Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Brighten Your Day

Doesn't a cheerful, colorful classroom make your day a little brighter?  I know it does mine!  I'm doing a little classroom makeover this year since we're switching themes and switching rooms.  Our school wide theme is peace, love, & {our mascot}.  I don't want everything in my room to be tie-dyed though! I'm tying in the bright colors I love with our theme, and hopefully I'll be able to use it with our future themes too!  I'm linking up with Tara's "Monday Made It" at 4th Grade Frolics and Michele's "Make it, Bake it, Sew it, Grow it" at Miss Nelson's Got The Camera and

This pin on pinterest was something that I immediately knew I wanted to make for my classroom.  It was so easy to do and didn't take up too much time!

You just need a few supplies to get started...paper dixie cups (I used the 5 oz. size), scrapbook paper (I used solid colors - bright of course), pencils, scissors, a box cutter or knife, and some type of adhesive (I had some glue dots and used them).

The first few steps are listed on the picture below.  This part takes the most time.

Here are my covered cups (and my Roxie in the background)!

Now you're ready to hang the "shades" over the lights!  Find the center of the bottom of each cup, and cut a small x in it.  Then just gently push the light through the x in the bottom of the cup!

And voila, you're done!  I love how it turned out!

Hopefully, I'll have another project ready to show you on Friday for the Pintervention linky party from Third Grade Is A Hoot!



  1. Oh WOW Jackie!!! I totally love the light string:) So fun and bright and cheery!! This is the first time I have seen this! Thank you so much for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Love the lights!! Your kids are going to LOOOVE having that in the classroom!!


  3. Ahhh I knew this is what you were doing when you posted the lights yesterday! They turned out great! Nice job :]

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  4. How cute is that!! I think I saw some red polka dotted cups at Hobby Lobby yesterday that I could do that with! Another addition to my "must-make" list! :) Looks great!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

    1. I think I am going to have to get myself to this place called Hobby Lobby and get me some of these polka dotted cups Lisa. Can never have to many pirate themed supplies right? :)

  5. I love this! Awesome. Now I need to do some polka dot ones.
    Thanks for linking up. Good LUCK!

  6. Oh. My. Gosh. This is on my pinboards too! I loved your finished product! Lets see, how many ways can we make a cute garland?!;D This is DEFINITELY on my to-do list now!
    The Gypsy Teacher

  7. Love this Jackie. It turned out great and it will definitely fit in with your school theme :)

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  8. First thing I noticed was the awesome name of your blog! Super cute. Loved the light string, and am super in love with Stop pinning Start doing! This really needs to be the motto in my life. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

  9. Your lights turned out so cute! The funny thing is I just came across some lights as I was cleaning out my at home office. Now I have a project and can justify my hoarding them, right?!? Have a great day!!!

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits

  10. Oh my! I'm so glad everyone loves the lights! I really do love them too! I was very pleased with the finished product. The polka dot cups you girls saw at Hobby Lobby would be great! That would save sooo much time too! It could be probably be done in 10 minutes without covering the cups!

    Amanda, thanks for visiting! I'm glad you did so I could find your blog...super cute! I'm a new follower!

    Nicole, you should *definitely* keep the lights! :)

  11. Super cute idea! I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Stop by my blog to pick it up.
    Totally Terrific in Texas

    1. Oh thank you Colleen!! I actually just blogged about that! I'll add you to my thank-you's!