Arts and Crafts Caddy

As a kindergartener, Angry Kid is acquiring a ton of craft supplies.  He loves using his crayons, markers, and colored pencils.  But, it seemed like the craft supplies were taking over our house.  I wanted to find something to store all of his things in.  Angry Husband and I put our minds together and came up with this project, an arts and crafts caddy.  I’ve seen some other blogs use this same IKEA lazy susan, but we used some different items in the construction of our project.  I posted a picture of our craft caddy in my Project: Simplify: Paper Clutter Post last week.

My husband, yes, I said my husband, has made three of these now.  I think they would be a great birthday present.  The tutorial that I am showing is for the craft caddy that Angry Husband made for my neighbor Brandy aka Simply Fit Mama.

Arts and Crafts Caddy

Photo by Simply Fit Mama

Arts and Crafts Caddy

Photo by Simply Fit Mama

Here are the simple steps to creating this caddy:

1.  Use a lazy susan. We used IKEA’s version, which is under $8 and a large size.  It is a basic wood.

2. Sand the lazy susan. We always paint our lazy susan so we give it a little sanding first. We used 180 grit, just enough to scuff the surface.

3. Lay out the buckets or bins that will go on the lazy susan. Space them out evenly.  Angry Husband marks a center point on the lazy susan and then draws out a pie chart for bucket placement so that everything is even.  He then pre-drills holes on each of the lines of the pie chart and the center point.  This is for bucket placement after the lazy susan is painted.  You can also use a glue gun to secure the buckets, but we have found the short screws hold everything in place tighter.

4.  Mask off the area to be painted on the lazy susan.

This photograph below depicts Steps 1-4.

IKEA lazy susan, before painting.

5. Paint lazy susan. We use whatever paint is available in our garage.  We used black paint for this particular caddy because Angry Husband was also painting our nightstands for our master bedroom.  Angry Kid’s caddy is gray.  The gray paint was from his leftover bedroom paint.

This photograph below depicts Step 5.  Notice the pre-drilled holes showing through the black paint.

6. Select your buckets.  We used the “Socker” buckets from IKEA, which are for plants. We used six of the smaller size for the outside area of the caddy, and a large one for the middle.

This photograph below depicts Step 6.

IKEA Socker Bucket for Craft Caddy

7. Drill a hole in the bottom of the bucket. We use anything less than 1/2″ screws. My husband said that he used 3/8″ this time.

This photograph below depicts Step 7.

Hole drilled in bottom of craft bucket.

8. Place screw, which is less than 1/2″ into hole on bucket. (Not shown)

9. Align buckets and screws inside with pre-drilled holes on lazy susan. (Not shown)

10.  Use a drill or screwdriver, and screw buckets to lazy susan. (Not shown).

11.  You are finished.

This Photograph below depicts Step 11.  Angry Husband did not photograph steps 8-10.

Finished craft caddy

Here are Angry Kid’s and Stella’s craft caddies as other examples. Stella is Angry Kid’s friend.

Angry Kid's Craft Caddy


Stella's Craft Caddy

P.S. Angry Husband took most of his pictures with his iPhone. But I’m happy that he actually took pictures for a tutorial. He is learning.

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47 comments
Amber
Amber

Did you uses the smaller socker buckets ($.79) around the outside and the medium size bucket ($.99) in the middle?

Jennifer Natale
Jennifer Natale

This is a great idea, with 5 kids we could make a couple of these for the table during craft time. Thank you.

Monica@fabulesslyfrugal
Monica@fabulesslyfrugal

Love this idea! Thank you! I have had that lazy susan in my closet for years totally not being used. I am actually headed to IKEA tomorrow, so I just may have to pick those socker buckets up!

Rita Everett
Rita Everett

Found you through Knock of Decor. This caddy makes me HAPPY!

Christina
Christina

Love it!! I love IKEA and it is just another reason for me to make another trip there. Thanks

ifIcould..
ifIcould..

Okay, now I get it... I was thinking I needed to drill the holes all the way through. I get it now- that's why you're only using 1/2" or smaller screws. Sorry I'm so slow...

ifIcould...
ifIcould...

