How many times a week do you ask (okay… nag) your kids to empty the dishwasher? Put their dirty clothes in the hamper? Put their shoes in the designated bin? If you are like me- more times than you care to count! So perhaps if you were inspired by my recent post to stop throwing your dimes into the garbage and instead start saving your Box Tops for Education™- but you are thinking to yourself that you just added one more thing to your list of stuff to nag the kids about- don't worry! I've got a creative idea for you that will help your kids to remember to collect Box Tops all on their own! And keep in mind- each Box Top is worth 10 cents to your school- which they can spend on anything they need! (*Over 80,000 K-8 schools participate in the Box Tops for Education program™ which has contributed over $525 million to participating schools since 1996!)
- Empty cereal box, folded flat (for easier cutting). Box Tops removed and saved (of course!)
- Scissors (paper cutter: optional)
- 1 sheet of 12×12″ scrapbook paper
- Tape and/or scrapbook adhesive
- We measured 2″ from the bottom fold of the cereal box (which actually lined up perfectly with the black Box Tops line on our box) and drew a line across the box as a guide for cutting.
- Cut the cereal box along your line.
- Re-fold the bottom of the cereal box and tape securely. Now you have your 2″ tall collection box!
Second Step- Cover the Box in Paper:
- Using your box bottom as a guide, measure the length of the box , and then cut to size with scissors or a paper cutter.
- Place the cut sheet into the bottom of the box, and using your fingers (small hands are best for this!) gently press the paper into the sides of the box. Create a crease line along the bottom edge.
- Fold the scrapbook paper over the edge of the top of your box, creasing as tightly as possible.
- Turn the box over, fold the paper over the bottom of the box (it will not cover the entire bottom) and crease again.
- Remove the sheet of paper and go over all of your creases.
Step Three: Final Assembly
- Using the leftover scrap paper, measure a strip to match the width of the bottom of your box, and cut to size.
- Cut your strip of paper in half and use each half to cover a small section of the bottom of the box, up and over the sides, and down to the bottom of your box, making sure to crease each seam well. Secure with tape or scrapbook adhesive.
- Using adhesive or tape, prepare the bottom of your scrapbook paper to return to the box- this time for good! We only added adhesive to the section of the paper that sits on the bottom of the cereal box.
- Fold over the sides using the creases you created, and then secure the paper to the bottom of the box with tape.
Step Four: Add a Reminder Label
Right-click on the above label image, and print it (I suggest scaling it to 50%). Attach to your collection box with tape or adhesive.Ta Da! In just a few minutes you've created a very pretty reminder to collect those Box Tops! We placed ours in our pantry- right above where we recycle our cardboard, so everyone is sure to see it!
This back-to-school season make sure to be on the lookout for General Mills Bonus Box Tops program- some packages come with 5 Box Tops which is an instant 50 cents back to your school! That's money (cash!) that your school can use to buy anything they need! You can learn more about Box Tops at Walmart here. I hope you feel inspired to save and send in your Box Tops this school year!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.