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.
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: