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DIY school project storage box

Nichole Beaudry strives to capture the wonder, beauty, and whimsy in the small moments with her children.She earned her undergraduate degree in English from The University of Texas and her masters in English from California State Univers...

Perfect storage for creative kids

It happens so quickly with the start of each school year… the school art projects that our children bring home begin to pile up. Get ahead of the clutter by helping your child create a box in which they'll hold their favorite projects for the year. By choosing a smaller box, they'll be encouraged to choose only their favorites. And at the end of the school year, they're ready to be tucked away.

DIY school project storage box


Perfect storage for creative kids

  • Cardboard storage box, 4 to 5 inches deep
  • 40 to 50 sheets of white 8 x 10-inch card stock
  • Tape
  • Double-sided tape or glue stick
  • Kids' art


Step 1: Accordion fold card stock

Perfect storage for creative kids

Lay 2 sheets of card stock beside each other and secure with a 2-inch piece of tape at the top and another at the bottom, joining the 2 pieces of card stock. Be sure to leave a tiny bit of space between the 2 sheets to allow for easy accordion folds.

Flip the 2 pieces over and repeat the tape process on the back side. Continue this process until you've worked your way through your card stock.

Step 2: Add artwork

Perfect storage for creative kids

Using double-sided tape or a glue stick, attach your child's artwork to the card stock beginning with the second-to-last page, leaving the back of the last page blank.

Step 3: Affix card stock inside the box

Perfect storage for creative kids

Apply double-sided tape or the glue stick to the 4 edges of the bottom piece of card stock and adhere it firmly to the bottom inside of the box, being sure that you center the accordion stack in the box. Add your child's art throughout the year, building the collection until the box is full and adding additional pages if necessary.

Step 4: Decorate

Perfect storage for creative kids

Optional step: Ask your child to decorate the box and make it his own. Think stickers, markers and glitter. I skipped this step because I plan to store our box on a bookshelf and plan to add boxes each year, so I wanted to keep them simple and matching.

Perfect storage for creative kids

At the close of the school year, you'll have a box of the best of the best of your child's art, ready to be tucked away on the shelf for years to come. What's better than a curated collection that celebrates the artist your child was each year?

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