Elmer’s #CanYouTopThis $300 Giveaway

I am so excited about this post! I have a big giveaway to tell you about, and I know that you guys will come through for me with lots of entries, right? Because the entries? They’re FUN!

Before I fill you in on the fine print of the contest, I want to show you what I made.

You see, I’m a speech therapist in a middle school. Recently, I’ve been having trouble keeping my students focused on meeting their goals. My first thought was to take a science fair board (fancy name: tri-fold display board) and write rules on it. I thought it would be big and bright and attention-getting. Then, that turned into making a stop sign to get their attention. Then… well… see for yourself:

I had so many ideas about using the display board in my classroom, and it was hard to choose one project! As a teacher, it was hard for me to cut up the board. I am used to seeing the display boards “as-is,” but in the end I decided to step out of my comfort zone and cut it apart. The things I do for you guys…

So, this weekend I went to Walmart for the display board and some glue. Usually, I wouldn’t need the glue, but Jack lost all of mine recently and all we have left in the house are glue sticks. Anyway…

Here’s my supply list:

Elmer’s Tri-Fold Foam Display Board (Elmer’s makes cardboard and foam boards)

Elmer’s Project Poppers double sided permanent markers (Jack keeps trying to take these)

Black spray paint

One 12×12 piece of particle board

One 5 foot 2×4

Red, White, and Black duct tape

Elmer’s Wood Glue

Elmer’s Rubber Cement

Elmer’s Dual Tip School Glue Pen

Tape measure

Staple gun

Drill and 4 screws

Box cutter

Steve cut the particle board for me. Just one 12×12 square was all we needed. While he did that, I marked one side of the tri-fold board into two 5 inch strips for the crossing sign, and marked the other side into a 4×20 inch strip (for the black strip that sits in the middle of the red lights) and a 6×28 inch strip (for the black and white arm). I used black duct tape to cover the middle strip and for the stripes on the arm. The stripes are 5 inches apart.

At first, I was going to make octagon shapes out of the middle of the board for the red lights at the bottom of the sign. After all that planning, I changed my mind and ended up using a paint can to make circles. I used red duct tape to cover the circles instead of paint, as the foam board is a little slippery and doesn’t paint well.

Use the permanent markers to write key words/phrases onto the red lights.

Steve used wood glue to secure the particle board base onto the 2×4. After he glued it on, we used a drill and 4 screws for added strength.

I used a box cutter to cut through the foam board. The inside of the foam board is a little messy, so I used duct tape to “finish” the pieces that were cut (I cut a piece of tape and applied it about 1 inch away from the top of the board, then folded it over the board so the foam pieces wouldn’t fall out). I thought of a slogan to stick on there, printed it out, and used the Elmer’s school glue to stick it onto the foam board.

So, the list of things to assemble is:

2 red circles

1 black strip

1 black and white arm

2 white strips, used for the crossing sign

2×4 with particle board base

I spray painted the particle board black (using a piece of cardboard to shield the wood post).

Using a good eye (and a little bit of guesswork) I used rubber cement to construct the crossing sign, then I used the staple gun to adhere the sign to the wood post.

Kindly ignore the messy garage…

As Steve used sandpaper to make the wood look a little nicer, I used black duct tape to tape the back of the red circles (lights, if you will) to the black strip, then stapled the black strip to the wood post.

The last thing I did was staple the black and white arm onto the middle of the post. The finishing touch!

Viola! My students noticed it today and it serves as a great way for me to remind them to use those great sounds (by saying “rich” instead of “witch”) and think about the language they’re using (“he saw the car” instead of “he seed the car”).

So… Can You Top This?

I bet you can!

I have three $100 Walmart gift cards to give away to whoever tops my project!!

The requirements?

1. You have to use an Elmer’s tri-fold display board (cardboard or foam). Use it any way you want, be creative!

2. You have to post your project and instructions on either a blog or a public facebook note with the hashtag #canyoutopthis. If you need help creating a public facebook note, please leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to walk you through it!

3. Submit a comment here with a link to your blog post or public facebook note no later than January 5, 2011 (see? you have plenty of time!).  Winners will be announced on January 7, 2011. Projects are judged based on uniqueness :)

4. When you submit your project, don’t forget to visit these blogs to increase your chances of winning:

Mallery’s Deals
Savvy Chic Savings
Scraps of my Geek Life
Mommy 2k

They are hosting #canyoutopthis giveaways, as well! Get crafting!

