Teacher Toolbox & Bedazzled Teacher Desk Bell

Hey, everyone!  I’m linking up with Tara today from 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!  This is my first time joining this linky and I’m very happy to share my projects with all you amazing teachers/artists/crafters out there. 🙂
 During all my blog hopping and Pinterest perusing this summer, I came across the “Teacher Toolbox” that so many of you have made and shared pictures of.  I thought it was a great way to get my desk organized and it didn’t break the bank either.  I got my toolbox, called a 22 Stack-On, from Lowe’s for about $15 I believe.  My hubby spray painted the outside black for me so it would match my labels better.  The original blue was pretty but just didn’t vibe with the colors on the labels.  Here is it all finished!
I’m very pleased with how it turned out!  I got the labels for FREE from TPT, can you believe it?  Thanks so much to Kristen for being so generous! They’re customizable and everything, so if you’re interested, click HERE to check them out.
Do you remember the Bedazzler, ladies?  I got one for a birthday or something when I was a kid and I remember I went crazy with that thing!  I bedazzled everything I could get my hands on, except for my clothes, which my mother refused to let me bling out.  I tried to explain to her that the whole point of a Bedazzler was to add some fun stuff to your jeans, but she wasn’t buying it, lol.  Barbie’s wardrobe benefited most from my gift. 🙂
Anyway, to this day I love to embellish boring things with shiny or glittery components.  I’m like a bug to a light that way, I suppose.  I’m easily distracted by bling!  When I started teaching a few years ago, I took a boring desk bell and used some Mod Podge and tiny rhinestones to make it gorgeous.  It’s really such a simple project that you can do while binge watching your favorite Netflix show.

The materials won’t cost you much. You’ll need a basic desk bell, which you can order from Amazon for $6, some small rhinestone jewels (just make sure they have flat backs, not prongs) which I bought from Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon so they were only a couple bucks, a foam brush, tweezers, and some Mod Podge.  I found it easiest to start at the very bottom of the bell first and work my way up, row by row. I was able to fit four rows of jewels perfectly on the base of the bell. Using the foam brush, swipe a little bit of Mod Podge where you plan on putting the jewels (it will dry clear). Using tweezers, I carefully pressed the flat backs of the rhinestones into the glue, being careful to put the gems right next to each other without any big gaps. Repeat the process until there’s no room left for bling. That’s it! I lost track of how long it took me to finish this, but I did complete it in one sitting while watching a few episodes of something on TV, so I’d guess about an hour to an hour and a half, not including drying time. 

This bell has been used frequently in my room by both myself and my students. After two years, I’ve only had 2 jewels fall off, and I replaced the missing ones this week.  I had a lot of extra jewels left over originally, so I just kept those in a baggie in the drawer of my teacher desk so I could do some routine maintenance whenever my bell needed it. My students comment on my bell every year and they get really excited when I let them ring it to announce to the class they received an A on a test or quiz!  If you decide to bling out your own bell, please tag me on social media so I can check it out!
I went into my room today and got a lot done with the help of the hubby.  (Thanks for doing all the heavy lifting, babe! <3) 

17 thoughts on “Teacher Toolbox & Bedazzled Teacher Desk Bell

  1. I should post my Toolbox too! I love yous! Like your bell too! My 2 aides gave me one that they actually bought at Pier One. You could sell yours!:)


  2. I should post my Toolbox too! I love yous! Like your bell too! My 2 aides gave me one that they actually bought at Pier One. You could sell yours!:)


  3. Love the blingy bell! The toolbox is cute too. 🙂 I came from Third Grade's A Hoot. (Followed you, your store, posted here and off to follow 3GAH!) Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Ok, I've GOT to make that organizer! I've seen it all over blog land and Pinterest and now I'm determined!

  5. Yowee, ZOweee I wonder if I have time to do this yet for this year??? I have so enjoyed Pinterest this summer and the new linkups of virtual teaching friends…but I've spent too much time gathering ideas and hey…it's AUGUST! Yikes. I love this and thank you, Rebecca for detailing where you got the parts. I truly must do this if I can on my week at the beach. (I actually like to take a project along so…let's hope I can pull the pieces together by SAT!) BTW, I LOVE your bejeweled bell. And so would my third grade girls! Thanks a bunch for all you give to us out here!

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