Saturday, July 28, 2012

My {WILD} Teacher Toolbox...and a Goodie For You!

If you love Pinterest as much as I do, you've no doubt seen these awesome toolboxes that teachers have been repurposing into organizers for all those little things that seem to get lost in a desk drawer.

{Here's my Pinterest link if you'd like to follow me.}

I knew from the second I saw the first picture of one that I had to make one for myself.  Thankfully, I finally got around to making one over the last couple of days.

My classroom will be decked out in zebra with bright pink and blue this year, so I wanted my Teacher Toolbox to match...of course.

Here is what I came up with.

I decided to go with zebra on the outside and leave the labels in a solid color.

I took some pictures along the way to share with you.  It was really easy to do {especially with the freebie I'll share with you in a bit}!

{Toolbox from Home Depot for about $20.}

{I took all the little drawers out.}

{Gray was not going to work for my color scheme, so I did 2 light coats of flat black spray paint.}

{I only painted the front part making sure to get the little lip and all of the frame for the drawers covered.}

{Zebra Duck Tape was my secret weapon!}

{It took 3 strips to cover the width of the toolbox.}

{Side view}

{I laminated the labels after printing them on card stock.  Love my Scotch Thermal Laminator!!}

{After cutting out the labels, I secured them to the front of the drawers by putting tape across the back of the labels and sticking it to the side of the drawers.}

The hardest part was deciding exactly what I wanted to put in my Teacher Toolbox...AND how I wanted the drawers arranged.  

You can print your labels on a solid color, use a frame around it, or print on scrapbook paper to customize your Toolbox exactly like you want it!

Because of a super sweet bloggy buddy who created a FREE template the fits the drawers perfectly, getting everything sized right was not the hardest part.  Elizabeth over at Fun in Room 4B designed a template with small and large boxes for the drawers.  All you have to do is decide what you want the labels to say and choose the font you want to use.  {I used Fruit Vegetable.}

Here is the link to Elizabeth's freebie at Teachers Notebook.  Click the image below to download your own.  While you there, be sure to check out her other great products as well!  Thanks again, Elizabeth!!!

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},


  1. Love it! I am adding zebra to my pink, lime, and blue classroom color scheme this year. ;)

  2. on my way to HD to get one...great Idea for storing manipulatives, etc. Thank you!!!

  3. Great job, Michelle! I am making one for student supplies this year - with zebra and giraffe print labels. :-)

    Mrs. Allen’s 5th Grade Files

  4. Absolutely looooooove this! I really need to create something like this to keep all of my knick knacks! Thanks for sharing how you made it!

  5. I love, love, love this idea. I went and got the printables which are great but when I went to Home Depot, I couldn't find the organizer. Can you tell me where you found it in the HD? Thanks!

  6. So cute, Michelle! LOVE! Headed to get the template. Kudos to Elizabeth for creating templates too! Wow, timesaver ya think? ;) I love how yours turned out and am just going to have to get me a toolbox---AND MY OWN laminator!!!
    A Smith @ Innovative Connections

  7. Amanda - I found at and purchased one just like it (different number of drawers). You can also, I believe, find this same one on Just look for "Stack-On Storage Cabinet" :)

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