Community Supply Bins {printable}

August 4, 2011

Community Supply Bins {printable}

August 4, 2011

This is the last time I blog about supply labels, aaargh!!

Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is I occasionally post about my projects before they are completely finished, since I can’t wait to share them with you! The reason this is good?

Because of the bad news: I thought the taller cups I was using for my supplies could be hot glued to the bins, so they wouldn’t tip over. Unfortunately, this melted my first set of cups beyond repair. Sigh.

However, I took solace in the fact that I hadn’t finished the project and ruined all of the cups yet!

So maybe it is good to blog first, then test.

No, I’m joking! From now on, it’s finish the project. Then blog about it.

So. Here is my Community Supply Bin system, officially. I’ve used versions of this in the past, but never with the larger shoe bins, just baskets. The bins will be ideal because they can hold so much more. I like how they are clear, because the label can be made to match the room’s theme and/or color scheme.

Smaller cups (which are very steady!) are used for crayons and glue sticks:

Taller cups are used for markers, colored pencils, and scissors. By the way, these cups were the original problem. But my sister (also a teach!) had a brilliant idea: We used those little shiny stones from the Dollar Tree to weigh them down a bit:

Turns out you only need about 8 in each cup to provide the perfect amount of weight and keep it steady. My sister wanted me to get the clear stones but, of course, I insisted on the colored ones so I could sort them to match. I drive her crazy!
Now all cups can be taken out of the larger bins if need be and won’t tip so easily.

On a side note, the unfinished labels and failed project gave me the perfect excuse to try out a new kind of label, which I actually like better. I got the little frame graphics from this incredible site I keep reading about on several other fabulous blogs: Print Candee.

Ok, that was more than I ever wanted to post about supply bins. The project is officially finished! Off to plan for the new year…the files for the labels are below (these are the same I shared a few days back) 🙂


  • Donna August 4, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I was just in Target today staring at the baskets/bins trying to figure out how I wanted to manage my community supplies this year. I stood there for 10 minutes, couldn't decide, and left empty handed. Well, you just solved my problem – this idea is genius! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Peace, Love & Learning

  • Kinder Fun August 5, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Ya! I love these!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Ayala’s Kinder FUN

  • uscteacher August 5, 2011 at 12:51 am

    This is the first time I have done labels for my community supplies and I'm loving the way it looks! I think because of you I have gone a little label crazy!!!

  • 4th Grade Wonders August 5, 2011 at 1:24 am

    soo awesome! you rock!

  • Ms.M August 5, 2011 at 5:20 am

    I would have never have thought of the weighted stones. I was thinking of suggesting some glue dots, but I like that the cups are not fixed and can be moved around. 🙂

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  • Marlana August 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Could you use those little velcro dots or maybe even sticky tack to keep them down?

    Lil' Country Kindergarten

  • Kristen August 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Hey guys, thanks so much!!

    Marlana, thanks for commenting and stopping by! I did try Velcro, but then the cup wasn't steady when taken out and placed on the table. I like that the rocks keep them weighted and they can be moved around. Love your little flower on your siggy! 🙂

  • Dana August 6, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I hate to ask but….could you attach or send the new labels? they are just too cute. You are totally making my ocd addictions worse! Thank you!!


  • KHeister August 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    What size labels do you print on? I am so excited to get this project started, I am just not sure what I should print on and how you got them in neon colors.


  • Kristen August 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Dana, I am waiting on permission to share certain parts of the graphics. If I get an ok I'll be sharing them on here.

    KHeister, hi! They actually aren't sticky labels, they are printed on colored paper and then taped on with packing tape to the cup (I think you can see the tape if you enlarge the picture). I hope this helps!

  • Busy Bees August 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I love community containers. They are so easy to refill and there is no arguing over I bought this or that is mine!! Thanks so much for sharing. Just became your newest follower!!

  • Dana August 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Awesome! You totally rock!

  • Christina Bainbridge August 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Thank you so much for directing me to this post! I'm not *exactly* sure yet what I'm going to do about supply boxes, but I like your plan a lot! I like how the shoe boxes will catch little bits of "yuckiness" and could be so easily cleaned!

    Thanks for taking the time to share your idea on my blog comments! 🙂

    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

  • Megan August 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I love these! I got my cups for my table boxes on sale (5 cents each!)and I had a light blue instead of the green I needed and your labels fixed my problem. I also snagged your A-H book bin labels for my reading centers. My classroom has never looked so organized. Thank you for sharing all your hard work!!

  • Kristen August 8, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Hey Megan, thanks for stopping by. 5 cents is an amazing deal!! I'm so happy you could use the labels on the cups. Thanks for the kind words, you made my day 🙂

  • Whitney Putnam August 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I love the labels! If I have further items to label – dry erase markers – rulers – calculators – how can i use what you created to make my own? Love them and can't wait to get started!!!


  • Ashley May 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I think the answer to this question is probably obvious to you, but I am looking for the easiest way to copy your graphics on to the frames I purchased from Print Candee. How do you go about doing this?

    Love your site!

  • Laura Ellison May 12, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks to you, I just fell in love with Print Candee! How did I not know about it?! Love the idea for the community bins; my partner and I were just discussing how we were going to handle supplies next year, and I think that is an excellent idea!


    Will Grade For Coffee

  • Mrs. Reading May 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Love your ideas! I'm a bit of a label junkie myself. I tried community supplies this year. I ran into the problem of supplies that had kids' names written on them…lots of, "hey, he's using my scissors!" did you run in to any of this?

  • mikelynn91 July 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you VERY much for sharing your giftedness! May God bless you this school year with lots of fun moments with your class!

  • Unknown August 11, 2012 at 2:49 am

    This is beautiful! I have a few silly questions, though. Are the cups the plastic disposable kind, and did you hot glue the stones to the bottom of the cups? Thanks so much. You are AMAZING!

    • Kristen August 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks and not a silly question at all! The cups are plastic (solo cups) and I just put the stones in. This is my old system but it worked really well so I'm using it again this year (sans stones–I have smaller baskets that hold the cups more tightly this year) 🙂

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