Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Made-It: DIY Workshop Storage


If some were to diagram my life, it seriously would be teaching, reading, crafting, teaching, reading,'s like a never ending cycle that I enjoy! If there is anything I love more that crafting, it's upcycling. I love the idea of improving a recyclable and turning it into something I can use. So for this Made-It Monday, I took Wal-Mart composition notebook boxes which look like this and turned them into something that I could definitely for reader's notebook. I am a middle school teacher, and let me tell you, I am filled with ENVY at the teacher who can have an individual reading box for their students. Unfortunately for me, 120 magazine boxes are just not feasible for me. So, I decided to come up with something else. I had read about Wal-Mart letting teachers take home boxes to use in their classrooms, so went to my local Wal-Mart and they happily obliged.

All I needed was some scrapbook paper and some modge podge and I went to work. I decided to use my classroom color scheme as my inspiration, so they will fit right in. My labels came from the ever-so-fabulous Kristen from Ladybug's Teacher Files.

I liked the idea of adding some ribbon to clean up the lines...and that's about it! I used a hot glue gun for the ribbon. These boxes will fit nicely on my low bookshelf in my classroom, and will hold plenty of notebooks without taking up too much space. They are also fairly sturdy (I chose to reinforce them with packaging tape) so they can be carried my students to their tables.

Thanks Fourth Grade Frolics! That's all for now! Happy crafting!


  1. Great idea! I would even think about doing it with class period numbers.

    Life With Middle Schoolers

  2. I love your notebook magazines! They look great! I am so envious and will have to try this out next year! :)


  3. Great idea! I'll be going to Wal-Mart for these tomorrow.


  4. Super cute!!! I had no idea about Wal-Mart. I am looking for a new place to store my reading group's folders. Thanks

  5. These are awesome! I love that you used the recycled boxes and put your own spin on them. Very resourceful!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  6. They turned out so pretty. Way to be resourceful

  7. Great idea! I have been pondering how to store my kindergartens' writing folders by color with easy access as they will be used every day. It is the end of summer, and I am close to being broke (like every other teacher in the world)! This is the perfect solution.... a free box, cheap scrapbook paper, and I have everything else on hand to complete the project. Thanks for sharing!