Monday, August 1, 2011

***I'm Seeing Stars***

I'm using "Stars" as my classroom theme this year.  I picked stars because it is mature enough for older kids, but whimsical enough for the younger ones (incase I change grades in the future).  Also, I am a Dallas Cowboys fan ; )  The following are projects that my mom and I worked on over the summer. Thanks for making my room shine, MOM! =) 
Classroom Mailbox- My mom painted a basic mailbox that was purchased from Walmart for $15.  She used stencils to make the stars and letters.  The stand was made by my amazing neighbor with wood purchased from HomeDepot.  I will use it to put our Zero the Hero prize every 10th day.
The moon was unfinished wood purchased for $1 at Dollar Tree.  The star attached to the flag was unfinished wood purchased at Hobby Lobby.  
Classroom Stool- The stool was unfinished wood  purchased from  Michael's  it was $30 but I used the 40% off coupon they offer online.  It is painted similar to the mailbox.  My mom painted the stars and swirls. =)
Library Sign- I purchased an unfinished chalkboard from Hobby Lobby then stained the wood and painted the board black.  Next, I used a Q-tip to write the letters freehandedly.  The stars were purchased unfinished from Hobby Lobby and hot glued on.  I wrote,"Berg's Books" on the sign because if a book from the library says this on the back, then it belongs to me.
Picture Frames- I purchased unfinished wood picture frames for $1 each at Michael's.  The stars were unfinished wood from Hobby Lobby.  The yellow frame is a recycled picture frame.  I just spray painted an old frame and added wood decals.  These frames will be filled with smiling faces in no time!
Star Basket- I took an ordinary basket, added some paint and a star to transform it.  Now, it matches my theme.  The star was unfinished wood purchased at Hobby Lobby.  The basket was something old.
Star Basket- I added some brown stain and a painted star to this ordinary basket making it match my theme.  The stars were purchased at Hobby Lobby and the basket was something old.


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it all! I wish I had the talent that you do for painting--it makes everything sparkle! Your kiddos will be sure to love their classroom!


  2. Well, done Mrs. Berg! Doesn't it feel great to be so productive? I have a Zero the Hero Cape and book, but what are you doing with the mailbox and a "prize for the day?" I would love to try this too.

  3. Oh my gosh, LOVE the stool, LOVE the signs, everything looks so beautiful! Congrats on fantastic work, wow! Tell your mom she did wonderful work too!! (I love when my mom helps me with my classroom!)

  4. Everything looks great! Good theme idea! I don't do a star theme, but last year I put words on star cut-outs and pinned them up to the ceiling. The kids LOVED recognizing words on the ceiling... grown-ups thought it was pretty cool, too, once they realized they were up there. I got the idea from

    Tales of a Teacherista

  5. i love your star theme! I do a star theme as well and I love your stool and mailbox! The frames are adorable too. Soooo cute and you gave me some new ideas!!!

  6. Awesome! I love the star theme. You and your mom are very crafty...great job! :)

  7. Thanks for your sweet comment about my classroom pictures. You are so sweet. It made my night.

  8. I just found your blog, which is very cute. I love the starts theme.I was also thinking of doing something similar, but I am instead going to do a safari theme this year.

  9. I love all of your budget friendly projects! I'm planning on trying to do a star theme this year, too. I haven't done a full-on theme before so I'm not sure how it will work but I'm excited to find ideas on other blogs!

  10. Thank you all for the wonderful comments!

    Mrs. Kohlhepp- Every 10th day of school, the students get a prize. Last year, I just took a cloth bag from Hobby Lobby and attached a big felt Zero (the felt already had sticky stuff on the back). You can check my 100th day of school posts under the labels so see more.

    The prize is either in the shape of a zero or has something to do with the number of days. Here are some thing I have used in the past:
    -fruit loops
    -apple jacks
    -gummy life savers
    -cookies (with whole cut out in the middle)
    -donuts (this is the special one and we get it on the 100th day)