Teacher Toolbox (Printable)

  1. Mandy says:

    Kristen, we have the same painting affliction!!!! I hate and have little patience for it too! I love the little black labels and may actually do this now!!!
    Thanks for sharing! It looks adorable!


  2. Courtney says:

    Haha! I am the same way! I want it done then and won't be patient enough to wait for the next day. I love your labels. Thanks for sharing Kristen!

    Swimming into Second

  3. Megan says:

    Kristen..do you use your regular printer to print out all of these black labels? I run out of black ink ALL the time and I have a hard time printing so much black! But these are so cute, and I like the simplicity of just hot gluing them on!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Ok, I'm laughing so hard that I'm crying a little πŸ™‚ Kristen, it's going to be OK. Just periodically flip it over and look at the pretty side πŸ™‚ I love your take on the labels. They look fantastic:)

  5. Love this! I have redone mine a few times because I don't like the paper I keep choosing πŸ™‚ This is the perfect solution!

    And I totally empathize with the spray paint issue- I only bought my organizer because it came in navy, so it matched from the get-go πŸ™‚

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  6. Ms. Mel says:

    I love how your toolbox turned out! What font did you use? I have some signs I need to make for outside my classroom door, and I love the look of the one you used.


  7. Laurie says:

    Oh this made me laugh!! This could so happen to me. I hope you laughed a bit. I tried spray painting for the first time on some white plastic drawers I had. I have NO patience either. I had dripping paint and bugs landing on it!

    The labels look great!!


  8. 4321Teach says:

    Spray paint is frustrating. I commend you for trying to spray paint it. (I was too chicken, and the blue color goes well enough with my patriotic theme, that I didn't.) The only way I have had success with spray paint is to use an old sheet or plastic drop cloth to spray paint on. (I mean ratty looking, since I throw it away afterward.)


  9. Camille says:

    Kristen, Like Emily I just left mine blue because I have a blue/green forest theme going on (if I get my act together)! Thank you for sharing. I always think of you as being soooooo good at so many things, that it is nice to hear that there is something you are not good at – it makes you real. (Hope that makes sense and came out right!!)
    An Open Door

  10. Erin says:

    I LOVE the tags, I've been waiting to tackle this project due to the rumor I've heard that the pencils and pencs don't go straight in the drawer. Is this true??

    Elementary Adventure

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Erin! Yes, they have to go at an angle. The pens aren't too bad and I'm just using some small mechanical pencils I love in my pencil drawer. I still like how it can hold all that other small stuff πŸ™‚

  11. Dana Baker says:

    Kristen – Thanks for posting this! After seeing how cute your drawers came out, I added a stop at Lowe's to my errand list for tomorrow! I have the same problem with painting though – I may just leave mine blue!
    Thanks for sharing the labels!!!

  12. Mrs. Castro says:

    Seriously! I just finish mine this week and then you post your idea and make me want to redo the whole thing for a second time! Honestly…I should just make a point of only creating what you create so I don't go through this again! Yours is lovely!
    Mrs. Castro's Class

  13. Lauren says:

    I have the same painting problem!! I spray painted some really cute tin pails and they have drips all over! πŸ™ But most of them have at least one good side! Thanks for sharing the printable! I have the same organizer- no spray paint though- I put scrapbook papers in each drawer to fancy it up. πŸ™‚ Anyway, I've been looking for some printables for it since I made it several months ago!

  14. Kristen, I love the clean. neat simplicity of your white on black handle labels-and I have that font too-love it!

    primary practice

  15. Ms.M says:

    I feel for you. This is why I never spray paint. :/ Don't worry you can cover it with contact paper at a later time. πŸ™‚


  16. I love your labels! They look great on the handles. I couldn't sympathize more with the spray paint…I always chicken out and cajole my husband into doing it for me. πŸ˜‰

    Craft of Teaching

  17. cheermom3 says:

    I Love this tool box!!! I just found your blog tonight and was wondering where you found the tool box!!

  18. Miss Nelson says:

    Very neat labels. I'm the world's worst spray painter. I usually have more on me than the piece I'm spraying. I just spent over $100 on spray paint and now hate the shelves that I sprayed. I'm definitely with you. I seriously need to stop trying.

  19. Dianne says:

    My intent was to say that I also suffered from the spray painting blues but after reading all of the above comments, I'm beginning to think it's not us. It must be the paint if we all have the same problem! As always, I love what you made. It looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing again!
    Dianne @ Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching
    PS… Do you know how to leave a blog signature from an iPad? I've tried the HTML code but it never works….

  20. Dee Bibb says:

    I feel your angst at spray painting. I really try to stay away from a spray paint can as I tend to make a HUGE mess. That is one of the reasons I haven't done this tool box yet…at least that is what I keep telling myself!

    But I really love your labels……so maybe this weekend, I will make me one, too! Surely I can get someone with more spray paint expertise to take care of that little tidbit for me!

