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My (not so) little one is headed to school this year. I wanted to make sure we started the school year off as organized as possible. Instead of keeping his art supplies next to mine, I decided to move them to this supply caddy. With a few quick customizations it will help make homework time a breeze.
- Hand Made Modern wood art caddy
- big alphabet stickers ($1 from Target’s Dollar Spot)
- empty cardboard boxes
- supplies to fill up the caddy (markers, pencils, etc.)
You can find the Hand Made Modern wood caddy with the rest of the art supplies in Target. Like the rest of Target’s Hand Made Modern pieces, it is very sturdy and completely ready to customize. I usually like to stain or paint wood, but I decided to keep this project super simple. Instead, I picked up a set of alphabet stickers from the Dollar Spot to spell “homework” on the front.
Here is a tip for getting the word centered on the front of the caddy. Stick the top of each letter you’re using on the edge of the table you’re working on. Move the wood caddy next to it to make sure the letters fit and are centered. Then start with the middle letter and attach one letter at a time to the caddy.
The wood caddy has eight compartments but some of them were too big for what I needed. To create some separation I used an empty cardboard box to make adjustable boxes. Head to your pantry and look for thin cardboard boxes. Cereal and snack boxes are just perfect for this.
Measure to see how deep the inside of the wood caddy is. Use this measurement to mark a line around the base of the cardboard box then cut it out.
Cut the box in half.
Now slide one end into the other. It’s easy to adjust and should be sturdy so there is no need to glue anything down.
Make as many as you need to keep things separated within each compartment.
Fill up the homework caddy with whatever your child might need. This will be our homework/art caddy so I moved a lot of fun things into here.
I’m so glad I went with a wood caddy because it feels so sturdy even with everything in there.
I’d love to hear any tips you have for making homework time as stress free as possible.
Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!