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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.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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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  13. I am sorry, Traci, but this item is not for sale. This is a very simple DIY project though if you’d like to follow the tutorial to make your own. 🙂

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