September 3, 2012

DIY Crate Seats

I finally did it! After two years of staring at these cute crate seats on blogs and then seeing them all over Pinterest, I finally made my own. Whoo-hoo!

First, I read over Lisa's wonderful directions at Learning is Something to Treasure.  She was very specific and I like that she told me exactly what to look for and about how much everything would cost.  It made the materials hunt go much smoother.

Then, I went shopping.  Home Depot was first up on the list.  Do you think I got enough wood?!?


The guys helping me may have misjudged the size of plywood needed to make 5 seats.  I walked out with 19 pieces of plywood perfectly cut for my crate seats for $20. I would have had 20, but they needed a practice one.  :)  Anyone need some wood?

Next, it was off to Hobby Lobby where I picked up my fabric, poly-foam squares, and spray adhesive.


Finally, I want home and got started.  Here is the final product. Cute, huh?



I'm really excited about fabric I chose.  It is actually cotton duck...something I didn't even know existed until this weekend.  Basically, it is canvas.  I'm hoping it will hold up through the year a bit better.

I can't wait to get them into my classroom and start using them.  Till then, at least I can cross out one more thing off my Pinterest To-Do List.


14 comments:

  1. Your seats look awesome!!! I have been wanting to make these and you might have inspired me to give it a try!!!!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! They were super easy once I had all the materials gathered. I hope you make your own. :) ~Amanda

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  2. Love it!! I can't wait to make some. With 29 kids it is really hard to have meeting areas. For now, I have lowered a table all the way to the floor and we are sitting pillows for small groups. (Very uncomfortable for me.) But we don't have enough room for extra chairs in the portable and if the kids move their chairs they wind up hitting someone in the head because their isn't enough walking room. Such a bummer!!

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    1. We are short on space and chairs too. That is a huge bonus with these crate seats. Plus, I love that they tuck under the table. Out of sight...out of mind. It seems to help with clutter. Hope you figure something out. Portables can be tricky. ~Amanda

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  3. Those are AWESOME!!...Love, love, love the fabric choice. You have inspired me to make a few of my own.

    Classroom Capers

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  4. They look awesome!! Way to go! Your kids will love them!

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  5. Amanda,

    These turned out super cute! SO jealous that you have a Hobby Lobby near you!! We don't have them in San Diego! Which I guess may be a good thing because I already spend enough money at the other craft stores we have! :)

    Molly
    Lessons with Laughter

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  6. Your crate seats are so cute!!!!! I love the fabric!!!! :-)

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  7. Amanda, I teacher 4th grade as well and I'm wondering how sturdy these would be for older kids... how are they holding up so far?

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    1. So far, so good. I think the duck fabric was a good choice for durability. I'm hoping that make it through the year without any troubles. We'll see though. Only time will tell. I will say that my 4th graders LOVE them.

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    2. Good to know! I think mine would too but I'm so worried that they will break! Some of them aren't very small... do you think they will buckle under the weight?

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  8. Thanks for sharing! I really want to make these, but I am super nervous! I am also wondering if the crate seats might be too short for my kiddos to use at our kidney table. Hmmmmmm, I have a lot of thinking to do!
    Your seats look great!

    Mariz
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