Saturday, September 01, 2012

Classroom Pencil Crayon Fence D.I.Y.

Yes, you read the title correctly...
I'm going to show you how to make a classroom fence...an adorable one that looks like pencil crayons!...all by yourself (okay, maybe with a little help from your husband!)
 
For those of you that know me, you will know that I come up with about 4,000 ideas a day that I want to do/make/build but most of them I just don't follow through with.
I have wanted this classroom fence for almost a year now and we finally got around to making it this summer!

 
I discovered the fence last year on Julie Lee's blog.
It was adorable!  And when I showed my husband he said it would be pretty easy to make.
 
So here's how...
 
Get yourself a piece of 5' x 5' wood and sand it down.  You will need to take the measurement to be precise and then divide it into 6 equal parts by drawing a thin line with a pencil vertically.
 
Next, cut out small triangles on top of each of the 6 parts - those will be the pencil crayon 'tips'.
Draw lines on each tip - these will be painted black later.
 
I started putting masking tape around the tips of the pencil crayons to paint them black (if you are really good you probably don't need the tape).
You WILL need the tape down each side before you paint.
Paint colours 1,3,5 first, let them dry and then paint them a second coat.
When that's dry, take the tape off and retape the other areas so that you can paint colours 2,4,6.
 
I painted the "pencil colour" last.
Well, actually my 4-year old did!
 
This project was SO.MUCH.FUN!  I would definitely recommend it!
(By the way, my husband mounted smaller pieces of wood on either side of the bottom of the fence to make it stand alone.)
 
This beautiful fence now sits near my Writing Centre.
I'm sure it will be a hit this year with my kiddies!
 


25 comments:

  1. Wow! Your fence looks great! I love it! Thanks for sharing the steps....maybe I'll tackle one next summer! :)

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  2. That IS gorgeous! What a great addition to your classroom!

    Primary Inspired

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  3. So cute! I love it! It is going to be a huge hit with your class! Thank you for sharing! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  4. So cute! I think I am going to give it a try for my classroom! Thanks so much for sharing and giving a great tutorial!
    Robyn

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  5. Alessia, I love it!! You've made me want to go buy lumber...so cute!
    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  6. You hubby is very talented! The fence is beautiful! I know your students will love it!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  7. What a great looking fence!I've not seen that before.

    Gwen

    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

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  8. I love this idea! It is adorable - good job!
    Nicole
    Teaching With Style

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    1. Thanks, Tanya! Yes, I put Paolo to work this summer! LOL! And I have even more things for him to do...wait 'til he finds out! :)

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    1. Thanks Kim and Megan! Hope you 'gals are doing well!

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  11. DARLING! I've got something new for hubby to do now. He won't like it but he'll do it for me!
    Cecelia

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  12. Love this!! It looks super cute in your classroom.

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  13. That is sooo cute! Now I just need to convince my hubby to help me make one!
    Teachin' First

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  14. This is absolutely terrific! Something I can do in a weekend and my own kiddos can help! Best wishes for a wonderful year!

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  15. Hi there. Just wondering what type of paint you used to get your fenceLooking to try this in my kindergarten classroom for September so would like to do it at the summer project. Want to make sure I'm doing the painting correctly.

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  16. Still curious about the paint you used?

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    1. I used acrylic outdoor paint. I bought it at Home Depot. Ask for outdoor wood paint. They come in small cans which is great because you don't need a large full can. And you can get lots of great colours!

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  17. The English garden can live on the wild side and still be beautiful. This carefully planted arbor & walkway warmly invites you to the front porch swing.
    wood fence panels

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  18. this was part of an old fence, incredible workmanship. iron fence gate

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