If you read my previous post then you know that a few weeks ago, I was sent a box of random thrift store items (aka junk) to up-cycle. Last week I showed you my concrete wall art made from the thrift store signs from that box of castoffs. This week I am going to show you how I took that other odd thrift store item and turned it into a Homework / Art Supply caddy! But just in case you have trouble finding a wooden basket I included a plan “B” for you. I made a homework caddy from a simple drink carrier and I will show you how to do that as well.
Homework Supply Caddy from Thrifted wooden Basket
And Simple Homework Supply caddy from a Drink Carrier
Let’s talk about the thrifted box first. Here is the box/basket I started with in all it’s grape glory…
I wasn’t exactly sure what it was meant for and I certainly didn’t plan on hanging it on the wall. I had several creative ideas on how to make this into something completely different but at the end of the day I was going to be the one stuck with what ever wacky creation I came up with so I went with something I needed in my house, a homework supply station for the kids. Okay I admit I have a few homework supply caddies for the kids already but they are ugly and I want a cute one. Now is my chance to remedy that problem.
Homework Caddy Process
I started by sanding the caddy and making a divider out of scrap wood.
After painting the caddy white, I decided I couldn’t live with the extra holes so I filled them in by cutting a dowel rod and gluing in the plugs. When the glue was dry I used wood filler to fill in any remaining gaps and then sanded the excess.
To cut the dowel rod I used a tiny miter box. In my house, we affectionately call this little guy Ant Man’s miter box. I don’t know where you buy one of these because I borrowed this one from my Dad’s basement workshop. I use the term borrowed loosely since I have had it for a long time and I hide it every time I know he is going to stop by. Love you Dad.
Decorating the Homework Caddy
The caddy is fully functionally now and all the is left to do it make it pretty. I used my silhouette to make the “create” label and a gazillion circles.
It was pretty cute with just the vinyl and I almost left it like this. But I had my heart set on navy so after I put on the vinyl I gave it a good coat of navy spray paint. I let the paint dry and then peeled off the vinyl. Whala…one navy and white caddy.
Plan “B” DIY Home work Caddy
But what if you don’t have a wooden box? For years I have used simple drink holders to hold all the kids supplies and it has worked great. All that is needed is something like this root beer packaging. I have also used the smaller 4 pack packaging and those work well for this too.
As you can see it will need some reinforcing if it is going to become a supply caddy so you will need some cardboard or heavy cardstock. Start by cutting a bottom piece to slip in for strength.
Next cut cardboard pieces to attach with glue to the dividers in the packaging. I also cut the front of my box so it wouldn’t be too deep for items like glue sticks and erasers.
Time to Decorate…
Your box should be good and sturdy now so you are ready to decorate. I spray painted mine white first.
From here you can have the kids decorate it with crayons or stickers or what ever else their heart’s desire. I gave mine stripes by adding painters tape and sprayed it again with the navy spray paint. I like Rust-oleum painters touch 2x ultra cover spray paint. The navy color was Rust-oleum’s Midnight Blue.
Homework time in my house isn’t exactly fun times but having all the supplies in one place helps a lot. I hope you get a chance try one of these projects and make one for yourself.
To see my previous thrift store upcycle project check out DIY Decorative Concrete Sign Art
And if you liked my flowers, check out how I always arrange my own with cheap flowers from the grocery store. Fyi, if you need more filler in your flower arrangement grab some mint from your garden. It fills in gaps nicely and smells great too! I used that trick in the pink arrangement in the black and white caddy photo.
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