DIY Box Tops Bento Box for Back to School

DIY Box Tops Bento Box for Back to School

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BoxTopsHero #CollectiveBias

What a wonderful summer it has been. Full of family, friends and fun, but we're just as excited over here for the back to school season! Back to school at our house means getting organized, making lists (my favorite!), cleaning rooms, designing meal plans and stocking up on all the essentials that keep our family life humming along.

box tops bento box

One of my favorite lists is back to school shopping to get our house and school backpacks in order. I love the one-stop shopping I can do at Walmart to grab all the paper products we need at home and to share at school.

All of the paper products are easy to find and in one spot for a quick turn-around!

where to find kleenex and scott toilet tissue at Walmart

Teacher Supplies on our Back to School List

I like to put a first week of school kit together for my kids' teachers, which always includes a Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack along with a cute notebook, pens and a coffee card to our local cafe, which in Seattle is a hot commodity!

And once school starts we are devoted Box Tops collectors. If you're familiar with Box Tops for Education you know how helpful those little pieces of packaging can be to your teachers and school community. My kids love to collect them and ask whether something we find at the grocery store is Box Tops eligible.

I love knowing that when I stock up on Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack, Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack, Scott® Tissue 20 Roll Pack, Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls I can earn double Box Tops.

box tops bento box

Get More and Give More

Another reason we love the Box Tops program is that our wonderful parent association hosts a monthly Box Tops store where the kids can redeem their collection for little treats - stickers, notebooks, pencils, small stuffed animals, etc. Getting double Box Tops means the kids get more too!

And I love what it means for our school community. That's why as part of our back to school routine this year, I'm gunning for hero status and creating a couple of fun projects to promote and support my kids' Box Tops collection.

I'm sharing my Box Tops Bento Box and Box Tops Tower here. Both are super fun and easy to try with the kids and will help make early school mornings a breeze when kids know where all of their little school treasures have landed. My Box Tops Tower is a fun way to see how the collection is growing.

DIY Box Tops Bento Box

Here's what you'll need to make your own Box Tops Bento Box.

  • Kleenex Box
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife (optional) - I like this to cut off the top of the box with a clean line
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Wrapping paper

I've shared the steps below in a photo tutorial, but have included them here as well.

To make your own Box Tops Bento Box, start by cutting/slicing off the top of your Kleenex box.

Next, line your Kleenex box with wrapping paper. You can choose how you'd like to line it, but I like to make a pattern with the box on top of my wrapping paper and cut it out, then glue it inside of the box.

Now, cut the top of your box into dividers.

Cover your dividers with wrapping paper if you like. I like!

Now, take your dividers and decide where you want them to break your Kleenex box into sections. Cut 1/2 way down the side of your divider about 1/4" in from the end. Do this on both sides.

Cut 1/2 way down the side of the Kleenex box and slide your dividers into the slots.

Now take a pice of wrapping paper the same width as your Kleenex box and wrap it around and glue to finish. I like to leave about 1/4" of exterior paper to fold into the bento box for a clean finish.

That's it! Now use your Box Tops Bento Box to keep organized before and after school. 

box tops bento box tutorial

DIY Box Tops Tower

To make your own Box Tops Tower simply click on the template link below and follow the instructions included. You'll need a Scott toilet tissue roll, scissors, a glue stick and a bit of cellophane or saran wrap.

Box Tops Tower Template

box tops tower 

How do you collect your Box Tops for Education? Show me on Twitter and I'll share! 

box tops bento box


box tops bento box


box tops bento box


Today is a gift. Let's put a bow on it!
Find creative and sustainable ways to make family life a delight! Sharing modern etiquette that kids will enjoy.
💕 jennifer

sign up for Satsuma's email newsletter