Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Teachers Toolbox DIY

After many hours pinning this project on Pinterest, I finally decided to try it. There are so many blog posts of these teacher toolboxes! I made this for my best friend for her classroom. I tried to match her color theme as perfectly as I could.
↓ I picked up this organizer at Home Depot for $18. My friend and I both agreed that white would match her desk better than gray. I used 3 coats of a white enamel spray paint and then 2 coats of Rust-oleum Pearl Mist (also purchased at Home Depot).

↓ I created and made polka dot, chevron, and gingham patterns in Paintshop for the drawers. If you are interested in creating your own labels, the larger drawers are 2.12" x 4.25" and the smaller drawers are 1.38" x 2". After printing and cutting them out, I taped them to the inside of the drawer.

↓ Lastly, I made the text labels and printed them on clear labels.  I placed them on the outside of the drawer. My best friend and I thought it would be easier to change the text label on the outside than to change both the background paper and the text if she ever needed to.
↓ Here's a close up.
* Are you thinking what the "sparkle" drawer is for?...there's a reason. While planning what each drawer would hold, my friend couldn't come up with a use for one last drawer. We scrolled through Pinterest ideas and one teacher had a drawer for "bling". We both laughed then continued to look at other teacher toolbox ideas. Since we couldn't come up with a last label, my friend said, "Maybe we should just put "bling", just for fun!" But instead of "bling" we changed it to "sparkle". Ever since we were young we both have LOVED anything glittery, sparkly, or bling-y. She said she will put a bunch of glitter and rhinestones in the drawer and whenever she's having a bad day she will open that drawer and SMILE!...and that is why we are BFFs!

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  1. This is amazing!! Love it!

  2. I love the sparkle drawer's explanation! We all need a drawer like that.