Monday Made it - I'm Super Excited!

I can't tell you how excited I have been to show you what I've been crafting this week!!! I love love love Tara's Monday Made it linky party's and was saving these up just for today!!! Don't forget to head on over to her blog and see what everyone has made this week as well, I'm already getting some new ideas!
Here's what I've been up to...

I pinned this a couple weeks ago
Source: via Amy on Pinterest

and have been looking every where for a straw dispenser, those things are expensive!!! Well when I won an Amazon card it a giveaway last week I ordered one! It's not the cool silver one because those were $80, and I wasn't going to spend that much, but I got this acrylic one for $17 and spruced it up a bit........
The picture does not do it justice!!! I modge podged scrapbook paper inside (this was not that easy to do-it's kind of small to get your hands in there and move the paper around and it had an interesting shape to the sides, but it wasn't so difficult that I wouldn't do it again) and on the bottom, because it's clear it shows up in the base!
All you have to do is spin the handle and viola you have one pencil at a time! I think the kids are going to LOVE it!!

OK now I also pinned this a long time ago.......

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

and I've been looking for a good gumball machine every since, they aren't easy to find either and if you get a nice one can get pricy. Plus remember all those rules my new school has, no glass either!! So I had to come up with an alternative, here it is.........
I got a plastic flowerpot and base from Menards, and a plastic fish bowl from Petco - a little glue, a wooden knob, ribbon, and a label - Wahla I've got my gumball machine :)

Can't wait to sit these in my classroom!!! My family thinks I am totally crazy as I've been admiring them for two days trying to get just the right pictures to show you how fabulous they really are!!!

I also made this......
haven't added the suckers yet, but I used this last year as a reward and it was a huge hit! Very simple, again it's just a plastic flower pot from Menards, a little ribbon, some cute flowers, and a label :)

Last but not least inspired by this pin......

I made these........
again I do not think the picture does these justice! I LOVE THEM :) I used paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby and mod podged on some scrapbook paper and ribbon. I ended up painting the edges, I don't know why I thought I was going to mod podge all the little inside areas in the first place, but I did so I painted after the fact, I highly recommended painting first!

Next week I am hoping to show you my organization make over - It involves lots of spray paint, lamination,  printing, cutting, super sticky tape, and some mod podge of course :)

Can  you all tell how happy this crafty stuff makes me :)

Alright head on over to Tara's Blog and get inspired to craft away!!! Happy Monday!!


  1. precious! I love it! You've been busy.

  2. I ♥ your pencil dispenser! So cute and fun. I pinned the original pin as well, but honestly, I like the one you made better. Thanks for an inspiring idea. :)


    Kinder Cuties

  3. I like your acrylic box way better than the $80 silver one! And those letters...
    I may have to make those, STAT!
    Thanks for sharing,

  4. Love all your projects! Especially the pencil machine, I have wanted to make one too. I'll be going out to get the acrylic one! Thanks for sharing!


  5. Isn't this fun?!!! I love all your things!!! You have been busy!!! Super love your pencil and eraser holders!!!! Your kids will flip over that!!! So cute!! I'm having to much fun with this too!!! Thanks for linking up and hope you can do it again next week:)))

    4th Grade Frolics

  6. You were a busy girl this week! Love all of your stuff....especially the pencil and eraser holders! Very cute idea!
    The Sweet Life of Third Grade

  7. Aaaah! I LOVE these! I have those ideas pinned as well, but you seem WAY better with Mod Podge than me- it is my arch nemesis, so I think I will just stick to your eraser dispenser (which looks WAY cuter than the original, I might add!)

    Thanks for these great ideas!!

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  8. Amy I'm totally in love with your pencil dispenser & eraser machine!!! What an awesome idea! Love it! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  9. I like your pencil dispenser better than the silver one. So cute!
    Thanks for sharing.


  10. Love your pencil holder and eraser gum ball holder. Super cute!

    Success in Second Grade

  11. I love the eraser machine!!! What a creative way to stay organized.

  12. Wow, Amy, you should be excited! I love all your creations, especially the pencil dispenser. How adorable!


  13. What a great idea for pencils! Love it! Yours is sooo cute too!
    Special Teaching in the Middle

  14. wow, everything is adorable! love the sucker tree idea!

