Chasing Cheerios

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Art Shelf Organizer

O(5) has a pretty cool organzier on her art shelf that I made more than 2 years ago. A couple of months ago a friend asked me why in the world I'd never put pics of it on the blog, so now I am :)

To make this organizer I bought new, empty paint cans from Home Depot (I don't remember the exact size, but they are can see that in the pics). I decoupaged the cans with scrapbook paper. I bought 2 magnetic bars (from IKEA) and attached them to the wall at the back of the art shelf. The cans stay on the magnetic bars most of the time (leaving the shelf clear for making art), but if the girls want to use the art supplies at the table or outside, they can easily take them with them.

The only problem is that the cans sometimes get too heavy and fall off the bars. That usually only happens with the container of scissors.

So, there you go, Becca! This post is for you! :)


  1. Absolutely brilliant. You are so clever. Love this idea for our classroom:)

  2. This is so timely. My 14 month old is just starting to love crayons, etc. and I've been pondering all week "how in the world can i set up an art center that is accessible but neat". Thank you!

  3. I love this idea! My three year old loves to scatter his crayons everywhere, but I think this would really help him to stay organized. Thanks for the tip.

    Also, I added your site to the Montessori Buddy blogroll. Have a great weekend!

  4. This is a fabulous idea. I clicked your link from Pinterest - wondering how you attached the cans to the wall. A magnetic bar. I'm going to have to hunt for one of those, this is great. thank you.

  5. Hello,
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  6. Hey thanks a lot for sharing this post. I was searching for articles to buy magnetic organizer and i came across your post. They are very unique and beautiful. Many thanks once again :)