Saturday, August 18, 2012

Back to School Organizer with Elmers #GlueNGlitter #cbias

Back to School Organizer with a Homework Clock by The Silly Pearl

When I was asked to Get My Craft On with Elmer’s Krazy Glue and an inspiration from Pinterest, I knew exactly what I was going to make…a really colorful organizer for my girls’ art area. I’d love to start their school year off by developing the habit of putting things away properly, doing “homework” (if you can call it that for kindergarten?) for a certain amount of time every day, but still have fun. So these were my two Pinterest inspirations:

1) This organizer made from a bread box, embellished with a clock face, made by Lucy Designs:




2) This geometric kids art project made by Mer Mag for GapKids:



Here’s how I made our organizer! You’ll need:

  • Wood Organizer
  • Clock parts
  • Sand Paper
  • Spray Primer
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Painters tape
  • and last but not least…Elmer’s Krazy Glue

I purchased the Elmer’s Krazy Glue at Walmart, along with some other things on my shopping list for back to school…my shopping list on was super convenient and fun to put together.

Listly Screen Shot Pre-shopping list

Usually at Walmart, Elmer’s products are found in several places. I found the Krazy Glue in the Craft section.


I recognize the construction worker guy dangling from his helmet from the commercials when I was a kid! My dad definitely had some Krazy Glue in his toolbox, in a tube like this one.


There are so many different types now. I bought the Craft formula. I liked that the bottle could stand up, and that it had a brush applicator (like nail polish). Plus I was happy to read it has “delayed bonding” so you can get it off your skin quickly.


It was also a great time to do some back to school shopping, and as usual, my girls were troopers in such a crowded store. Click here for more of our shopping experience at Walmart for Elmer’s Krazy Glue.


I started out with this wood organizer I found at the thrift store. I’ve had it for at least six months, with organizing my girls’ art stuff in mind…


…because we were storing their crayons, pencils, scissors, etc in random receptacles. Crayons in a wipes tub…is that not the biggest motherhood cliché or what!


I also found this clock at the thrift store. It looked like I could take it apart and use the clock face and mechanism.


The clock was attached to the heart by a piece of wood.


The girls chose paints from my stash: pink, blue, yellow and green (photo by Sarah)


I started out by wiping the organizer with a sponge with vinegar and water, then I sanded and primed it.


I then started applying painters tape in random angles. By some miracle, I applied the primer pretty evenly, with no drips for once! So I decided to leave it as the background.


I just started painted with the four different colors in between the tape. And I just taped and painted as I went.


Finished the first side…I just kept taping and taping and painting and painting.


And done with painting the organizer itself.


Next, I worked on the clock face. I gently shoved a flat screw driver between the heart and the wood piece and the clock face came off very easily (phew!). I already know what to do with the heart, so I will set that aside for later.


Then I unscrewed all the clock face parts.


I took the piece of wood and also taped that off. Since I did not prime it first, I painted the whole thing, in the four colors. When it dried, I put it all back together.


Finally, I painted some clothes pins to stick on either side, so they can hang notes or whatever they want.


Time to start gluing!


I used the Krazy Glue to stick the clothes pins onto either side.


And I used the Krazy Glue for the clock face. Because of the mechanism, I could only apply glue up to a certain point. I LOVE the brush applicator and that the bottle could stand up! I got NO glue on my hands, which is often a worry when using really strong glue like this.


All done.

Back to School Organizer with Clock by The Silly Pearl

It was a good excuse to get rid of their broken crayons and start with a fresh box! They said they loved how colorful it is as well. I hope this helps them to stay organized all year!

Geometric Painted Back to School Organizer

Geometric Painted Organizer for Back to School

So tell me…how do you keep your kiddos organized during the school year?

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  1. Very clever and colorful! might have to utilize this technique for my work desk!

  2. I love it, Steph. Adding this to my neon round-up. Great transformation.

  3. what a fun makeover! and the clock is so smart. my oldest is trying to learn to tell time. this is a great idea!

  4. Such a fun project!!!! I wanted to let you know that you won the Michael's giveaway over at The CSI Project. Email me your address.

  5. This is so cute Steph!! I love the colors - your version is so fun! I love the clock idea too!

  6. Wow! That's thinking out of the (bread) box!

  7. I love the colors... and the pattern you made with painter's tape!! what a neat idea!
    visiting from CSI project

  8. Great project Steph, thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday! From the thumbnail I just knew it was yours!


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