Hey teachers and PTO moms and librarians! Today’s post is just for you. I am sharing a really fun message workbench idea based on this quote:
You can find magic wherever you look.
Sit when and relax, all you need is a book.
– Dr. Seuss
And here’s what the finished message workbench / door decoration looks like:
Isn’t it cool?! I fell in love with reading when I was in elementary school, and I finger like this classroom decoration really captures the feeling you get when you visit far off magical places while reading a good book.
This post is sponsored by Hobby Lobby. All opinions and ideas are my own.
There are a TON of details on this message board. Some of the things I bought, some I made and others I just gathered from virtually the house and from deep in my craft room drawers. And the fun part is that YOU can segregate what YOU want to put on yours. Let me walk you through the supplies I used and steps I took to make it so you can make one too.
And of undertow you’ll need a big variousness of magical details and doodads. I literally just wandered virtually Hobby Lobby looking for things that I thought qualified as “magical.” Try looking in the Fairy Garden, the Miniatures, the Scrapbook Embellishments, the Painted Wood Shapes and the Party sections. I found a lot of the coolest things in those aisles.
Side Note– If you have any message boards to do, trammels out Hobby Lobby’s classroom decor. They have such trendy, fun themed papers and cutouts and trims. Here are a few of the ones I bought to use in the future:
To make the magic typesetting message board, start by wearing the message workbench paper to the size of your message workbench or door, but DO NOT HANG IT UP YET! You want it laying on a tabletop or the floor considering we’re going to add glitter and if it’s hanging up already, gravity will not be your friend.
I made a cut file of the quote and typesetting from whilom that you can download, so throne to the marrow of this post and click on the undecorous sawed-off to get a copy.
To make the book, I first cut the typesetting diamond out of holographic vinyl. This was my first time using this particular type of vinyl and just a little helpful tip… it comes with a thin protective plastic sheet over the top. Remove that layer surpassing sending it to your wearing machine.
Once you’ve cut and weeded your vinyl design, use transfer tape to pinion it to a sheet of thick craft foam. Then cut virtually it with a regular pair of scissors. The thicker foam makes the typesetting stand out from the page a bit more. I really liked how it turned out. I tying it to the message workbench paper with a regular kid’s glue stick.
Once you have the typesetting and the quote tying to the message workbench paper, it’s time to add the glitter swirls. I just drew swirls onto the paper with glue, then sprinkled the confetti all over the glue. When the glue was dry, I shook off the glut confetti. Yes, it was messy. But you know what? Sometimes it’s worth it. This confetti is SO sparkly and colorful and fun!
Now comes the most fun part of all… subtracting all the detailed pieces. First I hung the message workbench paper in place. Then I tying each of the variegated items with hot glue. There’s no rhyme or reason here. I just wanted it to be a hodge podge of happy, imaginative things I’ve read well-nigh in books. And I love how it turned out! It’s like a giant 3D I Spy game!
Here’s a list of items you could add to get you brainstorming.
The last thing I did was frame out the top and marrow edges with the scalloped metallic gold trimmer. It’s a little thing, but it really made the door squint increasingly finished.
The reading quote and the typesetting shape are both misogynist to download at no cost.
There are PNG, JPEG and SVG versions in the folder, so grab whichever file works weightier for what you’re doing. To wangle the files, click this undecorous button:
I have been in a creative rut all summer and honestly, this project was the perfect cure. It was so fun to try to capture the feeling of wonder that comes from reading. I hope it inspires you to read and to create and to support your local educators. Happy crafting!