DSC08672 - CopyDSC03599I looooooove this fireplace. I began making 3D fireplaces years ago when I was an assistant. One day, the teacher I was working with wished for a 3D fireplace and I said ” Your wish is my command!”, well maybe not in those words but I was on a mission.

In the first picture, the fireplace is mounted on the bulletin bored.I used only the lids of the boxes for this one. Empty tissue boxes will work too.

In the second picture, the fireplace is placed on the floor.


Empty boxes with lids.                        Red, brown, and black butcher paper.                                        Yellow, red, and orange tissue paper.  3 empty paper towel rolls painted brown.                                                 White or brown paint.

What to do:

Well…I went hunting for empty boxes and remembered that the photocopying paper packets come in boxes. So, I emptied 9 boxes and dragged them with the lids to my classroom. The lids of the boxes are for the mantelpiece so put them to the side.

  1. Place the boxes in the shape of a fireplace. Make sure you have the middle, bottom box face the opposite way of all the other boxes.
  2. Use a glue gun to glue the sides of the boxes together.
  3. Cover the closed side of the boxes with red butcher paper leaving the middle, bottom box empty. Don’t forget the sides.
  4. Cover the empty box with black butcher paper.
  5. Paint white or brown rectangles of various sizes on the red butcher paper to create bricks.
  6. Cut flames out of the tissue paper and glue them to the logs ( brown paper towel rolls). I sometimes glue craft sticks to the back of the flames to make them stay up. It is up to you on how you would like to place the logs in the fireplace.
  7. Now for the mantelpiece; glue the sides of the lids together with a glue gun. When the glue is dry, cover the closed part of the lids with brown butcher paper. Again, do not forget the sides.
  8. Use the glue gun to glue the mantelpiece to the fireplace.

You can use fireplaces around Christmas time or for a winter scene.




This is an easy door display for the beginning of the year. All I did was put up blue butcher paper on the door and IMG00342-20100907-0851added a red border. Then I made a sun for the center of the door and a cloud for each child which I scattered around the sun.



I love this winter board! I made the umbrellas and heading last year and laminated them so that I can reuse them. For the background, I put up blue paper and a snowflake border. I made the umbrellas out of white butcher paper and Tamara, my wonderful assistant,  painted them bright colors. The children cut out a rain boot each (a  fine motor activity ) and decorated them with spangles( their favorite messy activity). I stapled three large puddles and raindrops to the board and added the kids’ boots.

Another one of my obsessions is making everything 3D:) For winter, the children made raindrops. They cut out two raindrop templates and painted them blue. Once dry, we stapled the raindrops together, and the children stuffed them with scrapes of paper. When all the raindrops were ready we hung them in our hallway.



I love winter because…

2012-12-09-298 2012-12-09-299I absolutely love this board!  The kiddos loved making their special mugs out of construction paper rectangles.  I prepared different colored A4 paper and cut out handle shapes.  The students got to choose whatever color they wanted.  Some chose the same color for the handles while others decided to use a different one.  I then laid out all, and I mean ALL the craft supplies I had stored in my cupboards and the kiddos went wild.  I then had them write down why they like winter.  I cut up the letters “I like winter because…” and added it to the board.  My friend Tina made the light bulbs and generously gave them to me (no begging needed).  She cut out light bulbs out of paper and glued glitter on the ends.  Since I made this board around Christmas time, it helped make the hallways look festive.