Children close in age, in the same family, or even a group of kids at school, often share the same art supplies. This can sometimes cause a problem when one child wants a particular crayon or other implement but another child is using it. There’s a simply solution: make an art supply caddy that serves multiple children. The caddy can be carried, set in the center of the table, and shared between kids.
You don’t need a lot of money to build the art supply caddy. Cardboard boxes work great to create the holder for crayons, paper, paints and more. To start, place one cardboard box on a table. This box should be at least large enough to hold a tablet or stack of paper. The box should be shallow, though, and not really tall. The ideal box is one that’s perfectly square but you can also use a rectangular one. Wrap the box like you would a gift, but leave the open side uncovered. Use paper, fabric or even adhesive shelf liner to create the design you want.
In addition to the large box you’ll need two more boxes. These should be much smaller than the first one. They, too, should be shallow. Turn the box so that one short side is facing you. Start at the middle, near the top, at the very edge. Cut down, across the bottom, then back up the other side. Do this to both small boxes so that you have four half-boxes. Again, cover these as if you were wrapping a gift but leave the open sides uncovered.
Cut a piece of braided roping, a length from an old belt, or a similar item to use for a handle on the art caddy. Glue or staple the handle to two opposite sides of the box. Use glue strips or hot glue to attach the half-boxes to the large box. Position one half-box on each side of the main box and glue them in place.
Fill the large box with paper and the small boxes with art supplies. For harmony amongst the kids fill each box with the same supplies, such as crayons, stickers, glitter, scissors, pencils and pens. Now you can just set the art caddy in the middle of the table and each child will have his or her own little supply right there!