Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Removing Permanent Marker and TpT Banner Tutorial

Hi all!  It is my first time joining in with the Fourth Grade Flipper on this Tried it Tuesday Linky.  So...I'm starting with a very short and simple post about some organizing I've been doing. 

I'm constantly organizing and reorganizing all my teacher treasures.  I use a lot of those clear totes so that I can see what is inside, as well as label them with black permanent marker.  I know not the most stylish way to label, but this stuff sits in my home basement or school teacher closet and no one but me sees it.  I wish I had time to print all those cute tote labels from Pinterest, but let's face it....
Life can't always look like Pinterest!

Anyway, I often regret my Sharpie marker labels, when our curriculum changes or I just realize that I need to RE-organize my materials yet another time.  In my quest to beautify my organization system (without spending hours printing from the big P), I googled how to remove the marker from the totes.  There were a lot of suggestions, but I'll save you the hassle and tell you the one that I tried...and it worked!!!

Check it out.  Here is an old tote that had vases from my wedding in it, so the marker has been on there since 2007.  Now it is off....Yahoo!

Here is how I did it:

1.  Take a dry erase marker and write OVER the letters written in permanent marker.
2.  Use a cloth (paper towel didn't work very well) to wipe over the letters.
3.  Ta-da!  The marker comes off SOOO easily.    

Now that I know this trick, I can use permanent marker to label more things in my room (on glass or plastic).  Hmm- lab glassware? glassware cabinets? student storage bins?  

After cleaning up some of my totes, I decided to clean up my TpT store.  I finally made a banner, thanks to the awesome tutorial from Teacher Blogging Basics.  Here it is!

for a super simple, step-by-step tutorial of how to make a banner using Powerpoint.  This was so much easier (and less time consuming) than I had expected!

Be sure to visit all of the amazing "Tried it Tuesday" ideas at the Fourth Grade Flipper.  I spent an hour just reading through old posts and learned a TON of new stuff.

Happy Organizing....and Teaching!


  1. Oh wow...I never knew this actually worked. Thanks for the pictures. I need to fix my banner on TpT also. I had originally followed the Teacher Blogging Basics idea, but somehow I messed mine up.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. I honestly didn't think it would work, but it did! Thanks for visiting :)

  2. Okay this is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm a new follower!

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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    1. Hey Thanks! I'm so glad that you have decided to follow :)

  3. Great Tip. And I love the quote "Life can't always look like Pinterest". So true! It's tiring keeping up with the highlight reel of everyone else's life!

    Polka Dots & Teaching Tots

  4. I haven't even made a TPT banner! LOL! It's somewhere on my to do list! Thanks for sharing-I'm your newest follower!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

    1. Thanks for visiting and following Joanne. The banner was easy-breezy. It had been on my to-do list for a long time, so I decided to check that one off!

  5. This is an awesome tip! I never knew this and could really use it on some storage bins! Pinning it:) I love your TPT banner too! That is on my to-do list. :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  6. It also works on student desks! When I need to reassign seats, I write on with Sharpies and clean off with Expos :)

    Fifth in the Middle

  7. Thanx for your tutorial about the Remove Permanent Marker with step by step of it's descriptions...



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