Crate Seats & a New Friend!

You know who's awesome? Debi over at Just4Teachers: Sharing Across Borders! I met Debi online this summer and it turns out she teaches in the same city at me! She's my room twin too - our school buildings are the same design and we've been comparing progress all summer. Well, Debi is a fellow blogstalker and and she saw the number one must-have item online: the famous crate seats, and decided to create some. Here are hers - super Suessy cute!

She had some leftover wood and offered it up to anyone else who wanted to make some of their own. So, turns out that Debi was getting beautified in a salon that is actually within walking distance to my house the next day (which is pretty amazing because our schools are actually a few cities over!). Debi actually brought in four pieces of wood to her hair appointment and I  met her there to pick them up. When I tried to pay her for them, do you know what she said? She said, "We teachers have to help each other out." Could not agree more! So visit my new bloggy friend room twin at her blog and stop by her Facebook page too.

Here are my finished seats:

I added a little ribbon loop to help open them  :)

I have to give a shout out to the hubs who really did all the work while I sat next to him holding down the fabric very serious-like. I went with a black crate and dark fabric to keep it clean looking for as long as possible. I'm planning on using them under my reading table. I'm hoping that it will reduce the amount of bruising I get from four sets of little legs swinging under the table! And if that freakin' fire marshall even tries to tell me I can't have them...well, let's just say it won't be pretty...

Back to work tomorrow. I wonder if I can fit in all the stuff I planned on doing this summer into one afternoon? I think I'll give it some thought at the movies ;0)



  1. These are so cute. I'm going to give it a try today(or should I say my husband is). Thanks for sharing.

  2. I LOVE my crates!!! Can't wait to start using them! Of course my dad did the most work :) Yours look great!! I used the same material..

  3. You have made me laugh so hard. LOL! You are truly a writer. Thanks for not mentioning the rollers on my head. :) (oops, I just did!) It was great meeting you and I hope we will be able to meet up again. Thanks for the shout-out!! Hugs!!
    Just 4 Teachers: Sharing Across Borders

  4. I really want to make these too! I know that it would end up just being my bf's project though and I've asked a lot of him( projects for the classroom and helping me move my entire classroom in) already this summer. So maybe I'll wait a little! These are too cute and your teacher friend is the sweetest!
    Rambling About Reading

  5. Ahh... The dreaded fire marshal! Because of him I have to have ANY fabric in my room taken to be dipped in the flame retardant stuff. I have to have a certificate stating that my curtains, pillow covers, and bulletin board fabrics are flame retardant! Isn't that bonkers?
    Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade

  6. I love your crates - so glad I found them before I make my own, now I know to add the ribbon loop! I had my husband cut the wood for me, but I'm going to make my daughter help me cover them lol! That's what they get for being related to a teacher right?

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  7. These crates are awesome! I think I am going to have to enlist my hubby in helping me make some and the little ribbon tab you added is so sweet:)
    Where in Florida are you? I teach in Coral Springs,we're a little north of Ft. Lauderdale:)
    Anyway thanks for the great ideas! I always love checking your blog.
    Carolee's Creative Classroom

  8. I made these crates last year and they were AWESOME and are still in awesome shape for this year. I hope you love them as much! Yours are adorable and so are the Seuss ones! Too cute!
    Counting with Coffee

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  10. Hey Denise!
    I LOVE your crate seats-been on my To-Do list for a year also and now I am finally going to make them! Giving you a little shout-out on my blog!
    Christie :)
    First Grade Fever

    1. Love this idea. Tell your friend to market these! I love that you can create your own with the cool fabrics out now. I think there's even Curious George fabrics!

  11. Love your seats but especially love your fire marshall comment! I have got to try and make some of these! Even I have enough talent for these!

  12. I agree with the fire marshall comments. I know he is only doing his job but let's get real! We know as teachers that all those papers and books housed in a school building would burn a whole heck of a lot faster than some reading pillows piled in the library corner! Ridiculous!


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