Monday, September 19, 2016

Autumn decor for the classroom

My philosophy about the classroom environment is that the classroom should feel like home. We certainly spend an incredible amount of time there, and also, I like my students to be able to interact with the same kinds of things that they come into contact with at their own homes.  Since I routinely decorate my own home for different seasons, it feels natural to me to decorate the classroom seasonally too.

Over the years I've found that if I add a few seasonal pieces to my collection each year, it is more affordable. I also do a lot of DIYing to create decorative elements.  Oriental Trading has become my go-to source for easy autumn decor that really makes an impact (and that I don't mind of the children touch).  You can check out all of the great projects that I made for the classroom last year right here, but I've got a couple of new things to share with you today.

Both of these projects were completed using pre-cut burlap leaves, which made my life a million times easier!



For both the wreath and the accent block I hot glued the burlap leaves to felt, and then cut around the leaf, leaving a bit of the felt showing. This helped make the leaves stiffer, and made each color stand out. I have a ton of little burlap leaves left, so I'm thinking a garland or banner is going to be my next project!

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