A Line Lifted is a Line Loved

My middle school classroom needed a little extra color, but I didn’t want to fill my walls with the standard posters I’d been using in the past.

I wanted something unique. Something that would strike a chord in the students I see each day.

Something to build character.

I was feeling a little crafty, and I like quotes, so creating canvases with some of my favorite lines made sense.

I really like how they turned out!

Some of the canvases were filled with words I needed to remember on a day-to-day basis, too.

For example, that each day is a gift.

I am blessed to be put in this place at this time. This can be hard for me to remember when teenage drama is high and hormones are flying, so this one felt appropriate on all sorts of levels.

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Oh goodness how we need to remember this one. Not just middle schoolers, ya’ll.

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So much in our lives revolves around the Veruca Salt “…but Daddy, I want it noooow!”

I want my students to instead remember that some things, a lot of the best things actually, take time.

Persistence.

Hard work.

A little grit to grow.

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When I came across this one, it reminded me so much of our journey with Hudson, that I simple couldn’t pass it up.

I also like that it’s thought-provoking. My hope is that it makes them reflect on how they react to certain situations that aren’t always the easiest.

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Serving not only as a sweet wink to my own beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful boys, I also needed this little reminder from Mr. Lennon.

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Isn’t this next one the truth, though? I wanted this the most for my 8th graders in their stage of life.

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I enjoyed so much creating these with Cohen. He loved painting with me and not having to be perfect in his skills as a then three-year-old.

Our next step will be to make these on smaller canvases for the playroom. We plan on using scripture to hang along a wall needing some love.

Here’s how:

1.) You’ll need as many canvases as you’d like. I like this option as it leaves me with extras for later projects with the kids and ends up being way cheaper than I found them in the craft store.

2.) Paint samples from your local hardware store or online like this option.

Steps:

1.) Lay out a drop cloth and paint your canvases.Use plain painter’s tape to create lines or different patterns to your liking. You can also try something like this chevron design tape

I am not super creative, so you’ll find mine are a little plain. 🙂 

Let  them dry over night.

2.) Use king size permanent marker or Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers to help you write whatever quotes you choose.

I just used the king size markers, but I’ll be trying the oil-based paint ones on our scripture project for sure!

If you don’t like your handwriting, stencils like this are always a great alternative.

3.) Hang.

While framing mounts like this for canvases are ideal, I can’t readily drill into the cinder block walls in my classroom, so I resorted to these utility hooks.

They did make a bump on the canvas, but they were hanging up high, so in the classroom they were fine. For our playroom, we’ll definitely use the framing mounts for a cleaner and more permanent look.

My students and I enjoy the color it brings to the room, and I love the meaning behind each one.

The best part is that I was able to choose lines from poetry, lyrics, and sayings that mattered to me. If mine don’t strike a chord in you, take a look at the following links for more ideas:

Top 100 Quotes of All Time

Top 500 Quotes of All Time

Best 100 Song Lyrics

48 of the Most Beautiful Lines in Poetry

Enjoy!

~Andrea 🙂

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