Project #1: A scrapbook covered Pringles can and a scrapbook covered Velveeta box. In each case, I cut the paper to fit the box and applied a thin layer of Mod Podge (MP), smoothed on a layer of paper, and covered the product with 2-3 thin layers of MP (allowing plenty of time to dry in between coats). In the image below you can also see a couple of scrapbook flowers that I made. These have magnets attached to the back. Cost $0.
Project #2: This was inspired by a to-do list picture frame that I found on Pinterest. I started with a plain brown $2 frame from Walmart. I covered the thin flat portion of the frame with a thin layer of MP, laid on a layer of scrapbook paper and let it dry. I then took a piece of fine grit sandpaper to the edge. This eliminates a definite edge to the scrapbook paper and helps ensure it won't peel off in the future. I also slightly distressed the brown on the rest of the frame. I then used a cotton ball and some ink to apply some more color to the paper. The whole project was then coated with MP a couple of times. Buttons and ribbon were added later for more decoration. This project cost $6 for the buttons and frame.
Project #3: I used MP to adhere some flowery scrapbook paper inside a small canning jar. This will hold paperclips on my desk next to the No Homework slips that I intend to use this year. (More to come on those at a later time.) I used the same paper to make a sign for basket, too. Overall this project cost me $4 for the basket.
Project #4: I have seen this quote several times in different forms, ranging from a simple paper quote framed like below to its painted image on the wall of a classroom. In either case, I think that the sentiment it expresses is especially useful in a math classroom. Cost $2 for the frame.
Overall, these 4 projects seem to cover all the things I need for my desk. The only thing I am considering is making a small area on the side of my file cabinet for a magnetic area to place papers that don't need to take up space on my desk. I'm also interested in making a No Name paper sign similar to this but that depends on a) where I would put it in my classroom and b) if I have time to make it before #TMC12.