DIY Scratch Paper Tray

DIY Scratch Paper Tray

Hello and happy Saturday. Today I want to show you one of my latest DIY projects, which will require very few supplies and little time, and the best part is that it’s eco-friendly.

I’m the kind of person who saves sheets of paper whenever only one side is used, and in my previous job I used to have a folder of scratch paper I’d keep to give to my kids for drawing. The folder, however, was not practical at all, and when I received my first Book Case Club box, I found it was the perfect size to make a tray out of it. You can use any box you have, obviously, as long as you’re sure it’s the right size for your papers.

I then cut the lid off. This particular box has a very nice design all around, although I think on the sides it has the Book Case Club logo and Twitter and Instagram handles, so I’d still cover that up. Anyway, if you find a box and you like the design, you don’t have to go through the following steps.





I used Contact paper on each of the sides, making sure I didn’t touch the rims (I’ll let you know why in a sec). You can use any design, but keep in mind that if your paper is not opaque enough, you might be able to see the design or the lettering of the box underneath.

I finished my little DIY scratch paper tray putting washi tape on the inner rims. I got mine in an OwlCrate and it’s from Simply Gilded. Honestly, design-wise I didn’t have a theme in mind, so it’s kind of mis-matched, but I totally love how the Mickeys and the letters and the mermaid scales look.

Do you have a scratch paper tray or bin in your classroom? What system do you use when it comes to re-using paper? Let me know in the comments!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

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