July 30, 2016

Scissor Jail

This is a quick and not so fancy project I did today.  We all have those friends in our classroom who have happy scissor hands and get a little carried away cutting clothing, hair, or classroom items! In the past, I have told students that their scissors are in "time out," and had them lay them on my desk.  Today I made a "Scissor Jail" jar, where students can place their scissors.  Now my desk will be free of the scissor time out pile! Hooray!

First, you will need to decide on your container.  I will admit that earlier this week I attempted to spray paint a small Folgers coffee can and it did not go well.  Even letting the paint coats dry overnight in between (I used white first, then black), the tape pulled paint off the can and I did not get clean lines.  It was a disaster. I chose a short, squatty glass vase for my second try.

Then, you will need to gather your supplies.  I used black acrylic paint and "Frogtape" brand painter's tape. The frog tape is a tad expensive, but is also the best I have found.

Next, tape your container in sections leaving blank stripes in between.  I chose to leave thin stripes.  The wideness of your stripes is up to you!  Make sure you press the tape down as firmly as possible, sealing all edges.

Paint over the tape and allow it to dry (not pictured).  I painted 3 coats.  The first coat will look streaky if you paint on glass.  I let my paint dry about two-three hours. Once dry, peel your tape off carefully.  you may have some edges that are not perfectly clean.  The good thing about glass is you can use a fingernail to scrape some off the rough looking stuff off and clean it up a bit.

The last thing I did was add some large sparkly letter stickers to spell "SCISSOR JAIL."  You may want to use smaller letters, or leave it off, but this is what I had in my craft cabinet at school, so this is what I went with! If you have another tip for scissor control, comment below! :)

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