    Mrs. B's Nook

  21. missme says:

    So I just bought a box (a few weeks ago) almost identical to this, and labels were on my to do list. THANK YOU for sharing…. this just saved me a ton of time!


  22. Erin McCown says:

    Two of my best friends went together and made me one of these for my 22nd birthday. I absolutely adore it!!!

    Math with Ms. McCown

  23. Holly says:

    Would you be weirded out if I told you I love you?!?! HA!!! Every day I see a new one of these pop up and the whole process seemed way too much for this craft-challenged chicka. YOURS?!?!? Totally do-able. So do-able that I think I'm running out to Lowe's to pick it up right this very minute…no joke. Thanks so much for making it editable. xoxo

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  24. I love this idea… I have one that I used to keep my alphabet tiles in… I haven't used it in a while and it has lived in the back of my closet. I think I might dust it off and try my hand at painting one. Has anyone tried that textured spray paint? I have used it on furniture and have had good luck with it but I am just not sure if it would work on plastic. Time for a trip to the local hardware store…
    Thanks for a great idea and a whole page full of chuckles!
    …and remember to stay 'Wild About School!'

  25. Believe it or not, I just came across your amazing blog! I am now your newest follower. You have some really awesome posts!



  26. Anonymous says:

    I love your blog! Thank you so much for sharing so many great resources. I have been using a lot of your printables in my own classroom. Do you happen to have any signs for a focus wall? Thank you so much for all your hard work!


  27. Chrissy says:

    Is it ok that I laughed while reading this post?! You are a good sport! And, hey, I have not attempted this project (yet). While I still have a few days free, I think I'll head to Lowe's. Thanks for the printable!

  28. Traci says:

    I REALLY like the way you did yours with just labeled "handles". If I only had a place for one of these tool boxes.
    ❀Dragonflies in First ❀

  29. Kristin says:

    I'm kind of laughing—because this is so me. πŸ™‚
    I think it looks great. But I AM far away in California. πŸ™‚

  30. Jenn Bates says:

    That is TOTALLY what would happen to me! I love that you told us because without the close-up pick we would never have known.
    Finally in First

  31. Kellie says:

    UGh.. this is so me. I get so excited about something and this happens. πŸ™‚ Oh well.. Love the labels, many thanks for sharing with us. BTW… what font is that? I know I have it, but can't seem to figure out which one it is.
    Have a great weekend!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Would someone please explain to me how to type in this document? I downloaded it but I can't click in the label area. Obviously, I don't use ppt much! Thanks for any help you can provide!

    • Kristen says:

      Sure, you go to Insert, then select Text Box. You can type whatever you'd like for a label, change the font color, and just drag it over the black premade labels. I hope this helps!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get the bins/boxes??? Thanks!

  34. ~DeAnne~ says:

    I love it Kristen!!! I wish I would've seen this before the hassle I went through with mine! πŸ˜‰

    First Grade and Fabulous

  35. LOVE.IT. I wanted to do something with mine without all of the visual distractions of the color. This is PERFECT!! Thanks so very much!!

  36. Where did you get your box from?

  37. Ms. Morgart says:

    You are too funny and I can totally relate! I bought my toolbox but it is still sitting on my kitchen table because I have a fear of spray paint mixed with impatience! Thanks for the labels! These are a great option!
    Curls and a Smile

  38. Unknown says:

    Hi Kristen,

    Your blog looks awesome! I am currently a SAHM, but I would love to get back into teaching. My children are entering 5th grade, and I feel ready to get back into the education field. I would love to pin some of your ideas onto some of my Pinterest boards just in case I do become a teacher again. I also noticed that you actually answer questions that people ask on your blog. I think that's so sweet of you to do! I do not see a "share with Pinterest" button, so I want to get the "okay" with you to copy and paste. (I, of course, would give you all the credit for your ideas.
    Thanks so much,

    • Kristen says:

      Oh, I should probably put one of those up, huh? Thanks for the reminder Joy and for the wonderful message. I would be delighted if you pinned anything from my blog! Best of luck in the future!!

    • Unknown says:

      Hi again! Thanks for your prompt reply Kristen! I actually stumbled upon your site because I saw a pin that someone had on a board that came from your site. I am glad that you don't mind if I make pins from some of your ideas. Thanks again for sharing such great ideas with others!


  39. Unknown says:

    Oh… it's me again! I'm sorry to bother you, but I just tried to pin your teacher toolbox idea and the wrong image appeared. I tried a few times, but eventually gave up on pinning it.

  40. Janaye says:

    LOL, how funny!!!! Glad you got it figured out!! (And this is why my husband painted my toolbox, NOT me!) Love what did with the labels! The font is adorable, too.

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

  41. I love your toolbox! I really like how your put the labels on the handles. It makes it easier to read them I think! Thanks for sharing!

