Teacher Pails – A.K.A. “Brown nosing buckets”

I’m redoing this post from TEN years ago!!! I can’t believe it’s been that long! But it was such a hit with soooooo many people that I wanted to share it again! 

So this is what I’ve always done…These are supposed to be called “Teacher Pails”…but I call them what they are… “Brown Nosing Buckets”! HA! 

What you fill these with this year may look different than past years, so some great suggestions might be… 

  • Disposable or reusable mask 
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sanitizing wipes (Lysol, Clorox, etc.) 
  • $5 Gift cards for them to buy cleaning supplies 
  • $5 Starbucks Gift Card
  • nail files
  • gum
  • hand lotion
  • pretty pens
  • notecards
  • quarters for the pop machine
  • Literally anything!

This is Ava’s pail for her teacher from 2017. 

And here is Ava with her pail from 2018. 

Here’s what to do:

You will need an empty paint can. Oddly enough, the scrapbook store sells them for $5.99. The paint store sells them for $1.99. Wow! If you make more than 1… that is substantial!

You need at least 3 different pieces of scrapbook paper.

It will take 2 pieces to cover the body and another for the lid. Cut each piece to fit. Cutting around the handle part is tricky. If you get it… then make a template to make it easier in the future.

Because you are taping the paper to a round, metal surface, the edges always want to roll back on me…. so I hot glue those bad boys down. Then it will stay!

Bling the bucket out with beads, buttons, yarn, embellishments, a gift tag, etc. I purchased a broken knob from Hobby Lobby to hot glue to the top of this pail. 

We take them to school on the first day. All my kids have passed every grade so far! 😉 



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