How to Stash Your Scraps

Waste not want not, that is what I say when it comes to saving paper scraps off the paper cutter.  I never want them to go to waste, but I also don’t want scraps to be thrown in a bin in a disorganized mess. View this quick video to see how I “stash my scraps” and keep things simple and organized.  This system has worked really well for me over the years, and I don’t plan on changing it anytime soon!

Share your tricks in the comments section.  I know there are about a thousand ways to skin this cat.  So dish…How do you “stash your scraps”?

6 years ago

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • Eukent

    Great idea Jessica! Thanks!  Hey,  on another note,  what web tool do you use to make such cool videos with your AOE ditty at the beginning?  Thanks

  • I use pizza style boxes! I can’t add furniture to my room (shared) so everything MUST fit in the cabinets I’m allotted. :(  This is no easy task!  (It takes me soo long to put away.)  I like your idea of separating the colors.  Right now, I have them separated by type/weight, like tissue, construction, tagboard, cardboard, etc.  Thanks for the great site!

  • Ms_Wlodarczyk

    The organization system I prefer, for my middle school students is that we use one text book box for each color and I have these stashed above my cabinets. I would like to take it a step further and add warm/cool/primary/secondary, etc labels to the scrap on the front that color codes them. Anyone can see the scrap boxes across the room and anything larger than a stamp sized piece is placed in the box. Scraps smaller than that are usually recycled…unless they are on decorative paper…but that’s a whole OTHER system! Haha. This system works best for construction paper and other plain scraps.

  • Kathy Olson

    I use soda can boxes for each color of construction paper and label the end.  They can stack on top of each other and don’t take up much space on a cabinet shelf.  I can pull them all out really quickly and arrange them on the supply table and we’re ready to go.

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