Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dr. Seuss Classroom Theme Day 3 Truffula Trees & Cat in the Hat Shelf

Dr. Seuss Classroom Theme Highlight #3

Truffula Trees & DIY Cat in the Hat Shelf

 I wanted to create some trees for my classroom this year, so when I decided to do a Dr. Seuss theme I thought truffula trees made with pool noodles would be PERFECT!  When I googled truffula trees to get some ideas for how to make the tops of the trees I discovered I was not the only person with the idea and I found an AWESOME DIY tutorial at Mrs. Lodge's Library.  Her trees are super cute too. 
 I love how they turned out. Here are some pictures of my trees and bulletin boards in progress. 

A few weeks ago, while rumaging through mostly junk at the thrift store I found this shelf for $3.  It basically screamed "DR. SEUSS" at me and I had to buy it. (Don't mind my legs... :)

I painted it, and it was super cute, but it just seemed like it needed some arms, so I went back to the thrift store to find some white gloves.  I stuffed the 50 cent exfoliating gloves with tissues, then I cut a wire hanger in half, threaded knee-high black socks on them and stuck the gloves on the end.  My husband helped me bend the end of the wires and screw them onto the back of the shelf. Love him :)
I bought this Dr. Seuss quote on Etsy and it was the perfect touch right beneath the shelf since the colors matched PERFECTLY!  Love it!  

Remember, you can see LOTS more Dr. Seuss crafts & ideas by following my blog and checking back the rest of this week.  Please leave me a comment if you like it or have any questions!


  1. Your trees look awesome. Nice room!!!

  2. WOW! You weren't're Seuss room is uh-mazing! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog and asked me to come over:) The shelf is phenomenal!!! I never, in a million, trillion years would have seen that girly shelf and thought "that is the cat-in-the-hat's bow tie!" I cannot wait to see what else you do!
    SynonymRolls & Antonym Moments

  3. So stinkin cute!!!!!!

    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

  4. That's awesome! LOVE the creative!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  5. Oh my goodness these are just too stinkin' cute! Your students are going to LOVE them!!

    Super Pig and Tyrant King

  6. Thanks for your comment! Your projects are great! Your kids are going to love your room! :) A 1st grade teacher at my school is also doing a Seuss room. I'm going to share your blog with her! :)

    Miss R's Room

  7. Thanks for your comments!! So sweet. :) The trees and shelf look amazing! Great job! I love how you did the polka dot borders, too!

    Sweet Honey in 2nd

  8. I LOVE IT.....I emailed your post to my coworker I do Dr. Seuss week with....I would never had thought of that! BTW you might like my pin board
    HERE I just added this to it....Thanks for love your room!

  9. That is the cutest Dr. Seuss decorations I've ever seen! The truffle trees really make it pop! Very creative! Im your newest follower! Thank you for stopping by my blog!

    Teaching with Moxie

  10. I am so glad I came across your blog! I am planning a workshop for the administration in my school and am using a Dr. Seuss theme. I made the truffula trees with the same materials you suggested and they turned out amazing! I also used yellow pipe cleaner, sparkle puffs (usually next to the pipe cleaner) and created mini truffula trees to wrap around pencils, pens, or to use as a bookmark! Thank you for your ideas!

  11. I'm changing my decor this year to Seuss. Loved your classroom pictures!! How did you get your Truffula Trees to stand up on their own?

  12. The flowers of the Truffula Tree looks just like the flowers of the TickleMe Plant the magical plant that moves and closes its leaves when you Tickle it!

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  14. How do the trees stay there? I made some but haven't figured out how to attach them


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