Saturday, July 14, 2012

So I Ironed a Wall

Here's the thing...

I don't iron.  


My son used Fuse Beads in the Afterschool Program and asked if we could buy some. I obliged and then he said we would need to go to Target and buy an iron.

He's almost 7 and very aware of his environment and yet, he had no clue that we even owned an iron.

Laundry in general is not my thing. 

But, I did go to the depths of the basement to get the iron and proceeded to melt his Fuse Beads with it.

And then I went to school and ironed a wall and that was the most ironing I have ever done in my life.

I had mentioned that I always buy bed sheets in place of fabric by the yard.  I do this for a few reasons:

It's cheaper.
There are lots of fun colors available.
They are a nice big size which is easier than paneling fabric.

I tend to buy twin size. It's plenty big for most standard boards. This year I'm using them to cover a giant retractable wall that doesn't really retract.  I hear it big time.

This week I'm going to begin showcasing all of the elements on this wall as part of my 360 degree tour.

Since my original post about the materials I bought for my room makeover (sheets, spray paint, ribbon, etc) sparked a lot of comments about the idea of using bed sheets I wanted to throw one related tip your way.

If you do buy sheets, open them at home. Throw them in the drier for a few minutes. That will release the wrinkles.

Or you could just iron the wall.

I hear that's what the cool kids are doing this year. :)

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  1. I love it! You are not alone...I do not iron either...ever! Fluff it in the dryer, or no go.

  2. Haha! Too funny! I'm not an ironing fan either. I'm more of a dryer gal too!

    Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists

  3. WOW!! wouldn't it be great to own a steamer.


  4. Definitely going to try this! How do you attach the sheets to the board? Thanks!

    4th Grade Haps and Hacks

  5. I also hate I just pull the sheet REALLLLLY tight (after I've attached the top) and then staple as I pull! Haha, it gets all the creases out!


  6. Love this idea! How did you attach them? Are they flat against the wall or just hanging? How are you going to attatch things to the sheets? Yes, I have a few questions...LOL


  7. A fellow teacher and I were definitely steaming her walls earlier this week... Easier than ironing, but still something my husband thinks is silly.

  8. I iron those sheets every time I decide I want a different color! There is some type of synthetic covering on the bulletin board (almost like plasticized burlap!), but I haven't had any major disasters yet! It's so comforting to know I am not the only one!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  9. I have used material for years. I love the idea of using the bed sheets. Thank you for the idea. I have used my iron, (a wedding gift) to fuse laminate that was coming apart, but not on clothes.

  10. I don't iron either. I laughed out loud at this post and had to read parts of it to my husband. We were putting sheets on the bed last night and he was teasing me about not ironing them. I've been known to go to school a little wrinkly. I figure you'll get a little wrinkly in the car when you put your seatbelt on. I'm loving all your classroom tips. I've been so inspired to really try to use the same colors throughout my room. I especially loved your calendar makeover. I'm going to use ribbon on my calendar next week. I didn't mean to ramble so much. Oh well. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

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  12. I'm glad there are more non-ironing teachers out there. If the wrinkles don't come out in the dryer with the steam function, I just won't wear it. I too pulled out the iron and brought it to school to iron my new bedsheet bulletin boards. That had to be the most ironing I have done in years. Thank you for all your great ideas. I have already used your bedsheet, ribbons, and designated chart space ideas.

  13. I am moving to a classroom with 2 ugly "retractable" (only done during the annual summer cleaning) dark walls and was wondering how to lighten things up. Love the sheet idea! This may just do the trick! Thanks so much for the daily tips. My classroom is going to rock this year!

  14. I have several boards that are covered in felt which are in desperate need of a facelift. I was dreading the expense of covering them all and then discovered your bed sheet idea. Do you recommend the poly/cotton or the jersey knit type? I am excited to get started!

  15. I, too, abhor ironing. That's probably why I was less upset than I appeared when my husband dropped the iron two months ago and we watched it hiss and sputter to an untimely death. But I do love the $15 steamer I bought a couple of years ago and only opened for the first time this week.
    I found something I wasn't even looking for this week, though. On my way to search for sheets or fadeless paper, I passed by the birthday aisle where plastic tablecloths in a plethora of colors caught my eye. I'm not sure how this will work, but at $2.99 a pop, you can bet I'm going to try it. They had the most beautiful shade of muted gold that I grabbed for my British Lit and a red for World Lit. I threw a black one in the pile, too, just in case.

  16. Fire codes? Are sheets allowed?

  17. I don't iron either! I also just throw my clothes in the dryer for a few minutes every morning :). I started usng sheets as my background last year and bought them one day in my way to work in my room. I tried to iron them before putting them up, but some of them were still wrinkled so I ended up ironing the wall too.

  18. I have a classroom with a retractable wall as well and I am looking for a way to cover it. How do you hang the sheets up?

  19. Love this idea! I don't iron either...the dryer is my best friend!

  20. I've never thought of using sheets! I acutally purchased, 3 years ago, outdoor tableclothes from walmart ($5.00 a piece) and they are fantastic. They have the felt backing and I just stapled them up! They are bright and colorful and look absolutely perfect! They haven't faded or moved and are easy to attach and reattach things too. {p.s. no ironing needed...b/c I don't iron much either}

  21. A few more hints... Skip the iron, steamer, and dryer. Hang the sheet on the wall and lightly spray the wrinkles with a water bottle. Smooth with your hand and just make sure the sheet/fabric is relatively pulled tight and the wrinkles will disappear as it dries.

    My district also requires we spray the fabric with fire retardant spray... which my principal buys for us!


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