Here’s an idea for DIY art caddy. Colourful and practical and made from left-over materials it’s proving a great way to store art materials and have them easily available for the children to use when they want to create.
Make your own art caddy
We had some acrylic paint left over when we’d finished making our painted Easter eggs. The kids were really enjoying painting and we’re not keen on washing paint away and wasting it, so we pulled out some plastic pint glasses from the craft shelf and painted them too. We weren’t sure what we were going to do with them just then but we were sure they’d come in useful sometime.
Along came the day when all the pens and pencils tumbled off the art shelf and suddenly we had a great use for the painted cups: a DIY art caddy!
We found the lid from a cardboard giftbox that was around the right size to fit in six of the plastic cups. Of course you can make your art caddy any size you like, depending on the size of the box you have and what you’re planning to store in the caddy.
I put some super glue around the base of each cup and then stuck them down into the box lid.
You could stop at just two of the plastic cups to make a great caddy for play dough equipment…
or keep going and fill the whole box to make plenty of containers to sort your pencils, pencils, crayons and paint brushes.
The art caddy makes it really easy to offer the children an interesting selection of materials to create with, and as the cups are stuck in place it’s easy to transport the art materials to the table, easel or even outdoors. Or you could fill it with some supplies and give it as a creative home made gift.
Art ideas for kids
Wondering what to put in your art caddy to encourage creativity? You might like to include:
:: cotton buds for creating pictures
:: oil pastels to make newspaper art
:: drinking straws to make blow art
:: anything but paint brushes for an alternative painting station