Friday, August 5, 2011

Easy Art Center

For some reason, my kids always open new boxes of crayons, markers, pencils, etc. the same way (drives me crazy). How are you supposed to keep crayons in a box like this?
So, in organizing our playroom, I came up with a solution...this cute and easy art center.
I found the white metal board and these little magnetic metal containers at Ikea.

I covered the containers with different colors of vinyl
and added a fun saying to the top of the metal board.

Then, I labeled each container with vinyl letters
and stuck them on the board. 

 Since the containers are magnetic, the kids can easily take them off while they are using them.
So much easier than trying to put them back into the box...especially a ripped box.

*Update: I've had many people ask what the items from IKEA are called. Both the containers and metal board are from the SPONTAN collection. I just looked on IKEA's website and could no longer find the containers but the boards are still available. I don't know if they are just temporarilly out of stock or have been discontinued. I hope this helps!



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60 comments:

Amie said...

Love this! I have been looking for 'up the walls' storage ideas and this is too cute! Thanks for sharing.

Jaimee said...

This is such a fantastic idea!!! Looks fab, too : )
Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

Crafty Couple said...

What I great idea, I like how you can keep some of them higher than the others. (like the scissors)
Too cute!

Leah said...

Love this - I need to go to IKEA, didn't know they had magnetic boards. Yours is really cute with the colors and letters you used to customize it.

Jess- said...

LOVE this!!

Jess- said...

LOVE this!!

Heidi said...

What a fantastic idea!! :) saw it featured at TT&J and have pinned your post to my 'organizing solutions' pinterest board.

Well done!

-Heidi

Michelle said...

What a great idea! AND it is adorable too!! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I am a new follower!! Also, I would love if you would come link this up to my Delicately Constructed Friday party tonight or tomorrow!
Hope you are having a great weekend and I see you around soon!!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

This is a totally fun idea! Love it!

I run Fun Family Crafts, a site similar in nature to Craftgawker and Spotlight, but different in that it's a library of craft tutorials geared only at kids. I would love it if you'd stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don't post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like! http://funfamilycrafts.com/

Melanie said...

So cute!

I am having my first linky party on Thursday and would love for you to come link your awesome craft! It's a party only for kids and teens crafts, so this is perfect to share on Thursday for our first "Crafts for the Under Twenty-Something" linky party!

Thanks for sharing!

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Sam said...

What a cute idea! My kids open crayons that same way!

Great job!

Sam

Fotf said...

That is a fab idea and makes such a feature of the things they will be using :)

Andrea Brand . Charcoal and Crayons said...

Oh my husband opens all packages the very same way! Your art centre looks fabulous and is such a lovely solution for the torn package problem. I love the "Creativity starts here" saying - it works perfectly!

Rachel (Lines across my face) said...

This is such a fantastic idea, and so cute too. You could do so many things using this same idea too. I would love it if you would stop by and share at the link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
:)Rachel
http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/08/cure-for-common-monday-3-craft-link.html

Jamie said...

What a cute idea. If you get a chance I would love you to link your art center up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

Margaret said...

What a fantastic Idea. i love that the containers are so easy to take down off the wall.

Cheryl @That's What Che Said said...

Adorable!! Love your idea! Stopping by from Tip Junkie!

LrSchwtz said...

What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing. Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

The Ellis' said...

That is an awesome idea! And it is so cute! We would love for you to share this at our link party and come enter our free digital scrapbooking software giveaway!

Love,
The Sisters @ Six Sister's Stuff

http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/search/label/Strut%20Your%20Stuff%20Saturday

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shopannies said...

love your set up everything right at hand come see me over at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

Angie said...

I can't begin to tell you how much I love this idea. If you could only see the black hole that is my girls "craft area"! This would be perfect! Thanks for linking up on Sew Woodsey

Jacque said...

What a cute idea!! I really like it! Thanks for sharing!

Jacque @ Jacque's Soda Parlor
thesodaparlor.blogspot.com

P.S. I'm your newest follower! Please stop by my blog and visit. I would love to see you there!

jbr said...

Love this idea-always looking for fun ways to organize. Thanks for sharing.

Hydrangeas and Harmony said...

I love the bright colors! And it looks like it can be easily adapted if your needs change. Great idea! Where is this in your home? A playroom? schoolroom?

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely wonderful idea. I wish I lived close to an IKEA! Great way to keeps things in order and yet look great!

Amy @ TheMombot.com said...

