Monday Made It: Chart Stands

Over the weekend, my marvelous husband helped me build a new clip chart stand and repair a broken pocket chart stand. I am so pleased with the results! Read on to learn how we made these stands awesome!

Behavior Management Clip Chart Stand

I got this new behavior management clipchart from Teaching with Love and Laughter. You can actually get he beautiful clipchart on her facebook page as a Freebie - isn't she sweet?!? Her TPT store is HERE where you can get calendars to go with the clipchart. You can also click the button below to visit her blog. But before you go, read on to see how I solved the problem of having no good wall space in my classroom to hang my new clipchart!

What I wanted to make was a free-standing, sturdy, non-topple-over-able stand. My husband and I went to Lowes and bought a 5 gallon plastic bucket with a lid, two 1x2x8' wooden poles, and sand. We cut the two poles tall enough to stand in the bucket and hang the clipchart from them, with support beams going across. We also put a piece of wood flat on the bottom to help hold it steady. Then, the bucket will have sand added, lid snapped on, and ta-da there you have a clip chart stand! We made it in maybe 30 minutes? That included dig out the tools and remember how to load the staple gun time. This design is SO sturdy! My husband was like "Can I make and sell these?!?" Can't wait to see how it looks in my classroom. I do still want to paint the wood blue and am considering covering the bucket where it says "Lowes." Spray paint, maybe? Duct tape?

Repair a Pocket Chart Stand

I had purchased this clothing rack to use as a pocket chart stand three years ago. It was only about $35 and handy to grab at my local Walmart. Last year, the plastic joints failed and the whole stand would come crashing down! It was awful! My husband can fix anything with a drill though, I think! So, I recruited his help to repair it, because I don't want to buy another one!
Here is the equivalent rack that Walmart sells now (click the pic to check it out): Rolling Adjustable Garment Rack
First he drilled holes in the top piece so the vertical bars could be secured inside the metal pole running across the top. 

Then he put screws through the plastic support bars on the bottom so they cannot pop back out:

This was where I had tried to fix part of it with masking tape (all I had in my classroom handy):

I covered that damaged, cracked part with pretty teal duct tape! This was purely a cosmetic touch, though!

Now I could just about hang from this pocket chart stand because it is so well stuck together! See, broken things can be fixed! Yay! That saves me some money!

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Lori Rosenberg said...

I am so thrilled you are enjoying your new clip chart! I love the stand you made! Thanks for the shout-out!
Teaching With Love and Laughter

Lauren De Wees said...

Your clip chart stand is a genius idea! I have always hung mine on a wall, but my students struggle to reach the top and have almost pulled it down before. I may have to make something similar for my clip chart.
The Traveling Teacher

Angela@TheTeachersDesk6 said...

The clipchart chart stand is AWESOME!!!!!! You could seriously patent that. Teachers would grab it up! Me, included!

Lovin' the duct tape solution... duct tape is my friend!

Carol Cobb said...

Thanks for the comments, ladies! It was really not that hard to build! My husband did joke that he could build them for me to sell - lol! Seems like a paint to ship it anywhere though!

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