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Back to School DIY Pencil Holder | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsBox Tops for Education

This school year Sola will be attending a public school ALE (Alternative Learning Enviornment), so like other public school families, we are stocking up on paper products for our school, such as Scott® Tissue, Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack, Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack, and Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls paper towels. And added bonus to these paper products is that they are currently offering double Box Tops for Education, which is another easy way to help out local schools. It just takes seconds to save the the Box Tops and I figure, if it is a product my family already needs, why not take the extra second to help a school while I’m at it?
Back to School DIY Pencil Holder | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
Last week, I went to Walmart to stock up on school supplies while I was stocking up on paper goods and was feeling a little overwhelmed about storing all the school supplies that we need to keep at home. So I decided to make a pencil holder to organize a lot of the loose school supplies. I thought it turned out really cute and will look good in Sola’s bedroom.
Back to School DIY Pencil Holder | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Supplies:

  • Washi tape
  • Paper towel rolls from my Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls package
  • Utility knife and scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small wooden square for the base
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brush

Back to School DIY Pencil Holder | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Directions:

  • I cut the paper towel rolls into various lengths, using a utility knife and scissors, being careful not to flatten the roll while I cut.

Back to School DIY Pencil Holder | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • I thoroughly wrapped the roll segments in washi tape (I used bright colors for Sola, but you could use any color scheme you want)

Back to School DIY Pencil Holder | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • When I got the end of the paper towel roll, I intentionally made sure the tape went past the end of the roll, so I could fold the end inward, which looks better to me. To do this, I had to trim some of the paper towel rolls.

Back to School DIY Pencil Holder | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • I then painted my wood block white

Back to School DIY Pencil Holder | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • Finally, I used a hot glue gun to attach the paper towel rolls to my wood piece

Back to School DIY Pencil Holder | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Turning Things Over to You

Do you collect Box Tops for Education? If so, do you have any secrets for making the most out of your Box Tops (double points products, etc?). How do you store your Box Tops? Do you have any storage hacks for school supplies?
Back to School DIY Pencil Holder | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
You can find Kleenex® Bundle Packs, Scott® Tissue, and Viva® Vantage® paper towels in the paper products section of your local Walmart.

Back to School DIY Pencil Holder | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

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How to Make Butter With Kids | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

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Pizzeria Style Pizza Crust Recipe | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I have to make a lot of my food from scratch now, because my nephrologist has put me on a low sodium diet. I do love pizza though, so I have been refining my pizza crust recipe over the last few months and am very happy with the results of this recipe. I used to […]

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