If your classroom mailboxes look anything like mine do, they are made out of particle board with the outside made to look like wood. Sooo attractive… 🙂 How to make my mailboxes look appealing to the eye has been something that I have thought about for a while now, but never put the effort into transforming it until this summer. The issue with the mailboxes is that the sides of each slot is narrow and doesn’t allow for much more than a ½ inch label to signal student numbers. If you’re like me and think fonts are much more attractive than your own handwriting this puts you in quite the pickle! Here is how I transformed my boring looking mailboxes into something I actually want to look at.
What you’ll need:
First, if you don’t already have a basic mail box, I really like this one!
Avery labels (I used 8160)
Binder Clips (like these)
- Scraped off all of the original labels that were on the side of each slot. In order to do this, I use a wet wash cloth. If you don’t have labels on your mailboxes than lucky you and skip this step!
- Set up Microsoft Word to the label setting (I used Avery 8160).
-In order to set up labels in Microsoft Word, you need to go to the Mailings tab and select labels. Then change the label size to what you have. I left the Delivery address blank because each of my labels has something different on them.
- Select a font that you would like to use. I used KG Counting Stars (You can download on TeachersPayTeachers).
4. Type a number in each box (ex. 1-24). I mark my mailboxes with numbers so I don’t have to change them each year with new students. My font size was 36. I also had the words, Extra (2x)- for extra forms I receive throughout the year and Star Student because this is where I store my Star Student posters (easy access to send home so I don’t forget each week).
5. Print the labels
- Stick each label to a binder clip. I had to cut the ends off of each label in order for it to fit on the binder clip.
- Arrange color paper on each mailbox shelf. (I used Astrobrights blue, green, purple pack.)
- Clip your binder clip to each mailbox self, securing the paper.
ANNNDDD….. You now have beautiful classroom mailboxes!
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