School Supply Organizer (Teacher Gift Idea) - The Kim Six Fix

School Supply Organizer (Teacher Gift Idea)

I have been trying to dream up a practical back to school gift for the girls' teachers, and as I was digging through my Haven Swag I came upon a wooden "assemble it yourself" kit from Home Depot.

I knew I could transform it (and personalize it) into a teacher gift using my Silhouette and since this month's Silhouette Challenge theme was "school" I finally got motivated enough to throw it together.

Since I couldn't find the kit commercially available, I took down all the measurements (it is super straight forward) so that I could duplicate it out of cheap pine lumber if I wanted to make more.

Here is everything I needed:

Boards for box

But since you are going to make this on your own, here is what you ACTUALLY need:


The notched boards are the interior jar divider, so slide them together to form an “X” (you don’t need any nails or anything.)  Use the remaining 4 boards to form a box (held together with 1 inch finishing nails):
Building box
Attach the box to the plywood base with 2 nails per side and slide in the divider.  And it is finished!  You can sand the edges at this point since if your cuts are like the ones I had, they will be a little rough:
Pine box
Next I stained the box (looking back I would have stained the wood before assembly since it was a PAIN to get into the bottom of the box, but I didn’t think about it until it was too late.

I used Ebony stain by Minwax, and I used only one coat since I liked the way it looked.  This is the same stain I used on my kitchen island (three coats) and you can see how different it would look with more coats.
Staining pine

I wanted to personalize the box for our teacher, so I used the “Learning Curve” font from dafont to cut out her name in white vinyl.  I used Oracal 631 since I knew it wouldn’t get much wear and tear.
Personalizing with vinyl

Ta-Dahhhh:
Teacher supply gift

Next I needed to ‘upgrade’ the mason jars which went inside the box, so I cut stencils out of contact paper in the shape of labels (this is the type I use: Shelf liner from Dollar Tree).
Stencil for chalkboard labels

I applied them to the front of the mason jar and then wrapped the rest of the jar in aluminum foil (EASIER THAN TAPING) so I could spray them with chalkboard paint.
Using foil to cover whatever you want to spray paint.  Easier than taping off (and without the residue)

I took them to the garage, and sprayed them inside of a cardboard box, to contain the mess:
Using foil to cover whatever you want to spray paint.  Easier than taping off (and without the residue)

 The finished product:
Teacher school supply gift

I filled them with school supplies and labeled each jar:
Chalkboard pencil jar

You also can included things in the box that didn’t require a mason jar (like glue or paints etc):
School supply organizer

Teacher gift school supplies

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects for this Month's Challenge?


My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! Back to School: Printable Book Cover Labels Back to School: Personalized Bag Tags DIY Chalkboard Vinyl Calender  Stamped Lunch Notes with the Silhouette - August Challenge Personalized Classroom Sign for the Teacher Apple earrings for that special teacher School Supply Organizer (Teacher Gift) Easy Vinyl Embellished Bookmarks Chalkboard Place Cards Fabric Tear Away Notepad LEGO inspired Printable Backpack Tags {FREE PRINTABLE} First Day of School Photo Prop Back to School: Personalized Notebooks Back to School: Geometric Paper Bag Textbook Covers Easy Back to School Teacher Gift & Printable Frozen Inspired Pencil Toppers First Day of School Photo Keepsake Giving School A Little Boost
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School Supply Organizer (Teacher Gift Idea) Reviewed by TheKimSix Fix on 6:59 AM Rating: 5 I have been trying to dream up a practical back to school gift for the girls' teachers, and as...