Unexpected Organizing for Kids’ Crafts

Welcome back to the Unexpected Organizing Series!  Are you ready for some of the cutest organizing I’ve ever done? (At least, I think so.)

How I love my kids’ craft area! I don’t want their craft supplies to be shoved into tubs they can’t reach or open without my help.., I want them to be able to create, instantly!  I’d love to help you support your kids’ creativity and joy as well.  So, here goes…

It all started with a piece of bedroom furniture (if you haven’t read the first Unexpected Organizing post about that very topic, click here). A piece of furniture that I had a very emotional attachment to: my kids’ changing table. My husband and I had purchased one with a hutch top, thinking we might be able to use it in the future.  Because God spaced our kids out pretty far, the this changing table spent its first dozen years in our home in our kids’ nurseries. Now the shelving unit is in place, and it’s filled with craft supplies.

 

The slim top drawer is perfect for paper, rulers, and pens and pencils. The fatter drawers hold odd craft supplies from toilet paper rolls to paint to big pieces of felt.

The “diaper cabinet” holds sheets, clothes pins, and twinkly lights for the perfect sheet tent! (Everyone knows it’s more fun to make crafts in a sheet tent. It’s more fun to do almost everything in a sheet tent.)

 

In order to make our smaller supplies like sequins, shells, pompoms, and buttons more accessible (and more visual—kids will only use what they see!), I placed them in various thick glass or plastic jars. (Please note: my kids were all out of the toddler stage before I did this! Safety first!)

 

I also used antique bookshelves, combined with more modern canvas storage drawers, to easily hold larger “collections” like crayons, markers, and animal-shaped cookie cutters.

 

Some of the storage containers are super cute! Check out the diner-style straw-holder I used for paint brushes (pull up the lid and they fan out)…

…and these cute little jars for different sized googly eyes.

 

 

Again, my kids are old enough to open and close jars like this on their own.   They’re also old enough that having a definite place to put things really helps them to clean up after their projects are done.

Just a few more décor pictures… I hung up a simple white cork board for rotating creations (this is very self-limiting—when one goes up, another had to come down).

 

I let them decorate simple white letters from Michael’s with anything they wanted.

 

I also used these shelves to hold ribbon and paper-on-the-roll.

 

These things are all in a small “craft space” in our finished basement, with our old kitchen table (ready for glue and markers and mess!) right in the middle. This space is also next to the closet where I store less frequently used craft supplies (like my yarn stash and Cricut machine—which you can read more about here).

With a little organization, you can make a craft area that your kids will love using!

 

Take the challenge:

Kids only want to craft for so long (this seems to be especially true of my boys).  I want to help you make your kids’ craft time special and enjoyable while they’re young!  So ask yourself…

  • What kinds of activities do your kids enjoy?
  • How can you make it easier for them to access those things, and put them away on their own?
  • What would be inviting?
  • What would be safe?

 

Watch out for:

As with all organizing, beware the urge to get too Pinterest Pretty. So many of the things that look so cool on Pinterest, in decor magazines, or even in organizing magazines won’t be right for your family. You have to consider your kids ages, stages, and abilities. Everything should be safe, accessible, inviting, and functional.

 

Tell me about it:

I would love to see your kids’ craft space and hear your ideas—share you picture with me on Facebook!

 

For more about organizing with and for kids, check out my second book, Building Your House.

To share these ideas with other moms, please share this post on your favorite social media!  Here’s a Pin-friendly image for other crafters:

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