Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What I Made Wednesday!

I've been seeing these cute crate seats in many classrooms and I decided I just had to have some in my own classroom. Not only are these crates practical for extra storage they are adorable and I just know the kids are going to love sitting on them.  My plan is to put them around my guided reading table.
Here is a tutorial of how to make them yourself and I promise they are easy to re-create!

Items you will need:
*Crate with lip (I got mine at Walmart for $3.47!)
*Roll of 1 inch foam (about 15 bucks at Walmart)
*Spray adhesive
*Fabric to cover your seats
*Wood to fit inside each crate (I took my crate to Home Depot and asked them to cut pieces to fit inside my crate. We tested it out to make sure they fit!)
*Staple gun
I started out getting my wood cut by a nice gentleman at Home Depot. After I had that finished the rest was easy!

Cut foam to cover the wood pieces and then use spray adhesive to stick the foam to the wood.
 Measure your board and add a few inches to the length and width then use those measurements to measure out how much fabric you will need. My boards were 12 1/2 by 15 1/2 so I added 3 inches to both and that's how I figured out how much fabric I'd need.

After I had enough fabric I covered the board and foam and then used a staple gun to secure it to the back.
I then stapled a piece of ribbon to the back so I could use it as a handle!
I made 5 crate seats...2 orange, 2 yellow and 1 red for the middle. I think the ribbon added a nice touch.
I'm so anxious to just get in and set up my classroom next week! I'll be sure to share pictures along the way.


Natalie said...

Those are so adorable! =D

Sam {} said...

how cute!! i bet the kids will love them.

Bad Joan said...

Thanks for sharing. Makes anyone want to be a kid again. Never thought a crate could be transformed like that.


Joyful Sparrow said...

Very lovely idea! Unique, kid friendly, and beautiful all the same time.

TiffanyClark said...

Love this! I'm so excited for my camping theme in my classroom. So much to do! I can't wait to start working on my frame project!

Aaron and Anna said...

So cute! They make me want to have a classroom. :)
~ Anna

Mimi said...

Those are adorable! And what a great price! Thanks so much for sharing - I saw this at A Creative Princess

♥B said...

OMG!! I love these.. you are so smart ;) kiddos will LOVE those. They will probably fight over them, so you'll probably have have to have a turn system... oh children, lol.

With Love From Michigan

Tatiana said...

they are so stinking cute! You are so creative my friend!

A Day in the Life... said...

cute!!! i've been thinking of making some for my guided reading table!! i just may have to make some trips to walmart and home depot soon! :)