Back to School Projects – Storage Box & Banner

August 15th, 2014


I’m loving the Back to School projects this year, probably because it’s my little guy’s first year of pre school. For my Michaels Makers challenge this month I tried to think of projects that work for this age group but also can work for any age. Knowing that kids bring home lots of papers and drawings from school, I thought a great back to school organization project would be a storage box for all the keepsakes from the year. Of course it needs to be pretty so that I can do the same box every year of school and at the end have 14 of these keepsake boxes with all the important awards, artwork, report cards etc. from each school year. This storage box from Michaels is so cool that It will look great sitting on bookshelves either stacked or with the decorated side showing. I love how it turned out.


I found the awesome kraft storage box at Michaels. The brand is Recollections and the quality is fantastic. Immediately I knew I wanted to paint the lid and use Hazel & Ruby stencil masks to create the graphic style.

I don’t know if you’ve used or seen these stencil masks, but they make adding text to any surface so easy! Gone are the days of tracing and painting in the lines! All I did was take the letter masks and placed them exactly where I wanted the words.

theprojectgirl-school-storage-box-maskThen I used acrylic paint to paint over the entire lid surface.  

I painted two coats and then gently pulled off the masks by sliding a pin underneath and then pulling up with my fingers. Then I placed them back on their backer sheet and cleaned them with a baby wipe so I can use and re-use them for future projects.


And really that was it! Super fast and simple and I really love how graphic it is. If you don’t have a school-aged child, you can do this for any of your organization or keepsake projects.

I also wanted to create a little “First Day” banner so I could have a decoration to pull out year after year to decorate our little breakfast area for the first day of school.

I used the same stencil mask technique as the keepsake box. I cut these flag banners from red cardstock on my Cricut explore, and then I centered each of the letters on the banner and then painted over (3 coats this time).


Then I punched holes with my 1/8″ hole punch and strung up the pennants on two separate strings so I could overlap them.

theprojectgirl-Back-to-school-bannerYou’ll also notice the cute polka-dot tassels… at Michaels they have this awesome continuous roll tissue paper (also from Hazel & Ruby) that is something like 13 feet long! And it’s nice that it’s in a roll because there are no crease marks. I think you could make HUGE tassels with it and about a million other projects.


I love that it’s polka-dots and  thought it would make a fun addition to my banner.


Here are all my projects together including my personalized tote-bagtheprojectgirl-Back-to-school-projectsI hope you enjoyed all my Back to School projects! You can also check out Michael’s Back to School Pinterest Board to find more fun and creative projects to kick the year off right!

And be sure to visit the other Michaels Makers blogs to see their fun projects too:


Disclosure: This post was sponsored as part of the Michaels Makers program. I received free product in exchange for this post. All ideas, opinions and wording is entirely my own and I had a lot of fun too!


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