Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mom, where's the orange crayon ? ?

I know all you moms have heard that before

Here in the Simply Crafty house, I hear that a lot during homework time.

Like the other day when Taelor needed a green crayon to draw three trees and I swear he spent more time looking through the crayon tub for the right shade of green than drawing the trees.
So that got me thinking. . .

How could I put all the crayons on display without it looking
messy on our kitchen table ? ?

Ta Da ! ! Our new beautiful Crayon Organizer


It all started with one little tomato sauce can.

While I was making dinner one night, after I had rinsed out the can and went to throw it away . . ding . . . off went my crafty light bulb.


After using and cleaning seven more cans, I painted each one with acrylic paint and clear coated them . . . I painted the can

red - orange - yellow - green - blue - purple - pink - white

Than I screwed them to a 11" by 6.5" piece of wood . . . simple enough :)
Than I organized the crayons into the coordinating cans :)

And I used the white can for the white - brown and blacks. Oh and I added little felt feet to the bottom so it
slides across our table smoothly :)

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56 comments:

The Crafty Gals said...

So cute! I've seen a similar idea a while back so I've been saving my cans to make my own. Love how yours turned out!!
~Mary

Kelli @ RTSM said...

That a seriously cute idea! When we redo our playroom I want to make a crafting area for the kiddos and this would be great!

Aly said...

great idea. i need to do this!

Sarah @ Sarahndipities said...

This is fantastic!!! Not only is it a great way to organize...it's so darn cute, too!!

Thanks for sharing the idea!

Jamie said...

Totally going to copy this! Thanks.

celine said...

love, love this idea ALOT! so want to make it but my girls are already 10 and 13:( maybe i can this as part of home deco.

StevieAlaine @ MooreBabies said...

Very cute!

Melanna said...

okay so my oldest is only 2 so we're just getting into the whole crayon thing. No one told me that crayons take over. I swear the things multiply! This would be a good way to reinforce the colour matching and help her find her own crayon colours. Thanks for the inspiration.

PartyMom said...

Such a cute idea! Can you come over to organize my house too?!

Jennifer said...

I love this! Ohmygosh! This is the kind of craft ever mom and art student needs to take on.. so fabulous!

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Laurel {Make and Takes} said...

This is really such a fun and cute solution! I'd love for you to submit it to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

Christina @ It's a Keeper said...

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Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

EXCELLENT IDEA!! I am about ready to go crazy with all the art supplies we have gathered for the kids. This is a great way to organize their crayons!! Great idea!

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

I love it!

Anji* said...

Great idea, it looks lovely! And clever recycling too :)

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

That is a great idea! Perfect! And it looks so good! Thanks so much for linking up!

Heidi said...

I made one of these last summer using the small cans, but I really love how yours came out with the big cans too! I might need to make another one like this for our colored pencils! Great work! :)

http://momscraftyspace.blogspot.com/2010/06/upcycled-montessori-style-crayon-holder.html

Pamela said...

Adorable and brilliant.

Tiffany said...

Fantastic idea! I swear we always have that one certain color missing so our coloring turns into a full house search for one particular crayon! This would solve that problem.
Found you on the Mommaskindacrafty link-up.

Amanda said...

This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Love it--I am going to make one for the markers ate preschool! Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

Melissa Moore said...

I absolutely love this. I might just have to put this on my project to-do list. If I do...you will get the idea credit and a shout out.

Danesa said...

What a Great Idea!!! Thanks for sharing.

Emily said...

I love this idea. We always have boxes and boxes of crayons all over our house and I never know were to put them all. I am totally going to copy your idea. I bought some super cute buckets today that I am going to transform. Check it out on my blog next week...
www.nestnestingnested.blogspot.com. Thanks again for the idea!

Krista @ While He Was Napping said...

Oh, my goodness! This is genius. My little one isn't quite old enough for it, but he will be before too long. I am stashing it away til then. I'd love for you to come share it at this weekend's party! Hope to see you there!

Humble Homemaker said...

haha! I LOVE this idea. Soooo simple but such a genious idea! I am your newest follower... can't wait to see more of your brilliance! :D
feel free to hook this up to my Weekend Review Link Party if you want. :)
http://humblehomemaking.blogspot.com/

It's a Crafty Life said...

What a great idea, this would be perfect for my classroom! I'm a new follower.

Rachel Cotterill said...

I love that, it's a success on so many levels - practical, cute, and colourful :)

Kimberly said...

Love this! Thank you for sharing!

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

I knew I was saving my tin cans for a reason!!! I will be making these soon!!!! Thanks for linking up!

Cassie said...

Oh.My.Heck! This is genius!!! What a fabulous project...so smart!!!
=)

The Princess and the Tot said...

I love this! I'm thinking I may use this for color sorting, too. FABULOUS!

Jamie said...

What a great idea. I'm your newest follower. I'm having my first link party tomorrow (Monday). It would be great if you could stop by and post your project. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

Kristina said...

I'm 18, don't have children, don't use crayons, but still plan on making this!

I WILL find a use!

:)

MessyMissy said...

AHHH!! I am totally inspired. I could use this at the library craft time I host as well. Great idea!! I would love it if you'd link this up to my Marvelous Mess party. I will be choosing one project to be featured on my sidebar for a week!! Here is the link: http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/2011/02/marvelous-mess_20.html

Kirby said...

That is such an awesome idea! I'm totally doing this one! Thanks for sharing!

Kristin said...

I use cans too - just never thought of painting them; this is a great idea!

What did you use to clear coat them?

Jamie said...

Thank you so much for joining the More The Merrier Monday Linky Party. Be sure to come back next week. I look forward to seeing more of your projects.

http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

Julie said...

Very cute! Found you thru TJ!

LocalFunForKids said...

That looks awesome. It's so practical and fun!

Hadar said...

So cute! I want to do it for my classroom :)

Crystal said...

Adorable and a great way to re-purpose.

I've seen this done with small empty fruit cans as well.

Good job!

Jana said...

Looks great! Thanks for linking up over at Giggles, Glitz & Glam!

Coco loves vintage said...

Love it! practical & it looks pretty cool too!

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

What a nifty thrify idea!! This will work great in my kid's craft cupboard. Thanks bunches for linking up this great idea at my blog bash K.I.S.S., always appreciated. :)

http://thetatteredtag.blogspot.com

Esther Lynn said...

This is adorable, im sharing on my blog of fabulous finds today!!

http://createthelifeyourlllove.blogspot.com/

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

what a easy simple but genius idea! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings and make sure to come enter my giveaway for Handstamped Silver :)

AmieAnn said...

Oh my gosh! I love this idea.. as a mom of 3 there is always someone constantly searching through the thousands of crayons that we have for that ONE color! This is Awesome! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

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Just wanted to let you know I featured you this week @ MMM! come on over and grab an I was featured button if you want :)

Becca said...

too cute!! i wanna do this now:)! it gets put on the "to make list" lol. Thank you for the wonderful idea:)

Char@The Starter Home said...

Super cute idea. I think even my 2 year old can put his crayons back in the right spot.

Janet said...

This is so cute!

Amy (naptimecrafters) said...

This an awesome idea! I'll be featuring you as a Friday Fav this week at naptimecrafters.blogspot.com. Come grab a featured button:)

Heather said...

How clever! I just had to share this on my blog today at Decor-ganize Crafts! www.decorganizecrafts.blogspot.com

Kellie said...

Summer project!! I am a third grade teacher and I am going to make one of these for my classroom.

Amy said...

What a FABULOUS idea! I so need to do this!

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