Drawing Paper Roll

My kids love to draw, especially my daughter.  In October I built this Ballard Inspired Paper Holder for my kids.  They use it all the time.  It is in the perfect location too — right between our kitchen and our playroom.  So when I am making dinner I can still interact with my kids while they using their drawing paper roll. 

drawing paper roll

My original inspiration was this Junction Paper Holder from Ballard Designs.


Photo Credit: Ballard Designs

Click here to read the full tutorial on the Ballard Designs Inspired Paper Holder.

Originally I added a shelf at the bottom to hold their crayons.  So what would happen is I would get the buckets from the top shelf down for them and put them on the shelf below. The crayons were always falling off the little shelf and it drove me crazy.

drawing paper roll

Last week I was in Atlanta and went to IKEA.  Oh how I wish we had an IKEA closer!

But I found the perfect solution to my problem.  The Bygel container and rail!

So I removed the shelf and patched up the holes. The I primed and repainted tha area.


Then I added the Bygel Rail ($1.99) and 4 blue Bygel Containers ($.99/each).  I also picked up another roll of drawing paper for $4.99. For $6 I don’t have to get the buckets down for my kids and they have a spot to hold their markers and crayons that they can reach.

drawing paper roll

I also had added some vinyl lettering with a quote from Pablo Picasso on the stay-in-place-rails that says “Every Child is An Artist.”


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  1. Oh my goodness! Love it! Now, do I have a spot in my house for one?

  2. That’s such a great project!! love it!

  3. i agree, so much better, as my husband would say a montessori approach to things is always for the best…

  4. This is so cool! I don’t know how I missed it in October…! I can’t wait to make one of my own!

  5. That is really great!

  6. Looooooove it!!!!

  7. Love that! The whole thing is fantastic! I think this weekend I will be knee deep in some projects for my little guy!
    I have aquestion though, did you also make the calendar above it? I love that too, way better than my boring old white erase one!

  8. Nevermind I found it finally! Definitly going to be in project mode this weekend! Thanks!

  9. LOVE it!!! Perfect solution and your drawing board is way cooler then Ballards – just sayin’!

  10. Nice update, Beckie. 🙂 I love that quote!

  11. That looks fabulous!!! I have the perfect spot in my kitchen. I am adding this to my “to do” list!

  12. ok. ikea should pay you because that just convinced me to buy those. and maybe a ton of those.

  13. Therese Flanagan says:

    Fabulous project!

  14. Love, love, LOVE it!! OMG! 🙂 I MUST come up with a place for one of those!

  15. I really like that idea!!

  16. I love this idea! Your drawing board has inspired me to start a “when I have kids” file 🙂 Thank you!

  17. Great solution! I’ve loved this project since you first posted it but have yet to find a spot for something similar in my house. The dratted easel takes up SO much room that it has been banished into storage, so this would be a perfect solution. *sigh* I need a spare wall!

    ~ Sarah

  18. That’s sooo cute Becky. Rumor has it that you’re getting an Ikea in 2012 – I can’t wait!!!

  19. Oops — BeckIE!!!

  20. LOVE this!

  21. Great project! The rail and holders from Ikea are so practical and look good too!

  22. Beckie, I love all of these ideas. Thank you for posting these… they inspire me to save some bucks and do things myself! BTW, I mentioned you on my blog for a Kreative award. 🙂

  23. This is so great! What a fun idea for the kids.

  24. I’ve been planning on getting around to making one of these for weeks now (since I first stumbled across your blog), and we just tore out some 70’s tounge and groove and really “pretty” scalloped trim. I’m planning on painting the wall in the playroom with magnetic paint, and finding metal cups to put the crayons in since my toddler just turned two and doesn’t always stick by only coloring on the paper! Thanks for sharing this idea!

  25. where do you find your paper rolls? And I love your family calendar. I’m new to your blog so I’m going to keep searching blog to see if I can find out! If you don’t have it on here I would love to know more about it. Becki

  26. Oh this is so inspiring, as is the rest of your blog. My goodness I must find something similar to create this! 😉

  27. So cute! I just came from Ikea to get some of those little containers for my office and they were all out… So sad. They said to check back later in the month. I will have to get some for our play room too!

  28. that’s so cool. you must have tons of works of art from your kids now

  29. IMO yours looks much better than the Ballard design!!! If I had to buy either I would buy yours!!!!


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