Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Michaels. I received a gift card in order to purchase the items needed to create my First Day of School Challenge Project. Opinions expressed are 100% my own, and have not been influenced in any way. I have not been compensated in any other way for this post.
I was recently contacted by Michaels and asked if I would participate in their First Day of School Challenge. For this challenge, we were given a gift card, and we were instructed to use the gift card to purchase materials to create a project that celebrates the first day of school.
After much thinking and planning, I decided to go a unique way. Starting with the first day of school, I want to be **super** organized. Last year seemed so hectic and so crazy, and I just can’t do it again. (Of course, I’m sure giving birth to #7 part-way through the year didn’t help with the chaos.) So, I decided to document the first day of school with a completely organized, totally creative personalized Homework Station.
I absolutely love the way our Homework Station turned out, and I think it will make the nightly homework routine so much smoother. Each box is filled with the items each of my children will need in order to be prepared for doing their homework: paper, pencils, crayons, markers, scissors. Extras of everything to help make homework time go faster and easier.
Let me walk you through the steps of creating your own Homework Station. (You may not need as many boxes as I do, so adjust this according to your family’s needs.)
First, head to your nearest Michael’s store and pick up the supplies you’ll need to create your personalized boxes:
- A Shelf Set of Scrapbook Storage Cases. (I grabbed the set with 6 boxes, but they offer many more options. I saw a shelf set with 4 boxes, and another set with just 2 boxes.) I also grabbed 2 extra boxes: One for putting Carly’s baby toys in, and another for my stuff. If I had really been thinking, I would have bought another shelf set with 2 boxes, but I didn’t think about that until after I’d already left.
- A Can of Spray Paint. (LOVE that Michaels has so many color choices! I opted for brown to match my dining room. You may need 2 cans if you want it really dark.)
- Mod Podge. (I used the Antique Matte and the Sparkle Mod Podge.)
- Sponge Brushes. (for applying the Mod Podge to the boxes.)
- Scrapbook Paper. (I needed 2 12×12 pieces for each box.)
- Stickers, Ribbon, and Embellishments for each child’s box. Make sure you grab some letter stickers to add their name to the box as well!
Once you have all your supplies at home, the first step is to get your box painted whatever color you picked out. Make sure you pull out the boxes from the shelf set before you start painting.
While the shelving system does come apart, I do *not* recommend pulling it apart to paint it. (Believe me, I learned the hard way!) Keep the shelves together and evenly spray the entire shelving system with your spray paint. (I also used a sponge brush to get rid of any drips.)
As your box dries, it’s time to get started on the boxes.
First, you need to cut your scrapbook paper to fit on top of the boxes.
Then it’s time to apply the Mod Podge. (My favorite part of the project!!)
Once you get the Mod Podge applied, let it dry:
Here are all of our boxes waiting to dry:
Once the boxes are dry, it’s time to decorate them. The kids absolutely loved this part. They got to use their stickers and decorate exactly how they wanted to. I did add some ribbon to most of the boxes. The seam on the boxes bothered me, so the ribbon was a fun, easy way to hide that silly seam.
Here’s how our boxes turned out:
I really love how they turned out, and so do the kids.
I also added each child’s name (or nickname) on the outside of each box:
For the final touch, make it a complete Homework Station, complete with Calendar and other necessary supplies:
It turned out so great that I don’t mind having it sit in my dining room. That’s where homework gets done, anyway, but at least now they have a fun, creative way to keep their supplies on hand and keep them organized. And it will keep my dining room clean!
This year, we’re starting the first day of school organized and in control. We are going to make it a great year!
I also think this project would be great for homeschooling moms. I wish I had thought of this when I was homeschooling a few years ago.
Michaels is my favorite place to get craft supplies and everything I need for fun projects with the kids. Here are just a few reasons why:
- If you need a large quantity of a back to school item, but you don’t see enough on the shelves, Michaels offers a bulk ordering program where you can order as many as you need and save up to 20%!
- The Michaels app is a wonderful tool to have. It gives you the latest deals and coupons at the touch of a button. I saved lots of money on my trip to Michaels with the app.
- Michaels offers a 15% discount for teachers every day. Just talk to a store associate during your next visit to learn more.
Also, be sure to connect with Michaels in the following ways:
- Michaels Website – Full of project ideas, videos, class schedules, and so much more.
- Michaels on Facebook
- Michaels on Twitter
- Michaels on Pinterest
- Michaels on Youtube
- Michaels on Instagram
- Michaels on Foursquare
Thanks, Michaels for helping us make our First Day of School even better!
Tell me: What’s on YOUR back to school list from Michaels?