School is approaching. It’s just in the air right now. So every year I start thinking about how I’m going to spruce up my classroom. I would say I have no less than 296 frames in my basement just waiting for a home. Frames and throw pillows–I have an obsession.
Astrobrights recently sent me a sampling of their paper, so I knew I could use them to make some colorful mats for some frames in my classroom. Not only am I using some of the 296 frames, but I’m also bringing some color to my room. Brillz.
The colors of these papers are pretty amazing. When my little one saw them, she said, “Woah!! We’ve never had paper like that before!” Dramatics. She gets it from her dad.
Covering a plain mat with a more colorful, creative alternative is really easy! I placed the mat face down on the paper and just used a ruler and straight blade to cut a bo about 1/2 an inch in out from the edge.
Once you cut the inside box, make another angled cut from the inside box to the actual mat. Fold the paper around to the back side of the mat, and tape it in place. Easy peasy–more importantly, it’s removable for when you want some change!
I decided to play around with the bright colors and make some different patterns with it. I find I do well with basketweave patterns and polka dots. Angled lines? Not so much.
Right now Astrobrights is running a “Give a Brighter Year” sweepstakes. You can win a cash prize and school supplies valued at $30,000 for the school of your choice! Hello! Perhaps I should give you the name of my school. JK. Sort of.
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It was so fun doing some paper crafting, and I especially love how cute they turned out! Score for me AND my classroom!