My Classroom DIY Crafts- The Red Headed Hostess

Here is a fun and easy craft project that EACH GIRL in your Young Womens group could make.

It is a WE BELIEVE banner that they can hang up in their rooms.

My special needs students made this one with their peer tutors.

It is super easy to make!  Just go to this post to get good instructions.

But, in short, you color the letters, cut them out, and then glue them onto pieces of cardboard

They did such a great job coloring them!  But if you don’t want to color each letter, just send patterned paper through your printer.

I think these would be fun to make at Girls Camp and then hang them on their tents.

Here is a printout if you don’t want to make your own:  We Believe banner letters

I got this beautiful print out from this website.  AE Jones is the mastermind behind the piece of art.  And she was my former student.  It is always such a joy to see former students become such wonderful people.

My class also made this tree.  Last month it was full of snowflakes and Christmas lights and two months ago it had fall leaves with things they were grateful for written all over them.

My special needs kids had a blast coloring paper in shades of browns, greens and black, crumpling them up, and then tearing them into pieces.  This tree will soon have hearts for Valentines, and then budding flowers for the Spring.

As a side note

I feel it is really important to take pictures of places that are meaningful to you.  To take your camera and go from room to room, to closets, desks, bulletin boards, children’s bed spreads… to create a visual history of your life.

So this is actually something I did the other day.  In my classroom.

This is what greeted the students as they entered.  I only reminded them 12 times.  I had to add one more.

I keep a bunch of study aids in the back on a bookshelf.  This is for general reference, but more importantly, it is so I can show them things they could use in their own personal scripture study.

This is a picture that I always have right in the front of the room.  I am constantly reminding them that they get to choose what this picture looks like.  And their choices right now are filling in this picture.   Ask my students how many times I say “you never regret keeping the commandments!” Its my mantra.

I keep this picture in the back on my desk of me an my man.  I want them to see how happy I am and what they can have for themselves.

I frame rocks.  This one is from the Valley of Elah – where David killed Goliath.  We were told that they have to keep hauling rocks in because people keep taking them.  So, this rock is probably not one that David used.

This one is from the Garden of Gethsemane.  I love this.  Its right by my desk and helps me focus.

I don’t believe in buying borders for my classroom.  This one just got put up last week and is one I made last year.  I tell myself that the kids notice the kind of attention I put into the room and it all adds to the feeling in our class.

My desk.  In project-mode.


  1. Shannon! What a great post – so fun to see the 13th Article of Faith up there. I love your other mutual ideas. I’m going to have to talk to the other YW leaders in my ward and see if we can’t use that for an activity. Love your blog!

  2. I went to the link for the 13th Article of Faith and it wasn’t the right place….:( I would love one. Tell me where again!

    1. Amy! I know – sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. The comment just above yours is Ashley, who IS AE Jones and if you click on her name it does the same thing. I will check with her and see if she knows what is up. GREAT to hear from you!

  3. Thank you so much for this inspiration blog. I have become a faithful reader. Today, I especially love your idea to frame rocks. I have a daughter who ‘collects’ rocks. Now I know what to do with them and make them even more meaningful.

    1. I know! It does that me to sometimes too. I’m not sure why – try it again later and see if you can get it. I am going to contact her right now and let her know that is happening.

  4. Want to know what’s awesome? I TOTALLY DREW THAT COLORING PAGE (that you used for the “Your Future Family” pic.) I based it off my brother & sis-in-law and their sweet little family (my SIL just got baptized a few years ago & I used them as “models” for that month’s coloring page to celebrate).
    Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!

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