Back To School Teacher's Tote

It's that time of year again!  I don't know about you, but around this house, summer has gone by way too fast.  We started getting summery weather about 3-4 weeks ago, so there's no way it's time for school, right?  I started to step out of my denial and think about school and teachers. 

Every year, I take a gift of school supplies for Hunter's teacher on our meet and greet day.  At first I worried the teacher might think I'm kissing up, but after asking some teacher friends, they all agreed they want as many supplies as they can get.  Teachers have a lot of out of pocket expenses, so I feel like it's my job to help them out.  

This year, my gift was made better by a project I built workshop at the Haven conference in July.  We built DIY Wood Mason Jar Totes with Jaime of That's My Letter and Jen Woodhouse of The House of Wood.

Here's a picture of our groups totes after our build.

Now fast forward to August 28 & 29.....I'm doing a DIY presentation at the first ever Randolph's Midwest DIY Blogger Roundup.  If you're a blogger and interested in attending make sure to register ASAP to secure your spot and your swag bag!!  If you're not a blogger, still come out and see what Randolph Street Market has to offer!! 

At the roundup Sunday at 1PM,  I'll be showing you how to build this fun multi-purpose Mason Jar Tote.

These are the supplies you will need for this project:

1 - 1x4x6 pine board
4' - 1 1/2" x 1/4" flat moulding
1 - 3/4" dowel
1 1/4" finish nails
wood glue
3/4" spade bit

If you're interested in building this fun tote, here's a link to Jaime's build plans 

It's a quick and easy project.  

This is my tote before:

I painted the tote in DIY Paint in Faded Burlap.  I gave the tote two coats of paint and I was done.

I added some green ball jars I had on hand, tied a cute ruler ribbon on the handle.  For the last step, I placed sharpened pencils and markers in the jars.  

This is a quick and easy project that could be changed in so many ways.  You could make the tote bigger or smaller by adjusting your measurements.  A longer version would be gorgeous used as a centerpiece filled with vases and flowers.  

I hope Hunter's new teacher appreciates the gift.  I know our teachers have a tough job, so it's important to know how much we appreciate what they do for our kids on a daily basis.  My Passion For Decor LOVES teachers!!!  Thank you!!!

Thank you for reading!


  1. Melody,
    I can't wait to see it in person at the market. You have mad skills girl.

  2. oh I can't wait to see you build this at the Market! :) Its gonna be fun