Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kids Craft Cart

I am so proud of myself because I did not let summer break sneak up on me this year. I have a plan to keep the kids and me from going crazy. I put together (and laminated) chore charts, reading charts and homework charts. Yep, 4 days in and the kids are already fighting me (ok, just my son is). I am not giving up though. I am determined to make these work and get him to work a little more around the house. Somewhere along the line he got the idea he is an honored guest, how did that happen?

Part of getting ready for summer was putting together this craft cart. My girls love to draw and paint and now all their supplies are easy to see and grab. The cart is located right next to our kitchen table, so it is very convenient.

Kids Craft Cart, great idea for summer and impromptu craft sessions l The colored door

My Mom had a stash (and by stash, I mean several boxes) of mason jars in her basement and it was so fun going through them. She had all different sizes and styles. They were perfect for markers and paint brushes. The buckets are from the Target dollar section, except the double blue one was from a garage sale.

Kids craft cart - awesome idea for impromptu craft sessions l The Colored Door

I got the cart from a garage sale last summer. It has been perfect to use as a drink cart outside for entertaining, but for now it work great for craft supplies.

Kids craft cart, perfect for summer craft sessions l The colored door

I use the bottom shelf for paint, paper and coloring books.

Kids craft cart great for summer craft sessions l  The Colored Door

Kids Craft Cart, perfect for summer craft sessions l  The Colored Door

The print is a free printable from Craftaholics Anonymous. I got the frame from Ikea and painted the mat with Magenta craft paint.

Kids Craft Cart, perfect for summer craft sessions l The Colored Door

So far this cart has gotten lots of use, don't you just love when something works out like you plan?
How did you get ready for summer? Do you have reading schedules and homework plans? I usually go strong at the beginning of the summer and it fizzles out toward the end. We will see, the kids really like checking off the boxes on the charts so far. And the promise of the prize box is keeping them motivated. I really need to put that box together soon.

Hope you are all having a great start to your summer vacation!

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  1. Christine VandormolenJune 12, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Love this idea!!!Pinned! Christine from Little Brags

  2. What a fun idea!!! I love the blue cart and all the colors from the supplies!

  3. Amy | Canary Street CraftsJune 16, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Such a great idea! Right now all our craft supplies are in a drawer in the mud room. I'm sure they'd get more use if they were accessible like this. Now I just need to find a cute cart like yours!

  4. Thanks so much Christine! I was checking out your blog, your house is so cute! Have a great day!

  5. Thank you Selene, so glad you stopped by!

  6. Thank you Amy! Our supplies were tucked away also, it is so nice having everything out and easy to grab. Have a great day!

  7. This is such a great idea! All our craft supplies are all spread out everywhere in my craft room right now, it would be nice to have it all central. I would love it if you linked up with us this week at Awesome Things Tuesday!

  8. Adorable! I'd like a cart like that for myself! :-) - Bre @ Average But Inspired

  9. Thanks you Randi! I will head on over, thanks for the invite! Have a great night!

  10. Thanks Bre! Yes, come party time this cart is mine. I love it, it is has so many uses.

  11. I like this idea. I could not use it as my toddler would get into it all far to easily. But I might just place the items somewhere only my 9 year old can get to. Get idea for the upcoming summer vacation.

  12. Steph @ Crafting in the RainJune 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Organized craft supplies just make me happy! Thanks for sharing at Do Tell Tuesday :)

  13. Yes it would be hard if you had little ones, my youngest is 4 now so this works for us. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. I agree any organizing makes me happy! Especially something that looks pretty too. Thanks for hosting!

  15. What a great idea! Everything is organized in such a colorful way! I'm featuring it at this week's link party!


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