My classroom is VERY small and I am always looking for ways to maximize on space. I need student mailboxes for my classroom so when I saw this idea on Pinterest, I had to try it for myself! Click here to see the original pin on Pinterest.
Something that I did with mine was reinforce the front and back with foam board. Even after I glued all of the book boxes together, it still felt really flimsy. Because I wanted it to last a while (or hopefully the whole school year) I decided to add the foam board. I am not sure if the original creator of this idea did that as it is not clear in the picture (and the picture does not link to anything) but I recommend it.
I do not have a picture with just the glued book boxes and foam board but I think it is pretty straight forward.
I purchased the cardboard book boxes at Ikea; $.99 for a pack of 4. Because I can have up to 30 students in my class, I bought 8 of them and have 2 extra to use as I wish. I bought 4 sheets of black and white polka dot paper (scrapbook size) and two mini rolls of duct tape in blue. If you can’t tell already, my classroom theme this year is black and white polka dots with blue accents. Cute, right? Be watching for my classroom reveal that is due to come out Labor Day weekend!
Anyway, I really love how it turned out. The only thing I still need to do is add the numbers. I will probably print them out on sticky labels with a cool font. I will update this post with the picture of the final product when I print the labels. I need to purchase more ink for my printer. Isn’t that always the case? 😉
Let me know if you try it! I am really interested to see how it holds up throughout the year but it is an awesome, cheap DIY. Total cost: $20.50 (Without foam boards: $13).
Here it is in my classroom, numbers and all!