Organizing Arts and Crafts

January 23rd, 2010 by Dionna | 5 Comments
Posted in Homey Goodness, Just for Fun/Miscellaneous

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Kieran and I love to do arts and crafts: stickers, coloring, painting, gluing, cutting, anything that involves creativity is ok with us. We were blessed with an abundance of art supplies at Christmas, and I couldn’t figure out how to store them.

We had feathers, pompoms, glitter glue, pretty scrap paper, craft sticks, and fifty-seven other craft supplies dumped unceremoniously into our craft bins.

Thank you Mandy for suggesting the clear shoe boxes sold at Costco (14 boxes for $14.99). They have been an organizational lifesaver! I really need to go back and get some more, just in case Costco stops selling them (which they are apt to do).

Here are the after pictures of my art and craft organizational heyday this week. I didn’t have the heart to show you before pictures, I’ll leave it to your imagination.

This three drawer storage cart is low to the ground. Everything in this cart is safe for Kieran to get into in case he decides to do some solo crafting.

The bottom two bins on our tall storage bin are Kieran-friendly. The bottom drawer has his trains and train tracks, the next drawer up has scrap paper, crayons, and a nature tray (currently full of pine cones and seashells). He has been quite pleased that he can get to these items whenever the urge strikes.
The top drawers are craft supplies that require supervision: glue, markers, etc. I store paint and large craft supplies in the hall closet; Kieran would need adult assistance to get to them.

How do you organize your arts and crafts?

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5 Responses to:
"Organizing Arts and Crafts"

  1. Mandy

    I’m glad it worked out for you! hmmm….maybe I should pick up another pack just in case they do stop carrying them….

  2. Amber   AmberStrocel

    We have drawer units similar to yours, but the craft stuff just doesn’t stay in there anymore. My 4-year-old likes to pull everything out when she’s working on a ‘project’ and then she distributes it widely. I do make an effort to return things as they are used, and I require her to do some cleaning as well, but it’s a constant effort. But I’m OK with that, because I would rather that she uses her craft supplies, having fun and learning, than have a pristine craft system. There are children involved, so perfection is out of the question.

  3. Acacia

    we have crayons, paper, coloring books and play dough supplies on a shelf in the kitchen. Everett uses the play dough all the time, but I’d like to have his other supplies (markers, stickers, etc) more available to him but we have his cousin over alot who is 18 mos younger. So we have all of that other stuff up on a high shelf in his room. Any suggestions on how to make it more available for Everett but not his cousin? Maybe the bins on wheels so we can just wheel them into another room or closet when his cousin is over…?

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Bins on wheels might be nice. Hmm . . . at 18 months, the cousin might not be able to open certain drawers/cabinets that Everett can – maybe you could put it in someplace like that? Kieran probably couldn’t pull one of these drawers open at that age. Or maybe get something that’s just a little bit tricky.
      I’ll keep thinking!

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