Leave it to a new year to get your butts in gear! I’ve had all the supplies to organize an art space for my kids for over a year and I’m just now finally putting them together. My 5 year old has been really into drawing lately (It’s no wonder, with the father he has! Check out the Sci Fi Story Stones Jim just whipped up for me. Like nothing.) so I figured it was high time our art center was put to good use.
First things first…please ignore my unfinished wall in the following pictures. We remodeled the downstairs play area when my son was born (um, five years ago) and I’m just now remembering we never went back to add the base board. Yeah, wow, there’s a reason I’m a craft blogger and not a DIY one. Ok, now that that’s out of the way, onward to Organizing An Art Center!
1. Large Oil Drip Pan (47″x25″): You gotta love those large oil drip pans that took Pinterest by storm! I went all over town to find one that was reasonably priced and relatively devoid of markings (there’s a few raised words that I put at the bottom so they wouldn’t interfere while drawing). An auto parts store had some out of stock and in the end I found this one at Wal-Mart for under $15.
Word to the wise, although I love these drip pans (they can be used with magnets or dry erase markers and you don’t have to worry about any sharp edges), I had to use some pretty strong cleaners to get the layer of grease off that they come with. Straight vinegar didn’t work (like it does 95% of the time!) so I had to buy a small bottle of Simple Green. That and a bit of elbow grease got the job done! 2. Galvanized Storage Tins: I found these two tins in the dollar section of Target and I’m totally wishing I picked up more! They had ribbon handles that were easy to remove and hang from nails in the wall. I used my handy Silhouette Cameo and some black vinyl to add the words “pencils” and “markers.” You know…just in case my kids actually decide to clean up after themselves. (Not holding breath!) :D 3. Slide Check Rack: Ok, this is one of those particular materials I mentioned above. In case you don’t know what a Slide Check Rack is, it’s one of those receipt holder thingies that they use in restaurants to keep track of orders. Great for receipts, AWESOME for hanging kids artwork! (as you can see with my Easy Interchangable Art Hanger post) Luckily the 24″ rack fits absolutely perfectly at the top of the oil pan. The screws we used to secure the rack to the wall are the same one’s that are holding the entire pan up. We added another screw at the bottom to prevent warping. I found mine at a local restaurant supply store but Amazon has them too.
4. Magnetic Accessory Shelf: Found this in the office section for magnetic whiteboards and it works wonderfully as a catch all! Great for holding painting tools, dry erase markers, and crackers. What? You can’t expect masterpieces without proper nourishment, right?
5. Storage Boxes: Currently these boxes store all of our board books but eventually I’d like to use them as art supply storage. Maybe in another five years!
Hope you found some good ideas on organizing an art space for your kid! Let me know if you have any questions about any of the supplies needed or suggestions on what kind of baseboard to finish my wall with. :D
Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?
My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
- DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
- Kids’ Art Wall by Tried & True
- Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
- Simple Recipe Organization by It’s Always Craft Time
- Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
- Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
- Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
- Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
- Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
- Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
- Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
- Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
- Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
- How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
- Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
- Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
- Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
- Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
- Organizing the Craft Room by What’s Next Ma
- Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
- Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
- Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
- Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
- Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue’s Room
- Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
- Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
- Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
- “What’s For Dinner?” Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
- Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
- Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
- Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
- The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
- Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
- Glass Etched Vinegar & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
- Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
- Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About