How to Create a Hanging Paper Organizer


These things might have a real name. I don’t know what it is. I call them wall boxes. And they are seriously awesome if you are short on real estate to store copies. My first set came from a school supply catalog. After several years of use and classroom moves, I couldn't find them for sale again so decided to create my own! The plans are included below if you feel inspired to create some wall boxes for yourself.


Why use a wall box?

A few of my favorite classroom uses include:

  • Organizing absent work
  • Holding daily worksheets for student pick up
  • Storing formula charts, graph paper, or notebook paper
  • Turning in assignments
  • Storing hall pass
  • Storing “GO Folders” with rosters, exit routes, and procedures for emergencies and drills

Supplies

  • 23 inch x 14 inch box, unfolded
  • Box cutter/scissors
  • Packing tape or duct tape
  • Double-sided foam tape or foam hanging strips

If you plan on decorating your wall box, you will also need:

  • Decorative paper (wrapping, scrapbook, contact, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Labels (Check out the printables at the bottom of the post!)

Directions

  1. Locate some cardboard. Old shipping boxes work great.
  2. Cut out a rectangular piece of cardboard that measures 23 inches by 14 inches.
  3. Use the diagram to fold into a wall box.
    Tip: Using a box knife to perforate the fold (on the inside) makes folding easier.
  4. Tape the assembled wall box together using packing tape or duct tape.
  5. Decorate box as desired.
    Tip: Reinforce the high-touch areas around the opening of the box with clear packing tape or decorative duct tape.
  6. Hang wall box using double sided tape or foam hanging strips.


This box was big enough for 4 wall boxes. The first box has already been cut off. 

Perforate along the dotted lines indicated in the diagram, then fold inward.


I opted for two rings of packing tape around the middle to secure the wall box.




This box is decorated with wrapping paper that I had in storage. It's a slightly thicker paper that I picked up at a discount department store.


These wall boxes are hanging with double sided tape. The labels were printed on colored cardstock and glued to the front with school glue.




As promised, here are the links to the printable labels!


Wall Box Labels Page 1
Wall Box Labels Page 2