July 19, 2015

Monday Made It & Mission Organization! Tip #2: Teacher Toolbox

Hi, Friend!
Mission Organization &Monday Made It

Today I am tying these two posts together!
Monday Made It

Today's Project is Teacher Toolboxes!

This tip is all about making a "Teacher Toolbox" like you have seen all over the web! I know I LOVE mine!!!  I loved my school one so much I made one for my home office! You will LOVE it, too! Now, when someone needs a paperclip or rubber band, they don't ask anymore ... they just grab what they need!
It is such a time saver in so many ways, Yahoo!

One of the things you need to decide is how you want it to work for you and how many drawers you think you will use.

At school I went for the larger 39 drawer size but when I made the one for my home office I chose a smaller 22 drawer version!

Here is the one I made a couple of years ago & I still use it today:
Teacher Toolbox Planet Happy Smiles

Here is the one I have at home.  I LOVE it!!!
Teacher Toolbox Planet Happy Smiles

Here are the ones that I found at Lowes.
The price difference is not that HUGE ... right around $3.
If you like the color you do not even have to spray them!
I sprayed mine black.


Lowes Toolboxes

Next, You want to pick out a theme that is right for you or have one custom created!
Here are some themes we have created. We also make custom designs!
You can just click on the picture to see it in our store:
Teacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Super Hero ThemeTeacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Black and White Polka DotTeacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Pink, Black and White Polka Do
Teacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Zebra PrintTeacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Black/White/Red Chevron PrintTeacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Rainbow Chevron Print with black bkgdTeacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Owl ThemeTeacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Sports ThemeTeacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Camping ThemeTeacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Jungle/Safari ThemeTeacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Ladybug ThemeTeacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Rock Star ThemeTeacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ "Under the Sea" Ocean ThemeTeacher Toolbox Labels ~ Polka Dot Print B/W with Happy Faces (FonTeacher Toolbox Labels ~ Zebra Print with Happy Faces (Font~Editable)Teacher  Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Bright Polka Dots & StripesTeacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Red, White & Blue ChevronTeacher Toolbox Labels (Editable) ~ Gray & Yellow


I chose a new design for my mom's toolbox!
I started painting my mom's with a color she has in her office. I did two coats and a clear coat on top. A 12 oz. can of paint covered this toolbox size with some left over for another project!  (Ideas churning!)

Teacher Toolbox Planet Happy SmilesTeacher Toolbox Planet Happy Smiles

 Then I printed, cut out, and laminated the pieces. It is hard to tell in the pictures but the background is a light shade of burlap.
Teacher Toolbox Planet Happy SmilesHome Laminator Planet Happy Smiles

Teacher Toolbox Planet Happy Smiles



After that, I hot glued them all on. I glue them to the front because the drawers on the box I got were kinda cloudy and I wanted the labels to show up well.
Teacher Toolbox Planet Happy SmilesTeacher Toolbox Planet Happy Smiles

I really hope she likes it!
Have you made a toolbox, yet?
Planet Happy Smiles
Planet Happy Smiles

11 comments:

  1. You can never go wrong with a toolbox. Wow at all the options you have!
    Jessica
    Wild & Fun in Pre-K

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    1. I LOVE them! They help me keep all those little things organized! I love that we can personalize them for others, too!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Karen and Alison

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  2. My goal is to make a mailbox in the next 2 weeks before school starts back up in August. Yours look great, thanks for sharing!

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    1. I can't wait to see your mailbox! I had one years ago ... I wonder if it is still in the garage. I might have to dig it out!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Karen and Alison

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  3. This would make a great gift for a new teacher! I have one in my classroom, and I love it. Might have to talk to my team when they hire our new teammate...

    Amanda
    A Very Curious Class

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    1. Great idea, Amanda! We have two newbies on our team ... I might have to do that!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Karen and Alison

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  4. I haven't made a tool box...yet! But I do have one on order from Amazon and it should come any day! Does the hot glue work well for the tags? Do you laminate them?
    Pam
    PJ Jots

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    1. Pam,
      You are going to have so much fun setting it up! Hot glue is great but you could either put the labels inside the drawers or use clear packaging tape. I do laminate mine. I planned it to where I used every drawer I had.
      Email me if you have any other questions!
      Have fun!
      Karen

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  5. I haven't made one yet. My school is under construction so I am waiting to see what will be built in before deciding on organizational strategies!

    My Bright Blue House

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    1. We can't get into our rooms until mid August. You are going to LOVE it once you make one!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Karen and Alison

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    2. Well, it is probably very naive but my principal said something about having built in drawers. I am hoping!

      My Bright Blue House

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