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Summer is flying by. I can’t believe that in about a month, my 5-year-old twins will be starting Kindergarten and my son will be halfway through elementary school, entering 3rd grade. Please time, slow down! As we get ready for school, I’m spending some time organizing things to set up for a great school year.
We decluttered a lot of our closets and rooms this summer and now I’m stocking up on products we’ll need for the school year when I see a great deal (i.e. lunch box items, toiletries, etc).
Recently, I stocked up at Walmart on some Kleenex, Scott and Viva products that will get us through the fall -Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack, Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack, Scott® Tissue 20 Roll Pack, Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls.
We certainly use these items up quickly at home. And with double Box Tops on these everyday items, back-to-school shopping is easier and I can make a difference and help my kids’ school earn money. Our school’s HSA has raised significant amounts each year in Box Tops and grants through the program.
I purchased two packs of Kleenex Facial Tissue packs because I also send in a pack to my kids’ teachers. In keeping with the theme of getting my kids and home organized for back-to-school, I wanted to share a quick how-to for a basket with liner, upcycled from a tissue box.
It’s SUPER easy and I’m making one of these for each of my kids’ desks – a catch all for pens/pencils, supplies, odds and ends.
What You’ll Need:
Empty Tissue Box
Jute Rope (thickness is your choice)
Craft Glue or Hot Glue Gun
Fabric for a Basket Liner (I used a basket liner from an old basket)
Start by cutting off the top of the tissue box. You’ll want to use a deeper tissue box for this so your basket has more depth.
Using craft glue or glue gun, begin wrapping the jute rope around the box. Be sure to make it snug all the way around and to leave no space between the rope. You want to achieve the look of a basket. Wrap the box all the way up to the top, even though your liner will cover some of it. The basket will be sturdier with the jute roping.
*I did not do the underside, but you can start in the center of the underside and create a bottom of the basket with the jute rope, too.*
Allow to dry and ensure there is no spacing.
If you already have a basket liner, insert it and decide how much overhang you want on each side. Cut to trim. If you do not have a basket liner, using your fabric decide how large a piece you need and how much overhang you want. You can use witch stitchery (this girl doesn’t sew!) and an iron to create a neat hem after cutting your fabric to size OR trimming your basket liner.
Once it’s complete, fill it with what you need and get organized. These are great for a classroom, too! Make a few for the teacher – they are great at the center of group tables or reading centers for small books!
Remember to get double Box Tops with Kleenex Facial Tissue at Walmart and help your child’s school this year!
How do you get ready for the school year?