23 July 2012

I Hopped On the Box Tops Bandwagon!

Well I'm linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for yet another installment of Made It Monday!  You didn't have to go far to see what I made first, it's that vibrant blog header up above! I wanted to switch it up to something festive as I realize that August 1st, my report date, is not that far away anymore!  Hopefully it's not too overwhelming on your monitor, but I was really inspired by the happy colors on the design  of my Thirty-One thermal tote win - thanks again Desiree!

Made-It #1: I too teach at a Box Tops fundraising school and decided to give an empty almonds can a makeover to serve as my one-stop Box Tops dropoff center.  Originally I had seen this idea posted on LearningInWonderland as she dressed up a leftover cookie container.  Then I saw TheSilverLining use zebra duct tape to refurbish an empty Kleenex box, and I was super inspired!  Sometimes I can get stuck in a rut and think I have to replicate someone else's idea down to the leftover container they used, so I'm glad someone shared their duct-taped tissue box.

At my school, our Box Tops get collected monthly so I knew that my container didn't need to be too large and I couldn't resist the fabulous turquoise lid that Walgreens used for packaging!  The supplies I used to repurpose the can were a 12x12 lime green scrapbook page, glue, tape, and scissors.  My step-by-step photo tutorial below shows that the undressed container also has a beautiful silver shimmer to it as well, I'm already imagining shiny silver containers to organize desk supplies.
What else do you think I could use these cute little containers for?

Also, I went back-to-school shopping with a teacher friend of mine and found the Wal-Mart 88 cent section.  I spotted some pencil-shaped classroom accents for 88 cents.  Last year I paid too much at Lakeshore for the DJ Inkers pencil accents.  This led to Made-It #2: Teacher Fridge Magnets.  We pass these magnets out on Meet the Teacher night and that way our contact info is easily available to parents.  Consider getting some 2x4 shipping labels and magnetic tape while you're there and you'll be ready to pop some of these babies out as soon as you return to your home computer station. :)

And just in case you're as much of a Chihuahua freak as I am - this was in my email:


  1. Too cute! Thanks for sharing this idea....I have two unopened(for now) cans of almonds in the pantry! Now I know what to use one of them for!

    Keep Calm & Imagine

  2. I love this! I'm home visiting my parents and just asked my mom, "Do you have an old cashew can?" Thanks for the idea!! :)

    Miss R's Room

  3. Super cute! :)


  4. I love your box top container! I need to make one!

    Down The Learning Road

  5. Thanks for the idea! I'll be adding this cute Box Tops container to my to-do list before school starts!

  6. Your container turned out so cute! The container I worked with was a total hassle because it was tapered on the bottom of the sides which made wrapping it with scrapbook paper an ordeal:) Your blog design looks fantastic! I love all the colors that you put into it and the little Mac's on the header are adorable!

  7. We collect box tops and this is such a good idea! I usually just throw them in baggies in a corner and would love to make a cute container for them! On a side note, I was wondering how you got the reply button in your comment section. I have tried the HTML code and the reply button appears but doesn't do anything when I click on it. I use a Mac (Safari for internet) and thought you might use Macs too because of your cute new header!! Any suggestions?
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. I really didn't enable anything, I just started my blog a month ago and it has always had the ability to reply to comments. I did a google search and think this site may be helpful for you. Also, I'm not a fan of Safari - I use Firefox whenever I go online.
      Best of Luck,
      :) Antonia

  8. Love it!! I need to make one ASAP, because Box Tops are taking over my kitchen counter while school is out!!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  9. LOL!!! Thanks for the heads up on the Chihuahua movie. My parents LOVE them! Cute box top container. Thanks for sharing. :)

  10. I love this idea! I will be at a box tops school as well and might just need to make one of these handy dandy things!

  11. Your box top containers are super cute! I usually just stuff mine into a baggie! :)

    I would love for you to stop by my blog and check out my first ever blog hop and link up!

    Ashley @ Fierce in Fourth.

  12. Antonia,

    Your box tops container is adorable!! I love the colors!!

    Lessons with Laughter

  13. I love your box tops container! I have some extra scrapbook paper I can put to good use :-)

    Your teaching magnets are super cute too :-) Looking at the format of your school email, I think we may be in the same school district. I'm at Thew :-)

    JoAnn @ Teach. Mom. Run.

  14. I am a follower now too!
    How did you make your name with the bee? I need that!

  15. I love the idea, but it's really dangerous to use a nut container.