Sunday, July 28, 2013

7 things to do with a shower curtain or tablecloth!

As summer winds down we all begin to head back to our classrooms to prepare for our wonderful little kiddos.  As summer winds down a lot of stores are trying to get rid of summer items so they put them on SALE!!!  Woo Hoo for teachers.  Well, I went to our local Dollar General and bought 3 great on sale products. I found 2 tablecloths and a beautiful shower curtain just waiting for me to snatch them up.  I also found solid color table cloths on sale and snatched them as well.  I found a lot of uses for these items that I wouldn't have thought when I first purchased these beauties so I wanted to share.

If you have a use I'd love for you to let us all in on a great secret by leaving your idea in the reply section. Thanks!

This was all done for less than $20!!!!!

1.  Cover something that is UGLY!
Before the shower curtain.  Yuck!

After!  And I can use another smaller section of another shower curtain or table cloth next to it to give the illusion of two bulletin boards.

2.  Make cushions!
I used the 2 tablecloths I found on SALE to create the cushions for my crate seats.  I love this because it was cheap and you can clean them so much easier than fabric.

3.  Make a chart!
I used the beautiful shower curtain I found to make a back for this pocket chart that I'm going to use for smaller version of anchor charts.  My walls can't hold all those larger ones so once my students have seen the larger anchor charts for a while I'll put a smaller version inside the ziploc bags for them to refer to.

4.  Dress up an old bin!
That is one of the tablecloths.  I had a poster board template that fit the front of the bin.  I wrapped it up in the tablecloth, gave it a little tape to hold it in place, and presto changeo there you have it.

The other tablecloth worked great for my smaller drawers too!  

5.  Dress up containers!
That's a Pringles can covered in a tablecloth and filled with my rulers.

6.  Dress up your center table!
 Simply use the tablecloth as intended to dress up your center.  Not sure how long it will last but thankfully I only gave 75 cents for it.  :)

7.  Use for bulletin board paper!
That is a purple tablecloth that I picked up for 50 cents, and it won't fade as fast as paper.

These bulletin boards were done with black a tablecloth that I picked up for a dollar.


  1. I love the bulletin board paper idea! This year, I've been using wrapping paper I found from the Dollar Spot at Target for bulletin board paper!
    :) Erin
    I'm Lovin Lit

  2. I'm using wrapping paper to make letters. I haven't finished yet to post my idea, but I love all the cool designs that are on wrapping paper now.
    This is a great tip!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. I use seasonal and colorful tablecloths to cover my small group work tables all the time. The kids get excited when they come in and see a new one :-). I like the idea of using them for the crate seats - easier to keep clean! ~ Lisa

  4. I know what you mean!!! They love when you change something to spruce up the room.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Great ideas! I can't wait to get into school and start decorating :)
    Mrs. Brosseau's Binder - Math & Science Teaching with a Twist

  6. Thank you! I always love the decorating part.