A messy art table is a good thing. It means the kids have been creative and having fun. But since my kids’ art table is in our living room, sometimes I want to clean the table and put the supplies away.
The problem is that all of the art supplies were in a bin, and the kids would pull everything out to get the one thing they wanted at the bottom of the bin. Maybe we didn’t need to get all of the art supplies out every time.
I looked on Pinterest to find ways to organize art supplies, and though there were many good ideas, most of them were mounted to the wall in a dedicated craft room. I want to be able to put the supplies away in a cabinet, so a craft caddy seems like the best fit.
I don’t want to buy anything, so I looked around my house for what I could use or recycle. Toilet paper tubes? Soup cans? I didn’t want to wait a month while I saved up enough. What did I already have?
Then I had an idea.
It’s the perfect fit, and it even comes with dividers and a handle to carry it.
I almost stopped there, but then I worried that I would be encouraging underage drinking by associating arts and crafts with handcrafted beer, so I spray painted it.
To make your own arts and crafts caddy from a recycled six-pack carrier, first trace the bottom of the carrier onto a cereal box. You’ll need the extra cardboard to reinforce the bottom. Slide the cereal-box cutout into the bottom for additional support and to fill in the gaps on the sides. Then spray paint it.
Since it was free, I can make as many as I need. Maybe I will do one for each kid, or one for the most-used supplies and the rest of the supplies can go in another.
Maybe now the arts and crafts table will stay a little more clean, so there will be more room for creating.