DIY Wash Your Palms Sign {For the Tropical Classroom} & Class Economy Update

Man, have I been crafty this week!

I have another DIY project to share with you all. 🙂

I was inspired by this pin:

LOVE- make this from stuff at Michaels


When I clicked on the link, I couldn’t find the actual sign to purchase, so I decided to make my own. I am going to hang this sign by the sink in my classroom.

I ran to Michael’s and bought a wooden tray, letter stickers, and a palm tree sticker.


Then I got the rest of my supplies: paint, glue gun, wood sealer, and ribbon (I didn’t end up using that ribbon because it was too thick and looked weird, so just ignore it.)

Step 1

First, I painted the whole thing tan. I only had to do 1 coat unlike when I made my READ sign. {Click here} to read about that DIY project.

Step 2

Next, I painted the edge with blue glitter paint. I did have to do two coats with this.

Step 3

Once it was dry, I sprayed the wood with two coats of wood sealer, and then I was ready to start decorating!


I put on the palm tree sticker first.


Then, I carefully put the letters on. I started at the end of the word “palms” and worked backward. After that, I sprayed another layer of clear sealer on to make sure those stickers don’t fall off.


Next, I was ready to put the ribbon on, except this is where I realized that my cute, pink ribbon was too thick and looked ridiculous so…


I improvised by braiding some light brown yard and hot gluing it on the back on either side. I let the hot glue dry…


And then Voila! I had my completed “Wash Your Palms” sign! I have to say, I think I like mine better than the original. 😉

This is super random, but I wanted to give you an update on my {classroom economy} that I posted about a little while back. Well, I’ve been hard at work figuring out exactly how it’s going to work in my classroom. I wanted to make sure it would sort of run itself once it was in place. I am sure I will be learning a lot as I implement it this year, but I am finally set on how it’s going to work. Since I had so much interest in it, I decided to post it on TpT. 🙂


This packet has everything you’ll need to run your classroom economy for the entire year, and as I use it, if I notice something is missing or needs tweaking, I will be updating it.

Here a glimpse at some of it. Too see more, click on any of the pictures and check out the preview.


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The best part is that it’s on sale for 50% off for today only. It’s only $6.50 for an entire classroom economy!

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on my little project and my classroom economy! Leave a comment below!

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  • Veronica Porche
    July 25, 2013 1:23 pm

    Your sign turned out really cute…I like it better than the original too! Teaching with Giggles

  • Yashika
    July 25, 2013 2:33 pm

    Your sign is adorable!!!

  • Jennifer Troupe
    July 25, 2013 6:35 pm

    Super ideas! I love the READ and the Wash Your Palms ideas. What kind of paint did you use for the tan paint on the wooden tray, and what kind of blue glitter paint for the border of the tray? Thanks, Jennifer

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      July 25, 2013 8:04 pm

      Hi Jennifer- The tan was just regular acrylic paint. I made sure it said I could use it on wood. For the glitter paint it’s decoart brand and it’s called glamour dust. 🙂

  • Jaime
    July 29, 2013 12:07 pm

    Your sign is adorable! I love it! Your creativity shines through…

  • Cara
    July 30, 2013 9:42 pm

    Super cute! Love it!

    Kindergarten Boom Boom

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