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Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector

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My kids and I are all about doing good and helping others out when we can. Although all three of my children will be homeschooling this year (someone send reinforcements!) we are still clipping ALL THE BOX TOPS for their local elementary school! With all the buying we are doing preparing for back to school, like Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack, Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack and Scott® Tissue 20 Roll Pack, we have been accumulating an abundance of Box Tops. Instead of storing them in a plastic baggie hanging on the refrigerator (not that I’ve done that before or anything), I made this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector to store them in until we have enough to turn in to the school.

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

Isn’t it cute? I just love the way it turned out. And thankfully it’s super easy and can be replicated with basic household supplies that you probably already have on hand. How’s that for easy?

Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector

Materials:

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

  • 2 empty toilet paper rolls
  • different colored papers (I used pink, textured yellow, textured grey, and black & white polka dot)
  • glue or hot glue
  • tape
  • paper cutter or scissors

Instructions:

To create the bottom for the collector, you will need to cut a circle out of the second empty toiler paper roll. Cut one toilet paper roll longways, lay flat, and place the other one on top of it. With a marker, pen, or pencil, trace a circle around the open end of the roll. With scissors, cut the circle out and adhere to one end of the other toilet paper roll with glue (or hot glue).

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

Put glue or hot glue around the end of the other toilet paper roll. Carefully place the cut out circle from the other toilet paper roll onto the glue to create a bottom for the Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector.

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

Cut the yellow paper 3 inches thick and about 7 inches long. This will give it just a bit of overlap. If you don’t want that much, just trim it to the size you want. Wrap around the top (the open end) of the toilet paper roll and tape to secure.

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

Cut the pink paper about 3/4″ wide and 7 inches long. Wrap around the toiler paper roll at the closed end and tape to secure. I kept all the seams on one side so that it looked cleaner.

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

Cut the grey paper about 1/4 inch wide and 7 inches long. Wrap around toilet paper roll between the pink and yellow papers and tape to secure. Again, try to keep the seams all on one side for a cleaner look.

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

At this point it should really start to look like a pencil. The next step is to make the “lead” part of the pencil. Instead of using just a plain black or darker grey paper, I used a fun black & white polka dot paper. To make the “lead” I cut about a 3 1/8″ diameter circle from my pretty polka dot paper. I then cut about a 1 1/2 inch pie piece from the circle. By cutting the piece out of the circle, it will make creating a cone much easier.

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

You’ll need to create an opening for the Box Tops so that they can fit into the Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. To do this, use scissors or a craft knife to cut out a rectangular shape. Make sure it won’t be covered when you go to create the cone.

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

To create the cone for the “lead”, overlap the two ends of the circle. Do not tape until you know you have the proper size to fit around the top of the toilet paper roll. Once you have the right size, tape to secure.

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

Line the top of the open end of the toiler paper roll with glue or hot glue. Carefully place the “lead” cone over the top, align properly, and hold to secure.

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

I love this little Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector SO MUCH! I want to make one for all the school-aged children in the neighborhood so they can be excited to fill it with Box Tops like my kids are.

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

Who would of that preparing for back to school could be so rewarding? Not only do I stock up on things for my house, I like to help my fellow teachers by stocking up on things for their classrooms. If you know a teacher you know that they usually spend a small fortune each year, out of their own pockets, to purchase supplies for the classroom. While stocking up on Kleenex, Scott and Viva products this back to school season, pick up some extras for the school and get double the Box Tops! It’s such an easy way to support teachers and the school in one easy swoop.

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

While doing some of our back to school shopping we picked up Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack and a Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack for the school, and a Scott® Tissue 20 Roll Pack for the house! Just by purchasing the Kleenex, I was able to earn 14 Box Tops. That’s $1.40 for the local elementary school! That’s not too shabby!

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!So while you’re out and about doing your own back to school shopping this year, remember all these easy ways to get AND give double the Box Tops! Really, y’all, it’s such an easy way to help out.

Hold all those Box Tops in this Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector. Make it with items you already have laying around your house!

Save all your Box Tops in style with this super adorable DIY Pencil Shaped Box Tops Collector!
About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.

Comments

  1. 1

    That’s adorable! I have all of mine stuck in an ugly box in my drawer which is zero fun at all! My kids would have loved collecting them this way!

  2. 2

    This is so cute and a great way to keep the box tops organized. I’m all about reducing clutter around the house and this does the trick!

  3. 3
    Courtney says:

    This is amazing! This is so creative and fun. What a great idea for a box top holder. Love! #client

  4. 4

    This is a clever idea! It’s pretty easy to save up a lot of box tops when everyone is chipping in. This would be a great container to collect with at school.

  5. 5

    What a cute and simple craft idea! Way better than the plastic baggie in my drawer for my box tops.

  6. 6

    This is cute. I just have a boring old envelope on the side of my refrigerator.

  7. 7

    What a unique way to collect Box Tops, I think with three kids I would make 3 or use a paper towel roll. Lovely idea and certainly makes collecting box tops more fun!

  8. 8

    While we aren’t sending the little guy to public school, I do think he’d enjoy making the collector boxes. I don’t mind supporting the schools even if my kiddo isn’t attending.

  9. 9

    Such a smart idea. My youngest son’s school gets quite a bit of money with these each year.

  10. 10

    That’s so much fun! We love collecting Box Tops!

  11. 11

    What a great way to make collecting Box Tops a bit more fun! It would make a cute teacher gift too! We love being able to help our school.

  12. 12
    Tracey Crockett says:

    Love this cute storage idea!

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