Recycled Box Tops Container

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One of my hobbies is scrapbooking and it definitely comes in handy when decorating my classroom.  I love bringing in things that are functional but still look nice.

Last year our school began participating in Box Tops for Education and we had a contest to see who brought in the most Box Tops.  Our class collected the most for the second half of the year.  My class was very proud!  I think part of the reason they brought in so many Box Tops was because I made a special container that the kids could put them in to.  That container was raffled off at the end of the year, so I needed to make a new one for the upcoming school year.

I didn't want to buy a container to decorate, so I went into my pantry, found a container from Trader Joe's, and got to work!

 I used some scrapbook paper and covered the container all around.

I used this cute owl that I cut with my Cricut.  My husband suggested she be holding a Box Top!  He's just brilliant :-)  She has a little heart over her head because she loves Box Tops.

It was pretty easy to put together and the payoff was great!  The kids get psyched about our little container.


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73 comments

  1. That is too cute! At my school, we have to keep track of each kid's Box Tops, so I have to tape them to the official paper thingy (proof.) It's kind of a pain in the butt. I'd MUCH rather use your darling container!
    ~Andi

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    1. That sounds seriously obnoxious. I try not to be a brat but I'd probably raise a stink about that! Teachers already have enough to do!!! Sorry, rant over. :)

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    2. P.S. - I'm the Box Top coordinator at my kids school and putting the labels on those sheets only earns about 1/100th of a penny if you look at the value of the rewards and how many points it takes to get the various rewards. That is completely off-set (plus some!) by the fact that all those sheets add to the shipping cost considerably. I gently pointed that out to our principal and the sheets are HISTORY at our school. Okay, now my rant is over. :)

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    3. My kid's school has the kids bring their Box Tops in baggies labeled with their name, teacher's name, etc. Then the coordinator can record and bundle. This way the teachers can use cute containers like this one in their classes.

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  2. That is absolutely adorable! I love it and totally need to do a version that would fit my classroom theme.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Heather
    room 4 imagination

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  3. This is absolutely precious. Now I need to make one with a bee on it. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I need to do this! I do think it would be a motivator to get more box tops into the classroom! Thanks for the idea.
    Mrs. Shelton’s Kindergarten

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  5. Adorable! I ♥ how the owl is holding the boxtop. Thanks for following my blog. I just became your 50th follower :)

    Catherine

    Kinder Cuties

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  6. love it!!! I never know what to put my box tops in. Definitely going to make this! Thanks!!

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  7. oh my goodness, smart!! I LOVE this!! I have a little basket that I put all my "take to the office to turn in" papers where the box tops get jumbled up in - I love your container! Is that owl from the hoot (or something like that?) cartridge? I think I have that one. Anyway, love it girl!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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    1. Yes :) It's a cartridge called "Hoot n' Holler."

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  8. What a great idea!!! I love it! This will definitely be added to my list of things to make. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower. Stop by my blog sometime.

    threadgillsteachingtoolbox.blogspot.com

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  9. That is so cute! The owl is adorable, and I like how you put ribbon around the lid.

    Delighted in Second
    Hope you will join my $20 TPT gift certificate giveaway!

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  10. What a great idea!!! I love it! This will definitely be added to my list of things to make. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower. Stop by my blog sometime.

    threadgillsteachingtoolbox.blogspot.com

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  11. Super cute idea. Very motivating!

    Brandi
    Success in Second Grade

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  12. The box top container is sooooo cute! Thanks for sharing.
    Tracey
    Third Grade All Stars

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  13. Such a great idea! I am pinning it!

    EmilyK

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  14. This is WAY cuter than the box I wrapped in construction paper last year... I think I will be borrowing your idea and creating a new Box Tops container this week!

    Polka Dots and Teaching Tots

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  15. Love this! Great thinking, I might make a cute box top holder now! :)

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  16. so adorable! my boxtops are jealous of your boxtops :)

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  17. Oh my goodness, that is awesome!! That would be perfect for my classroom. I'm definitely pinning this!! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  18. I'm pinning this too! We just have these laminated manilla folders we have to put them in, but a re-purposed container would be super cute! Thanks for the idea!

    Courtney
    3rd Grade Sprinkles

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  19. This is for reals the cutest thing ever! We collect Box Tops too but nobody really seems to care about them, and I think only one or two of my kids even bring them in!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  20. WOW I love it! Another thing to add to the to-do list :)

    Fourth Grade Fanatics

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  21. So cute! I'm totally doing this for next week. (: I'm a new follower. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
    ann
    The Caffeinated Classroom

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    1. Thank you for becoming a follower! I'm on my way to visit you right now:)

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  22. I love your box top bucket. Such a great idea!

    I'm your newest follower! I would love to have you come by and visit me!

    www.ateacherwithoutaclass.com

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    1. Thank you for follower! I'm heading over to visit right now:)

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  23. Totally pinned this post! I'm going to make this! Our school does Box Tops, so I'd love to use something like this. :) Great idea!