    The Second Grade Superkids

  42. Marne says:

    Hi Kristen – Could you please post instructions on how to type on the file you made with the black labels. And – I went to the sweetsshop website and purchased the font you mentioned, but I am not understanding how to access it now on my computer – can you give any words of advice?

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Marne! If you make a text box and type the font you'd like and change the color, you can then drag it over the graphic.

      For the font, I think the site has directions on how to install it. I know how to install it on a Mac, do you have one? πŸ™‚

  43. I painted two of them (two different sizes) that I got yesterday with spray paint, along with two bookcases I had sitting around in our spare bedroom. I am glad I am not the only one who can't use spray paint the correct way. I was too impatient. Thanks for the free labels, I was just about to make some.

  44. I have been wanting to do something like this for ages! I gave up my teacher desk 5 years ago, but am having trouble keeping all of my odds and ends organized. I am heading to Lowe's TODAY (have already checked to make sure this model is available in my store)! The only hitch is that I can't get the file to download. I don't know if it's me or my computer, but it's just not happening. Is there a chance you could email the powerpoint? lhiggins@mckinneyisd.net


  45. Anonymous says:

    Hi! I love your toolbox and had just started to make mine yesterday. I wasn't sure how I wanted to label them so I was so excited when I found yours!!! Thanks for sharing!!! One question … Did you just tape them on?

  46. Jean says:

    This looks great, Kristen! I am thrilled to have found your site!!! Is there a way to change the label color? Instead of black, I would love to use a purple color to coordinate with my room. Please let me know if you have a minute. Thanks so very, very much!

  47. dinat102 says:

    So nice of you to share this, but I also can't get them to download. Sorry to ask but can you also email me the file? ( dinat102@aol.com ) Thank you so much for taking the time to do it.

  48. Mrs. Mac says:

    I made a teacher toolbox this summer but didn't have the courage to try to spray paint. SO….it's still the gray lowe's color that it came with! I decorated it with all my cute clip art – but Kristen, how did you get the labels to stay STUCK??? Mine keep falling off, which is kind of disconcerting, ha ha! πŸ™‚ Lisa

  49. LOVE your tool box. I haven't done anything but fill mine up with stuff. I didn't paint mine – not due to lack of spray painting skills like what seems like a majority of the teaching world – but because I'm lazy…oh and school started last week! But I did want to make it all cutesy, but again with the laziness – so your labels are the perfect answer. My team already things I'm amazing because of all "my" ideas (that I get of the net from fabulous people like YOU) and now they are just going to think I'm even more brilliant and you don't even get any of the credit. I feel like I should mail you a batch of brownies or somthing:)

    Thanks for sharing all your fabulous ideas!

  50. These are gorgeous. I just bought the font because I want to make these for my house and they need to look exactly like yours…and they will because I'm the cruddiest spray painter ever. ZERO patience for the stuff. Thanks for sharing.
    : )Jodi

  51. Erica Bohrer says:

    It looks beautiful, but you have scared me off spray painting. I am pinning this though, in-case I get brave and or bored. I don't have the patience for things like that. I want my file cabinets to match my decor and I am just going to buy new ones! I just picture a disaster if I try to paint them black.

  52. Anonymous says:


    Very Cute! Could you tell me how (specifically) to change the font color and style. I only get "format" and that only changes the whole text box. I can't find anything else that says font style and color on PP. Thanks a million!

  53. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get you 'toolbox;?

  54. Oh, sister, I can relate!! I found adorable plastic book boxes at Big Lots (the same ones as Erica Bohrer uses in her classroom) but they weren't really the right size for my bookshelves, and I did not want to buy new boxes to go with my new color scheme this year. So I decided to spray paint my existing boxes. I can be patient when I choose to be, but I am ALWAYS lazy, so I skipped the sanding step. On 15 boxes!! And now they are beginning to chip. Just tiny little chips but big enough for a second grader to start scratching away at. Also, just a heads up to anyone foolish enough to take on this project, when you spraypaint cheap baskets they warp. Fortunately, Big Lots still has the boxes I wanted in first place…

  55. I can SO relate! I HATE spray paint, but sometimes its the only option! I painted some frames and put scrapbook paper in them (a cheaper version of those expensive square grouping of 9 pictures)and had done a good job on the first coat, but being impatient, I had to do the second coat before they were completely dry… Disaster! Drip marks, those "spiderwebs" as you called them… I was so mad at myself!! They turned out imperfect, but I still hung them up! They're like me — imperfect but still nice to have around!! πŸ™‚ hehe!

  56. So I am REALLY late in the game and just getting my toolbox together (to be used next year!)
    THANK YOU so much for the labels! I love the simplicity, and the fact that you can still see what is inside!!

  57. Kristen says:

    Just sent you an email JR! πŸ™‚

  58. Joy Obey says:

    I LOVE your blog, newest follower. Please follow me. Getting ready to start this project. Love the labels, Thanks!!!! Wish me luck


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