How to Make a Teacher Toolbox

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Have you made a teacher toolbox? If you haven't, I urge you to do so because it will greatly improve your teacher life :-)

I am not naturally organized.  A few years ago my room was what I would now refer to as a disaster!  I had stuff everywhere! Stacks of paper, manipulatives, books etc. where everywhere!  My desk was no exception! Some people say that they can work in organized chaos, but let me tell you that I am not one of those people.  I must have a place for everything or everything ends up all over my place!

In an effort to tame one thing at a time, I decided to tackle my desk.  Enter the teacher toolbox!  This little thing has transformed me and set me on a path to organization. It feels wonderful to know where all these odds and ends are instead of having to dig through my desk.  Not only does it help me in my organizational mission, it also looks great in my classroom!

Here it is:

 Close up of the center drawers.
The left side.
 The right side.
I'm not kidding when I say it's transformed my life!  Now I want to find a place for everything in my room :-)

***Update: You can now get your non editable copy HERE or an editable version HERE***

Would you like to make your own teacher toolbox? Just follow the instructions below in order to make yourself one and start getting organized ;-)

How To Make Your Own Teacher Toolbox:

The dimensions:
  • The large drawers are 1.87 inches tall and 4.18 inches wide.
  • The small drawers are 1.41 inches tall and 1.85 inches wide.  
Use these dimensions to create your template.
Printing:
  • When printing, select to print ACTUAL size.  (If you print them on "shrink" or "fit to page" the images are going to be much smaller and won't fit correctly on your drawers.) 
  • Print on regular copy paper.
Assembling
  • Use a trimmer for nice straight lines. 
  • Laminate your labels.
  • Attach them to the outside of your drawers using a glue gun, tape, or other type of adhesive.  I used a glue runner which is kind of like double sided tape. Tape and glue runners are forgiving and will be easy to remove if you don't like the placement or want to remake your box later on.
I wish I had known this stuff BEFORE I started mine.

If you are interested in my designs, you can pick up these owl labels here:
Update: I've had several requests for different designs.  Make sure to visit my TpT shop HERE for more designs :-) 


I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It. Check it out to find more creative projects!


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62 comments

  1. I love my tool kit too - came in so handy this past year. Super cute! Thanks for sharing!

    Emily
    I Love My Classroom

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    1. Thanks Emily! I hope this toolbox helps me stay organized this year:)

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  2. I am looking for the blue one (from Lowes) because my classroom is blue/green, but I can only find the grey one (from Home Depot). I have a feeling I'm going to go grab it today:)

    I LOVE your owl peeking out! I might have to do it with my little mermaids and mermen!

    Deniece

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    1. I hope you find yours soon :) I kept seeing the blue one everywhere so I'm sure you will find one any moment now:)

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  3. I totally love this! I will have to make one for myself. Your directions and tips are so helpful! Thanks so much!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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    1. You're welcome! I searched everywhere for the exact measurements and couldn't find them. I figured now that I know what they are, I should share them with others:)

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  4. Mine is still waiting for me to figure out what labels I wanted. I have the blue one from Lowe's, and since I have blue in my room, I think that it's going to stay that color. Yours is super-duper cute!!

    Diane
    Fifth in the Middle

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    1. Thanks so much! It was so hard to figure out what design I wanted. Plus I have trouble committing to anything so these labels were made in various versions until I got what I wanted :)

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  5. Your toolbox is adorable. I think I need to give mine a facelift!

    Brandi
    Success in Second Grade

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  6. So glad to see I'm not the only *late* teacher to the toolbox party! Hee hee! I also linked up mine this week - finally! Yours looks great!

    Crystal
    Teaching Little Miracles

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    1. Yes, it took me a while to get on it :) So glad I did. I'm heading over to check yours out right now!

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  7. I absolutely LOVE this!!! Any chance you'd share your labels? ;)

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    1. I'm all about sharing :) I'm working on a freebie file for these, but I can send them to you now. Please send me your email address via my contact page and I will send them on over.

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    2. Yay! Sending it now! Thanks! :)

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    3. I'm emailing them right now:)

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    4. These are incredible! Could I send my email as well??
      Thanks!
      Robin
      The Bomb-Diggity Classroom

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    5. Robin,
      I just emailed them out a minute ago:) Enjoy!

