Friday, September 2, 2011

Homework Boxes for Kids

New boxes with tags.
Hi there! Do you have big plans for the long weekend? Hoping everyone is looking forward to a fun time! I had a great day with my Mom on Thursday. :) It was so nice to just have girl time, and we found some great sales, too! Including an adorable dress from my fave store, Ann Taylor LOFT for only 12$!! Woot woot! I love me some good sales :) Today I got a haircut and all my Fall decorations up! Yippeee! I love the change in seasons, and with record setting heat in August, I am SO ready for some cooler weather, cozy sweaters and Pumpkin Spice Lattes! :) While shopping yesterday at this really cool home store, I saw a gorgeous Fall display that I tried to emulate on our mantel. I think it turned out pretty cool! I'll try to put up some pics of that soon. 

Ok, so why am I here? Bet you want to see some crafty goodies and NOT just hear about some good sales in Colorado! I made these homework boxes a couple years ago, and they have been SO handy for all the stuff the boys bring home, their Math workbooks, library books, etc. Here's a couple pics of the old ones...
Old boxes from front

Old boxes from back
I wanted to include these old pics, in case you would like the magazine file shape better. To be honest, I thought of just recovering these, but the cardboard was pretty chewed up and I liked the idea of something plastic, so I could wipe them down and spray them with Lysol from time to time! ;) So, the old boxes hit the recycling bin & I got these boxes at the Container Store for 5$ each...
I decided a simple tag would be good identification. That way it can be removed if I want to wipe the boxes down, and I can easily make more tags later, while covering those cardboard boxes took a lot of time, tags are easy & fast! I used my Spellbinders dies to cut the oversized tags. I wanted each boy's tag to be a bit different, I'm not into matchy matchy... So i used some different "boy" themed DP's and some OA letter stickers for their names. I added some cute acrylic accents to the bottom of the tags and used ribbons and ribbon scraps for the ties. And, now we have fresh, clean, new homework boxes. And that makes me happy! :) I hope you have a stellar weekend! I am looking forward to it. :)
xoxox, Noelle

supply list: dies: Spellbinders; ribbon: Hobby Lobby; acrylic accents: The Paper Studio; solid cardstock in Poppy Parade, Tempting Turquoise; and Apricot Appeal:SU!; letter stickers: October Afternoon; adhesive rivets: Tim Holtz; designer papers: Crate Paper, Fancy Pants, and The Paper Studio

DUST IT OFF!: I save my old ribbon scraps in a ziploc and then when I need little pieces of ribbon, like here right above the rivets, I dive into that bag. 


Annette said...

very have added some style to them...
Great idea.

DAWN Braun said...

Okay, I'm completely addicted to your blog!! Love the cheerful background, there's something about YELLOW that just screams HAPPY!! These homework boxes are fabulous, thanks for the inspiration and I love your cheerful bright cards!

Sylvia said...

Those are great boxes, Noelle! You always have such fun projects going for your boys! Wonderful, mom!