Friday, July 20, 2012

My New Best Friend.... Duct Tape :)

One problem I have in my classroom is that I have no space for communicating with my students. Since my math partner is moving next to me (the adjoining room), I wanted to optimize our space. What I needed was a communication board for my students located somewhere between both of our rooms.

Yesterday, I went to Home Depot and purchased a 2' X 4' panel and had in cut to 3'.

Included in my purchase was chalkboard spray paint, paint pens, and duct tape.

After applying four coats of spray paint, I added a duct tape border (my room is polka dot themed).

This is what it looked like when the basics were done.

I used paint pens to write the date, agenda title, and homework.

The final test... CHALK! I think it turned out pretty cute! On to my next project... freebies for everyone!


  1. I recently discovered duct tape...and used the same pattern to cover my jars and clipboards (well, I'm working on the clipboards). You're boards look fabulous BTW!

    I found you via Third Grade Bookworm. Look forward to following've got some great ideas!

    Classroom Capers

  2. Abby at Third Grade Bookworm sent me! Love the agenda board!!

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  3. Love your agenda board. Have you ever tried chalk markers? I wondered if they work as well on DIY chalkboards as they do on regular ones. I am allergic to chalk, but the markers are wonderful. I love the bright colors. I found you thru No Monkey Business.
    Learning in Bliss

  4. Marcia, I have never even heard of chalk markers! OOOooo I like the sound of it. :) I'm running to Michaels after I finish the roast that is in the oven! Thanks! Sounds like fun!

  5. I love how your agenda board turned out! Let us know how the chalk markers work out.

    Hooty's Homeroom

  6. I love that! And... I just happened to buy that very pattern of duck tape yesterday :)I am your newest follower.

  7. What a great idea! This looks great. I am your newest follower, I found you on TT. I teach 4th and am so excited to connect with other upper grade teachers! I am going to go back and read some of your older post!

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  8. Love your message board! I'm your newest follower! I was just awarded the Liebster Blog Award by two wonderful bloggers and I am passing it on to you! You can stop by my blog to pick up the button, the rules and see who else was nominated with you!
    Primary Pizzazz

  9. So apparently chalk markers are made out of gold. A pack at Michaels was $24. I think I will wait until I get a coupon.