DIY Art Caddy

2 Materials
30 Minutes
Can you believe it’s almost time for school to start?!!! With 4 kids ranging from elementary school to high school we have a lot of school and art projects going on at our house. We will soon be in the throes of world map coloring, math cube circling and my personal favorite… create a giant president project ;). Although I kept most of our art supplies organized they were stored in 8, (EIGHT) different containers in 2 different rooms which could get a little crazy when we would lose track of where one container was. In order to keep our art supplies in one place I transformed an old beverage crate into a DIY art caddy.
A close friend found this awesome retro Coke beverage crate at an estate sale she was helping with for just $20! 
The old coke bottle sections are the perfect size for dividing all the different colors and art supplies.  Because there are some openings in the bottom of the wood I needed to find a way to keep the colored pencils and crayons from falling out the bottom of the crate without taking away from the history of the wooden crate.
My solution, water bottles.  I cut the water bottles in half and they were the perfect size for the original bottle compartments.  I divided all of our at supplies by color and added them to the empty water bottles.
Our new art caddy looks great on our kitchen table and the handles on it are super easy to move the beverage crate off our kitchen table when it is time to eat :).  To see more picture and step by step instructions of how I created this DIY art caddy click on the blog link below.  For more back to school ideas and homework organization ideas check how we created a DIY kitchen desk and homework Station and also our DIY cork board to hang all of our kids art supplies.
Suggested materials:
  • Water bottles   (home)
  • Beverage crate   (estate sale)
Tara @ Lehman Lane
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  • Faith Faith on May 10, 2018

    wow inspiring so gonna try it

  • Michelle Michelle on Jan 06, 2022

    Yes, great idea I already have an old crate like this and the bottom is in worse shape! With using the bottles... still usable Thanks!