So, I’ve finally made the teacher toolbox. And, let me tell you – it wasn’t as hard as I’d thought it would be. Once I got the paper size figure out it went pretty quickly and was fun to make. Here’s how I did it…
First, I purchased the toolbox from Lowe’s. It was $20. They had two different versions. I decided to go with the one with larger drawers so I could fit more in them.
Then, I picked out my paper. I wanted to go with three colors since there were 3 drawers in each row. I wanted bright, but not too busy so I went with these three below.
Next, I cut the pages. It ended up roughly being 2.25 (a little less) by 4.25. And, I say roughly. I ended up tweaking them after I cut them to the measurement above. It was a bit of trial and error, but at least I had a general guideline to start with.
Then, I made my labels. I used regular address size Avery labels and then trimmed them. I decided to make two for – binder clips, index cards, sharpies, and large post-its (I have lots of all of these). I then made one drawer for each of the following – staples, push pins, paper clips, small post-its, timers, hole punch, glue sticks, tape, and rubber bands.
Last, but not least I put it all together. I used double stick tape to stick the paper inside the drawer. Now, this is the part that takes the longest. Some of them fit well, but others once I set them in there were crooked and took a little adjusting. I did find that the double stick tape made it possible to move them a time or two, however it did ruin the paper of one or two of them so I ended up making a few new ones.
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