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How to Make Glue Sponges

Glue sponges are my number one classroom necessity. It’s true! I have been using glue sponges for over a year and I will never go back… EVER!!

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What are glue sponges?

Glue sponges are exactly how they sound, they are sponges with glue on them. There are many different types of containers that you can use as well as sponges, but my favorite are the sandwich containers from Dollar Tree. They come in a set of 3 for $1 and they last you all year.


I did experience some slight cracking in the tops throughout the school year, but the glue sponges still survived a full year with kindergarten students using them several times a day for 10 months. As for sponges, I definitely suggest getting ones that are the same on both sides, avoiding the ones with scrubbing pads. I get mine from Wal-Mart.

spongeThen you just add an entire bottle of glue onto the sponge, close the lid, and let it sit for 24 hours. When you first put the glue on, it will sit on the top, but after 24 hours the glue will be absorbed into the sponge and be ready to go.

How do I use a glue sponge?

Glue sponges can be used on almost everything in your classroom. My favorite way to use them is with interactive notebooks, however you can also use them on art projects. It’s an easy way for students to be able to use glue without using too much or getting too messy. Here is one of my kindergarten students demonstrating how to use a glue sponge.


What are some tips for using glue sponges in your classroom?

  • Make sure you have the students close the top from the sides until they hear it *SNAP*. Avoid pushing down on the top from the middle, this will lead to cracking of the top.
  • Remind students to put the top on when they are not using them.
  • If the glue sponge dries out or isn’t as sticky, spray the sponge with water and flip. If this doesn’t work, you can always add more glue. Don’t over do it though!
  • If you sponges are look a little… funky, spray them with a mixture of water and hand sanitizer to keep them fresh all year.
  • Glue sponges work for almost everything, even larger pieces of paper, but keep some glue bottles around for tricky art projects like adhering glitter to paper.

Video Tutorial

I have also made a video all about glue sponges. In this video I will talk about my tips for using glue sponges as well as a tutorial on how to make your own glue sponges.

If you end up trying out glue sponges in your own classroom or already use them, I would love to hear how to you like them. Also, feel free to share any tips you may have.


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Printing Your Teacher Planner Stickers

If you are reading this blog post, you most likely purchased my teacher planner stickers. If you haven’t purchased my teacher planner stickers yet and you are interested in them, you can check them out HERE.

This post is all about how to customize, print, and cut them in the way that works best for you.

I have gone ahead and created a few videos that will walk you through the process. Even though these video feature my watercolor planner stickers, the information applies for all of my current stickers as well as any future stickers offered in my TpT store.

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Monthly Calendar Headers

If you have been a reader of my blog for a while, you know I love organization, planners, and stickers. I have been making planner stickers for my planners for a while and love the color and personality it adds. I had a vision of stickers that I could add to the top of my monthly calendars to add a little more color, cuteness, and inspiration. I am happy to say that I my vision has come to life and I am here to share them with you!! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and if you would like to pick yourself up a set, you can find it HERE.

IMG_6060These monthly calendar headers are designed to fit in your monthly section of your Erin Condren teacher planner. All you have to do is print them on full sized sticker paper, cut, and stick into place! This is a great way to add some seasonal fun to every month. It also comes with inspirational quotes to get you through even the toughest of days.

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Watercolor Teacher Planner Stickers

I have always been a planner and organizer. I go through phases when I use my planner every day and then there are times where by planner doesn’t even get opened. I know some of you are like this too, am I right? I love my planners and sometimes I feel guilty when I haven’t used it in a while. Something that has gotten me to open my planner more often are planner stickers. I love using planner stickers in my personal planner so I figured, why not use them in my teacher planner!?

I have been using stickers in my teaching planner for about a year now and I love it! Now that I am on summer vacation, I have been able to create some new planner stickers that I am excited to share with you!! These are digital stickers that you will be able to print on your home computer onto full sheet sticker paper. They are designed specifically for the Erin Condren teacher planner, but they will work with any planner.


My very first planner stickers were header stickers. I was getting tired of rewriting my subjects over and over again. So I made these stickers to speed up the process and I fell in love. Not only were they quick and easy to use, it also added some more color to my planner. After that, my obsession with planner stickers only grew.


The next thing that I found myself always doing was writing down events in my monthly section of my planner or even little reminders in my lesson plans itself. I don’t really like the look of my handwriting in my planner unless it is my plans, so again I wanted to make something that was quick and stood out. So my reminder stickers were born!!


Even though I don’t like using my handwriting too often in my planner, unless it is my plans, sometimes you don’t have time to make a specific sticker. That’s when these icon note stickers come in handy. They are perfect for writing a quick note and sticking it in your planner.


Lastly, I created these banner and flag stickers. I plan on using these to highlight special events, writing notes on a specific lesson plan, or even just to add some color.

Adding planner stickers has really been a life changer for me and my planning. I reference my planner more often and it actually makes lesson planning really fun!! If you are interested in getting these watercolor stickers for yourself, you can pick them up HERE.



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How to Uncoil Your Erin Condren Teacher Planner

Unless you have been living under a rock, I’m sure you have heard of Erin Condren and if you haven’t heard about her, let me be the first to introduce to you this amazing company. I have been using Erin Condren planners for years. I started off with a Life Planner and then made the venture into the Teacher Planners. I absolutely love both of them. Of course, there are always a few downsides to any product no matter how much you love it. My only wish for Erin Condren planners is that they release their inserts without a coil. As much as a I love the coil, I end up… UNCOILING mine!! Don’t freak out, I promise you it’s not as bad as it sounds. I have done this with my old teacher planner as well as my life planners and I always love the end result.

If you are interested in seeing how I did this and even considering uncoiling your own planner, this post is for you!!

The first thing you need is an Erin Condren Teacher Planner. If you don’t have one you can get one HERE. This is my referral link where you can get $10 off your first order. It is definitely worth it and it pays for your shipping!!

Next you are going to need a cover. If you are really brave, you can use the cover that came with your planner and use the following steps, but even I’m not that brave. I went ahead and bought a Martha Stewart disc bound cover from Staples.

The rest gets a little bit more detailed, so instead of writing every detail out, I decided to make a video on this whole process.

Now on to some pictures of the final product!!




IMG_6020I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful. Let me know in the comments below if you plan on uncoiling your Erin Codren planner too!!

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Classroom Decor,Classroom DIY,Crafts

It’s a Craft Party!!!

I love crafting and I love teaching. I love the fact that I am able to bring both together into the classroom. I always try to bring crafting into my classroom to add a little extra interest into the content we are learning. This year I decided to create more display areas to showcase my students’ work. The first is with these DIY Display Clips.

Video Tutorial

A second display option is by displaying work on the whiteboard. I am able to share amazing pieces of work with other students, just by hanging up these adorable little glitter magnets.

Video Tutorial

Finally, I wanted a nice way to make their work stand out so i created custom borders to go along with my decor.

 Video Tutorial

Here is the final product…

My students love being able to share their work with everyone that visits our classroom. It creates a personal touch to that the students can be proud of.
I hope you enjoyed my most recent classroom crafts. Definitely check back often to see what new things I have to share with you. If you want to get some more great ideas for getting crafty in the classroom, make sure to link up over at A Modern Teacher, A Cupcake for the Teacher, or Miss Kindergarten. Not only is it a lot of fun, but Jo-Ann is sponsoring a giveaway. If you know me, I am at Jo-Ann almost EVERY weekend picking up some more crafting supplies. Make sure to link up and I can’t wait to see what you have to share!!!

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