Teacher Toolbox: Made It Monday

I am so excited to show you what I made last week!  We have seen these ALL over Pinterest, and I have been procrastinating all summer on making one.  Layla and I decided to have a craft/blog date that turned into 6+ hours of doing “teachery” things! 🙂
Let me show you the finished product first!

I made the white one, and I bought my storage box from the Container Store.  It has 20  little drawers and 6 big ones.  Layla made the larger, blue box, and she got hers from Lowe’s.  We decided that the one she made might be the better option because all of the storage boxes are large and would be more useful.  Here is the process of how I made the the little signs for the drawers…


I am doing a polka dot theme in my class this year.  I bought some colorful polka dot scrapbook paper and made little squares labels on the computer.  It actually took a long time to make sure the size of the print, box, and polka dot paper looked right on each drawer.  I don’t know of a quicker way besides printing off the little drawer labels and testing out the size.


Once I printed, glued, and laminated the drawer labels, I laid them out to see where each one would go on the box.  Then I velcroed each label to the outside of the drawer.  I have seen most people place the labels on the inside of the drawer, but I wanted them to be velcroed so I could change them out if I need something different in the drawers.

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Close up of the small drawers.

Large drawers.
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Here is a picture of Layla and I enjoying our crafting afternoon!  I think at this point we were trying to make the labels for our little drawers…

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14 responses to “Teacher Toolbox: Made It Monday”

  1. Sandy Avatar

    Love it! I also like the ides of velcro-ing the labels on so you can change them! 🙂 Looks like a fun teacher afternoon!!!!

  2. Sara {Miss V's Busy Bees} Avatar
    Sara {Miss V's Busy Bees}

    I love the colors! It turned out great.

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  3. HeidiSongs Avatar

    Those look fabulous and it looks like you had so much fun!!!!! I'm jealous!!!! I wish I had time to do stuff like that!
    Heidi Butkus

  4. Halle Avatar

    I have so been on the fence about these teacher tool boxes because they look like so much work, but the sheer cuteness of your might have pushed me over the edge!

    Awesome job 🙂

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  5. Carol Avatar

    Hmm, who can I talk into making one of these with me? How big is it?
    Mrs. Cobb's Kinder Sprouts
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  6. Janaye Avatar

    They look FANTASTIC! Love the colors!

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

  7. Lisa R. Avatar
    Lisa R.

    I love the polka dots!!! You guys did great!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  8. A Teacher Without a Class Avatar
    A Teacher Without a Class

    I love the tool boxes. They did great!

  9. Cupcake Avatar

    Love it!! Wish we could have a crafting date!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  10. Freckleteacher Avatar

    How fun to make these with a buddy! I think they are both adorable! I made one for the teacher I shared a room with at the end of the school year. I have one, but I never made it as cute. I hope to do that before school starts! I like the big drawers too, but mine is like yours Michelle. Mine is used by the parent volunteers.

  11. Busy Bees Avatar
    Busy Bees

    These look awesome. I think I need to recruit a buddy for next week to help me with making one of these. I have already spray painted one black, but just need to get motivated to add the scrapbook paper.

  12. Megan Avatar

    I love my teacher toolbox! I can't wait to fill it up when I can finally get into my room. I'm a new follower. Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  13. Tonya Reichenberger Avatar
    Tonya Reichenberger

    I LOVE this! It turned out great! Any chance you would mind sharing your labels? 🙂

  14. Learning in Wonderland Avatar
    Learning in Wonderland

    I think I have to make one of these finally! I like the blue one but I love how the white one looks.