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    6. Wow! I am obsessed with these labels. So adorable : ). Is their anyway for you to email them to me as well? Or are they available on teacherspayteachers? I would love to have these in my first grade owl-themed classroom! : )

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    7. If so, my email is: Abianco825@gmail.com : )

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  8. Your tool box is adorable! I love all of your owls! I'll bet your whole room is INCREDIBLE!
    Linda
    AroundtheKampfire

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    1. Linda, you are so sweet! Thank you so much! I've been working on my room's "look" for over a year now and it's always a work in progress:)

      P.S. Can't wait to meet up again!!

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  9. I really love your toolbox! I've been wanting one too! This might have to be my next project!

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    1. You definitely should make one soon :)

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  10. Thanks for putting this together! I made one last year but want to make it fit my classroom for next year. I needed a refresher! :) Yours is adorable!

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    1. I'm so glad the info helped you out :)

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  11. Yours turned out really cute. I agree the hardest part was printing the right sizes. ;)
    Amanda
    Rock Stars At Work

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    1. I agree! I ended up measuring the boxes with a tiny ruler and messed around with the document a few times to get it right. The measurements were scaring me away from making this project :)

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  12. Would you be willing to share the labels? Love your toolbox!! Heading to the container store to get my own today!

    Thanks,

    Anu
    Aatluri1@yahoo.com

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    1. Anu,
      Thanks! I just emailed you a copy a minute ago:) Enjoy!

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  13. I would love to have them too! My email is amandatoler@gcps.k12.va.us

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    1. Amanda,
      So glad you liked them :) I just emailed you a copy a minute ago:) Enjoy!

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  14. I love your toolbox! I would love to use your labels.

    Thank you!
    Misty.Nassar@apsb.org

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    1. Misty,
      Thanks! I just emailed you a copy a minute ago:) Enjoy!

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  15. I love your labels! They are so cute! I would love to have a copy if you are willing to share! Thanks!

    blatimer3@gmail.com

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    1. Bethany,
      I love to share :) Your labels are on the way.

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  16. I'd love a copy of your labels too! Amandaw@zmsch.k12.mn.us if you are still willing to share :) THANKS!!!

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    1. Amanda,

      I sent your copy of the labels a few minutes ago:) Enjoy!

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  17. You have inspired me to create one of these tomorrow! I also have an owl- themed classroom and would love a copy of your labels too!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    Alainacarfora@yahoo.com

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    1. I sent you a copy of the labels a few minutes ago:) Please let me know when you make yours! I would love to see your toolbox!

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    2. Thank you so much! I got my container today and I just need to get the labels laminated!! I really need to learn how to make all those fun labels, although I have to admit I may never leave my house again!

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  18. Seriously, the cutest things EVER! I totally love these. Would you mind sharing the labels with me, too? I'd be forever grateful! :) my email is caffeineandlessonplans@gmail.com

    Thanks:)

    Mandy
    Caffeine and Lesson Plans

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  19. I just got my container in today and I would love your labels as well. If you are willing to share, my email is tperry0808@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  20. I LOVE the owls!!! Can I use your labels too please? tlem22@live.com Thank you!!

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    1. Please check your email. Enjoy!

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  21. Would you mind sending me your labels as well? This is by the CUTEST teacher toolbox I have seen! I've loved using your OWL-phabet in my room! jennifer.langston@knoxschools.org. Thank you!

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  22. Hi I love these too!! Would you mind sending me them too and anything owls!! My theme is owls as well....I can share a lot with you too. n Thanks, Allison
    Alligator320@yahoo.com

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    1. Allison,
      I had such a great response to these labels that I decided to post them as a freebie at my TpT store :) I have a bunch of owl freebies there so feel free to stop by and pick them all up:)
      http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Learning-In-Wonderland
      Thanks for stopping by :)
      Maribel

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  23. I made mine last year and updated it this year. I ended up using my classrrom border so it matched! I just measured and cut and attached a label on the front. I love hearing all these ideas!!

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  24. I made mine last year and updated it this year. I ended up using my classrrom border so it matched! I just measured and cut and attached a label on the front. I love hearing all these ideas!!

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  25. What a great idea! Thanks for passing it along.

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  26. What a great idea! Thanks for passing it along.

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  27. Did you actually get your pens and items to fit in these drawers? I bought the same one that you have and nothing fits!

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    1. I would also love to know the answer to that! I'm on the search for one that fits pens... I'm not sure that it exists.

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