Back to School Storage Pails

It’s back to school time!  Time to organize your supplies and maybe even charm the new teacher with a little gift.  I combined the adorable miniatures and paint cans available at Consumer Crafts to make these fun back to school storage containers.  To make your own you will need:

I made two versions of these storage cans, one appropriate for children and the other a bit more masculine, because it is so hard to come up with gifts for male teachers!

First, I removed and spray painted the lids of the cans.  The green is Krylon’s Ivy Leaf, and the other is Krylon’s semi-gloss black.

Next, I used E-6000 to glue the miniatures onto the lids.

For the red and black pail, place three strips of washi tape around it, and embellish it with a chalkboard vinyl tag.

For the green and mesh pail:

Cut a strip of 12 by 12 cardstock, distress the edges, and adhere with double sided tape.  There will be a slight gap.

Cut a piece of the tin wire net to cover the cardstock.  Hold it in place with double sided tape, and cover the gap with washi tape.

Embellish the can with twine, tags, and buttons.

Wrap the handle with bakers twine to make it look like a rope.

Now you’re free to fill each pail with school supplies or treats!  Gift them or use them to organize your own supplies.  Enjoy your new back to school storage pails!

About Morena

Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at She loves to share ideas for projects that are fast, frugal, and fabulous: easy on time and money, and great to look at! Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Make sure to swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!


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