Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Made It

I made something in time for "Monday Made It."

Being crafty has been on my "To Do" list.
Unfortunately, that stinkin' "To Do" list is really l-o-n-g!
That's why I love these Linky Parties because they give me a deadline.
And, this girl needs a deadline!

Here's my craft:
Don't pay attention to the measuring tape.
It's a Three Tiered Stand!

At first, I saw this stand on Pinterest {which is where I find all great ideas.}
Oh, they were so cute! I knew I had to make one for my home.

Then, I thought about the stand in a different way.
I've been dying to do Bucket Fillers with my class for some time now,
but I have been missing some parts of the whole.

I've got the book.
I've got the little buckets.
I've got the fillers.
I do NOT have the clear shoe holder,
like this one:
For the life of me, I couldn't find a cheap (over the door) shoe holder for my buckets.
I have been to all of the Dollar Trees in my area and they didn't have one.
This search has been going on for two years now!

Surely, I could have done it several other ways that do not include a shoe holder,
but I've been saving these "buckets" and I WANT to use them!

They're my husband's old gum containers which I've been saving for some time now,
and I have a ton of them. I thought they would be perfect "buckets."

Since my search for a boring clear shoe holder has been to no avail,
I had to come up with a Plan B.

Which is where the stand comes in. Why didn't I think of it sooner???

Luckily, Julie of Joy's Hope gives great directions that are super easy to follow.

The beauty of this stand is that most of the materials come from the Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree - 3 trays and 2 candlesticks
Home Depot - Rust-oleum Spray Paint : Key Lime, Sun Yellow, Aqua, and Primer
Glue - I had already: E-6000

First, I primed all of my pieces and a few planters I've been meaning to fancify.
Next, I painted my pieces on every side a few times and let them dry.
When all of the pieces are dry, it's time to glue the candlesticks.
THIS is the most difficult part for me. 
Centering the candlestick is not my forte!

I used the tape measurer for added pressure.
When this tier is dry, add the next tier.
Again, not only does it have to be centered on the tray,
but it has to be centered with the bottom layer. HARD!!!!!

I plan on using this stand to house my students buckets.
Above are a few buckets that I had at home.

This stand will work out well for me because I have a good spot in mind for it.

I plan on numbering the buckets for my students.

I do have a question for y'all:
Should I paint the buckets or should I keep them how they are?

I was thinking if I paint the buckets then the kids can't see through them anymore.
They won't know how many fillers they've acquired.
Or should that not matter?

At any rate, I am super happy that my buckets have a home!

Check out Tara's blog to see what everyone else is making!


  1. Where there's a will there's a way! I think your idea was clever and the project came out really cute.

    room 4 imagination

  2. Such a cute and creative idea:) I love it! I wouldn't paint the little buckets, I like that the kids can see through them too....I might just add a little ribbon around them:)) Thanks for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

  3. Love your project. I would keep them plain just in-case the paint starts to wear off and get chipped later on in the year. They could always add jewels, polka dots or stickers.

  4. Super cute project! I have collected the same gum containers and not really had any idea what to use them for. Thanks for the idea.
    Mrs. Shelton’s Kindergarten

  5. I saw this on Pinterest and thought it looked cute. Love the colors. I am headed into school today to share my Make It Monday!

  6. Super cute! I like the colors you chose!

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  8. Oh my goodness what a super cute idea!! I love it! I do bucket fillers with library pockets because I don't have room on my bulletin boards - but this would be perfect! Too cute! I agree - I would paint the buckets - then I would add cute funky #'s
    Thanks for sharing!
    The Sweet Life of Third Grade

  9. Love this stand!! It looks great! I say you can paint the tops maybe and leave the bottoms clear?
    Rowdy in Room 300

  10. This is a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

    Delighted in Second
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  11. Really cute idea. That's a lot of commitment- I'm sure you have been saving gum containers FOREVER - those packs hold a lot!

    <a href="> Polka Dots and Teaching Tots </a>

  12. Very cute idea, I'm sure you had to really commit to collect that many gum containers - that kind holds a lot!!

    Polka Dots and Teaching Tots

  13. Great Idea! I just started blogging this weekend...I could use some followers.

  14. These match perfectly with my classroom! Haha, so cute! Your blog design is ADORABLE as well. Love it!

  15. I love your 3 tiered stand!! That is so adorable! I would probably leave the containers clear. You did a great job! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  16. The stand is super cute and that is a great re-purpose of the gum containers. I wouldn't paint them unless you could just repaint the lid? I think it's important for kids to be able to see through them. Awesome!

    3rd Grade Sprinkles

  17. I love the stand! Great idea--and you seem pretty crafty to me!

    I'm your newest follower, I would love to have you come by and visit me!

  18. loves it!!! I am wanting to do some bucket filling this year too!



  19. I have quite a few of those gum containers, too. I may use them for bucket filling, now! Thanks for the idea. :)

    Miss A's Kindergarten

  20. Loving the idea, and the fact that it is affordable, definitely keeping it in mind. Thanks.

  21. What a great idea! I too am on a quest to find actually buckets and holders. I think I may just make a chart, I don't have room for a stand in my class, but I love yours:)

    Surfin' Through Second

  22. Love the color combo! :)

  23. What a fun stand, maybe snazzy numbers rather than paint on the buckets. That way they would still be able to see what is inside. Thanks for sharing.


  24. What a great idea to use those gum containers for! I am all about reusing the container!!! You can see one of my make it Mondays was a reuse too! I love the idea. I think I'd just embellish slightly the bucket, no painting. Maybe glittery numbers or something...too cute girl!

    A Passion For Primary

  25. Love, Love, Love the colors you used!! I've seen different things like this on Pinterest and always think, 'I should make one of those!' :)

    1st Grade with Miss Snowden

  26. Thanks for sharing! The stand turned out super cute! Come see how I do my bucket fillers :)

    PS I'm your newest follower!

  27. I love the stand!
    The Idea Backpack

  28. Super cute idea!
    Love your blog!
    Drop by mine anytime :)

    Creekside Teacher Tales

  29. OMG - I LOVE This and love the colors! I will have to try this!

  30. Great ideas! Love your blog. I awarded you The Versatile Blogger award. Hop on over to my blog to pick it up. :-)

    Blog Stalker

  31. I love what you did for your buckets. I have done bucket filling in my classroom for 3 years now and love it! If you have any questions or need a few tips I'll be happy to help! It is amazing and one of the sweetest things ever...I don't have the individual buckets though. We all work to fill Our School Family bucket. =)

    Heather's Heart

  32. Adorable!
    I love the idea that you are repurposing items!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties