DIY Crafts for the Office & Classroom

Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
I went Pinterest craft crazy over the holiday weekend!  Thank you to my new best friends:

Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.    Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Since I used Mod Podge on nearly every project this week, I am calling it my must have and linking up for Must Have Mondays as well!
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Glitter Clothespins
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
These were pretty easy to make.  All you do is put Mod Podge on the clothespin, add the glitter, let it dry, and then add a layer of Mod Podge on the top so the glitter doesn't come off every time you touch them.  I had much better luck pouring the glitter over the glue on the clothespin, rather than dipping them. I think I got better coverage.  I just did it over a container and poured the glitter back in when done.  When I was looking to see how others made them, I noticed some people mentioned using nice glitter or fine glitter but I didn't pay much attention to it.  The glitter I got from Hobby Lobby wasn't fine...and they don't look at good as I'd like so next time I'd spend the money on the fine glitter.  Also, the darker the color the better.  I bought a light purple and also a white and they don't look as good as the darker colors.  
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Washi Tape Binder Clips
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
I went on my first hunt for washi tape this weekend.  Hobby Lobby didn't have much at all and they were out of half of what they did half.  Target had the polka dot tape.  The other two I found at Michael's on clearance for a dollar something.  Where does everyone else get their tape?  Etsy?
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
These were pretty easy too.  I made them one night while watching TV.  You just need to cut off little strips of tape and wrap them around the clip and tuck the sides under.  I was trying to hold open the clip to tuck the excess inside until I realized I could just stick the edge of the scissors in to press it down instead.  The little clips need two pieces of tape and the bigger ones take four.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Teacher Toolbox
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
I updated my teacher toolbox by putting on some new labels and tabs.  I wanted to customize the words because when I first made it there were some labels I didn't need.  I also used a stencil and acrylic paint to decorate the top and sides.  If anyone has tips for painting with stencils, I'm all ears...the good news is if you mess up, you can wipe it off right away since it is plastic.  
I am selling different colors of the chevron/polka dot labels in tabs in an editable product.  You can find them in my TpT store here.

Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Scrapbook Paper Crystal Light Containers
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
I don't know what I am going to do with these, but they look pretty!  I just cut scrapbook paper and adhered it to the container with Mod Podge.  A couple came out wrinkly and I'm thinking it's because I did not let the Mod Podge dry before putting the layer over the top.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Scrapbook Paper & Glitter Magnets
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
These are one of my favorites.  The color from the scrapbook paper shows up really nicely and looks magnified through the stones.  You can buy the clear stones for a dollar at the Dollar Tree.   Make sure to get the clear ones.  Then you need to cut little circles of paper.  I started by tracing the stone, but the pieces I cut were way to big.  The circle actually needs to be smaller than the stone.  They were all pretty much the same size, so once I got one correct, I just traced it.  Then, just glue the paper on the stone with Mod Podge and then put a layer over the top.  After it dries, hot glue a magnet on the back.  Hobby Lobby sells the little ones for $7.99 for a pack of 50.  It's not too bad, since they are very strong.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Since I had all the materials from the above projects, I figured I would try to make some of the glitter magnets as well.  For this, the black glitter was too dense and the stones just look black.  The other two colors look better and I'm thinking the bigger glitter works out.  You just put glue on the bottom of the stone, pour on some glitter, shake off the excess, and let it dry.  Afterwards, put some Mod Podge on the top of the glitter to keep it from falling off.  Then, after it dried, I glued magnets on the back with hot glue as well.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Painted Teacher Stool
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Now this was a challenge!  I am not patient enough with painting and kept messing up things I had already done the more I worked on it!  
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
I started by making my husband sand the stool.  (It was just a plain wooden one from Target for $24.99 I believe.)  
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Then I put on a couple coats of primer (something at Hobby Lobby called gesso?).  Tip:  I got clear, I would recommend white.  Then you are painting on a white surface.  I'm thinking it might help the pain cover quicker.  I had to put on three or four coats of paint to cover the wood. It was expensive too ($17.99).  I don't know if there is some other option...
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
Then, I started painting with the acrylic.  I let it dry and then put on another couple of coats.  The black only needed a couple coats, the white needed the most.  I did the inner bars black last.  This was not smart because I kept splattering black paint all over everything else I had already done!
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
I could not for the life of me get the inner corners to look good, even with painter's tape.  So I gave up and put the washi tape around the corners (at the ends of the black bars).  It looks okay and gave the legs a bit of style, since I don't think I could paint a design on it without messing it all up.
Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
For the top, I just cut out scrapbook paper and glued it on with Mod Podge.  Then I put a couple layers of varnish over the top of the whole thing.

So now I'm a bit worried that I am not going to want to put ANYTHING in my classroom that does not match this color scheme I have started!  Can't wait to see what everyone else made so I can start some new projects.  

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Check out these easy DIY crafts for your office or classroom.   Find some tips and tricks for making glitter clothespins and magnets, scrapbook paper magnets and Crystal Light containers, glitter magnets, and washi tape binder clips.  Learn from my mistakes when making a customizable painted teacher stool and toolbox.  These simple crafts would also make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, or coworkers.
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34 comments

  1. I like all of your projects! I have two stools sitting in my garage, now you are making me want to paint them. lol Right now I'm in the middle of trying to recover an office chair. It's not as easy as I thought it was going to be. I love all of your magnets and your clothes pins.
    Kelly
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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  2. I bet your room looks fabulous! So many cool colors and gadgets. :) I'll be looking for the tape today.
    ~Brandee
    Creating Lifelong Learners

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  3. Loving your projects. The dry erase has greatly improved visually with your tapes. I love washi tape. I primarily get mine at Michaels. Now I must go and drink some Crystal Light to make some pretty containers!! :0)

    Gwen

    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

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  4. WOW! You've been busy! They all look great :)

    Terri
    The Creative Apple

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  5. Your projects are all so cute and practical! I need to figure out where to buy this washi tape!!!

