DYI Book and Supplies Tray

Hello and happy Saturday. Recently I was helping out a colleague with something and she told me something along the lines of “I don’t know how you do it, I’m not crafty at all.” She’s a second-grade teacher and I honestly can’t, for the life of me, understand how an elementary school teacher can admit they’re not crafty. If you’re not born with it, experience is a great teacher. I became super crafty because I literally had to make every poster, bulletin board, and sometimes even worksheet with my own two hands.

I know, though, that not everyone likes to cut, paste, and color. I know that not every teacher has a box full of markers, pens, and colors in storage. And I know that there are easy ways to do things for your classroom that look super elaborate. This is why today I’m showing you how to turn a cardboard box into a book or supplies tray using only tape.

I’m not exaggerating; I only used two types of duct tape and spent about ten minutes or less on this DIY project. You see, I believe things arrive at your doorstep the precise moment you need them, and so when I got my September Book Case Club I decided the box was perfect to make a book tray for one of my pre-k classrooms.

First, I cut the lid off to get the tray-like shape. I put thick duct tape from the Dollar Tree on each side. It has that deep blue design because I followed the blue theme from the inside. Those letters go perfectly with the book vibe of the box. I then put solid blue duct tape on the tops and bases of each side, and that’s literally it.

This little project was intended to show you that you don’t need to spend a ton of money, time, or effort to have nice things in your classroom. You don’t need to be the craftiest to add cool details your students will appreciate.

If you know of any other easy DIY project for decorating a classroom, tell me about it in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

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