Okay. I love that my kids love doing art, and crafting, and making creative messes. I do. I swear. But we were running into the problem recently of the kids’ art supplies taking over my own DIY supply storage cabinets. Also, they couldn’t get to them on their own, so every time they wanted a sticker or a pencil we had to come to us for help and it was just a lot of maintenance. We were trying for a long time to figure out a solution and finally found one! Here’s how we organize (and hide) all of our kids’ art supplies.
How We Organize (and Hide) All of Our Kids’ Art Supplies
There was this wacky little cabinet space on the back side of our breakfast bar that we had also been wondering how to maximize. The cabinets are plenty large in height and width, but they’re only about 5 inches deep. They’re also at floor level. So they turned out to be a perfect little hiding spot for art supply central.
My main goals for the supplies were to first and foremost keep them easily organizable, so the kids could help keep it clean. I also wanted to be able to see everything at once, so nothing got forgotten. And I wanted the kids to be able to access things by themselves, pull out buckets of crayons or scissors or tape, and feel like they could do an art project by themselves from start to finish.
Now, before we continue, a disclaimer. This type of organization probably isn’t for you if your kiddos are the type to get a little mischievous with a crayon or a pen. If you think that they’re too young or not ready to have access to their own art supplies, just keep that in mind. Our kids haven’t really gotten into that type of mischief, and Maggie knows that she can only use the safety scissors, and that type of stuff — so we were comfortable with them being able to reach it all.
So! We set it all up with one area for coloring books, stickers, paper, and notebooks, and another area for all of the pens, pencils, glue, stamps, and so on. For the paper items, we got a few of these triple file holders. Depending on your space, make sure you find some that are the right depth. I would have loved some with a few more pockets or that were a little deeper, but these just happened to fit perfectly in our shallow cabinets. We just drilled these straight into the backs of the cabinets to secure them.
For the other items (pens, pencils, etc.), I found a selection of acrylic makeup drawer organizers (I bought two of these sets). We applied rows of adhesive-backed velcro inside one of the cabinets and backed each clear container with the matching velcro. (If you go this route, be sure that the adhesive on the back is super strong, and test it first on your paint to ensure that it will stick properly.) Each bin got filled with a different art supply. So the kids can just grab one of the containers and go, depending on if they want to do crayons or pens or temporary tattoos or whatever. Then once they’re done they can stick the container back on the velcro strip and shut the door.
So far, this is working like a charm for us! We’ve had it like this for about six weeks and it’s all holding together pretty well. We did run into one instance of a container of crayons having the adhesive velcro come off the back because it was pretty heavy. But we reapplied the velcro with super glue and so far it’s holding. If you’re finding that the velcro strips don’t want to stick to your paint, I’d suggest just using a staple gun to staple the strips to the wall.
Hope this inspires you in some way! Honestly, the kids’ art supplies are wayyyy more organized than mine are at this point. I guess I’ll have to get on that… Maybe I’ll do a before and after of my horrifying craft supply cabinets?! xoxo