Friday, August 1, 2014


 Few things get me more excited about starting a new school year than shopping and crafting new projects for the classroom. So I was thrilled when Michaels asked me join in their #create2educate Back To School Sweepstakes and head to their closest store to get my craft on!

I decided this was the perfect opportunity to create something that's been floating around in the back of my mind for awhile. This "Gold Pencil" frame is going to be the perfect way to highlight my young authors throughout the year and let them show off some of their best work! I also think it will help show just how serious Mrs. Stewart is about writing in the classroom!!

It's an easy project to re-create.

1. Head to Michaels and visit the frame, wood, and acrylic paint aisles. Also grab some velcro.

 2. Lay it all out and start painting. Not pictured- wood glue & velcro I had at home.
{I got a little ahead of myself and painted that little frame yellow before this picture.}

3. Paint the letters. I did two super sloppy {clearly} coats of metallic. Then one coat of the glitter.

 4. Now glue your letters using a glue gun or wood glue. And adhere the yellow frame on with velcro so it can easily be removed and put back when you change out the author's picture. The last thing I did was add a glittery-gold pencil to the side. :)

I had to scrounge to find some kid writing from last year since it's summer still and they took it all home. It got my wheels turning though of all the different ways a child's work could get put in the frame for the week. Good handwriting, complete sentences, a detailed sentence, and working up to short paragraphs and stories. Every child will have their week in the frame featuring their personal best work!

Now it's your turn! Want a chance to win a $50 gift card to Michaels?
Instagram a picture of one of your projects Aug. 1st- 15th.
Use the hastags #create2educate #sweepstakes
Come follow me on Instgram @fallingintofirst
And don't forget to use your teacher ID to save 15% at Michaels!! 

#Create2Educate is a sweepstakes to keep you inspired all year long! 
Create an originalback-to-school project and upload a picture of it to Instagram, using #Create2Educate and #sweepstakes. While you’re there, tag @MichaelsStores too. The contest runs Friday, August 1 through Friday, August 15. A random winner will be selected daily and will receive a $50 gift card to Michaels. All entries will be shared on 

1 comment:

  1. This project is absolutely adorable! I fell in love with it as soon as I started reading yor post!! Kids would strive for this honor and it's so nice to let them stand out for such great work!! I will definitely be taking your wonderful tips and making my own in the near future!! Thank you so much for sharing such a great idea!!!