The Box Top Jar – Make a Difference in Your School

I don’t know about you, but until recently, we really didn’t have a place to store all the Box Tops we were saving for our school.  At times, they went into a drawer in the family room, at other times in the junk drawer in the kitchen and if all else failed, they were tossed onto the kitchen counter.  Finally, Dan suggested I come up with some container to keep the Box Tops in . . . and then blog about it.

(A’hem.  This will probably be his new statement to get something done . . . kind of like when I call my mom to do something fun at the last minute and only need to tell her that we should do it for a lark.  And with that last statement, I’ve got her!)

Do you save Box Tops?  Saving Box Tops is a great way to support your school and get your kids involved in making a difference at their school.  Each Box Top collected gives your school 10 cents.  And, it adds up!

Want to make your own?  Here is what you will need:  
  • The Box Top Jar Printable (Download here for free.)
  • Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Jar (if you use the printable)
  • Fabric & Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scotch Tape & White Out
  • Mod Podge with Foam Brush (optional)
  • Hammer, Nail, Wood Block & Metail File (optional)
  • Peel the label off the peanut butter jar and (if you’re a perfectionist like me) cover any leftover words with white out.  
  • Cut out the Box Top Jar printable (along dashed line), tape around them jar and mod podge.  Adhere the “# of Box Tops Turned In” label to the bottom of the jar with mod podge.  

  • To create a slit in your lid, turn the lid top-down on a block of wood and hammer nail holes.  (There has got to be a better way to do this, but this was all I could come up with!)
  • Use a metal file to soften the sharp corners.
  • Apply hot glue around the slit to add more protection.  
  • Glue fabric to the top and pinch around the sides.  Add ribbon.  

The Quick Path:  Tape the Box Top Printable on the jar and glue the fabric to the lid (without a slit).  


  1. Colleen B. says:

    We also collect aluminum can pop tops (from soda, soup, etc), Campbells soup labels, and milk tops. You could do a set of jars for all of these! Get the kids involved in collecting instead of it always being moms job!! Thanks for this!

  2. Good idea! I shove them in the drawer and have to fish them out when it’s time to turn them in 🙂