Dum Dum Tree & Class Journals

This Made it Monday I made a Dum Dum Tree & Class Journals!

First check out my Dum Dum Tree:

Isn't adorable? I like my teacher's desk to have a minimal amount of stuff on it. I also have to have a dash of decoration which makes this lollypop tree the perfect balance of color and fun to my simple, boring desk.

It was super simple and quick to make!

All you need is:
- A pot (I got mine on sale on Jo-Annes)
- Styrofoam ball that fits inside the pot
- Dum Dum Lollypops
- Ribbon (optional)
- Hot Glue Gun (optional but will need if you use ribbon)

How to make:
Add the styrofoam ball to the pot and start inserting Dum Dums!
Keep going...
Until it becomes a full Dum Dum Tree!

When your satisfied with the fullness of your tree, decorate your pot however you wish!

First I added some turquoise ribbon you will find on other crafts in my room so they will all tie together.

Then I realized that just wasn't enough pizzaz and you could see the hot glue marks so I added some yellow textured ribbon I also had on hand.

Much better with the yellow! And I got this beauty:
I can't wait to add it to my desk and look at it each day. It seems so cheerful doesn't it? It goes great with my class theme that you can also read more about here.

I love how this will for sure be a conversation piece for visitors and they can even take a Dum Dum from it, I have plenty more to fill in any 'missing' lollypops.

I also made some class notebooks our whole class can write in. I got the idea from I Love My Classroom and thought it would be perfect to use during Work on Writing during the Daily 5.

I also tried to choose topics that could be on going and student's could write in more than once and all through out the year.

I added some directions and a Table of Contents inside to keep things organized.

Then it needed some page numbers to finish it off.

I will be writing the first entry in each notebook to give students something to read and set the expectation of what a journal entry should look like. 

I also saw 4th Grade Frolics has some journal covers for free today you can use to make your own! 

ps. Check out my previous Monday Made It's here (a no sew banner) and here (tissue paper wreath). 


  1. You could add the label, "First Grade Sucks!" Hahahaha! Just kidding. I've always wanted to make one of those. If I had one at my home, I'm sure they would start disappearing quickly. Seriously, it turned out really cute!
    Thanks for sharing,

  2. Your lollipop tree is so cute! I'm going to do the whole class writing journals this year, too. I just made some covers and put them on my blog. I think I'm going to add directions, a table of contents, and page numbers like you. Thank you for sharing :)
    Stories by Storie

  3. i am so making a dum dum tree! love your journal note for the kiddos as well. making that too!

  4. Hi Amber:) Love your journals too!!! I love how you are having your kiddos organize them in the beginning:) That dum dum tree is just too adorable!!! Thanks so much for linking up:)))

    4th Grade Frolics

  5. I love the weekend journal and the lollipop tree! I am also your newest follower. Come by and visit!


  6. I totally LOVE the Table of Contents idea...going to grab that idea! Thanks so much!

  7. I had a tree like this too! I found however, that at the end of the day, as older siblings were coming through picking up their younger brothers and sisters, that those darn dum dums would just disappear! It was very hard to manage the back door and my firsties, while making sure those suckers weren't walking out of the room lol! Luckily they are inexpensive enough that I didn't mind!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

    1. Haha, yes I will be keeping my bag of left over Dum Dum close by to keep restocking me tree!

  8. I love the tree, I never thought of the class story books, what a great idea.


  9. I love your blog and guess what?!? I am awarding you with The Versatile Blogger award. Come over to my blog and pick it up!!!

    :) Elise
    Hangin' Out In Third Grade

    1. Thank you so much Elise, I'll go check it out :)

  10. This is an awesome idea, I love this! I'm totally going to "steal" it and use it in my room this year. Thanks so much for sharing!!! ***FYI, I don't know about your Wal-Mart but mine has the notebooks you used on sale for only 17 cents right now, it's practically a steal.

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits

    1. That is exactly where I bought my notebooks! Thanks for the letting me know though :)

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