Thursday, August 8, 2013

Back to School Ruler Crate

It's Back to School time...and this DIY Ruler Crate will help you get ready! All you need is rulers, plywood, chalkboard paint & Mason jars...and then you can fill and organize to your heart's content!

Remember, as a kid, when you were smitten with the idea of having your own office? With your own things to organize and your own work to do? I remember loving desks and office supplies (I also couldn't WAIT to have homework) and secretly wishing, when I played any type of make-believe involving these things, that my real life was more like the make-believe! The sad thing is I was WAY more organized then (in my playtime) than I am now (in my real life)!

I don't know what it is, but I seriously cannot get a handle on ANY type of organization! My refrigerator, my closet, my car, my silverware drawer.....and especially all the papers!! There are piles of papers everywhere - in the kitchen, the front entryway, the laundry room, the basement.....The worst part of all is they just. keep. growing. So just when I think I have a handle on one pile, I realize that all the other ones (or at least half of them) have grown to a ridiculous point!

Most likely, what I've done is move things from one pile or one room to idea of organization these days. If I'm lucky, every now and then I remember to dig through the piles and find the things I need to take care of before the deadline has passed. And other times? I'm just that person. The one who's always a day (or eight) late with things and lucky if I remember at all.

So when I started putting this Back to School Ruler Crate together, I got pretty excited....! Maybe this could be the start of a new, more organized, better ME!?! I started filling tiny mason jars with paperclips and rubber bands, medium-sized mason jars with crayons and binder clips, and large mason jars with everything else! It brought me right back to childhood and office supplies and organization....and it made me excited to turn over a new leaf for fall. The ONLY problem? Figuring out where to put all my newly organized jars! I guess I'll be making a few more of these ruler crates.....and maybe figuring out how I can (finally) get my own office! After all, I've been waiting for one since childhood!! Maybe that's the reason I'm so disorganized!! (I think I'm on to something!)

What You Need:
*4 rulers
*plywood (I used pre-cut pieces from Michael's for the ends and had my husband cut the bottom from a larger piece)
*chalkboard paint
*3 large mason jars
*wood glue or hot glue gun

Looking for other fun back to school ideas? Check out these ones!

Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling....
I hope you feel right at home!


  1. So cute. I've been thinking of a project with rulers (sunburst wreath?), but love yours so much.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

  2. Totally adorable. And that jar full of clean, white chalk? It makes me want to paint my entire house with chalkboard paint and write with chalk all day! Think my husband would be on board?

  3. I love this and think it would be the perfect craft to get the girls "in the mood" for back to school time. Even though I'll be sobbing in the corner come that very 1st day of kindergarten!

  4. I love the ruler crate! So fun! New follower!

  5. Such a simple and cute idea! I've seen this floating around Google+ this week- finally dropping by from Whimsy Wednesday :)

  6. So glad I stopped by the Wonderful Wednesday blog hop and discovered this post. I'm going to make one for my desk =)

    Cathi~ The Bookish Baker

  7. This is such a great idea! I would love to have something like this close to my phone in the kitchen! Too cute!

    Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen party! I am always glad you share with me! I will be pinning this!

  8. Very cute. Great gift idea for the teachers too. And I completely agree with being more organized in my playtime than now.

  9. This is so cute ... I actually made something really similar today {but it didn't use rulers ... I LOVE that!}.

  10. I love this idea! & would love to make one for my daughters room. I am pinning this. Hope you drop by for a new party this coming Fri. & link up if you like. How was your summer? Hard to believe we are back to school, right?! xo

  11. What a fun idea - too cute - love the rulers as wood!!!
    Visiting from Craftionary

  12. Mason jars and rulers... how could you go wrong? Adorable DIY project. Headed over to check out the chalk frame. Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  13. This is such a cute idea and seems so simple! This would be a perfect teachers gift! I would love if you would share this over at our blog hop

  14. Featuring today over on my blog! Thanks for linking up to {wow me} wednesday! :)

    Ginger @


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