The fine print: You can enter on all five blogs, though you’ll only be eligible to win one $100 gift card. I was compensated by Collective Bias for my time, but all opinions in this post are mine.


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    Gramma Teetsie says:

    Again, I am so proud of you. You have inherited your cleverness from me. I used to say it was from your Dad’s side of the family, but now that you are getting so good at it, it’s time for me to take the credit. Good luck everyone. Let’s see what you inherited from YOUR “MOM”!

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    Keonte' says:

    I am continuously amazed at all the creative ways to use this board. I’m sounding a bit repetitive but, I would have never thought of that. Great job.

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    Jolon @ Savvy Chic Savings says:

    WOW you did an amazing job, Becca! Nice that you have a hubby to help you out, too :)

    Here’s the correct link to my blog http://savvychicsavings.com so you can all stop over and get entered in my #CanYouTopThis giveaway!

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    That IS cool!
    And Abe used up that entire bottle of glue we just bought just over a week ago. It. Is. Gone.

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    Milcah says:

    What a creative way to incorporate what you do in your life through crafts!
    Here’s my entry:
    Thank you :).

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    Chelsea says:

    This forced me to get creative and crafty! Here ya go…


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    Krista S. says:

    Cooking up an idea for this challenge, sent my husband out to get me a board today!

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    Kelly says:

    Your idea is great for a classroom! Have your students seen it yet?

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    Kim P says:

    Well, Becca, I love that you make me think!!! You’re truly always teaching! Here’s my entry for your Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display board. The easy part was making it, the hard part, posting how I did it! But, it was so worth the work. Thanks again…for building up my creativity!


    My fingers are crossed!

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    Sharlene says:

    We had a BLAST doing this. I was so excited to find your blog a few days ago and we just finished out entry today!


    WE worked HARD On this so I hope you like it!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to spend a few quality hours with my boys…this is one we won’t forget!

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    Amy @ Dealusional says:

    Emma did it! Here’s her 18″ doll closet on a budget – http://www.dealusional.com/?p=5227

    Thanks for the opportunity, Becca :) Emma had so much fun.

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    I am officially taking my hat out of the ring. Did you see the 2011 ball drop and the ABC pocket board? There is no time for this new mom, entrepreneur, going back to school tomorrow. Catch me in the summer when I have a few months off to get creative. Good luck to everyone! Your entries are fantastic!

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    Mel says:

    I made an apron display for the CYTT contest: http://www.mamabzz.com/2011/01/apron-display-elmers-cytt-craft-project.html

    So much fun; thanks so much for the opportunity!

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    I had soo much fun doing this project :) Here is my blog post…


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    Jennifer Rodriguez says:

    Soo much fun and now I have an awesome game for my kiddo’s birthday!


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    Sami says:

    I created a friendship board. I’m going to have my friends all sign the board when they come over. I added things that show the different parts of my life.


    (my daughter’s friendship board)

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    Nicky says:

    My 7 yr old son’s friendship board. He and his friends are big into learning about volcanoes right now so he drew the picture of the volcano.


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    Megan says:

    My 6 yr old daughter’s friendship board. She was so excited to have her friends sign her board. She shows it off to everyone.


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    Desert Deals Diva | Can You Top This?… Probably says:

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    kc says:

    Here is my entry!
    Disneyland Here We Come!

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    Stephanie says:

    What a fun contest !!! The possibility’s are ENDLESS !!!
    Here is my entry :)


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    Sara Blake says:

    Wow Becca, Love your project!

    Here is my wedding board I did to enter the giveaway:


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    Adrienne Speckhals says:

    Hi, my name is Adrienne Speckhals and I made a fireplace http://sweetlandofchaos.blogspot.com/2011/01/canyoutopthis-challenge-adriennes.html

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    Alicia says:

    Here is my 2011 goal board I made to keep my goals in sight {literally}: http://makingtimeformommy.com/2011/01/04/making-a-goal-board-with-elmers-canyoutopthis/

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    Nick S. says:

    Not sure if I’m allowed to enter too – I may be the only dad!

    But here is the project that my son and I did:


    Thanks! We had a blast.

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    william a, says:

    I hope this can count as my entry, I am at work (navy) and I can’t go on sites from my work, security reasons. So I am doing this from my phone for my girls. I can’t fill out the linky, so I’m entering here. Sorry. My entry

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    Sorry for the weird post. I am at kinkos and i had to retye my entire post here is my entry http://bit.ly/g3n0fj

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    Desert Deals Diva | Mommy Mini Tasks 1/10 says:

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