Now that I’m a mom things have gotten super busy around here, from playdates, to nap time, to doing cloth diaper laundry, I don’t always get time to blog as often as I’d like. However, I know how much you rely on HomemakerChic for all your creative juicing needs (you do right?), so I’m not leaving you hanging. In the weeks that I’m not able to post, you’re going to be getting the super awesome joy of hearing from some dazzling friends of mine. I have some uber crafty and clever friends so you will not be disappointed one bit.
Today you’ll be hearing from my sweet friend Shawna, who is a talented photographer and blogger over at Perfection is My Enemy. We took a fun trip to IKEA recently to come up with a solution for her kid’s craft troubles. I had some adorable bottles that I got from SKS Bottle awhile ago. I had great plans for using them to organize my craft room but alas they were gathering dust, and that just wouldn’t do, so I offered them to Shawna and the kids with the ulterior motive of having her do a guest post (I’m so very sneaky). So without further adieux… Meet Shawna!
As a homeschooling mom I’m always trying to think of good ways to get the kids’ creative juices flowing, especially since we just started a new school year. I want to keep the “I’m bored” comments at bay and the requests for screen time to a minimum as well as get some creative breaks into our school day.
Confession: I’m not a super crafty mom.
I like the idea of crafts but I don’t ever actually do them.
My daughter on the other hand is totally into them. She would craft and draw or paint all day if she could. The problem was that all of our crafting and art supplies were tucked neatly away into boxes where you couldn’t see them. I prefer things put away, but I could see that the out of sight, out of mind mentality was a little too prevalent with this storage method. I decided to get everything out in the open and in one place. I headed to Ikea where I got the Raskog kitchen cart (along with a few other things, how could I not!). After a surprisingly easy assembly it was ready for our art supplies!
The good news is that the only thing I had to buy was the cart. Everything else I already had on hand! Plus, my lovely friend who writes this lovely blog donated a box of craft jars for me to use.
I love that this cart has open trays. You can see everything at a glance and you can’t knock anything off because of the deep sides. My absolute favorite thing is that we have a whole jar full of freshly sharpened pencils! If you are like us then you know how hard it can be to find a pencil when it’s time to do an assignment and this has saved us many wasted minutes searching for them.
The top tray has most of the items that we use on a daily basis like markers, crayons, glue, tape, scissors, and colored pencils (kept in the pencil box since we often take it with us places).
The middle shelf is reserved for paints and other craft supplies. This is where the jars came in really handy. I love that they have lids to keep all those beads and shells from spilling.
We also found other craft stuff we had forgotten we even had, so we added some thread and various fabric scraps and modeling clay in the wooden box.
The third shelf is where we are keeping our paper supplies. There are coloring books and paper pads and doodle books along with card stock and construction paper. Originally we had the paper in a tray but it always ended up a mess so the loose leaf stuff like construction paper is now kept in that sturdy purple folder and seems to be working much better at staying neat.
The box was one of the original art boxes we had, but now it holds paper scraps and ribbon instead of all those bottles of paint! Some things do need to be kept in a box in my opinion, but you could always opt for a see through box if you want everything truly out and in plain sight, I just wanted to use what I had on hand so I went with what I had.
My children have been crafting and creating art much more since we introduced the art cart so I would say it’s been a great success. It also looks great! And it’s on casters so if you did want to hide it out of the way for any reason, you can wheel it around easily. I hope you and your kids enjoy crafting much more this school year!
About the Contributing Author:
Shawna is a wife, homeschooling mom, photographer, recovering perfectionst and writer of the blog Perfection is My Enemy.