Wednesday, February 13, 2013

“Crafting It Forward” In Honor Of . . . Random Acts Of Kindness Week

 

craft supplies cubby

 

For some reason the other day I got to thinking about all the wonderful teachers my 4 kidlets have had throughout the years, and to be honest, I started getting a little choked up! With the exception of a few “challenges” along the way, my kids have been taught by a LOT of amazing, dedicated teachers!

 

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One teacher in particular had the fortune (or misfortune, depending on the day…and the kid!) to be the 3rd grade teacher of all four of my children! Mr. MaWhinney has taught 3rd grade in our town for a LONG time and he truly is the epitome of “teacher” in my book. He’s funny, kind, generous, understanding, wise, inventive, caring, inspiring, and downright happy! As a matter of fact, he is a HUGE fan of “The Happiest Place On Earth” – Disneyland! Every spring he and the other 3rd grade teachers present a Disney-themed program that is one of the highlights of the school year! My kids still reminisce about it! :-)

 

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When I was given the opportunity to participate in Michael’s Craft It Forward project in honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week…”Mr. M” (as everyone loves to call him!) was immediately who came to mind. The kindness and service he has given my children over the years is more than worthy of a RAOK.

So I took my gift card to Michaels and looked for a “craft project” that not only would be fun to share as a post, but would also be a help to Mr. M in his classroom.

 

craft supplies cubby

Well, it must have been meant to be, because it just so happened that on the day I went to my local Michaels store all the Crayola products were 50% off, as were many of the craft organization products!

I decided to create a small craft supplies cubby that he could keep in a corner of his classroom and fill it with goodies! I have no doubt that Mr. M will come up with ingenious ways for the kids to use them.

Since I was a bit “under the gun” to get this project done by the deadline, I kept this very simple! But that’s the thing I really like about Michaels! They have oodles of ideas and projects from the simple to the sublime, and everything in between.

 

craft supplies cubby

I found this roughly 14 inch square cube with dividers that I thought would be nice for storing and dividing supplies.

 

craft supplies cubby

Then I grabbed a couple of packs of these great self-adhesive cardstock strips in bright colors and went to town!

 

craft supplies cubby

I cut the strips into (6) two-inch squares using my rotary cutter, and then proceeded to stick them onto the cube in a random mosaic-type pattern. No measuring involved in the spacing (I used the very precise “eyeballing it” method), but I would suggest for the best spacing outcome that you do the corners first and then the edges, and work your way in. I wasn’t aiming for “perfection” because, let’s face it, 3rd graders aren’t “perfect”. :-)

 

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And that is it! Those adhesive cardstock strips made this project a SNAP and saved me SO much time! I love those things. I’m definitely going to have to think of some more stuff I can do with them. :-)

 

craft supplies cubby

After all the sticking was done I loaded all the goodies into the cubby and it’s all ready to deliver to the school today!  I promise to take a photo and update this post! I want everyone to see the wonderful Mr. M!

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Update: The boys and I delivered the craft cubby to Mr. M this afternoon! It was so great to see him and he was so excited, not only for the gift, but to see the boys “all grown up”!  Thanks Mr. M…for being such a great role model for my boys! :-)

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Do you have any Craft It Forward plans this week? I would love to hear about them…and so would Michaels! Share your Random Acts Of Kindness on Michaels Facebook page, or use the hashtag #RAOKDIY and share it on Twitter and Instagram.

If you need some inspiration, you’ll find loads of RAOK projects on Michaels Pinterest board.

Also, leave a comment below for a chance to win a $20 Michaels gift card! I have 5 of them to giveaway.

Let’s spread kindness to others, one random act at a time!!

 

craft supplies cubby


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211 thoughts on ““Crafting It Forward” In Honor Of . . . Random Acts Of Kindness Week

  1. Julie Allen

    I love the way you dolled up that cube! I never think of things like that. I love smart people like you. Also, this is such a great gift idea. I know my kids’teachers would sure love it.
    I’m going to think of something I can do to participate in the RAOK week. Love that.

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  2. Trixie F

    What a wonderful idea, Jillee! I’m sure Mr. M will think he’s made it all the way to heaven with that CUTE crafters cube. Our church, like multitudes of others across the country hosts a Mother’s Day Out program, and Vacation Bible School in the summer and sunday school every Sunday and Wednesday………..I’ll bet the would think it was awesome to get some new craft supplies. Thanks for all you do, Jillee. :)

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  3. Loretta

    Very creative and colorful!!! I first thought you had trimmed and used the paint chip sample/swatches you can readily get almost anywhere. Has there been any issues with the squares not holding very well and coming undone on their own? I’m thinking a layer or two of Mod Podge wouldn’t hurt either. Love seeing your posts on Facebook as well as Pinterest. Thank You for being an inspiration for so many!!!

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  4. STACEY

    I LOVE YOUR CRAFT CUBE ! What a great idea and not just for teachers. I bet that would make a great birthday gift for a child. HMMM and I know just the one or two or three or more ( grandkids – that is ) THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO !!

