Kids love crafts. It’s a chance for them to be creative, make something to display and be proud of, and of course work on their fine motor skills. Unfortunately, craft supplies can start to become something of an eyesore without proper storage and organization. This disorder also makes it difficult for you kids to find what it is they’re looking for.
If you’re looking for a way to banish the mess of the craft supplies, then you’re going to want to check out the following tips and advice on how to create an organized craft center.
Pick a Location
One of the biggest mistakes parents can make with the craft supplies is have them located throughout the house. In order to create an organized craft center, everything is going to need to be stored in one location. You don’t need to put aside a full room, or even a massive space; just choose one spot that you can use in the house. Ideally, it should be a place that is convenient for the kids to access.
Get Creative with Storage Space
If you don’t have a lot of extra space available then you’re going to need to be a bit creative when it comes to storage space. One of the best solutions is to use the walls as storage. Shelving centers can house all kinds of items, and if you use bins or cubbies on them, then the mess is neatly hidden from sight. If you’re going to use cubbies or storage bins, be sure to label each one so kids know where to find and put things back. The Dymo LabelWriter 450 is an excellent tool to use for labeling bins and cubbies.
If the kids have a lot of markers, crayons, and pencil crayons you can also hang a rack on the wall that houses these items in decorative holders. You can use cups, small flower pots, metal baskets, or anything else you want as the holder.
Speaking of walls, one fun idea is to feature a craft paper holder on the wall. This item is secured to the wall and has a rod in it, which a roll of paper can then be hanged from. Kids can just pull the desired amount of paper they want to use and then rip it off. It’s a very easy way to provide them with neat and tidy access to the paper.
One tip when hanging the shelves is that you place it at a height that your child can reach with ease.
A Desk for Working At
For any parent that has ever found paint, markers, or glue on the floor, an art desk makes complete sense. When creating a perfect art center, it should always include a desk that is comfortable for kids to sit at and offers lots of space for spreading out their supplies.
Art Display Board
Of course, now that you’ve given them the perfect spot to create all their crafts, why not provide a place to display their hard work. It’s always a good idea to install an art display board. You can use a cork board or a magnetic board.
Now all that’s left to do is give them the freedom to start being crafty!