Sunday, August 5, 2012

Back to School Student Supply Box

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my next project I've designed for The Robin's Nest.  Sometimes I feel like I have come up with a pretty good idea, and this is one I am really excited about.  I've been wanting to do this for some time, and I thought there was no better time to try this than now.  All the kids here are heading back to school this week, so I thought it would be appropriate to make a school supply box for that student in your life.  It could even be made to give as a gift to your child's favorite teacher.

To make this cute and useful box, I first took an empty Cricut cartridge box and painted the edges to match the paper.  
Painted box edges

I covered the box, inside and out, with these really cute papers from The Robin's Nest Boarding School Collection.   I used Glitter Letters paper on the outside, Glitter Numbers paper for the sides, and Red Fat Plaid paper for the inside.


I embellished the top cover with this cutest mini chalkboard, on which I was able to write my title, "School Supplies", using, much to my surprise, a Ranger "Picket Fence" Distress Marker.  A chalk pencil would also work well because it is an actual tiny chalk board.  I stamped two images twice in black ink from the Graphic 45 stamp set, An ABC Primer, in the blank spaces in between the black glittered numbers, on the Glitter Numbers paper and fussy cut each of the images.  I like to make my embellishments dimensional and more realistic, so I used heavy bodied glue and pop dots to raise the second image on top of the first image.  I colored the images in with markers and a bit of Distress Ink with an applicator sponge to make them show up better on the cover.


I layered the ABC Primer image onto an apple die cut and adhered all three embellishments to the top of  the box.  

On the inside of the box, I made a mini clipboard by covering a tiny piece of chipboard with a scrap of the Glittered Numbers paper, rounded the edges, and then inked the edges with Fired Brick Distress ink, which, by the way, matches this paper perfectly.  Then I attached the cute little apple paper clips to the top.  I layered this with another apple die cut, and voila, your supply box is finished.

Apple Die Cuts

Apple Paper Clips

I sure hope you enjoyed this project and will be inspired to give it a try.  It is easy and would make wonderful gifts to give to not only your school kids, but their teachers, and even friends and family.  The Robin's Nest paper is high quality and so very nice to work with.  And this paper is so very appropriate to use for this school project, or any other  project.  So please visit The Robin's Nest for more selections of beautiful papers and embellishments, and check back often for lots of inspiration from all of the other wonderful designers over at The Robin's Nest.    Also, check out their Monthly Page Map Challenge.  All you have to do is submit a page layout using their sketch and Robin's Nest products, and you could be the lucky winner of a $25 gift certificate to their online store.  

Happy crafting, 



  1. It came out adorable..any teacher would love it..Hmmm and you used a cricut box..great those Robin Nest Papers..and your emblishments are sweet

  2. What a great use of repurposing boxes. As a grade-schooler of that era, this project is just right!! Love following your blog

  3. This is so adorable! Love the vintage schooldays theme - works for big kids, too!