This past week, I got an email blast from both the Big One’s and the Monkey’s schools asking me to make sure that I was clipping my BoxTops. Trust me, I’m always clipping BoxTops.  I think moms with kiddos in schools are always in fundraising mode.  We are always looking for ways to help our children’s schools stretch their dollars a little further and raise just a few more.  We want our kiddos to have the highest quality education and that takes money.  When I was shopping at my favorite dollar spot recently, I saw this bright red balsa wood file box, and I realized that it would be awesome for BoxTop storage.  I decided to give it a vintage, school house feel, and when I was done, I was so delighted with my Decoupage School Box that I decided to fill it with my BoxTops, and drop it off in my son’s school office.

My Mom Made That: Decoupage School Box for BoxTops {Sponsored by General Mills and Box Tops for Education}

If you’d like to make a similar box, here’s how I did it.  I started with my red Balsa File Notecard box, and after measuring the top of the box to center it, I cut a small hole in the top with my Xacto knife.  This allowed the box tops to be directly dropped into the top.  Then I used a sheet of “ticket” paper, and traced the top of the box onto the paper before cutting it out, and decoupaging  the paper to the top of the box.

My Mom Made That: Decoupage School Box for BoxTops {Sponsored by General Mills and Box Tops for Education}

I wanted to reinforce the hole on top for the BoxTops, so I put an actual ticket on to the top of the container, and using the decoupage sealer (I used DecoArts brand), I stuck it on top of the hole.  After the sealant dried, I carefully cut the center, added the stickers and an extra layer of sealant on top of the ticket.  My Mom Made That: Decoupage School Box for BoxTops {Sponsored by General Mills and Box Tops for Education}

I then took the ruler scrapbook paper, carefully wrapping it around the top and bottom edge of the box, before I decoupaged it with Satin Finish sealer.  Satin finish is my favorite because  it isn’t too shiny or too flat.  I attached some pencil, scissor and apple stickers to the two sides.My Mom Made That: Decoupage School Box for BoxTops {Sponsored by General Mills and Box Tops for Education}

My final step was to put a mini chalkboard on the front.  I used permanent Glue dots to attach it, and wrote “BTFE” on the board with white chalk.  I didn’t worry about having perfect handwriting, as I was aiming for more of a child-like look.

BTFE Decoupage Box-11

Hopefully the Monkey’s classroom and school will like this container to keep up with their BoxTops!  I know that the Monkey loved it and didn’t want to sent it to school.

In addition to the wonderful BoxTop program that gives your school a dime for every BoxTop, you can also earn extra cash for your school all year long by enrolling in the eBoxTops program at WinnDixie.  All you have to do is log in to your Winn-Dixie account or sign up for a new account.  Then you enroll in Box Tops for Education, select your school, and link it to your Winn-Dixie account .  Finally, you add eBoxTops offers to your account and earn cash for your school when you buy participating products at Winn-Dixie. There are new offers every month!  Through the end of January, you can get 5 eBoxTops when you purchase any two participating products!  (Including Pillsbury Grands!)

My Mom Made That: Decoupage School Box for BoxTops {Sponsored by General Mills and Box Tops for Education}

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