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Repurposing Kleenex Boxes

Back to School organization tips and repurposing Kleenex boxes into a desk organizer using empty toilet paper rolls. Great free activity for kids.

repurposing Kleenex boxes

It’s almost that time!!! Now Moms….don’t get too excited. It’s time to get everything you’ll need for your first day!! What do I think about when a new School year begins? Well of course there’s a lot of shopping to do (especially with 3 kids). Another thing I think about is how to arrange each child’s things so nothing gets lost. Here are a few other Back to School organization tips I have found to be useful. Lemme know what y’all do that helps too!

Repurposing Kleenex Boxes

When it is time to find Back to School deals, I know one thing. I am ONLY going to one store! With three kids I need a one stop shop where they can pick out a cute new backpack, lunchbox, School supplies.

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  • Walmart is the place to go! It didn’t take long for my kiddos to grab the things they needed, wanted, and load their new backpacks up with new School supplies. I can’t believe I have 1 in High School now!
Box tops for education

After the School supplies were chosen we went to grab a few bundles of Kleenex for each child’s Teacher. They can never get enough of these. I noticed that on the 3 pack with the Back to School picture on the front, it had an EXTRA box top!

There were several other items (list here) that offered DOUBLE the Box Tops for Education as well. Since I was in need of a few I snagged them on this Walmart trip too! If you’ve participated in the Box Tops program. You know it’s one of the best school fundraisers around.


If you haven’t participated in this program yet let me tell you about it. On Kimberly-Clark products, like Kleenex and others. There is a little piece like this one that you cut off. Since my philosophy is “there is a place for everything, and everything in it’s place”

I made a Box Tops for Education box a while back so they wouldn’t get lost, it’s easy to do!

box tops for education container.

How to Reuse Empty Tissue Boxes

Once you’ve emptied a Kleenex box you can use it as a Box Tops for Education collection container! Once it is full you won’t even need to empty it, just take it into your child’s School and hand it over knowing you’ve earned a lot of money for them (they are worth $.10 a piece) and all you needed to do was “snip snip snip”…..easy!

We dressed ours up with some colored popsicle sticks we found at Walmart on an earlier trip, and just hot glue gunned it to the front to give it some style. 😉

  • Here is another easy Back to School organization tip you can do at home with an empty Kleenex box and some of your empty Scott toilet paper rolls or Viva paper towel rolls too!
Repurposing kleenex boxes

Once you have an empty Kleenex box, cut out the plastic part that holds the tissues up. Then cut diagonally on each corner of the box like this.

repurposing kleenex box

Then use some clear tape to tape down the sides. They will lay flat since you have cut the edges of the box in the prior step.

This and the next few steps help to “pretty up” our Back to School organizing station!


You can either use clear tape or a glue gun for this part. I used a piece of ribbon and put one dot of glue underneath. Then wrapped the other side of the ribbon to the front and put another dot to hold it together.

  • I got all of these things at Walmart while we were doing our Back to School shopping, including the things to make the label. They are not hard to find.
Repurposing a kleenex box into a box to organize school supplies.

Like the Box Tops for Education label, we used colored popsicle sticks we found at Walmart. Taped the back so they would stay together. Then wrote each child’s name on the front with a permanent marker.

I used a hot glue gun to adhere this to the box but strong tape may work as well.

Repurposing activity with toilet paper rolls.

This part is great to get the kids involved. Collect empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls and have your kids paint them. We just used an inexpensive acrylic paint we found at Walmart on our trip. Used a disposable table cloth that could get dirty, and let them paint away!

Organizing School supplies using a Kleenex box.

Once they’re dry just put 5 across and 3 deep for a total of 15 rolls. I cut some of the rolls in half so I didn’t need to use as many. Used shorter tubes for the crayons so they could be grabbed easier.

Repurposing kleenex boxes into School organization box.

And there you have it! There you have two great ways to repurpose Kleenex boxes and empty toilet paper rolls. There you have your Box Tops for Education container!

They are easy to do and finding DOUBLE Box Tops for Education at Walmart on these products. They helped us to start filling it up before School begins. Their Teachers will be thrilled about that!

Want to organize further?? Start a school binder this year!

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Racquel Bregg

Tuesday 28th of July 2015

I always have mixed emotions also. We are probably going to put our almost 4 year old in a daycare a few days a week this fall, it will be odd.

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