Oh.my.word!  I won the Michael’s #create2educate contest yesterday!!!  It all took place on Instagram.  I may or may not have had a cold beverage to celebrate. {wink} Seriously, this was fun to put together.  For winning, I received a gift card to spend at their crafty store.  The hardest part now is deciding how I’m going to spend it.  I have too many things I want to do.

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Well, we all know the first week is tough.  Back-to-School for an entire month is tough.  Cue: SURVIVE! What more do you want than chocolate, caffeine, and colored pens?  I thought it would be fun to put together all the necessities to help you get through it–minus the alcohol (JUST KIDDING!!)  Give this to your teaching buddy or if you are a parent, your kid’s teacher.

There are a ton of container options at Michael’s.  At first I thought I would buy a mason jar but then I just saw these paint cans and love the size.  And I do love how they are plastic…which I felt would give teachers more options.  You could use it with your kids or put behind your table.  You can find these affordable gems in their gift section.  Now, I did buy the label (and most of the goods inside) from Target.  The label is made for chalkboard markers.  The markers can be easily wiped off so you can reuse the can again and again if you would like.

Teacher Survival Kit www.amodernteacher.com

Materials: (I found all the inside goodies at Target in their check-out lanes).  It’s all right there.  Super easy!

*paint can from Michael’s

*washi tape

*chalkboard labels

*inside goodies of your choice

I choose: Advil, Shout Wipe & Go, hand lotion, chocolate covered pomegranates, bright colored markers, and Starbucks giftcard

Teacher Survival Kit www.amodernteacher.com


Decorate the can however you would like.  I covered mine in washi tape.

Stuff and add a label.  Done!

You can make it as elaborate or simple as you would like.

So, what do you think is a necessity to survive back-to-school?



Have fun putting this together!  You WILL survive.  And thank you Michael’s for a fun contest!!!! xoxo, April