Ms. Days’ and Mrs. Ortiz’s class spent several days creating a custom coffee table made out of crates.
We asked Ms. Days to share what the project was like with her class. Here’s what she had to say.
Whose idea was it to create the table?
Mrs. Ortiz and I chose to create a home centerpiece and crate coffee table. We were able to search through examples on Pinterest and selected the one that best matched the theme of our classroom this year (at home rustic theme).
How long did the project take from start to finish?
The crate table from start to finish took approximately one school week (five days). Two days for painting and the remaining for assembly and sorting out some of the hiccups along the way. With the help of Mrs. Mallory were able to assemble and finalize our project.
What materials did you use?
We used four wooden crates purchased from Home Depot, sandpaper, gray chalk paint, primer, four wooden legs, a drill, screws, and wood glue.
Did the students enjoy getting involved?
The students were involved every step of the way. They worked in groups to wrap the centerpieces, sand the wood, paint, as well as prime. The students even held the pieces together to assist Mrs. Mallory's drilling the crates together as well as the legs. We later removed the legs and opted on gluing them on instead. Overall, they seemed to enjoy the sanding, drilling, and painting the most.
The students worked really hard, and we all learned some great lessons along the way. It was great to see them all put forth their best effort to produce a product they could be proud of.