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Buy or DIY: Arts & Crafts Supply Storage

published Jan 28, 2014
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Whether or not you are a crafty person, chances are your kids are little creators and you’ve built up a stash of arts and crafts supplies. Crayons, paints, markers, scissors, and myriad papers can get out of control quickly, though. Here are a few simple ideas that could help you keep all those materials in check.

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1. Paint Can Pyramid, seen on Better Homes & Gardens. We’ve seen covered paint cans as storage containers before, but if you stack them up and attach them together, you’ve got easy access to a number of compartments for all kinds of crafty supplies.

2. Shoebox Craft Caddy, made by Aunt Peaches. Put this together yourself! All you need to do is save a whole bunch of empty toilet paper rolls and a shoe box. The rolls become dividers for the box, and you can store lots of writing utensils here.

3. Drink Caddy Organizer, seen on Critters & Crayons. Have you made some trips to Starbucks lately? Mason jars and other containers fit nicely in a drink caddy so you can have everything together and easily portable.

4. Baby Wipes Organizers, seen on The Side Stuff. If your child is still in diapers or has just given them up, don’t throw away those plastic wipe containers! Big ones will hold larger supplies, and the travel ones are perfect for pens, markers, or crayons.

5. Vintage Soda Crates, seen on the now defunct Home Design Love. This is less of a DIY and more of a repurposing, but vintage soda crates (perhaps with a bit of sanding to smooth out any rough edges) are ready to go for storing art supplies.


6. IKEA has a few wall storage systems that are idea for housing art supplies. Check into the Fintorp as seen here on Unskinny Boppy and the Bygel.

7. I Could’ve Bin a Wall Organizer. This wall unit with the cheeky name from Land of Nod has enough small pockets in different sizes that you are sure to find a place for everything. (Land of Nod, $50)

8. Stash Multiroom Organizer. You can probably envision many uses for this piece, perhaps in your kitchen or bathroom, after the arts and crafts years have passed. (Boon, $24.95)

9. Raskog cart. If you’re plugged into the memory keeping scene, likely you’ve already got this handy IKEA number, although everyone else loves it, too. It’s perfect for everything, including corraling kids’ art supplies. See how Carrie of Making Lemonade utilized it for art supply storage in her kitchen here. (IKEA, $50)

10. Art Caddy. For a small amount of supplies you could make do with this four-compartment caddy which is also super portable. (Fiskars, $13.65)

What’s your solution to keeping kids’ art supplies under control? Let us know in the comments!