DIY School Paper Station

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School being back in session means it’s time to prepare for an onslaught of important papers coming in and going out of your home. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you stay organized. Use this quick tutorial to have your kids help you create an upcycled “school paper station” and you’ll never spend another crazed morning trying to track down homework or permission slips.


  • A couple of empty cereal boxes
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Washi tape
  • Decorative paper

To begin, trim the top off the cereal box with a pair of scissors.

Next, use a ruler or the box top to draw a diagonal line from the top corner of the box to a spot 4 to 5 inches down from the top on the opposite side. Then flip the box over and do the same thing on the back side. Using your scissors, cut off the triangle you’ve drawn.

Place the cut box on top of the decorative paper and trace an outline of each side as well as the front and back spines of the box.

Cut out all four pieces and set them aside. You can use all sorts of paper for this project including scrapbook paper, contact paper or even an old map.

Place washi tape along the sides of each piece to secure it to the box.

The finished product will look just like a magazine file you can buy at any home organization store.

Use a marker or vinyl letters to label your boxes. Each day, as soon as your child gets home from school, have him put all homework, permission slips and other important documents in the “in box.”  Once homework is completed and forms are signed, they go in the “out box.”  Each morning before leaving for school, be sure to check that both the in and out boxes are empty.  Viola — instant school paper organization!

Photo credits: Stephanie Morgan

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