September 7, 2010
I love organized art supplies. That’s probably the art teacher in me, right? My kids pull out art supplies multiple times a day. Markers, crayons, scissors, glue – the cleanup for this is overwhelming if you don’t have a system that works for kids. Initially I looked around and tried to buy a caddy or container that would work. Everyhing was either too expensive for me to justify or plastic-y and wouldn’t look good just sitting out. I started thinking about would make a good art caddy for kids. It had to have all the components accessible, be sturdy, and it should be cute. So I set out to make my definition of a perfect art caddy for kids – my goal was to make it for about $10 and I came in at about $12. Pretty good, right? Here’s what you need:
- wood lazy susan (unpainted) – I bought mine at IKEA, but I just saw a slightly smaller one at Target the other day
- glazed flower pots or aluminum flower pots (I used 6 smaller pots around the outside and one larger one in the middle) – they were on sale for 25 cents each at IKEA when I made this
- scrapbooking paper – I used coordinating prints
- craft paint – I like Apple Barrel brand
- Mod Podge (to seal and protect)
- glue gun
- pencil (to trace paper)
Here’s a step by step how-to:
- Paint the lazy susan – let dry overnight – you’ll probably need 2-3 coats.
- Cut circles to go under the flower pots (I turned the pot upside down and traced around the “lip” of the pot for a perfectly proportioned circle to go under the pot).
- Spread some Mod Podge under the circles and place where you want them on your painted lazy susan.
- Paint 2-3 coats of Mod Podge over the entire surface and underneath the lazy susan – this protects the surface and will keep the paper nicely attached to the lazy susan for years and years to come. Let dry overnight.
- Use superglue or a glue gun to attach the flower pots to the circles.
- Fill with art supplies and start creating!