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  5. Karole

    What color!!! What teacher would not want one of these unique items!!! Too bad my children are all grown-up, and I dont have a teacher to make this for. What a great giveaway! TIA. Keeping my fingers crossed. xx

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  6. Anna

    What a sweet idea! AND what perfect timing…I was just leaving a note for my daughter’s teacher, just giving her some love for all the wonderful things she does for my sweetie pie and I came across this post :) Love it!

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  7. Kathy Fuller

    Oh Jillee…I love this!! It’s such a great idea and I’m sure Mr. M will love it. The cube on its own is a great gift, but to be filled with all those supplies, well, that’s spectacular. My daughter-in-law is an early elementary teacher and I know she would’ve loved getting something like this when she was teaching. I was thinking of other ways to decorate and use this cube. For the knitter/crocheter, using the vertical sections to store books/patterns, the horizontal sections to store yarn/thread, then scan projects and print them out to decoupage onto the outside. For the quilter, again using the vertical sections for patterns/books, the horizontal sections for quilting supplies, and painting (or using those same self adhesive strips) make a “quilt” for the outside. For a scrapbook theme, using the sections for books/patterns/supplies, you could use some of the millions of patterned papers and copies of photos to make each side into a scrapbook layout. For each of these, putting a couple layers of Mod Podge over the whole surface would keep the corners of the individual papers/prints from coming loose or curling. Thank you so much for showing us your finished project and jump starting the ideas I’m sure we all had. :)

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  8. Abbey

    That’s so neat! We homeschool, so imagine the funny looks I would get if I gave my son’s teacher something :) LOL That is an awesome idea–I love how super colorful it is….I’m all about color. And here I didn’t even know it was RAOK week–thanks, Jillee!

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    1. Heather

      You don’t have to make a cute craft cubby for just a teacher. What about a Sunday School teacher (if you go), or the mother w/ a new baby/toddler. Random acts of kindness can go a long way in today’s society. Everyone is so focused on the negative and bashing one another, I am sure you can find a person who would LUV LUV a cute crafting box. But, yes I could imagine the look on your son’s face if you gave his “teacher” a crafting box. Just tell him it is from the crafting fairy….LOL

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  9. Jan

    Most teachers have tons of cups, perfume, etc. What they do love are gift cards. Sonic is always a favorite at my school, even though we have to drive 30 miles to the nearest Sonic. Any place to eat, Michaels, who would not love a gift card to Michaels. How much? Nothing wrong with $5.00 as a token, I love you Valentine card. Teachers bust their buns all day and little appreciation goes a long way.

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  10. Paula

    As a teacher I LOVE this idea. I’m looking around my classroom to see what I can try that on. I would probably make one suggestion, I would put a coat of Modge Podge over it to seal the papers onto the cube. Little hands will have a way of peeling them off before you know it.

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  11. Kelley Hannifan

    As a former teacher I would have loved this!! The mugs and doodads are sweet gifts from the heart and I cherish every one I received, but this is such a terrific, practical and cute idea! I may make a craft station for my kids here at home.

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  12. Beth Fiscus

    Wow! That is a wonderful cubby! I didn’t realize you could buy them like that. Great job on decorating it and filling it with supplies! I’m sure Mr. M will love it!

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  13. Nicole

    This is amazing, I can’t wait to try this for my new storage/crafting area! I hope it turns out just as beautiful so I can make one for my Mother in Law as well!

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  14. Kelly

    My favorite teacher was my 7th & 8th grade English teacher Mrs. Breunich (same teacher both years). She also taught my brothers and sister more than 15 years before I graced her classroom. She made learning so much fun. She was strict but fair, and everyone loved Friday afternoons when she would turn off all the lights, we would put our heads down on our desks, and she would read to us. Mostly it was sci-fi stuff like Ray Bradbury or HG Wells, but it was always entertaining. She had a wonderful voice and I could listen to her for hours. About 5 years later, I went back to visit her and thank her for being my teacher. Sadly, she has since passed on, but I’ll never forget her.

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  15. Linda

    So cute. My kids were blessed with some wonderful teachers along the way too!!! They are grown now, but there is a sunday school teacher at my church that is so wonderfully dedicated to her 1st thru 3rd grade class and has a craft to reinforce her lesson every week. I so admire her dedication to her class. She would love a way to organize her supplies – she has so many!!! LOL!!!

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  16. Cindy

    Very cute! I’d like to make one for my grandchildren to use when they come to visit their Nana! They love to color and this is a great way to keep the supplies organized and available to them. Thanks so much for your wonderful ideas.

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  17. Sarah Q

    Not any crafty ideas but do plan on taping some baggies full of inspirational notes and money for someone to treat themselves to a soda or snack to my vending machines at work :)

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  18. Ashley

    i am totally making one of these. i am home preschooling my 3 year old son, and wenhave tons of supplies. this is great. i love your blog. thank you for all the inspiration. :-)

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