How I store children's craft supplies. Ikea craft trolley filled with paper, card, embellishments and accessories

How To Store Children’s Craft Supplies

A Crafty Mess and Stressful Storage

Many kids love to create and make, but how on earth do you store your children’s craft supplies?

Both of my children (aged 7 and 10) love arts and crafts. However, I used to store our supplies in different cupboards, boxes and drawers all over the house, making them inaccessible to the children.  Furthermore, crafting in our house had to be an activity that was planned in advance and the kids had to ask for the supplies. 

Subsequently, a couple of years ago, I read the Artful Parent by Jean Van Hul.  Her family are luckily enough to have an art room. Few people have that luxury, but it got me thinking … art shouldn’t always be led by adults. Children should have the freedom to explore different materials and techniques.

How I store children's craft supplies. Ikea craft trolley filled with paper, card, embellishments and accessories

An Invitation to Play

Firstly I purchased the Raskog Ikea trolley and an oilcloth table-cloth.  The trolley lives in a corner of the dining room, yes it’s not the most attractive thing to look at and it does get rather messy. BUT, as a result, the kids regularly gravitate towards the trolley and make models and pictures all by themselves.

If you don’t want a trolley, you could use a storage box, dedicate a shelf in a cupboard or plastic rainbow drawer units are useful too.

Get Organised: How to store children’s craft supplies

Once you’ve bought all your craft goodies, there are lots of ways to organise them.  I decided to put all the card, paper, foam and stickers together on the top shelf. The middle shelf is full of pots for beads, foam shapes, glitter etc. The bottom shelf has boxes from the Scrapstore (full of scrap materials) and boxes with lots of compartments for embellishments. 

My top tips for how to store children’s craft supplies –

  • Put art supplies you’re happy for them to play with unsupervised in a tin, basket or trolley.
  • Make the art supplies easy to get to and preferably near a table.
  • Organise craft materials in clear plastic pots.
  • Put papers, foam sheets, stickers together in document holders or cut the top off a cereal box (See photo).
  • Keep poster paint, paintbrushes, old t-shirts and water pots in a box out of sight and reach. Only get this out when you’re around!  (Above all, nobody wants blue paint on a beige carpet – trust me!)
  • Purchase each child an A4 plain notebook with thick pages and encourage the kids to paint, stick and draw in the books.  As a result, you won’t have stray artwork everywhere and you can all look back on what they’ve done. 
  • Save jam jars, pretty packaging and old beauty pots to store your craft supplies.
  • If you have space, it’s worth having a box in the garage and keeping a supply of cardboard boxes, kitchen rolls and interesting scrap for model making.

Finally, for ideas on what to put in your craft kit and where to buy it, pop over to my post about What to Put in a Child’s Craft Box

I hope you’re inspired to store your children’s craft supplies and allow them to have their own creative adventures. I’d love to hear what you put in your kits or even better, a photo in the comments would be awesome!

Thanks for reading, warm sparkly hugs,

How to store children's craft supplies  with an invitation to play
What to put in a child's craft kit and where to buy craft supplies

What to Put in a Child’s Craft Box

What should I put in my child’s craft box?  Being the owner of Made By Me Craft Parties my children have access to a whole room full of craft supplies and as a result, they’re eager recipients of my cast-offs!  But what do you do if you’re just starting out?  What on earth do you buy to set up your children with art and craft supplies and start their first craft kit?

What to put in a children's craft box - a selection of washi tapes

Here’s a list of things I think are perfect items for your kit;

Felt tips/coloured pencils
Little Brian Paint Sticks (For toddlers and younger kids – these are AMAZING!)
Plain white card
Coloured paper
Glitter (if you can bare it!) Eco glitter is even better.
Pipe cleaners
Sticky foam shapes and gems
Washi tape (paper Sellotape)
PVA glue
Pritt Stick glue
Scissors (age dependent)
Lollypop sticks
Apron for younger kids
Small pop up bin or similar
Watercolour paints for older kids and paint brushes

Where to buy craft supplies?

It can be an expensive lark getting all these supplies together if you’re just starting out.  So don’t rush off to the expensive craft stores, besides, with a little bit of time and thought you can put together a kit for very little cost.

Firstly, if you have a Scrapstore near you, this is an excellent place to start.  You can buy a bag or box of scrap for a few pounds and fill it with ribbon, wool, paper, card, embellishments, boxes and random bits and bobs for modelling.  Scrapstores often have a shelf of art supplies for sale, such as paints and glue that are good value.

What to put in a craft box - A selection of ribbons available at Made By Me Craft Parties.

Secondly, consider a trip to the likes of Poundland, Wilkinsons, The Range and even Lidl or Aldi.  The art range at Ikea is also fantastic and well priced and of course you can pick up lots of bits online at ebay and Amazon.

You won’t be able to get all the supplies in one place, but you can certainly pick up a few bargains on your travels to get you on your way.  Just choose your materials carefully if you’re buying for older children, it’s worth investing a bit more money into their paint brushes and paper.

What to put in a craft box for children

Finally, you can find ready-made boxes of crafts in lots of the supermarkets and craft stores and these are well worth buying as a birthday present.  Besides, you can then add to them as and when you see any bits you like.

Organising Craft Supplies

Once you’ve bought all your goodies, there are lots of ways to organise them.  Check out my blog post on how to store children’s craft supplies, which gives you lots of ideas for craft storage and making crafting accessible for your children.

I hope you’re inspired on what to put in your child’s craft box, what else would you add?  Have you found a hidden gem to purchase your craft supplies from?  I’d love to know in the comments.

Photos were taken by Samantha Prewett Photography


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