Monday, April 22nd, is Earth Day and what better time to talk about re-using and recycling products we normally discard?!? Students begin to understand how they can care for their environment when they learn to adapt a potential throw-away object into a new, usable and fun item. Since there are so many different materials your Ellison machine can cut (if you can cut it with scissors and place it in your machine with a die, you can cut it with your Ellison machine), there is a plethora of unwanted materials just hankering to be transformed! So wash out that old pickle jar and start saving your aluminum cans and cereal boxes... Ellison has some great 'do-over' ideas for you!
Ask your students to bring in materials that might be turned into various projects - just don't become too much of a recycling center! Watch next Monday's video for more easy make-overs!
Talk with you next time.
For all of you old enough to remember the song "Got A Penny In My Pocket," the first line begins "Got an angel on my shoulder." Thank heavens, Ellison has some pretty special angels on clearance that could sit on your shoulder or anywhere else in your classroom too.
So be an angel for your school and save money with some heavenly deals at Ellison!
Have a divine day!
Today is National Cheeseball Day... and probably not real high on your list of days to plan a lesson around! However, you could make use of this day to talk about healthy eating habits and good nutrition (and yes, segueing is a favorite pastime of mine!). Ellison just happens to have several lessons that are fun to make and easy to swallow too.
You probably already have projects that your students love to chew on... and if you do, let us know and share a picture on Ellison Education Teachers' Lounge Gallery on Flickr. Please post a link to the photo here in the comments with how your project was made for everyone to see. Please submit your entry for a $25 Gift Card by Tuesday, April 16, 12:00 p.m. PST. Winners will be announced on Wednesday.
Winning entries are eligible for a $25 Gift Card, so please share your ideas and projects with all of us.
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I used to host a television show that aired on the DIY network and their sister network, HGTV. The show focused on paper crafts like card making and scrapbooking and it helped me realize why it is so great to make something yourself. The idea of doing It yourself enables you to completely customize any project. Today’s project is a perfect example.
Fold a long piece of construction paper in half.
Slide the folded edge so it sits just inside the blade of the die (which will keep the fold intact) and then die cut the border.
The result will be a long, symmetrical design that is just waiting to be embellished and converted into a crown.
Fold in each end of the embellished border.
Add adhesive to the folded ends and trap a rubber band between the layers when you stick them together.
If you don’t have a border die but have store bought borders, simply cut out a section that is a good length for a crown, embellish it and fold the ends before adding the rubber band.
Now all you need is a child who is “crown-worthy” to wear it!