    Britney
    Tailor-made Teaching

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  6. I need some Modge Podge in my life! Thanks for some great ideas.

    Hokie Teach

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  7. Wow! You are a busy girl! I am def going to have to do the glitter clothespins!
    Amy
    3 Teacher Chicks

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  8. I'm thinking the magnets would make great back to school gifts for all the teachers in my building. I could make everyone a set to match their rooms. Even my upper grade teachers who departmentalize would love a set. Maybe make some out of old maps for the social studies teacher. Hmmmm Love your ideas.
    http://mrsbrownthebookworm.blogspot.com/

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  9. Oh my goodness, you have been super productive! I love your magnets. They are next on my to-do list!


    Jennifer
    Elementary School Garden

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  10. Your were truly busy this week. I love the colors! Your stool is too cute! My stool could use some love, too. I think I will need to add that to my to-do-list. Thanks for sharing.

    Foreman Teaches

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  11. The dry erase pockets are the BEST!!!!! I was going to use duct tape around the plain, ole plastic dividers... but now I've got to find those pockets. And the clothespin... too cute and easy peasy! And the stool! LOVE it all!!!!!!!!

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  12. You were a busy bee this week! I love that stool and the Washi Tape does add a cute-factor.

    I agree, you shouldn't let anything into your room without those colors on it. It's soo cute - kind of Rock and Roll.


    Deniece

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  13. Wow!! You have been busy creating things for your classroom! I love your glittered clothespins! I went the easy way out and bought some small glittered ones at Michaels! :) Your stool looks awesome!

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  14. I love all of your projects! I really want to make some of those magnets...so cute!
    Bethany
    FabandFunin4th!

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  15. You were a busy lady! I made clothes pins too, but I used scrapbook paper. I actually used one of the patterns that you have on one of your Crystal Lite containers.

    Amber
    Creative Ideas for the Upper Elementary Classroom

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  16. I am so glad you posted the stool! I have a wooden stool in my garage that I had no idea what to do with. After seeing your post you have given me inspiration to paint it and make it and bring it into my classroom! I love the dry erase pockets! I will have to start making daily trips to Target so I can get them when my local store gets them!!!
    Thanks for sharing such cute crafts!!
    Your newest follower,
    Jamie
    kindergartenfriends.blogspot.com

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  17. Wow, you accomplished a lot!! I love those magnets and have been debating making some. I took my daughters to a scrapbooking session and now we have tons of scrap scrapbook paper :) So maybe now is the time. I really like your teacher toolbox, still on the to do list! I too must start drinking more Crystal Light, can't wait to hear how you decide to use them.

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  18. Holy Wow! You got soooo much done! I wish I could get that productive!!! Super great ideas and all so fun and colorful! Thanks bunches for linking up:)

    4th Grade Frolics

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  19. You have been such a busy bee! I love all of the goodies you made! (Especially the glitter!) Our dollar spot doesn't have those pouches yet, but I am more than ready to snatch up a set once they do!

    Jenny
    Looney for Third

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  20. Love your dry erase pockets! I love the polka dots with purple.

    Shelly
    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

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  21. Wow you have been busy! I love the glittery clothes pins- I'm going to make some to go along with my scrapbook covered clothes pins. I have magnets on my to do list along with adding magnets to some of my clothes pins.

    ~Diving Into Learning

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  22. Omg! I love all of your projects! The magnets are adorable! I think I might need to pick up some Mod Podge and start crafting!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

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  23. All of your projects are so cute. I also agree with you that Mod Podge is definitely an essential must for all teachers.

    Dee
    Mrs. B's Nook

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  24. WOW! You've been a busy girl! EVERYTHING looks fantastic! Love your stool! Thanks for all the directions and tips for the projects. So funny you posted about those Crystal Light containers-I hope to post an idea Thursday! I have been saving them for over a year! (Love the peach tea!)
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  25. For the love...you aren't kidding about using the holiday to go Pinterest crazy!
    I love all these ideas. I've changed jobs. I think these ideas will be great for teacher give-aways! Gotta get going!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

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  26. There are no words, except I LOVE ALL OF THEM!!!! Every single one of your projects looks fantastic, I'm so inspired by everything I see on Monday Made-It, but I really want to make everything that you just made. So great. You're so creative.

    Stephanie
    PolkaDotPalace

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  27. Wow!! You were so busy, Jessica! I LOVE all your mod podge projects! Your stool turned out amazing. I remade my stool last summer too and had the same issue of it needing 4 coats of paint on the legs! I solved the problem of cutting in the with the paint by mod podging the rungs in between the legs:) Awesome work!! Now, I totally feel like a slacker this week:)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  28. WOW!! What an impressive array of awesomeness!!

    Janaye
    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

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  29. You have been very busy!! Thanks for sharing all of your creations!

    Smiles,
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

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  30. Wow! That's an impressive list of projects!

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth
    fittobefourth.blogspot.com

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  31. Oh.My.Goodness. Your projects are just awesome! I want to make the magnets and binder clips!! So cute!

    Beth :)
    A Kindergarten Life For Me

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  32. WOW! You are a machine girl! I LOVE Mod Podge as well, last summer I went through two while making my classroom clipboards! Thanks so much for linking up!

    Sabra
    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

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