Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mini Anchor Chart Stand

I'm SO stinkin' excited to share  my Mini Anchor Chart Stand with you today!! It's something I've been meaning to blog about for awhile. The second Bright Ideas Blog Hop felt like the perfect occasion! Read on to learn more about how I use it and directions for how to build one of your own.

I was inspired to figure out how to make this stand after coming across a blog post where a home school mom shared the normal sized PVC stand she created. I already have a large easel and pocket chart stand in my room, but it got my wheels turning about how I could create a mini version to use during small group instruction. About 70% of my direct instruction takes place in a workshop model with small groups, so I wanted an easy way to integrate the charts I create on the computer.

{Side note: if you like the Photosynthesis chart on display you can find it over on this post}

It can hold as many "mini charts" as I need.
Switching from teaching about Setting to teaching about Plants is easy!!

I didn't go into Lowe's knowing which pieces I was looking for. When I got there, I just started playing with different sized pieces trying to see what would fit together. I ended up spending a grand total of $7.32! The tape and the rings were items I already had on hand but together they cost about $5.00 at Target.

Lowe's Materials
 2 - 1 x 1/2 in. Side Outlet Elbow
2- 1/2 in Adapter (Slip x Thread)
2- 1/2 in Elbow (Slip)
1 - 1/2 inch PVC pipe {Cut into three 10" pieces}

Target Materials
Scotch Expressions Tape
Binder Rings 

The PVC pipe comes about 4 feet long and cost $1.47. I needed the pipe cut but didn't want to try my luck at home, so I asked for help. The first worker I asked wasn't sure if they cut the PVC tubes but another one assured him they do. He showed him where to find this fancy plastic cutter. So if need be you can show them this picture and let them know your friend Stephanie says, they can do it!! :)

 I used the tape to cover up the print on the PVC pipes. It's not really a necessary material but it's definitely my favorite detail!! The tape went on vertically. I layered one strip next to the other. You want to leave a little space on the ends, like the picture on the right, if not they won't fit as well into the end pieces. Screw the "Adapter" into the "Side Outlet Elbow. From there, the "Elbows" and the PVC pipe all slide right into place.

The stand sits nicely on the shelf behind our small group table.

I love my stand and I think you'd love one too!! Happy Creating!

Next on the hop is Elizabeth from Seconds At The Beach! She's sharing ideas for Bathroom Break Management. You can also browse by topic using the link ups below.


  1. I hopped over during the Bright Ideas Blog Hop!
    This is terrific,
    Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith's Pinterest Boards!

  2. It love your step, by step directions. This could be used in so many different ways. Love it!

  3. Holy moly, this is flipping adorable! Glad I have a friend who owns a hardware store! Lol.

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  4. This is so clever!!!! I love how it takes up very little space but can hold so many charts!

  5. I love this! I am really feeling lucky right now. My husband works inside sales at a plumbing supply company. I think I might have to make a ton of these for small group and independent stations. Thank you!

  6. What a simple and functional idea! LOVE!!!

  7. This is AWESOME!!! I will definitely be making one of these soon! Thanks for such great directions and pictures!! :)

    All Things Apple in 2nd

  8. Thanks for leaving step-by-step directions to make this AMAZING stand! LOVE!
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  9. Love this idea and I love how the tape made it look so cute! Thank you for sharing this bright idea.

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  10. OMG! How cute! How had I not thought of this! I think I need to make 10! Love it!! =)

  11. Oh my goodness! What a great idea! Putting Hubba on it immediately!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

  12. I received a donation of PVC pipe from Home Depot... when I told them I needed it for my classroom, the manager just gave it to me! I didn't even have to ask for a donation! I used them to make quadrats for science observations, but now I have an abundance of PVC pipe left! Well... now I know exactly what to do with it! Thank you for the idea and for linking to my blog!

    Seconds at the Beach

  13. This is GENIUS! And so easy to make!

  14. So making one of these ASAP...or maybe one for each subject!!! Thanks for the fantastic idea!

  15. Genius! This is a great idea and I am already brainstorming ways that I can use it in my classroom!!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

  16. OMG i think you win first prize for most pinned item! I've seen this pinned and re pinned a zillion times today!! I'll be hopping over to Lowes this week!

  17. WOW! I love this idea!!! I HAVE to make one of these like YESTERDAY! It is perfect for small group time! I love it.. Thanks for sharing!


  18. Just want you to know that I teach high school Algebra II and will be doing this for group work for my kids!! What a FANTASTIC idea!!! Thank you so much!!

  19. O.M.G. I am in love!!!! I took a pic of the materials & am sending the hubs off to Lowe's! Brilliant!
    Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

  20. I LOVE this idea! I can't wait till next week when I am on Spring Break and can make a few of these!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  21. My favorite idea from this blog hop! Brilliant! I'll be doing it tomorrow! Thanks so much for the tutorial as well!

    Tales of a Teacher

  22. The most adorable thing! I can't wait to make one:)

    The Schroeder Page

  23. So smart! I'm going to make several now so I can put up directions on tables for centers, too! Thanks so much for sharing your cute and genius idea!

  24. A.DOR.A.BLE. I love this!!!!!! Thanks for giving us the measurements!

  25. What a fabulous idea! Thanks for the detailed instructions.
    :) Shelley

  26. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Pretty is nice and cute but, as it is not too complicated, and we can accomplish if they really wanted this one. friv 3

  28. I am buying the materials to make the mini anchor chart today. I can't wait to make it. Being limited on space, this is the best thing I have seen in years!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!

  29. I love love love LOVE these!!! Thank you for sharing your directions and not charging for the dimensions. ;)

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

  30. Just bought the materials today!! I LOVE this!!!

  31. I can see using this to display all kinds of things. A great idea! Thanks.

  32. Running to the home improvement store! Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

    Heather Q
    My Clever Endeavors

  33. I loooooove these & I finally got the goods today. When you were screwing in the adaptor to the elbow piece, was it hard? Mine start fine then get to tight & I can't get them to go all the way in! I might have hubs try but I don't want to get them stuck!!! Thanks!