Daily 5 Book Box Solution: A Bright Ideas Blog Hop Post

Hi Friends! I am joining in with the bright ideas blog hop this month to share an easy, peasy tip to help your Daily 5 Book boxes last a lot longer!

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For my book boxes the last two years, I purchased the ever popular Ikea magazine boxes because they’re super cheap and fit my needs perfectly. Who can beat $1.49 for 5?

ikea The only issue? They’re made of cardboard, and I don’t know about you, but even when my firsties and second graders are being careful, they’re pretty rough on… well, everything. So, I knew I needed to do something to make sure they lasted the whole year because I refused to replace them on principle.

The solution?


Duck Tape, of course!

Now, I didn’t wrap the entire box in duck tape because that would take forever, but I did reinforce the bottom of the box.

First, I got a LONG strip like this.


Then, I taped across the bottom where the box is folded together.


This keeps the box from coming apart. You could also tape on the inside as well for extra protection.

Last, I wrapped tape all the way around the box to keep those corners safe.


Here’s the final result with all of the box boxes done.


I alternated colors and put my students’ numbers on the boxes so they were always in the same order, and it was very apparent if they weren’t. (I also put my kiddo’s picture on each of their book boxes, but can’t post a picture of that, unfortunately).

These book boxes held up the entire year!

I hope that you enjoyed my tip!

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  • Charlene
    October 18, 2014 10:22 am

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Hilary Gard
    October 18, 2014 11:04 am

    I love it! What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing!
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  • Erica
    October 18, 2014 11:16 am

    I do this with packing tape, because I let my students decorate their boxes and then they don’t get covered up! But I like the duct tape idea because it is bright! Thanks!

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  • Jennifer Brown
    October 18, 2014 12:46 pm

    I really like this! Great idea! I wish I had the space….hhhhmmmm. Maybe I do!

  • Fern Smith
    October 20, 2014 11:48 am

    What a great idea, I bought those exact boxes from Ikea when i taught in Texas. They didn’t make it to week two! The colors make it look terrific too!
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  • Lauren
    October 22, 2014 12:22 am

    I have been doing this same exact thing for the past few years with my second graders!! (I have never seen anyone post about it!) The IKEA boxes are at a price you can’t beat, and I have started asking families to donate duct tape to our class if they can. A lot of my students’ older sisters used it all the time but are “over it” now so I’ve gotten some pretty great donations.
    I find that I need to put a piece of the duct tape on the edge above the circle where you can pull it out. This is where the bins rip most often for my class when they are loaded with books and a reading workshop folder.
    On a similar note, duct tape really has become a miracle worker in my class. I used it to reinforce folders, tape on my labels that won’t stick to shiny or glittery notebooks that students bring in, and I even used it once to make a students broken flip flops last the school day!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      October 22, 2014 5:26 am

      Thanks for the comment Lauren! Duct tape really is an amazing thing! 🙂

  • Lita Lita
    March 18, 2015 4:52 pm

    SO CLEVER!I am stealing this idea for next year!!!

  • L Green
    July 20, 2015 12:42 am

    I have been using IKEA boxes for the past three years with my kinders. I have never used tape on them. I have not had the files fall apart. A couple files may be in rough shape at the end of the year. Kids usually take care of them because they know they can take the files home at the end of the year. I write their numbers and names on the files.

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