Friday, June 15, 2012

New Classroom Inspiration

About a week ago I posted pictures of my new hideous classroom, and I asked for ideas for what to do with the wall of bookcases which I need to keep, but which need some serious cutification. Yes, I totally made that word up, so please don't run to check my spelling.

I decided to go with the idea of creating curtains on individual spring rods for each section. That will require six sections of curtains total, and that's a lot when we're talking about money spent, but I decided to bite the bullet and make this investment in my classroom. I don't think I'm going to need to buy a lot to beat this classroom to death with the rainbow because I already have so much, so I'm pretty okay with that.

And SQUUEEEEEAAAAAL! I found the perfect fabric at Jo Ann's yesterday, which is making me feel pretty inspired right now. So inspired that I can't think and I can't drag myself away from Pinterest.

What do you think?

It packs some serious punch when talking about being beaten to death with the rainbow. When I found this fabric, my entire vision started to come together.

I will make two curtain sections with each of the three fabric designs so that the pattern alternates in each bookcase section.

Next, I'm going to line the bulletin boards above the bookcases with black butcher paper to coordinate with the fabric, and then I'm going to outline several individual bulletin boards with my very colorful monster borders.

I'm so excited, I can't wait to get started. I'm going to have to wait until August to see it all pulled together though, because the school is closed to teachers for the rest of this month and July. Boo! Well, actually not boo. It will force me to stay out of my classroom and enjoy my vacation. Yay!


  1. Sounds like you have a plan, Jill, and I think the fabric will look great. Yes, please, enjoy your vacation! : )

  2. you should move here, school doesn't end for 2 more weeks.

  3. Our school is open some days this summer, but I refuse to take advantage of that.;0 I did, however, find the perfect lime green baskets for each table in Target the other day. Love your fabric!

  4. Love the fabric! My teaching partner uses the same material and her room is adorable. I hope you asked for JoAnn's teachers discount to help you with your investment.

  5. The fabric is super cute! It is the perfect solution to the icky cabinets. Your classroom will no doubt be amazing! :)

  6. I am going to agree that the fabric is great! However, in a previous post, when you gave us a tour of your last classroom, you did mention that you liked to number your cabinets so that students could easily find the things you sent them for. So if you think you might be sending students to get things out of these, you may want to think how you will number them as well. I hope that helps...

  7. OMG! That's the same material I just bought at JoAnn's! (except the bottom print) I have been busy polk-a-dotting everything in sight. I bought a black garbage can and cut different colored dots out of vinyl and stuck them on the trash can. I made polk-a-dotted tubs for my clipboards, and library books. I've had that color scheme for about 3 years now, and I haven't tired of it yet! Can't wait to see pics on how you use it.
    Thanks for sharing your talents!

  8. My school is only open some but with no air conditioning so I am attempting to not go up at all. Plus I will find out early August if I might possibly change grade levels and rooms. No reason to doll it up and then have to take it down. I can't wait to see your after picks. :)

  9. I have the same fabrics in my classroom. I used it for curtains to cover my shelving units and to line the glass doors of the built in cabinet which is from when the school was build in the early 1900's. I'm going to pick up some more and do the bulletin boards this year. Love it! Creative Teaching Press has some great polka dot coordinates you may want to check out.