  15. Now I am going to have to go on a wild hunt for a straw dispenser! I saw a bubblegum machine at Goodwill a few weeks ago. It was like the one you pinned only green. It had a Scooby Doo on the top and I wasn't sure I would be able to remove it without messing up the machine , so I didn't get it. OUCH! That's the sound of me kicking myself for not doing it! LOVE your items. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

    Learning's a Hoot

  16. You are SOOO Creative! I love your dispenser and candy machine! What perfect ideas!
    Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

  17. I love your pencil dispenser and eraser machine! You did an awesome job on all of your projects! I'm glad you linked up to the party and shared with us! I'm one of your newest followers!

    Teaching Special Kids

  18. LOVE LOVE LOVE the pencil thing!

    I'm looking on Amazon for a plastic one right now!

    Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge

  19. Wow!! These are so cute-great job!!!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and giving me encouragement on my failed giveaway!! I appreciate it.

    Tales From a Traveling Teacher

  20. Love it! I saw the pencil dispenser on Pinterest... I looked on ebay and mostly found the plastic straw dispensers and wasn't sure if it would work. Thanks for posting your pictures!! Now I know! :)

  21. You rock! I have seen the pencils in a straw dispenser and have REALLY wanted to get one. Yours is precious!! I love the gumball machine too!

    First Grade Magic

  22. I love the pencil dispenser. Super cute! I agree your kiddos are going to love it! I am one of your newest followers. I would love to have you come by and visit me!

  23. Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas. I too pinned those on Pinterest. LOVED them! What a neat idea with the acrylic pencil dispenser. AND love the idea for your gumball machine for the erasers.


  24. Oh! Your kids are going to LOVE both your pencil dispenser and your eraser machine!! VERY CUTE and such great ideas!!

  25. Wow! You have been busy!! LOve all of your made its!

    Primary Inspired

  26. OMG!!! Your pencil dispenser is waaay cuter than the silver one! I want one! You are awfully creative to have designed your gumball machine the way you did. I am so impressed!

    Hooty's Homeroom

  27. OMG! I totally was going to do the gumball eraser thing too! You beat me to it... Dang! Everything looks great! :)

    Ramblings of a Deaf Ed Teacher's Mind...

  28. Love your crafts this week. I really want to get a pencil dispenser now. I'm guessing Amazon will be out of them shortly. I went to Hobby Lobby today and wanted to get letters to make the READ and I wanted to make a MATH one. But they were out of the letters A,E,T. So no luck. Maybe later on I'll be able to make them.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

  29. I love the plastic idea for the eraser gumball machine :)

  30. Love the pencil dispenser! I think now I am going to have to get one.


  31. I LOVE IT ALL! Your pencil dispenser came out super cute. I LOVE your faux gumball machine, and your read letters are great. Goood job! :)

    1st Grade with Miss Snowden

  32. You pencil and eraser dispensers acme out great.


  33. I really love your pencil holder, eraser holder and lollipop pot. Thanks for sharing.


  34. Oh man, I used to have one of those gumball machines on a black iron stand. you did notice I said had? I had someone storing it for me and it got broken. I really don't think I would want it in my class for that reason. I really like the one you made! Great job on all of your crafts!

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  35. Amy, you have saved my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And you are my hero!!!
    Okay, first, can you give me the link of which acrylic one you purchased from Amazon???
    And second, do you really think I can scrapbook it on my own?????
    And third, thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And fourth, will you email me? I looked for your email but I couldn't find it.
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  36. Amy, I love your pencil dispenser! Off to Amazon to get one for myself. I am your newest follower.

    Confessions of a Teaching Junkie
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  37. I just found your blog and I am TOTALLY loving it! You inspire me. I can't wait to see what you do next!!! :-)


  38. Do you have any problems with the pencils actually dispensing? I have this same dispenser...but the pencils don't always come out. Do you have this problem?

    1. I haven't had in troubles, I've only used it at home so far but it's always worked well!

    2. Thanks Amy! Maybe mine isn't a good one. =) Yours is adorable!

  39. Love these ideas!!! ;) I can't wait to get one!!!!

  40. Great pencil dispenser. Am curious how did you do the lid. Its not removable. I just got mib e this week and want to work on it. Just a little assistance. Please e mm ail response.
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