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This idea came from my first year of teaching. I noticed my 5th graders still wanted to participate in all the Holiday Fun. However, many of the December projects, crafts, and ornaments were more geared to the younger grades. I remembered doing a string art candy cane when I was their age and set off to find the perfect project. The thing is… I couldn’t find one. So I decided in true On Lemon Lane fashion that I would simply create my own.

To this day, all of our childhood ornaments hang on my parent’s Christmas tree. Some of my favorite ornaments are those with a school picture on it. There’s something about immortalizing that awkward stage that brings nothing but happiness. Based on that giddiness, I knew I wanted to create a pattern that would allow the option to include a student picture. Thus my original Upper-Grade Template was born. If Ornaments and student pictures aren’t your jam, I’ve also included a 5×7 and 8×10 String Art Christmas tree template that can be framed in a dollar store frame, or even folded on a piece of cardstock to make a beautiful hand-made card.

At the moment there are two options when it comes to my String Art Templates.

  1. The Original Upper-Grade Templates
  2. The Numbered Dot to Dot String Art Templates
    • For those of you interested in an even simpler process and template ideal for students Pre-K and Up… STAY TUNED!

Both of these products include a wreath ornament template perfect for adding a student picture, as well as a 5×7, & 8×10 portrait that can be framed or even folded into a card! Each product has it’s benefits. Both result in beautiful and detailed designs, both are EXTREMELY inexpensive and budget-friendly, and both are sure to be adored by your students and their loved ones!

If you are hoping for a quicker, less complicated project… The numbered dot to dot String Art Templates are perfect. 

If you want a more detailed and intricate design or plan to use this project throughout the month as a fast finisher, morning work or center and can commit more time to the project… Then the Original Upper-Grade String Art Templates are wonderful.

Can’t decide between the two, or would like to have the ability better to differentiate for your students or keep your options open… SAVE BIG with the String Art Bundle!

 

 

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Once you’ve decided which pack best meets your needs,  you can check out all my tips and tricks on Instagram. Look for the saved Highlights titles String Art, or continue reading for further details and tutorials.

Despite which template you decide to use, the supplies will be the same.

Optional

  • Trimmings (Ribbons, Pom-Poms, Sequins, String…etc)
  • Student Picture (2 to 3 inches)
  • Paper Clips or Ornament Hooks
  • 5×7 or 8×10 Frames

With supplies, Amazon is an Awesome resource, so is your regular craft stores like JoAnn’s, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby. You can even find what you need at Wal-Mart! JoAnn’s offers a teacher discount and matches competitors’ coupons. *** Always use at least a 40% off item coupon.

Needle Sizing

Don’t panic at the idea of an embroidery needle. Embroidery needles are very similar to your regular sewing needle, however, the point is more blunt, and the eye of the needle is larger. Embroidery needles can be found everywhere sewing needles can and are very inexpensive. If shopping online shoot for needles labeled as tapestry or embroidery needles. In embroidery the smaller the size #, the better. In tapestry, the closer the size # is to 18, the better. However, any and all labeled as embroidery or tapestry should work perfectly for what you are trying to do.

Below I’ve included a couple of video tutorials to give you a better idea of the process! Check out my saved Instagram Story Highlights titled, “String Art,” for more tips and tricks!

Video of String Art Breakdown: Numbered Dot to Dot Template Shown

Below is a 5-minute video showing you the ins and outs of this project. This video includes still images. If you are looking for a sped-up video of the process make sure to check out the videos below as well!

 

Tutorial for Numbered DOT to DOT String Art Templates:

If you are hoping to have this project done within 1-2 class periods, or if you are working with younger grades I would suggest the Numbered Dot to Dot Patterns over the Upper-Grade Templates. I created these patterns to be more user-friendly. Students complete the string art pattern just as they would when completing a regular dot to dot. Another benefit to these patterns is that the student will never use the same hole more than once, unlike the Upper-Grade Templates. This prevents the holes from tearing. ***However, do not dismay. Both Products include my troubleshooting guide for quick and easy fixes in case of knots, tears, or other common mishaps.

Numbered Dot to Dot String Art Student Picture Ornament Tutorial:

This video shows a quick tutorial of the Numbered Dot to Dot String Art Ornament that is created around your student’s picture! These make the PERFECT student-made gift for a loved one during the Christmas Season!

Numbered Dot to Dot String Art Student Picture Ornament Tutorial:

This video below shows a quick tutorial of the Numbered Dot to Dot String Art Christmas Tree Template! This Christmas Tree can be printed in either a 5×7 or 8×10 pattern. To see finished products from real classrooms make sure to  Check out my saved Instagram Story Highlights titled, “String Art,” for more tips and tricks! Keep in mind the numbered String Art Pattens also include a Poinsettia| Snowflake pattern if you are looking for a more Holiday type of pattern!

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Original Upper-Grade Template String Art Ornament Tutorial

This was the pattern that it all started with! I created these patterns for my FIRST class of 5th graders. I wanted something that was age-appropriate. Something that they could proudly give to a loved one that would be treasured for years to come! More than anything I wanted their cute little picture to be apart of it. Below is a sped-up step by step video tutorial of the Upper-Grade String Art Ornament Pattern. Also included in the Upper-Grade String Art Product is a 5×7 Christmas Tree Pattern and a different 8×10 Christmas Tree Pattern.  

 

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Can’t wait to hear what you think! Better yet, what did your students think? Comment below, or let’s connect on Instagram or Facebook! Tag me in your pictures pretty please!

Don’t forget you can check out all my tips and tricks on Instagram. Look for the saved Highlights titles String Art. Here you can find tips, tricks, as well as examples of completed student projects from different classrooms!

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I love the idea that the best way we can remember September 11 and #neverforget is to remember the love, and unity that was felt September 12th, and to strive to live that way each day.
On September 12th we were one nation under God.
Indivisible.
Seeking justice for all.
Love this beautiful depiction by @paigepayne_creations see her thoughts on September 12th below.
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“ And on September 12th, we all came together. We were one. My family was living in Scotland when 9/11 happened. It was everywhere, all over the news. In school the day after, we had a long moment of silence in remembrance of those who were lost. We continued to have an annual moment of silence every year after that. It was incredible that even thousands and thousands of miles apart, we were mourning with those that mourned. We were one. At that time, we all displayed what we are capable of. Even in the face of incomprehensible tragedy, humans are capable of immense love. Capable of setting aside differences and coming together as one. As we remember and pay tribute to the thousands of lives the were lost that day, let us also strive to be more like how we were on September 12, 2001. Full of love, understanding, and compassion for each other. “

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ATTENTION ALL TEACHER FRIENDS
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Tag your #teachertribe and every #firstyearteacher below for this important reminder:
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As you set up your classroom for the new school year, and start divvying out materials… Do no forget to set aside 2-4 new student kits.
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Just like @adifferentiatedclass (shown in picture) I made sets using Gallon ziplocks.
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If you are in a developing community with new housing I recommend a minimum of 4 bags 🙀
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What to include:
🍋Name-tag/Desk-plate
🍋If you adhere the plates to the desk, have a segment of what you use in the pack.
🍋Welcome Treat (same one you’ve given to each student at the open house/back to school...etc.
🍋Whatever else you’ve set aside for students that begin on the first day of school.
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📣📣📣There will likely come a day when without warning you will be notified you have a new student, and the student will start THAT DAY. Save yourself and your poor new student the stress of frantically trying to get everything set up, by preparing NOW.
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Veteran teachers what else do you include in your new student kits?? Share in the comments below⬇️⬇️⬇️
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How satisfying/ beautiful 😻 is this #classroomorganization tip by @the_organized_classroom
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Use paint swatches as a visual to help students sort supplies! Keep this is mind as you set up your classroom for the school year!
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HELP ME BRAINSTORM:
What’s a brilliant #teacherhack you’ve tried or seen done with paint swatches??? Comment below 👇
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I’ll leave mine in the comments!
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There are a lot of new faces around here so I thought we should take the time to get to know each other!
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PLEASE comment below with what we have in common, or something we will never see eye to eye with 😜
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A few things to know about me😬
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🍋 My name is Tara, I’m the creator behind @teachingonlemonlane
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🍋 Lemon was my maiden name and my love for all things lemon runs deep.
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🍋 I’m a fresh lemonade connoisseur, and will not touch store bought/ from the tap.
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YOUR TURN: Tell me something about you in the comments!
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To my dear teacher friends still in school, I've got a FREE Father’s Day project I think you will love! Those of you are home with kiddos of your own, consider this fun activity for your Father’s Day Celebration! This is a great #endofyearproject that doubles as a #fathersdaygift 💛🍋💛
This product is available in both a printable and digital version that’s completely editable through Google. If you have a student or child interested in Digital Design, this is a fun way to introduce and experiment with different design tools. Because there are so many different types of situations and circumstances when it comes to a father the words father or dad are never actually used. Which makes this the perfect card to give to any figure that has taken on that important role. Whomever that is, they should be celebrated!
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Need #bulletinboardideas for March.... I’ve got you👊 like almost all of my Bulletin Board Kits, they center around student work and are made up of EASY TO CUT, Editable 🙊, ready to print and assemble slides!
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Make sure to check out the Lucky Because Bulletin Board BUNDLE get ALL this for only $3.99☘️☘️☘️☘️ The Clover craft is the PERFECT craft for tomorrow!
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If you’ve followed me for long you know I love all things March and Irish ☘️ it’s in my blood 🙃
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My love of March shows in my resources, of all the months to have the most projects... March (of all the months???) is at the top of the list!
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I just added this CELTIC KNOT inspired Lucky Clover Craft and it turned out so fun! Use either the DIGITAL version and insert pictures into the leaves that represent why you’re lucky, or pick from one of the 18 different top layer options to create a beautiful clover like the one shown above! If you do go this route make sure to check out the EDITABLE bulletin board kit to really put these beauties on display!
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Do you love March? Why or why not? Drop a comment below 💛💛
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Selection Sunday and PI Day falling on the same day... Somebody pinch me. Two of my very favorites because of the projects you can start in your classroom 😍 Take for instance my March Math Madness PBL
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Think March Madness + Fantasy Basketball + Lots of Math + A sprinkle of ELA = Engagement & Excitement & Learning 💛🏀💛
Students are separated into the 4 divisions then work together to put together a new starting 5 from players in their division. #dreamteam Each round their individual players are awards point values for how they played. At the end of each round students will calculate their team’s total points and decide which dream team comes out victorious! There are some really great opportunities to see Math in action. There’s opportunity for measurement conversion, converting fractions to decimals, ordering decimals, ratios, mean-median-mode, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals...etc. This is quickly becoming another tried and true favorite in the classroom!
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Also if you think your too late to the table, the only thing you are late for is brackets! The dream team activity can be started before any round! Second round would actually be ideal 👊🏻👊🏻 LOTS of FREEBIE extensions for this product that can stand on their own! Head to the website for more details!
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The most beautiful illustration by @paigepayne_creations Keep reading for some of the most powerful quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King’s powerful, “I have a Dream,” speech:
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“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”
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“I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed — we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
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“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.”
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“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.”
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“When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
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This became more and more apparent as I created this product and researched the value in having one. Due to it’s late debut in the #goalsetting season you can snag it at 50% off (the lowest price it will EVER be).
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In a nutshell, you and your students will create a digital vision board that will act as a daily reminder when you set it as your computer, tablet, or smart phone’s new wallpaper or lock screen! I’ve created 26 EASY to use templates that create completely customizable and BEAUTIFUL designs, along with over 150 moveable “stickers” to make something truly eye catching (one of the requirements of an effective vision board) If that weren’t enough, I wanted to make sure you had the support materials to provide a really complete and educational project. So I’ve also included over 30 support activities, video tutorials, and extensions. Students will learns about vision boards, what makes them effective, the elements of a wellness, their circle of control, SMART goal setting.... and MORE! I know you are going to love this and so will your students. Even more, I know this has the potential to make a difference and lead to growth, and that is pretty satisfying. I’ve been working hard on this beauty and I NEED to get it in some classrooms!
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Each year our family gives a favorite Christmas book to some of our loved ones. (I wish I was able to get my hands on more of them!😭) With the passing of author Tomie dePaola, it seemed appropriate to give one of his. Reading this book, THIS year, made me cry. I struggled to make it through as it highlighted my weaknesses and put into words what I've been trying to set aside and not deal with. Last year I had great intentions of celebrating a more Christ centered Christmas, December arrived and again my intentions remained only that. Reading this story struck a cord in my soul. I'm old Befana. There may only be a few days left until Christmas, but I'm going to be intentional with them. On that note, I'll be taking a break from social and working to reground myself with the foundation that matters, and refocus my attention on Him. Love you all, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Head to my story for a swipe up of a reading of, ”The Legend of Old Befana, ” by the late Tomie dePaola
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