Hello, teachers and future teachers! I'm so excited to present my upgraded classroom backgrounds. I think they look TEN TIMES better than they used to. Plus set-up and take-down is much quicker than is used to be.
Those of you who have read my previous posts about my backgrounds have probably read that I used tape to place on my decorations and leave the velcro available to place up rewards. While that was a good idea at the time, I have found that the kids I teach are more interested in activity-based rewards than getting something special put up on the wall. Maybe I just didn't know how to present it so that it was fun... I dunno. I'm doing what works best for me. And you should too.
First, I will show the changes I made on my fabric for my backgrounds. Then show you before and after pictures. You'll notice that the light has changed and my hair is so much longer! (I really like that it's longer)
The first thing I did was make it easier for me to hang up my banners. I originally used tape to hold them up. BAD IDEA. As I wrap them up and store them away, the tape starts sticking to the paper and peels off some of the paper in the front. Then after a while, the tape starts to lose its stick. I've had the banner above fall down on me for a couple of classes. It's a little embarrassing.
So I added some more loop velcro onto my PVC Pipe frame. I added a very long strip to give me plenty of flexibility to place the banners whatever height I need the banners to be.
On the string of the banner itself, I've added hoop velcro onto both sides. I bought these circle pieces on Amazon. Specifically because the pack only had hoop velcro and not both. Here is the link if you are interested: 5/8" Coins Hook Side Only. (This is not an affiliated link, just sharing the love). I used two coins in order for them to stick onto the string. One for each side (just like you can see in the photo on the right).
After that, I added some more of those coins onto my background pieces. My Dino characters, my VIPKID sign, my stars, my raindrops, and anything else that was going to be hung up onto my background. Never again will I tape something onto my background. Never again!!
If there isn't a holiday going on, this background is typically my go to. It's simple and has my name on it. It used to be so boring and now I've added fun colors and characters to make it more exciting! The balloons, lego, and Elsa Dino were all old rewards that I made that no one really liked anymore. So they've just been sitting in my drawers, until now!
(This is to just show you what it's like without using my Dress Dino reward)
This is my next favorite. Again, it used to be so plain without the donuts around it. Now you can't stop thinking about eating donuts! (The Dino on the upper right can't either)
I totally forgot to take a screenshot of this when I was using it. But I promise it looks WAY better on the screen. (Note: I've also added another piece of loop velcro onto the right side underneath Dino. Now there's no awkward empty space there.)
There's nothing too different about this background. I put velcro on the back of all the stars, the moon, and Dino. Then I added some of the rewards I had shown you in my original Starry Sky background. Now they are up all of the time instead of only when I use them in the classroom (which soon became never). Again, adding the velcro has made set-up a lot faster!
Again, I've added another piece of velcro since I took those pictures. That awkward hole is gone.
I had one more background that needed an upgrade. My Cloudy Sky background. At the time I finished updating these backgrounds, this one still wasn't done. I was still missing a few pieces I needed. Now its done and I'll be making a post very soon. For now, here's a cute little teaser....
Thanks for reading guys! I hope you find this helpful for your room. I love that I can have a cute classroom and not have to commit a small space in my small apartment for it. Subscribe if you would like to see more!
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Hello! My name is Char. Thank you for visiting my blog, CallCrafts. I am a wife and mother who LOVES to make things. Read tutorials on crafts I've created to decorate my home, for parties, and more! Read more about me in My Story.