This post is a partnership with Plaid. All opinions are my own. ;)
I love creating projects that are useful in addition to being cute! I created this Classroom Mystery Box and Clues Printable for my sister. She’s a Kindergarten teacher and as part of her classroom she chooses a Star Student every week. There are a variety of activities that the Star for the week does, one of which is to take home a Mystery Box! The student puts an item from home in the box, then brings it back to school and gives the class three clues to the item in the box.
Her box was getting really worn and so I thought it would be fun to make a new one that fits with the camping theme in her classroom. I wanted it to be durable and fun, so I found some cute camping fabric and pulled out my bottle of Mod Podge® Matte!
I think this fabric is so fun!! It looks so cute on this little wooden box and it looks so cute with just a few of the fabric designs on the box. I think they really stand out this way!
The inside of the box has fabric as well – I added some cute camping and woodland images to the inside of the lid and a campground fabric to the inside base of the box.
The Mod Podge is so durable and it will really help protect the box – especially since it will be carried back and forth to school every week. Mod Podge works so well for classroom projects!
This is the 50th Anniversary of Mod Podge and Plaid has all kinds of fun events planned. They love working with teachers and there are so many uses for Mod Podge in the classroom. They’ve created a great resource for teachers on their site as well where they have:
• Lesson plans
• Free Monthly downloads
• Project inspiration
• Instructional videos
• Printable project calendar
They even sell gallon containers of Mod Podge. How fun would that be for a teacher gift?!
If you are in the classroom this is a great way to do a show and tell like activity. I’m offering a free printable for the Clues page too!
You can also follow these steps to Mod Podge any box or surface with fabric. You could decorate a box for storage in your play room, kitchen or sewing room!
- Mod Podge Matte
- Large Mod Podge Brush
- Wood Cigar Box
- Apple Barrel Paint – China Blue
- Plaid Paint Brush
Begin by painting the surface you are going to Mod Podge. I painted mine with a light wash coat so the grain would still show through a bit. Cut out the designs from fabric you’d like to put on the box.
Start with the top of the box. Apply an even coat of Mod Podge to the top of the box.
Place the fabric pieces on the surface and smooth out. Remove any bubbles and small strings and fibers.
When the lid is mostly dry, add the fabric to the inside of the box.
Go back and add a coat of Mod Podge over the top of the fabrics. This will seal them to the surface and make the box and fabric more durable. To keep fibers from coming off the edges, work from the center of each fabric piece and move out to the edges. Then lightly brush the Mod Podge all in the same direction so you don’t have brush marks.
I added a coat of Mod Podge over the entire surface of the box to protect it, since it will have to travel with a Kindergartener every week. :)
And that’s it! It’s so cute and I love that it coordinates with the theme of her classroom.
Here are more great teacher and classroom ideas from the other Plaid Creators: