In my last post, I shared tons of great ideas to decorate your child's classroom door for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, I didn't get on the ball and get my own child's door done until a few days ago. Since Valentine's Day is so close, I opted for a sweet Spring theme instead. That way the door can stay up longer than just a couple of weeks. The best thing about Spring classroom door ideas is that they can span through a few holidays.
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The idea for this sweet door came when I found myself at the school with some time to spare to volunteer. I hadn't planned to decorate the door, so I had nothing in mind. I saw an ice cream cone drawing in the copy room, and I decided that was something I could handle free hand. Trust me. You can too! Here's how!
How to Make a Three-Layer Ice Cream Cone
Here's what you will need:
- Butcher paper in 4 colors (I chose yellow for the cone because I wanted a chocolate ice cream scoop. If you want to add a face, definitely don't use brown for the cone.)
- Masking tape and/or glue stick
- Begin be cutting a large triangle for the cone. (I left the tip of my triangle slightly rounded.)
- Lay one of the three paper pieces you plan to use for ice cream scoops across the top of the triangle cone and sketch out the scalloped bottom of the ice cream scoop. Be sure to make the scoop wider than the cone. (It helps to draw the two outside scallops first and then move toward the middle.) Draw a large round arch above the scallops to complete your ice cream scoop.
- Layer the three ice cream scoop paper pieces together (with the pattern on top) and carefully cut out all three scoops at once. If that makes you nervous, simply cut out the pattern and trace it onto the other two pieces. That will give you better control, but it will take longer.
- Optional -- Use the paper scraps to add drips and sprinkles. The drips are a simple raindrop shape, and the sprinkles are tiny rounded, skinny rectangles. I actually cut the sprinkles with my Silhouette at the same time I cut the letters for the top of the door. I definitely would not recommend cutting out the sprinkles by hand! If you can't do it with a cutting machine, just cut tiny strips with a paper cutter. I'm sure they'll be just as cute.
- I attached the large pieces to the door with masking tape and glued on the details with a glue stick.
Top off your ice cream cone with a sweet saying. I chose, "Fourth Grade is So Sweet!" If you don't have access to a cutting machine or the school or library die cut machine, don't be afraid to write the saying directly on the background paper. (Just be sure your markers don't bleed through to the door!)
The Kawaii smiley face was actually an after thought. Here's the original door, minus the happy face. I'll let you decide which you prefer.
With my daughter's love for all things Shopkins, a face on the ice cream cone seemed just right! Actually, I'm kind of obsessed with Kawaii faces on my graphics lately. You'll recognize them on my most recent Bingo boards and my Valentine's Day matching game (Spot It style). It just makes sense that I'd put them on the classroom door, too!
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That is so cute. The children must love seeing their new door!
Thanks, Ruth. I hope so. It had been so long since I'd volunteered that I was really happy to get back in the school and find something to do.
This is too cute! I loved decorating the door for the season when I taught!!
Thanks, Kalee. I think I still have my old laminated things that I used to use in my classroom and on my doors when I was a teacher. In my kids schools, I don't see the teachers doing much decorating. It's usually the parents who take care of it. (I should find my box of school stuff. It took forever to make! Remember using the overhead projector and coloring things with chalk pastels for your walls? Did you do that, too?)
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Cute and crafty Ideas. I'm passing this on to a couple of my cousins that are kindergarten and 3rd grade teachers. I'm sure this is something they would love to do for their students or possibly make it a classroom project.
Thanks, Richard. I used to decorate my door all the time when I was a teacher. In my kids' school, it's the parents that do the decorating.
I love this door! My daughter is actually in fourth grade and would love it. She's also into all things kawaii.
Thanks, Amber. Sounds like your daughter and my daughter would get along great!
Really creative this one! Will share with my daughter. Maybe they can do something like this at her daughter's day care. Thanks!
Thanks, Claudette. This would be cute at a day care.
This is so cute and creative! I will definitely be sharing this with some of my friends that decorate in their classrooms.
Thanks, Robin. Decorating the classroom is so fun, and the kids love it!
What adorable ideas! My favorite has to be the ice cream! The animation is super cute and cheery. It'll definitely bring a smile to anyone seeing it! xoxo
Thanks, Thi. The door was a lot of fun to create, and the kids love it.
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I love your door - It's totally something I could see my daughter's teacher from last year doing! Her teacher this year isn't as into decorating, but last year her teacher did all sorts of things like that and we always loved seeing what she would come up with next.
Thanks, Brandi. I guess some teachers enjoy decorating while others have talents in other areas. Maybe your daughter's teacher would enjoy a parent decorating the door for her.
I bet this makes the children so happy! love it :)
Thanks, Deb. One of the girls in the class thanks me for the door every time I'm in the school! It's so cute.
I think this is an awesome idea! I don't exactly have a classroom to decorate but this is also perfect for hosting a kids party at home!
Thanks, Elizabeth. That would be cute for a kids' party. If you ever get to volunteer in a school. Everybody loves getting their door decorated.
It was such a very cool decorative door, I love the ice cream color. I was thinking of doing 3D cut outs if possible.
Thanks, Sarah-Louise. That would be really cute with 3-D cutouts. I always love classroom doors that are 3-D, but I've never made one.
This is so cute. I am in love with everything ice cream cones lately. My daughter is in that tween stage where everything has to be kawaii too lol. The watering cans are a great idea, I might have to try that for my garden this year.
Thanks, Ghastly Girl. It's almost teacher appreciation week at my kids' school, so now I have to come up with another door idea, and it has to be manly. Yikes! I'm not sure what I'll do this time!
I was a kinder teacher myself and i love all your ideas so much!!!
Thanks, Josselyn. I long-term subbed in kinder, and I loved it! Kinder is one of my favorite ages. (Of course, I got the kids after the teacher had already trained them. I'm not sure if I'm up to training them myself! Kudos to you!)
I wish all my teachers did this when I was in school. This is so creative and fun. Great ideas!
Thanks, Sondra. I loved to decorate my door when I was a teacher, but nowdays, it seems like the doors are decorated by the parents. Now that I'm not a teacher anymore, I still get to decorate. Yeah!
I love teachers that do this! When I think back to my childhood in school, I always remember the teachers that decorated our classroom doors and the classroom itself. I looked forward to seeing what theme/ideas the teacher would come up with next.
Thanks, Jazz. I always loved it when my teacher decorated the classroom, too. As a retired teacher, I now know how much extra time that takes, and I'm even more grateful to those teachers who took the time to make things extra special.
My daughter is a Kindergarten teacher and she would love these ideas. I will share this with her.
Thanks, Cynthia! Kindergarten teachers are the best! I hope your daughter loves it.
This looks adorable! My brother would love this! Even I love this, honestly! Lovely post! xoxo
Thanks, Adriana. Decorating the classroom doors at the school is a lot of fun, and the kids and the teachers love it.
Very cute idea! I would love to make one for my door on Christmas!! How cool would that be if my door was a christmas tree. or a santa!
Thanks, Wanderlust Vegans. A Christmas tree or Santa door would be adorable! You should try it!
These are really awesome ideas. I love all of them.
Thanks, Sapana. It's really fun to go into the schools and decorate for the kids. They love it.
Omg how cute is that door?!?! One can never go wrong with ice cream!!!!
Thanks, CourtneyLynne. I must agree. You can never go wrong with ice cream! Now I need another idea for teacher appreciation week. Yikes!
The post is very useful, I will make the decoration for my children's room, I am sure they will like it and show it to their friends. They will be proud of me :). Thanks
Thanks, Jennifer. I hope your kids like the door decoration. It's almost teacher appreciation time at our school, so I've got to start thinking of more ideas!
This is so cute!!! My girls will love it. Although I'm not really good at DIY, I will try my best. Thanks!
Thanks, Kristi. That's what I love about the internet. You don't have to be good at DIY. You just have to be good at copying! Good luck!
How adorable they are! Your ideas are really interesting. Not only teachers like your decoration, but also men like me love it. Your ideas would be very perfect for a kid party. My daughter's birthday's coming next month. I'll do as your suggestions. Thanks!
Thanks, Thomas. My daughter's teacher is a man. I'm not sure if he loved having a smiling ice cream cone on his door or not, but the kids liked it. (He didn't complain, so hopefully he liked it!) I'm going to try for something more manly for Teacher Appreciation week. We'll see how that goes. I'm fresh out of ideas!
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I love this door! My daughter is actually in fourth grade and would love it. She’s also into all things kawaii.
Thanks, Madalin. There must be something about fourth grade girls and kawaii! Maybe it's the Shopkins craze that started it all. I used to hate it, but now I love those little smiley faces!
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