    Sarah
    Miss A's Kindergarten

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  24. I think I have that Cricut cartridge! I'll have to make one of those containers! So stinkin' cute!!! Thanks for sharing! =_

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    1. It's the Hoot 'n' Holler Cartridge :)

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  25. That is such a great idea and yours is absolutely adorable!

    Swimming into Second

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  26. I love it! I just have to say your container made me so sad because we don't have a Trader Joe's in Hawaii:( I miss it so...

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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    1. No Trader Joe's? Oh man! But you do live in a gorgeous place. I think I would trade:)

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  27. Oh my gosh! I love this!! I am making one as soon as I find the perfect container!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  28. I am so making this! My students hand me Box Tops at such weird times throughout the day and more than half of the time I misplace them. No more misplaced Box Tops!!!!!! :)
    Newest follower

    Patti
    One Class, One Sound

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  29. YEAH!
    I know what my project will "BEE"...
    Thanks for the idea...
    ~Natalie

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  30. Super cute! What a great idea. We also collect box tops and our collection box is Y-U-C-K-Y!!!!! I think you've inspired me to make a change! I'm your newest follower!!!

    rene'
    A Passion For Primary

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    1. Thanks Rene! I'm heading over to visit you as we speak:)

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  31. So cute! Found you through the linky and am your newest follower!



    Amanda
    Teaching Maddeness

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    1. Thank you for following:) I'm heading your way right now:)

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  32. Love this! Now I need to go raid my pantry to see what I can transform into a box top container. :)

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  33. this is soooo cute-gotta make one of these

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  34. Don't you just love your cricut & those stinking cute owls!
    I have it also.
    :)
    Tamera
    http://myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com
    Kaizactan2001@yahoo.com

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  35. This is so fun "owl" love it. Thanks for sharing.
    Jill
    Bubbalulu.blogspot.com

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  36. Your container turned out SO cute! I love that your husband helped out! What a clever guy ;)

    youcanmakethesunshineanytime.blogspot.com

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  37. Great idea!
    ~April
    The Idea Backpack
    ideabackpack@gmail.com

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  38. Hi, I'm Amanda from Hugs For The Teacher, I'm your newest follower. I'd like to award you with the Versatile Blogger Award. Please come to my blog to claim your award...

    www.hugsfortheteacher.blogspot.com

    I would also love for you to join my blog.

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  40. That container is absolutely adorable! The funny thing is, I had posted on my facebook page about a month ago that I really wanted the Hoot 'n' Holler cartridge to use in my future classroom, and my mom bought it for me. I absolutely LOVE using my cricut to create things like that! It's been added to my to do list!

    I'm your newest follower (#75!!), and a new blogger! Come check me out please!

    http://hootinaroundtheclassroom.blogspot.com/

    Ms. W

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  41. Love this! Just pinned it on pinterest! Now if only I had an old container in my pantry! All I see are bags and cans... guess that means buying a box of cookies is in order AND actually necessary! :)

    Amanda
    Reaching for the TOP!

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  42. I found your blog from this post on Pinterest! I love this idea of having a special place for box tops! I am now envisioning covering tons of containers! Just have to find a purpose for them :)

    I am your newest follower!

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  43. oh my gosh! this is perfect!!
    Rachel

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  44. Could you explain how you cover plastic? Do you use modge podge?

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    1. Hi Deniece,
      I did not use Mod Podge for this one. I just cut the paper to size, ran my ATG glue runner on the back of the paper and adhered it directly to the plastic. It's a lot easier than Mod Podge but it doesn't protect anywhere near as well.

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  45. What are box tops for? I haven't heard of this before...

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    1. Box Tops are kind of like coupons that can be redeemed by schools for cash. Most schools participate in this program. Our school just started this past year.

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  46. I so love this idea! I too keep losing boxtops that my firsties hand me at the craziest times of day!
    But here's another idea for you. And I'd love it if you could stick with the owl theme here. I have a basket for mysterious game pieces, puzzle pieces, parts of stuff, letter tiles, etc. that turn up in the room long after we've cleaned everything up. And rather than stop teaching to figure out where it goes, I have kids put it in my Orphanage for Lost Souls. You could change it to Orphanage for Lost Owls! Then when someone is missing a piece or a part, they go to the basket to adopt from there, instead of interrupting the learning process. It's an idea that works but my old basket REALLY needs an updated label.
    If you create it, I, for one, will come and download!
    Thanks much!
    Meenal in Ohio

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    1. Loving this idea! I am going to work on it this week and will offer it as a freebie :) Thanks for the suggestion!

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  47. So cute!
    Another thing on my to do list! :)
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties
    bakteach16@gmail.com

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  48. So cute! I have an owl punch with heart and a big shot die for the leaves all from Stampin Up! I am so making this! My daughters class will love this - especially since their mascot is an owl! Thanks for the ideas!

    Carolyn Bennett
    www.carolynstamps.com

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  49. Adorable:) So glad I found your blog!!
    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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