It’s a Back to School Party here at Living Locurto with ALL NEW Ideas by some of my favorite bloggers!
These sweet kids were the models for my Baseball Party Collection back at the I Heart Faces Conference a few years ago. It’s so fun to watch them grow and see them crafting here on Living Locurto. Enjoy this kids craft tutorial!
Hey there friends of Amy! ((((Waving))))
I am so excited for a chance to share my project with you today. Even though we’re only about mid way through summer break here in Texas, I’m already starting to think about Back to School … and all the excess clutter that comes with it – the papers, the handouts, the art projects I just can’t bring myself to throw away. I knew we needed a better management system for all this stuff.
I found these old photo storage boxes in an armoire and a little light bulb went off in my head. They were sturdy and big enough to hold notebooks papers, and tons of artwork – these would be the perfect solution to my clutter problems.
To make your own upcycled keepsake box, you will need:
– A cardboard box with a lid (could be a large shoe box)
– Patterned Duck Tape
– Chalkboard Paint
I’ll let my kids show you how they did this, but I’m betting you could figure this out all on your own. Humor them though, they loved making this tutorial for you.
We started by painting the lids with chalkboard paint. We choose chalkboard paint because it kept the boxes cohesive looking, even though the bottoms would be different and made it fun for the kids. Now they can personalize them even more, and change things up whenever they want.
Note: I rubbed vasoline over the metal accent pieces to keep the kids from painting over them. We used some cotton balls to wipe off any mistakes.
While the lids were drying, we measured out the duck tape to fit the length of the box and a little extra to wrap over the sides.
Then carefully matched up the pattens to create as seamless of a look as possible.
The kids were pretty proud of the end result, and so was I and best of all, the lids make for perfect first day of school photo props, yay!
Our clutter is now cute and contained and the kids had a great time working on these together – win, win. I think it would be cool to make new ones for each year, and see how their styles change as they get older.
Check out more of Stacy’s Back to School Ideas!
- School Lunch Ideas
- Back to School Look
- Tips for Back to School Shopping
Stacy has travelled the globe and even rafted the Nile, now she’s seeing the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of her three children. She writes about the little things, the big things and all the “stuff” in between at Kids Stuff World. Get to know Stacy better on Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Facebook, or Twitter.
Originally published on August 8, 2013. Last Updated on May 15, 2021 by Amy Locurto