Well... Here it is!
This is my finished product of my student share chair! It took about two weeks to complete [because I'm working on many classroom projects at once!]
You may remember my student share chair: part 1 post from a couple of weeks ago, where I shared this picture! [below]
Since I already wrote a blog post about the first few steps of making my chair, I am not going to go over those steps again in this post. BUT, if you missed it, you can check it out HERE! :)
On to the finished product...
I began this project a few weeks ago and due to having so many other classroom projects currently going on, it has taken me a little while to finish it! But it is finally complete!
As mentioned in my Student Share Chair: Pt 1 post, I scored this child-sized wooden rocking chair for just $10 on a local yard sale Facebook group!
I knew that I wanted a student share chair in my classroom ever since I came across many other cute share chairs on Pinterest! So if you are interested in how I created mine... read on!
After sanding and spray painting this chair, I used my Cricut Explore Air and the Cricut Design Space online program to create the design on my chair. At first glance, you may think that the colorful elements of the chair are painted on! But I will go ahead and tell you all that I am most definitely NOT a painter! I did, however, attempt to paint part of this chair!
The blue bottom, the green and pink rods, and the pink and blue top knobs are all hand painted. I used the Neon collection of Acrylic paint from Michaels. I was not thrilled with my painting skills and immediately knew I wanted to use permanent adhesive vinyl for the rest of the chair!
All of the polka dots, the paint brushes, and the letters are from permanent adhesive vinyl. I LOVE vinyl and you will see that I use it in soooo many of my projects! I like how clean it looks and in my opinion, there is much more room for [personal] error with painting! I envy those who can hand paint their chairs and other crafts! Share your secrets!!!
That being said, I used my Cricut Explore Air to cut the vinyl pieces. I used the Cricut Design Space online programming to size the polka dots and select the font! The paint brushes were not as easy. I originally wanted to make those bars of the chair crayons, but the shape just wasn't working and I knew paint brushes would look better. Cricut Design Space did not have a paintbrush image that would work with the shape of the chair, so I found my own free paint brush clip art online, uploaded it to the Cricut Design Space software, and spent a decent amount of time layering it in order to make it work in the way that I needed it to. Overall, I LOVE the way it turned out and I hope it inspires you to make your own student share chair!
I plan to use this chair for occasions like student of the week, highlighting students who have worked extraordinarily hard on tasks, writer's workshop sharing, dismissal time sharing, and much more. I have seen teacher's write "Author's Chair," but I chose to have the text say "Share Chair" because I did not want the chair to be limited to only sharing written work.
Here is the final transformation, before & after!
I hope you enjoyed learning about how I created my student share chair!
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have a wonderful Wednesday!
~Ms. Jones :)