Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Ultimate Desk Caddy

My kids LOVE doing artwork, might have some influence from their Mum not really sure teehee! But I have being going insane with the mess of the pencil case getting tipped upside down and having pens, crayons and pencils EVERYWHERE!
Just like this ....



Well I decided enough was enough and I decided to make The Ultimate Desk Caddy for all the kids art supplies.
I found these ....



I sawed them into different heights and also added a couple of toilet rolls. I had a piece of MDF wood laying around (doesn't everyone?) and I painted the edges of that cream. Then using the cutest My Minds Eye paper range around covered all the tubes with 'Alphabet Soup' I used double sided tape to attach the paper and painted the top edge of each tube the same as the wood. I used Mod Podge to cover the wood with some more paper and then sanded the edges. Then using Mod Podge I glued all the tubes to the Wood.

Since it was for Riley & Abbey I decided I'd embellish with a couple of Butterflies and Robots, cause they totally go together!! And then after spending an hour sharpening pencils it was done!!







Easy peasy to make! And super tidy!! Bonus!
Fingers crossed the kids remember they don't have to tip everything upside down and out!!!

Have fun keeping your kids tidy!!

13 comments:

Nic said...

damn that's cute!!! and so tidy!

mandyb said...

you are so clever...love theses!!
and cute cute summer pics

jacksta said...

Flippin Genius!

~*~Ashlee~*~ said...

Its awesome, Tracy!
I especially am loving all your ideas with the butterfly punch, which I do have but have never used!!
Do you ever do much with fabric or are you a true papercrafting gal??

Sharon & Nick said...

What an absolutely totally awesome idea. Your children have a really special mom.

Jamey said...

Off course Robots and Butterflies go together - I thought everyone knew that!
Great, and practical caddy :)

Mod Podge Amy said...

This is super cool! LOVE the robots.

Holly said...

Very clever and useful too!!!
Ummmm thinking that I have this problem and no kids to blame it on. LOL

Rana Wilson said...

I sooo need one of these... Thanks for the idea! I'm seeing another project in my future!!! (and yeah, no kids to cause my mess here, either...)

Doreen said...

Your organization station is great! Your children will love keeping all their arts & crafts tools neat and easy to find. Thanks for the inspiration.

QC Kelsey said...

That's awesome! I think I would have a hard time giving it to the kids ... I would want to hog it all to myself! I have a large cup that currently serves as my pencil station - most of them are laying around my desk ... so I may have to borrow this idea and see what I can come up with!! Thanks for the great inspiration!

Tess said...

OMGosh, I love this. Didn't I read you were going to make me one too? ! Oh Wait! We haven't even met yet. Hi, My name is Teresa aka Tess. Pleased to meet you. Love your crafty caddy idea. :)

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

Tracy,
That is a very clever idea! I like the way you used things you didn't have to go out and buy. That is my kind of project!