Hall passes are one of my least favorite parts of the classroom. They are always getting lost, beat up, and the restroom passes especially skeeve me out… don’t spend too much time thinking about it!
I made this all-in-one hall pass for my sweet friend Melanie’s 4th grade classroom:
The hard workers of this hall pass station are the clothes pins. Easy to store and easy to wear.
I would be inclined to designate a spot they had to be clipped (i.e. on the shirt sleeve) but I don’t know if I would be inclined to enforce that rule… so… No swinging a lanyard or grubby hands all over a flat pass. And since they clip onto the board, it would be easy to see what was missing. In a younger classroom I’d probably color code them and have a matching spot on the board for them to be clipped (red clips for library, red spots on the board where they “live”).
Start by painting the clothes pins. I used 8 for Melanie’s board.
I felt kind of genius when I was inspired to clip the clothes pins on this envelope to spray paint them. I just flipped it back and forth with my hand inside and then propped it open on the can to dry.The pins would also be super cute covered in washi tape, fabric, paper or even just left plain.
Next, print or designate labels for the pins. I wanted at uniform look and was afraid I’d mess up hand lettering them so I printed them. I used KG Sweet N Sassy in size 24 and it was just about the perfect height. I trimmed the words that had both a “tall” and a “low” letter (like “boy”) just the tinniest bit so it wouldn’t hang off the sides of the clothes pin.
Use Mod-Podge or another glue-medium to attach the labels. Teacher name on one side and destination on the other. Another moment of genius… clipping the clothes pins onto a can so I could do both sides at the same time. Sometimes you just get on a smart-cookie roll, ya know? If I was one of my students, I’d be putting my name on the Smarty Pants pants right now.
I started by attaching this cute polka dotted paper to the cardboard backed canvas. Then the dog stepped on it. She ruined it with one paw.
Since I didn’t have another sheet of that paper and nothing else was striking my fancy, I ended up wrapping the canvas in burlap secured with hot glue.
While I was hot gluing the burlap on, I attached the ribbon hanger and then covered the ends for a more finished look.
I printed the “Hall Passes” out (using the same font), trimmed, and attached to a piece of kraft paper card stock then finished the signage with some mod podge. It is attached with hot glue. A few flowers on the top match the Author’s Chair and Message Board fabric that Mel already has in her room. The clips fit along the bottom with plenty of room to spare!
This would make a perfect holiday/birthday/thank you present for a teacher – paired with a sweet hand written note (bonus if its from both of you!) it’s just about perfect!