The Box Top Jar {printable}

It's that time of year again. Back to school!  I love this time of year like I love Christmas {maybe more?}.  You all know what a nerd I am, so you really shouldn't be surprised by how much I love celebrating school.  In honor of this quasi-holiday, I have prepared some helpful and fun posts for the parents, teachers, and students all headed back to the pencil sharpeners, trapper keepers and lunch lines. {I'm clearly still living in the 90's}

Last year, Jonathan's teacher encouraged the students to collect the most box tops in the entire school.  Jonathan came home one day and began inspecting cereal boxes in the pantry and scolded me for throwing away precious dollars that could go toward his school.  To which I responded, "what? these little ten cent labels on my brownie mix?  They actually use these??" Who knew.  Turns out that these can really add up, and I know how tight the budget is in our school system, so literally, every penny counts.  Now, we inspect every box, bag, and candy wrapper before we throw them away.

Rather than losing them and letting them collect dust behind the fridge or in the junk drawer, we turned an empty  pasta sauce jar into "Our box top jar".  Recycling AND collecting money for school! Look at us go.  

I hate to sound like a cliche but it really is fun working together and helping his school out.  It was really easy, so easy in fact that I'm sharing the printable here for you.  All you have to do is print it on regular printer paper, cut it out and glue or tape it on a cleaned out jar. {we prefer Newman's Own Marinara}  Set the jar out in the kitchen and make sure every one is checking what they are about to throw out.


When it fills up, pass the box tops  on to the school and they can spend the money on something cool like new dodge balls or something.  

Let me know if you use this in your home. I'd love to see pics!
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  1. So lovely! I really should start collecting them now, and then I'll wow everyone when I bring them into kindergarten with my son in two years. :)

    Hope you are having a lovely day!

  2. Love this! Ive been collecting these since L went to school in Bama. Mine are just in a ziplock though :/

    Did you also know (prolly more for me since I have to order EVERYTHING online...) that if you go through the boxtops website to shop online they make money too?

  3. This jar is a great idea. It's so easy to forget to clip those little tops. Our school collects them too.

  4. Such a cute idea! And such a cute blog :)


  5. Thanks for sharing and making collecting easy and fun! I am a former teacher and our school loved box tops!

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  6. so cute - i need to do this :)
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  7. Your blog is so cute! And so is this printable!

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  8. What a sweet idea! i love it!

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  9. Great blog, so glad I found you!Stopping by from the GFC blog hop and am now your newest follower:) Hope you can come check out Crazy Mama Drama !

  10. This is awesome!! You inspired me to do this!!

  11. What an adorable DIY. I used to collect the box tops for my nieces and nephews and stopped for some reason. Maybe this project will get me doing it again.


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