DIY Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Box

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A few weeks ago, we participated in the Elmer’s Bag It Forward (#BagItForward) Campaign and made a surprise teacher goodie bag! The Bag It Forward movement is great, but Elmer’s also has some other programs as well! Like, did you know that Elmer’s is a Upromise part­ner? So, every time you pur­chase an Elmer’s or Krazy Glue prod­uct with your reg­is­tered drug or gro­cery card, a per­cent­age of your pur­chase will be put into your Upromise account. More infor­ma­tion can be found here — And, Elmer’s also has the Glue Crew Recycling Program!! Through Elmer’s Glue Crew Program, schools & classrooms can collect all of their empty glue bottles & glue stick containers and then turn them into Walmart on Earth Day to be recycled! A great way to help the planet and teach kids about recycling! For full details on how the program works, please visit:

Big Brother just started a little preschool program and we all know that preschoolers go through LOTS of glue! So, we made a Glue Crew box for his school!

We stopped in to Walmart to pick up some supplies, namely an Elmer’s Tri-fold Display Board. You can see our whole shopping experience here on thisMoment!

Supplies needed:

To start, we cut & folded one Elmer’s Tri-Fold Board to form a tall box. We sealed the edges with clear packing tape. I wanted the box to look like a glue bottle, so I sketched one out on one of the sides.Then, using scissors and an X-ACTO knife, I cut out the shape of the top f the glue bottle.The scissors worked fine for most of it, but around the little edges, the X-ACTO was necessary.After I had the glue bottle shape cut out, we cut the other 3 sides down. Then, I used an orange Elmer’s Painters maker to color the lid and start making the glue bottle “come to life”. I also printed some great Glue Crew templates to use on the box. And, I colored those too! The Painters worked GREAT for this project!! Once all the coloring was done, I cut out the templates and glued everything on with the X-TREME glue stick (my favorite)!! And, now, we have a great big glue bottle box for collecting all those used glue containers! Awesome! 🙂

Think your local school may want to join Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program? It’s easy! Just start saving  empty Elmer’s glue bottles and sticks in a box (it can be as creative or simple as you like!)! Then, go to for full information about the program, ideas & tips, and even contests & prizes!!!

Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #BagItForward #collectivebias. As always, all opinions & experiences are entirely my own!

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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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