create: an art caddy for organizing the art supplies

We love art. Art is always in the works in our house. There is a in our kitchen right near the kitchen table that houses all the kidlets’ art supplies and puzzles/games. When we first moved here, I created bin with labels to house the different supplies and that worked for us for quite a while. But now that the art supplies are pretty much always in use, the table usually looked like this:

create: an art caddy - the ordinary life of jannybean

And that is a good day as there are only two bins open on the table. Sometimes the art required 3-4 bins and tops, and paper, etc. Messy and a pain to clear for dinner. Now was the time to come up with a new solution.

Last week, I ran into Ikea and came across these two items:

create: an art caddy - the ordinary life of jannybean

A lazy susan and 7 metal plant pots.

Now, I have seen many DIY art caddies online on pinterest. A few almost identical (slightly different sized pots, etc). So I decided to make my own.

At first I considered painting the lazy susan as I had seen done before. And then I talked myself RIGHT out of that. I mean, really, WHY add extra time to something that 1) that you don’t see much of and 2) functions and looks nice as it is. By NOT painting the lazy susan, this project was completed in less than 15 minutes.

I drilled a hole in the bottom of each pot (did not measure but eyeballed center – doesn’t matter if it isn’t perfect):

create: an art caddy - the ordinary life of jannybean

Then I placed the pots on the caddy so they were touching and centered. (again, by eyeballing, not measuring – not worrying over perfection):

create: an art caddy - the ordinary life of jannybean

And then I screwed them all down onto the lazy susan.

Instant art caddy:

create: an art caddy - the ordinary life of jannybean

And the best part is, that I don’t even mind the mess of art projects anymore. If we need to clear off the table for dinner, we can just move the single caddy and then it’s done.

Simple and functional. LOVE it.

create: an art caddy - the ordinary life of jannybean

Now I just have to reorganize the art supply cabinet.