That's adorable! love those metal boxes from Ikea! My crayon boxes all look like that too, btw. :)

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Angie-

This is such an awesome project! I would have loved this for the art center in my first grade classroom. I am pinning you to my "school dazed" folder so when I return to teaching I can use this idea!

{My boys are more into the crayon-eating than the crayon using at this time}

If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you there!

Andrea @ Decorating Cents said...

So cute. I really like this idea. I thought about doing an art center for my daughter's room so I will be bookmarking this.

Kellianne @ tinkeranniebelle said...

How creative--I would have loved this when I was a kid, I'm so going to have to make one for my children!

Celia Blogs Babies...x said...

This is genius! Wish I felt like I could do it justice as I'd love to have one, x

Anonymous said...

I love this idea so much that I immediately went to IKEA the next day but to my sadness they did not have the metal boxes that I was looking for. The magnetic board was the perfect size.

Becca said...

WONDERFUL idea! I'd love it if you'd link this up to my Home and Family Friday linky party!

Becca
becca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

This is awesome! Love the look & design. Thanks for linking it to Craftastic Monday!

Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com said...

What a cute board! I love this and this idea could translate into storage for so many things. Well done! I am a new follower and would love for you to link up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/2011/08/14/blog-party-3/

Happy Blogging!

andralinn said...

Do you know what those little metal bins are called? I'm scouring the IKEA website and can't find anything like them. Any help would be great, thanks! I would love to make over my daughters craft area with something like this!

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

They look SO great!!! Good job!!

We host a linky party called "Help a Momma Out" every Tuesday! This would be an awesome link up!! I would love for you to share it! Thanks so much for considering :)

Kristine
www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

Katie said...

Great job on the Art Center!

I just wanted to let you know that I've featured you today on Sew Woodsy. You were the Reader's Choice of the week with 15 clicks on your post! Make sure you stop by and grab a featured button.

Hope to see you tomorrow at another edition of What's Up Wednesdays!

Kristen said...

aww so cute and adorable!! This is why I need an ikea closer to me! (or maybe not!) Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings! www.ladybug-blessings.com

Evanne@Simply Fabulous said...

What a great idea! All their art supplies are right at their fingertips now. Perfect!

I love the artwork on the board - reminds me of the Nickelodeon splat.

Lindsay said...

Brilliant idea! I want to make this for my kids. I am so sick of having the art supplies EVERYWHERE! Great job!

By the way, I am hosting my very FIRST link party and I would love to have you link this to it--
http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-1.html

Jenny said...

awesome!

Siggy Spice said...

Ridiculously CUTE! Great job Mama!

Army Wife Quilter said...

love it. do they put them back after they take them down. or do you find them all over the house. that is my problem

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

we just got an IKEA and I'm your newest follower.

laura@imnotatrophywife.com

http://imnotatrophywife.com

Lindsay said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today from the Show & Share party! Congrats! Make sure to grab a button!

Sarah @ Sarahndipities said...

Hi! You were featured on my blog this week! Come be and check it out!

http://sarahndipities.blogspot.com/2011/08/make-something-monday-link-party-24.html

~ Sarah

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

I LOVE ideas like this. So simple, but so sweet.

Warmly, MIchelle

Hinna said...

Love this idea! It would be great in a classroom as well.

Jamie Kaufmann said...

I am gaga over any kind of marker, crayon organization! This is so fantastic! I have IKEA envy!

Jengerbread said...

Love these! My kids so need a place like this for their pencils and such.

Jill @ Craft in a Northern Town said...

Brilliant! Love it. So simple, but so effective. My son AND husband open them that way!

Chelsea said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea. I think my kids have the same "gene"! SO frustrating. I keep trying to tape the boxes back together, for it only be ripped again the next time. I'm pretty sure these items will be added to my IKEA list! :)

Chef in Training said...

LOVE this! The color scheme is cute and the idea itself is brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

Sharon at Momof6 said...

I love this idea.... and I love your last picture where I get a peak of your playroom... so beautiful! I plan to feature a picture and a link to this post on my Sunday Links to Love post over at www.momof6.com.
Warmly,
Sharon

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

So great! And it's pretty too :)

Darlene said...

LOve this one!

Pat said...

I love this idea! Happy New Year. I hope yours is full of joy, peace, love and creativity!

Eva Scott said...

Fantastic idea!! Really cute too!

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Terrell said...

LOVE this!!

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