Crafty Box Tops for Education bin (plus my favorite breakfast casserole recipe)

Earlier this week, I mentioned how the Box Tops for Education™ program benefits our family and our school. We are a Box Top-collecting bunch!

Today I wanted to share a crafty idea for creating a Box Tops collection bin for your home or child’s classroom. I’m also including a recipe for my all-time-favorite breakfast casserole.

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I made this countertop-worthy Box Tops bin yesterday using a canister I bought at Walmart for $1.97 – plus a few materials from around the house.

Materials-list

Items you’ll need to replicate this project:

  • Plastic canister with removable lid
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chalk marker
  • Large drill bit and craft knife (optional)

Step 1: Remove the label from the front of the canister. Place it on a sheet of plastic and spray it with a coat of chalkboard paint. After it dries, stick the label back on the canister.

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Step 2: Drill a hole in the canister top. Painter’s tape may help keep the plastic from cracking.

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I had the misfortune of damaging the lid during this step. So I applied a few coats of painter’s tape and cut out a hole in the tape using a craft knife. If you want to avoid the chance of breaking the plastic top, you can skip the hole-drilling step.

Fixing-top

Step 3: Spray the plastic lid with a few coats of your favorite metallic spray paint.

Step 4: While the lid dries, print out the words for the chalkboard label on regular printer paper. Then use my chalkboard transfer method to create a carbon copy of the words on the label.

Chalk-outline

Step 5: Fill in the chalk outline with a chalkboard marker. Done!

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To help fill up your new Box Tops bin, consider purchasing participating products at Walmart. Right now, Walmart has Bonus Box Tops available on select General Mills® products.

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I made my favorite breakfast casserole using Pillsbury™ Crescent Rolls. A total of five Box Tops are included on each package right now!

Easy breakfast casserole

Breakfast-casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Pillsbury™ Crescent Rolls
  • 1 lb. of your favorite ground sausage
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan. Spread the crescent rolls on the bottom. After frying the sausage, sprinkle it on top of the rolls. Mix up the eggs and milk (I salt and pepper this mixture), then pour it over the sausage and rolls. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for about 35 minutes or until eggs look done. Enjoy! 

Does your family collect Box Tops for Education? Learn more about Box Tops at Walmart here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Raise (and save) money with Box Tops for Education

As I mentioned last week, I’m still a bit sad that summer is too quickly becoming a sweet memory, while the new school year has crept up on us like ill-fitting underwear.

But there are certainly great things about this time of year, too. The structure of the school routine is really good for our family. And I love all the beautiful colors – and crafts – that make their debut in fall.

Plus the really good news is that our daughter absolutely loves school! She adores her friends and her teachers, and she has tremendous school spirit.

The bad news is that her 2-year-old brother loves school just as much. But he’s still got a few years at home with mama before he can join big sister – a situation he is not thrilled about. On the first day of school this year, he climbed into the school van while I was taking pictures of our daughter. I had to drag him out crying. After the van pulled away, he immediately turned to me and exclaimed, “Mama, we need to walk to school now, please!”  I have to admit I got a bit choked up that morning.

Until our little man can actually go to school (which will trigger a crying fit from mama for sure), we try to include him in as many school-related activities as possible.

For example, our family collects Box Tops for Education™ to help raise money for our school. When we’re at Walmart, our little guy loves hunting for Box Tops and loading the cart with participating products.

Box-Tops-kid

As a result of the Box Tops program, our small, Christian school is able to earn money to buy whatever is needed to improve the school experience for the kids. For example, we raised enough money through Box Tops to help purchase a school intercom system. And our daughter’s class was awarded a pizza party one year for collecting the most Box Tops. The kids were super excited about that!

Here’s how the Box Tops program works: You clip the Box Top from each package of a participating product and send all the tops you’ve collected into school with your child. The school then trades the Box Tops in for 10 cents each. Some products include bonus Box Tops – up to five Box Tops per package.

There are a lot of participating products available, so I stick to buying things our family already uses all the time.

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Some of the General Mills® items I buy regularly at Walmart include:

  • Cheerios™
  • Lucky Charms™
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™
  • Yoplait® Yogurt
  • Pillsbury™ Crescent Rolls
  • Old El Paso™ Flour Tortillas

One of our dear friends is in charge of the Box Tops program at her children’s school. Several of us moms get together occasionally for a Box Tops party, where we help her count and organize the thousands of box tops that come into her school. This has really opened my eyes to all that goes into making this program a success.

Did you know that more than 80,000 K-8 schools participate in this program? Box Tops for Education has contributed more than $525 million to participating schools since the launch of the program in 1996.

You can find out more about the program at the Walmart BoxTops for Education site. Even if you don’t have a child in school, you can help by checking the site and choosing a school to support. (My mom collects Box Tops for our school, which is great.)

Stay tuned for Friday’s blog post, where I’ll be crafting a countertop-worthy, DIY Box Tops collection bin. I’ll also be sharing one of my favorite Box Tops product recipes.

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You won’t want to miss it!

Are you a Box Tops collector?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.