Finally getting around to making this today- but I'm just a little confused with the center bucket. Did you drill all the way through the bottom piece of the lazy susan? Mine has a screw already in the center... any suggestions would be great!

Rachel
Rachel

OMG!! I have been looking through the pottery barn kids catalog for months at the lazy susan organizer they have in there but I was not going to pay close to $40. I am going to IKEA tomorrow to get the materials and am going to buy enough to make one for a gift!!!!

Amy
Amy

Looks great! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter- good luck:)

Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy
Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy

Totally love this! Awesome job. It is so cute. Thanks for sharing on my Organizing mission link party.. in fact I am going to feature it tomorrow!! You can come by and pick up my button (you can find it on the sidebar) "Proud to be featured on Organizing Mission Monday" Thanks!

Nicole
Nicole

That looks great! Now off to find a lazy susan...

Kristy Swain
Kristy Swain

That turned out great! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Janice
Janice

That is really cute. Hubby is a medical resident so never home to do the screwdriver thing when convenient for me, but I may try something like it with some sort of strong glue. Then when it breaks, I will be sad and hubby will say in a manly fashion, "Hm, you know that would work better with screws. Let me have it." And all will be good. :) Found you through Knock of Decor. Off to snoop around your blog.

Christie
Christie

This is so fantastic. I was just emptying the closet today of all craft items and trying to come up with a solution that was 'functional' and 'pretty'. This is it. Thank you!

Megan
Megan

my wee kid's birthday is next month- feel free to send one of these "great birthday present"s up this way ;) Ill tell him Angry Julie sent it.

Sarahviz
Sarahviz

Will Angry Husband make me one????

Jenn
Jenn

We made one of these a month or so ago...I definitely agree that using screws is much better than glue, one of our buckets is already needing to be re-glued. Also, we bought buckets at the $1 bins at Target, but I love the look of the little paint buckets!

Mary Jo
Mary Jo

This is sooooo cute! My grandson has all the buckets, what a great way to put them together for the art caddy!

Melissa
Melissa

I absolutely LOVE this. I want one...

teresa
teresa

This caddy makes me HAPPY! I love markers~and pencil colors and crayons! So cute! xo

Laurie Gallamore
Laurie Gallamore

I love it! My little Kindergartener has quite the collection of arts & crafts supplies too and this is such a great way to organize them all :)

Cheryl M
Cheryl M

& Julie thanks for the tutorial I really appreciate you listening to your audience (: & now I am going to go toss the soup cans I started saving (I guessing at what you used)

Cheryl M
Cheryl M

Thank you Angry Husband for the pictures (I learn from them better than instructions) now if only we had an Ikea close by

ifIcould...
ifIcould...

P.S. I featured this tutorial today. Can't wait to get to Ikea to make my own!

ifIcould...
ifIcould...

L.O.V.E. this!! I'm thinking of all the endless possibilities!!

Nikki
Nikki

Uh, I just decided I need one for me, forget the kids!

Erin Burns
Erin Burns

LOVE this! And I am a sucker for having everything in it's place. Will have to see if Mateo can make this for the art table and the girls' desk. Cause I'm not very good at pie charts and drills. ;-)

Krystina at lollipops
Krystina at lollipops

sweet! i love it! i love having everything in it's place :) i agree - it would make a fabulous gift!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Yes, I used the smaller ones on the outside and the medium one in the middle.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Yay! I love mine. My son is able to move it all around the house and there is no marker/pens/crayons mess.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Thanks!! We love our caddy. My son uses his everyday. We made ours over a year ago and it still looks perfect.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I always love trips to IKEA....just another excuse to build more furniture..:)

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I am so glad that you found my simple and easy lazy susan craft caddy. So much cheaper than PBK. Although I do love Pottery Barn Kids, just not their prices.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

You are very welcome. I had the pictures saved on my iPhone. I've just been swamped with everything else in my life....and yes, soup cans would be great!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Angry Husband now knows that he must photograph every home project, or else face the wrath of me...

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Thanks soo much!!! I will be sure to check out your post when I get some reading time later tonight.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

YES, you need one! It is soooo easy!!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Good point. It is excellent for organizing.

C.K.
C.K.

lol lol lol !!!

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