I have that all right, but I think it is something like that.

      Crystal

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  5. You and your crew have been busy! Your cupcakes turned out great.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. Thanks, Tammy! After all the hard work last week, I'm enjoying lounging around the next couple of weeks...getting some last minute pool time, having friends over for the kids, etc. :-)

      Crystal

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  6. Your hard work paid off, because those birthday cupcakes are SO cute!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  7. Wow! Was looking for a different kind of birthday display myself this year, and I LOVE yours!! So cute, and the 3D effect is great:) AWESOME job, girl!
    SynonymRolls&AntonymMoments

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  8. What a cute blog! I love those b-day cupcakes! I'm a new follower!

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    1. Thanks! Glad to have you as a follower!

      Crystal

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  9. Love those cupcakes! So bright and cheerful... Your whole board looks great!

    Smiles,
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

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  10. The birthday cupcakes are just precious! Great idea!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. Thanks, Allison! They are such a hit maybe it was worth all my frustration! Ha!

      Crystal

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  11. Those cupcakes are fabulous! I might do the same.
    Love the piano your son made.

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    1. Thanks, Barb! He took the job so seriously...measured it out and using the correct number of keys and placement, etc. Now if only he could come play for me every day when I try to teach music!!!

      Crystal

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  12. They may have taken a long time but those cupcakes are adorable! Nice job!

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  13. I have seen this ALL over Pinterest.. looks like you hit solid gold with this idea!

    Maria

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    1. I know - CRAZY! Who knew??? Now I can't wait to see someone else's variation popping up...that would be pretty neat to know this idea inspired someone else to actually do it! ;-)

      Crystal

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  14. Thank you for sharing.... I love it!

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