Art Supplies Caddy

While I love having all of my craft supplies hidden behind these amazing cabinets I built, one thing I have noticed is that, for my kids, if the art supplies are out in the open they are more apt to jump in and create.  A couple of years ago Julie from Angry Julie Monday made a cute art caddy out of IKEA supplies.  It has been on my to-do list forever but my kids never really had a dedicated art spot until my studio was created.


I did a few things differently.  First, I kept my IKEA Snudda lazy susan au naturale.  Second, instead of drilling the galvanized pots to the bottom of the lazy susan I used really strong magnets from Lowes. The magnets don’t quite touch the bottom of the pots but they are strong enough to hold the pot in place, but not too strong my kids can’t remove it from the base. Third, I had to label mine with washi tape and my PTouch Labeler Smile (<—-It is still half off on Amazon!)


IKEA Snudda Lazy Susan

IKEA Socker 4 3/4” Pot

6 IKEA Socker 4 1/2” Pot

3/4” ceramic heavy duty magnets

Gorilla Glue

Washi tape


tape measure & pencil

1.  Measure and find the middle of the lazy susan and mark the spot for the largest pot.  Next lay out your smaller 6 pots and measure 2 1/2” in from the side and mark 6 spots around the lazy susan.

2.  Next put a very small dab of Gorilla Glue on each magnet and allow it to dry overnight.  Keep in mind Gorilla Glue expands 3 times its size so use it sparingly.


3.  Washi Tape and label your pots and add your supplies if you’d like.



Now momma needs one too for the supplies she uses often like my hot glue gun, tools, scissors, tape measures, rotary tools, etc.


And here they are sitting on the large craft table I built.



To see another recycled art caddy idea check out Destiny’s upcycled wine crate art caddy.

  • querSchnitt

    Oh that´s a good idea.

  • Mindy

    ooh, looking forward to the gallery wall post! The magnets for the pails are a great idea!

    • Beckie

      Darn you saw that? You aren’t supposed to notice that yet {giggle}.

  • tina

    great idea!

  • Kristi @ Creative Kristi

    Looks great! ;) I love having places to put the often used items that are still out but organized!

    • Beckie

      Me too! The two weeks I am constantly in my cabinets for those supplies that should be readily available.

  • Shannon aka design

    Loving the room, Beckie! Brilliant idea on the magnets too…I bought a little tray and pots from the Urban Barn outlet and used them for utensils for awhile. But even with 3m strips they kept falling over. Magnets would work so much better! Great craft table and stools too!

    • Beckie

      Thanks Shannon. I was so pleased when I thought of that. Since they don’t touch the bottom the strength is perfect.

  • Debbie

    Looks great, and I do think it’s better the kids can remove the pots to look inside…like they like to do.
    I wish I’d seen this post on the Gorilla glue tip…last week I used it for the first time…it bubbled like lather out around the items I was gluing…what a mess! Live & learn.
    Debbie :)

    • Beckie

      Yes it is an interesting glue. But boy does it hold. It takes a little getting used to for sure.

  • Kristin

    Love it! I found years ago the adorable enamel painted utensil caddies for picnic stuff (6 compartments that are nice and high) work great. I have a light blue one I use to hold scissors, scrap paper for notes, index card box, rulers, tape measure, stapler, paper punch… I found a red one last year while on vacation I just had to have. Haven’t used yet but couldn’t pass it up knowing how awesome my other one is!

    • Beckie

      I have a few of those too I got at Christmas Tree Shops, they are fab as well.

  • SheilaG @ Plum Doodles

    Your supply caddies are a great idea- the magnets genius, I tell ya! I can’t have an awesome craft room like yours, but this I can do. :D

    • Beckie

      It makes finding my go-to stuff so much easier!

  • Eva Scott

    Love this! I made an art caddy to try and spark more creativity with my little people but I love the idea of using a lazy susan with it!

    • Beckie

      Yah they are pretty cheap, only $8 at IKEA.

  • Stella Cordova

    This looks too cool! What a neat idea. I really like how you used magnets instead of making the containers a permanent part of the caddy.

    • Beckie

      Yah me too. My kids would be yanking them off and break it if I didn’t ;-)

      • Stella Cordova

        I love how they can be interchangeable. You could change the tins for different seasons/holidays. A small way bring in the the cheerful spirit!

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  • Suzy @ Worthing Court

    This is such a great idea, Beckie!

    • Beckie

      Thanks I think I have found it more helpful than my kids. But the sun is out and it is 70 so they haven’t been up here much with me lately.

  • Christine

    Thank you for posting all of your organizing ideas for your new studio!! It is a real inspiration to me as I sort through all of our own artsy stuff. Everything you’ve done so far is beautiful- I am so thrilled for your new space!

  • Sinea Pies

    Becky, all I can say is “WOW!”
    I am going to feature this on my site in the near future with a link to your post.
    More people need to see this amazing idea!

    • Beckie

      Awww, thanks! I appreciate the love!

  • stephanie fulton

    Love the magnets. Wanted to make one but wanted to be able to pull it apart to clean. Awesome idea. Thanks for posting

    • Beckie

      Yeah, I am loving the magnets. They really increase the functionality, and I didn’t even think of the cleaning aspect of it. Go figure! Ha! ;)

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