Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Momma Made....Art Caddy

Anyone else have an obsession with art supplies?  I love just walking down the pens/pencils/markers section at just about any store.  Guess it reminds me of buying school supplies and going back to school after summer vacation.  Unfortunately our art supplies were starting to take over our kitchen!  So...in came the art caddy!

I used to drool over the art caddies at Pottery Barn Kids (don't think they sell them anymore) but they were WAY overpriced (like $60!!! WOW).  I looked and looked for one that I liked, but I couldn't find one....so, like any crafty momma, I decided to make my own!!

Again...like everything I do...it was SUPER simple!!

Here's what I used:
Lazy Susan (I got mine from Ikea for $10)
Paint (if you choose to paint your lazy susan)
Mini buckets
Adhesive magnets

I forgot to take "before" pictures, but first I painted my lazy susan with several coats of white gloss paint.

Then I added seven adhesive magnets to my lazy susan.  Mine had enough space to hold 6 buckets around the edge and one in the middle.

Why the magnets, you ask??????

Because....meet obssession #2!
Mini buckets!!!
Don't know why, but I love these and I buy them EVERY TIME I see new ones!  I love that Target has seasonal mini buckets but I never could figure out what to do with them!!  Since I used magnets I can just switch out the buckets whenever I want! 

The magnets are also great because Sweet Girl can remove the bucket she wants, use it and then put it back. 

Right now in our art caddy we have:
Washable markers
Mini play dough
Pipe cleaners and pom poms
Colored pencils
Stickers and papers (those are in the large middle bucket...I  plan on switching those out with each new season/holiday).

And that's what we do on Saturday morning.  Dada, Sweet Girl and myself sit around our table and have an artsy-kinda morning!!


  1. Great idea! I may steal this:)
    ~Jada Roo Can Do

  2. Sitting here with a big grin on my face...I share both of your obsessions. Seriously, I CANNOT resist any form of metal buckets, and even have teeny tiny ones that I bought as toothpick caddies once. I think your idea is just brilliant and I am definitely going to try this. Maybe I'll use the mini-mini buckets to hold our googly eyes or buttons. Thanks SO much for stopping by Joyful Mama's Place earlier - glad you liked our felt doll's house!

  3. Super cute! Have never seen one of these made using magnets so you can remove the bucket you want to use, that is a great idea!

  4. What a great idea! I'd love for you to share it on my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party at http://www.laughloveandcraft.com/2011/04/share-wealth-wednesday-link-party.html

  5. I love that you used magnets for this. It is giving me ideas for how to clean up our art supplies!

  6. Great idea! The magnets are a stroke of genius!

  7. What an awesome idea!!! I love that!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! I appreciate you stopping by. I will be posting this week's link party shortly. I'd love to see what you have to share this week!

    Hope to see you soon!
    :)rachel @ http://SunScholars.blogspot.com

  8. I am going to create this for my writing center in my classroom. Awesome idea!


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