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Student Supply Caddies... and Some Coffee :)

I must be on some kind of school crafting roll-- because today I completed another project! Celebration with a cup of coffee!

Our grade (actually our entire elementary school) is doing this thing where we charge supply fees-- and then the classroom teacher shops for the ENTIRE class for school supplies. Yes, a huge headache, but also totally fun because I absolutely adore the school supply aisle. And when those back-to-school sales starts, my husband has to practically drag me away kicking and screaming  because I want to buy some of everything.

So a few days ago I went with my colleagues and we all purchased our school supplies in bulk (sorry to our poor cashiers!). And since all of the supplies will be school owned- I figured it's ok for the kids to be sharing them. A lot of the other teachers said they were going to use group tubs, so I have been looking for (affordable) items such as this art caddy:

Medium Classroom Caddy (Blue)
I almost always group my student desks in groups of 4-5, so I figured supply caddies would be the perfect thing. I checked online-- but figured I could find better prices in stores. The first place I went to? Dollar Tree. They have some amazing deals! Sadly my Dollar Tree only had 3 caddies-- and I wanted at least 6.

My next stop? Wal-Mart. As I was meandering down a seasonal aisle-- I saw some supplies for college students. On the shelf was a giant bathroom caddy. I was a little dissapointed because it was basically what I needed-- it was just much too large. Then my husband was quick to point out the mini bathroom caddies on the top shelf. I guess they put them up there because they're so cheap ($0.97). And they had at least 4 different colors to choose from-- so I picked up 6 black ones. Total cost? $6.

We then headed toward the craft area-- where I picked out 6 different shades of ribbon. I have this thing for polka dots-- so I gravitated toward those. Each spool cost $2 apiece (it really depends on the size of your ribbon and the design). So that cost $12.

I took it all home, and today I used hot glue (it works EVERY time!) to stick the ribbon on the caddy. Then, because sometimes I get really girly-- I tied a little bow on the handle. I know that the bow won't last a week with 3rd graders-- but for the time being it made me happy. I almost glued on some table numbers (you could also use the ribbon to attach table numbers to the caddies), but I realized I always call table groups by their colors. So the numbers were superfluous to my plan.

Here are some pictures-- because I know you want to see the finished product (for a grand total of close to $18):
I should've made one for my own desk!

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  1. Cute!! You should still make one for your desk!!

  2. What a great idea! I'm checking out Walmart later for shower cubbies! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing. I want to do table group supplies this year and have been waiting for dollar tree to get the different color containers again. Know I know walmart is the place to go.

  4. Hi Anna
    So cute ~ love the decorative touch with the ribbon!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  5. These look wonderful! I am looking to upgrade what I have... Black is my favorite, and those bright colors look fabulous against it! Thanks so much for sharing! Just found your blog today and am a new follower and fellow teacher blogger. My blogging partner pinned this post and we are sharing it in today's Favorite Pins post...

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  6. Anna--so sorry to bother you with this, but do you still have the receipt with the UPC for your black caddies that you could email me? I have been calling around to Walmart to see if they have them, but they're having a hard time understanding what I'm talking about… :0( My email is Thanks!

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  7. The caddies are really cute. Thank you for sharing them!


  8. I bought those caddies today in pink, green and blue and I will be fancying them up with some ribbon and labels! Yours look awesome!



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