If you have kids, or are a student yourself, than you know keeping school work organized is crucial to success. At the very least, crucial to staying sane! We have always had a family desk were everyone does their work and has their own dedicated drawer. But, when we moved we just didn't have the space to bring it along. We've been using the dining table as a workstation, as I am sure so many families do, but it's not like we can just leave our papers sprawled across the table. So, after months of frustration and
MOM, where is my homework?!?
I had to come up with a solution, but it had to be free or cheap! Little Miss D's birthday is less than a month away and we have to budget accordingly. I headed to my garage where all of my office, school, and craft boxes are stored and starting searching! The first thing I found was a framed cork board. I bought it at Target about ten years ago.
The wheels started turning!
Something on the wall would be the perfect solution, but how could I make sure there was a place for everything? It needed a place for homework that is easily accessible to a 7 year-old (so not simply thumb tacks), a place for pencils and pens, and place for important papers, and spare space for unexpected items.
My first thought was, "I'll just stick a folder on there and round tissue box" (like the one pictured above). But that would take up too much space and wouldn't exactly look nice. So, I decided to make my own folder, fix up a 25 cent pencil box, and add a bit of sparkle.
- Quartet Cork Bulletin Board, 11 x 17 Inches, Home Décor Corkboard, Black Frame (79279)
- JAM Paper Pencil Cases - Sliding Pencil Case with Button Snap - Purple - Sold Individually Mine was a from school supply sells in August,
but this is the some one
- Scotch Single-Sided Laminating Sheets, 9 x 12-Inches, Letter Size (LS854SS-10)
- U Brands Push Pins, Clear Plastic Head, Steel Point, 200-Count
- AdTech Precision PRO Hot Glue Gun for DIY and Crafting | High Temperature/High Temp Tool with Fine Tip Nozzle and Standing Design | Item 0449M
- Gorilla 3023003 Hot Glue Sticks 4 In. Mini Size, 30Count
- Command Picture Hanging Strips Value Pack, Medium, White, 12-Pairs (17204-12ES)
- 3M Drywall Sanding Sponge, 4.875-Inch by 2.875-Inch
- 1 shirt box. I used one from Christmas with a faux alligator texture. Amazon doesn't carry these but if you're in love and want to buy in bulk you can find them at Wrapped All Up, they are surprisingly affordable.
- 1 sheet of 6 by 6 inch scrapbook paper. I used Heidi Swapp's Dreamy Paper Pad. It has been discontinued, but just pick your favorite craft or scrapbooking paper.
- A few leftover buttons and jewels from a headband kit
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How I pulled it all together
- I sanded the edges of the cork board frame lightly distressing it. I considered painting and then distressing, but I didn't have the patience to wait for paint to dry.
- I reconfigured the pencil-case and used a command strip to attach it. [full how-to below]
- I used the shirt box to create the perfect sized folder and again used a command strips to attach it to the cork board. [tutorial coming soon]
- Just for fun, I took a few thumb tacks and hot glued buttons and jewels on top, as well as one little purple bow.
- That looked so cute I added a jewel to the front of the folder too!
- Finally, I added some command strips, placed it on the wall, dropped a few pencils in the holder, and Miss D's homework in the folder.
It's just what we needed and it doesn't look too shabby either!
Pencil Holder How-To
Take the inside sleeve out of the pencil-case.
Determine how tall you want the case to be. Mark and cut the case. Tip: Hold the box flat to cut and you will get a more even line.
Place the sleeve back into the outer case and hot glue the bottom and top edges.
You can actually stop right here with the pencil box. It doesn't look too bad and if you started with a cuter one you would be set! Unfortunately, mine wasn't so cute and I wanted to make it pretty!
Measure your craft paper leaving about a quarter of an inch overhanging the top and bottom. Then glue it to the front sides and back. Tip use a putty knife to get crisp edges.
Make a cut in each corner; This will help you achieve smooth edges. Then, fold over and glue the back, sides and front edge (in that order).
Now, you will follow the same steps you used with the craft paper to apply the lamination paper. Note: this is another step that you don't necessarily have to do, but it will save the paper from daily use and tiny Cheetos fingers!
Add a command strip to the back of the pencil-case and place on the cork board. Then drop a few pencils and it's good to go!