Kids’ Craft Corner Reveal

Kids' Craft Corner Reveal

I am always on the look out for systems in our home that are not working…you know, like that cabinet you dread opening because stuff always topples out on you or that appliance you never use because it’s too hard to access. Our house has its fair share of systems that could use improvement, but one I was eager to tackle was Connor’s craft supplies.

He has gotten into drawing more and more lately–an activity I definitely want to encourage–but he wasn’t taking full advantage of his new-found interest because, well, it was a pain to get to his materials. Con’s craft supplies were formerly housed in a bin in his closet, and though I attempted to reorganize it several times, it always ended up looking like this:

Craft Bin Before

Not only was it hard to find what he needed because the bin was such a jumbled mess, but we also had to keep the bin facing the back of the closet so baby C wouldn’t cover the whole house in markers. Talk about inconvenient!

I wanted to give Con a space where he could easily “create” any time he wanted to, so I started looking around online for kids’ craft organization ideas and was inspired by this photo from Modern Parents Messy Kids:

I liked that the crayons, markers, and paper were always within reach, yet still organized, and I LOVED that there was an area for the kids to display their artwork. Keeping these ideas in mind, we made some adjustments to fit our own space and came up with…

Craft Area For Kids

Because we had many of the pieces, this makeover only cost us about $20, and I think it was well worth it!

Even more than I love the bright colors, straight lines, and open accessibility, I loved Connor’s reaction when he first saw it. He stood there for ten minutes checking out each individual piece and was just in awe. He pointed to all of the different colors of paper and his coloring books, repeatedly removed the markers and crayons and put them back in their spots, and took down each of the magnetic containers to see what was inside before carefully returning them to their original homes. It was such a joy to watch him get so excited about his space.

We hung a few clipboards so he could showcase his work, and when I went into his room this morning, I already had a couple of masterpieces waiting for me:

Art Work Displayed

A future Picasso, maybe? ;)

The IKEA magazine rack that I talked about on Monday was the perfect choice to keep the construction paper and coloring books corralled and easily available at the same time:

Construction Paper and Magnets

And, believe it or not, I hadn’t even remembered that my inspiration photo used these magnetic containers! We had some sitting around from another project, and they were the a great addition to hold stamps, beading supplies, and Caleb’s short, fat crayons.

I am thrilled that we were able to take a crazy mess of rarely used craft supplies and organize them in such a fun and functional way so that the C’s can make the best use out of them.

Craft Supplies Before and After

Here are the items we used for this transformation:

  • Table- old, Christmas present
  • Clipboards- old, dressed up with printed duct tape from Target Dollar Spot
  • Rail and Cups- IKEA Bygel series
  • Magazine Rack- IKEA Kvissle, dressed up with printed duct tape from Target Dollar Spot
  • Magnetic Containers- old, originally from Michael’s
  • Magnetic Strip- old, amazon.com

What’s your favorite tip for keeping kids’ craft supplies organized?

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  1. Cat says

    This is great Abby, I am in the process of building/making a playroom for Adrian and had something similar in mind for an arts & crafts corner, he loves to draw/scribble already but I’m already losing a bunch of crayons and markers under furniture so I need to find a better place for them. I love it :)

    • says

      Thanks, Cat! Can you believe our babies are getting old enough to even do crafts like this!? I feel like we were just pregnant with them! Thanks for reading!

      ~Abby =)

  2. says

    Great job and love it. Right now I dump all my daughter’s art things into a basket. It is definitely motivating for me to see your craft area!

  3. says

    Hopped over from Shabby Creek Cottage. Very cute! I love the paper holder folders on the wall, and using clipboards is a really great idea!!
    Krista @thehappyhousie.com

  4. says

    This is so adorable! I love everything you’ve done. The duct tape clipboards are such a great idea. I’ve seen that duct tape at Target but I wasn’t sure what I’d do with it. Now I know! Conner is going to love creating here!

    • says

      Just a sec, I’m coming right over! ;) I’ll trade you…I’ll make a craft space for you, and you can duplicate your amazing laundry room in my house, mmmk? Lol. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog, Kelly! Have a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  5. says

    Wow! I am totally pinning this for future reference! I am definitely going to need this in the next year or 2 for my toddler’s things! Thanks for linking up at Domestic Superhero this week!

  6. Eva @ Snappee Turtle says

    Love this! I need to do this in our toddler’s room! Between she and I, our art stuff is everywhere! ❤
    Xo,
    Eva

  7. Hillary says

    How high is the magazine rack hung for the paper? Can your oldest reach this without climbing on the chair? Currently doing the drawer dump/keep little sister out of the markers dance!

    • says

      We know all about that dance around here, lol! The bottom of the rack is 44″ off the ground. My oldest can reach the first three slots without climbing on anything. (He’s a tall 4 year old!) Hope this helps! Have a wonderful weekend, Hillary!

      ~Abby =)

  8. says

    I love this project! My boys are the same age as yours! Anyway, I had a dream before Colton, the youngest, was born, that I would create a craft corner. This motivates me to add it back to the list, for before winter. Right now we are outside a lot but we will need this when the weather turns!
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    • says

      Thank you, Dawn! That really means a lot coming from you–I love your style! Congratulations on all of your big features recently! They are very well deserved. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

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