My “it isn’t everything, but it comes pretty close” Grandma Craft Cart

When our grand-kids come to visit, it’s relatively simple for us to do crafts together.

All of our craft supplies are organized in bins and drawers in a storage room in our lower level.  I can go downstairs pick what I want and head up to the kitchen area (usually) where the kids are eager to begin. (Trust me.  I was NOT able to be this organized when I was a full-fledged, card-carrying, 24/7 Mom).

I also have a drawer full of freezer paper (perfect to protect the counter or table when you are working on projects) and butcher paper (perfect for large scale drawing projects).

After everyone leaves, everything gets put back where it belongs (this is an important grandparent benefit).

Here’s how it works.  After everyone leaves, and after we collapse for about 20 minutes, I gather up all the craft supplies and put them in a two handled cardboard carrier (some people call it a “box”) and set it by the top of the stairs.

Mr. H. has an office in the lower level of the house, so when he heads to his office he takes the box downstairs and puts everything where it belongs….

Here, follow me.  Let me show you how it…..

WHAT?  What happened here?

“Oh, Mr. H.!  Where are you?  You have some ‘splainin’ to do….”

Evidently SOMEONE has not been holding up their end of the bargain…

(insert long-suffering sigh here)

Back to my story.

It’s a different story when we visit the grand-kids.

It’s a foregone conclusion that I will be working on some craft or other with the kids.   Sometimes I have a particular craft in mind, but sometimes the kids set the agenda.  As a result, I often bring random craft supplies.

Because I don’t know exactly what I will be using, I will pack everything in three or four bags (or more) and drag all the stuff into the house.

The parents are just thrilled (Do you detect some sarcasm?  There’s a reason for that).

So, I was thinking…..

How about a Grandmama Craft Cart?  Something that would keep all my craft supplies in one place without creating a disaster area for the parents.

Oh, the anticipation.

I spent some time online looking for the best cart and finally found the perfect (I hope) candidate.

It arrived yesterday, and I unpacked it right where it was delivered.

Oh look.  Lots of room and so many different pockets (pockets on every side and pockets on the inside as well), velcro, and wheels and a handle.

I ran downstairs and began gathering all the things I wanted to have in my new Craft Cart (many of these items were still on the table. How ….ahem….convenient).

First (be still, my beating heart) a rainbow of Sharpies and water color pencils (you might want to replace the sharpies with kid friendly colored markers).  Look, a place for everything, and everything in it’s place.

I also threw in (carefully placed) a set of acrylic paints, some painting palettes and a pencil sharpener.    On the outside pockets, I tucked some artist smocks for the kids.

These smocks are nice to have around, (although the kids get a little warm wearing these when it’s hot outside).

In some of the outside pockets I tucked some rubber bands (my Grandma W. used to save rubber bands on her door handle in the kitchen.  There were so many, you really couldn’t turn the handle).  I also grabbed a bunch of sponge brushes (you can never have too many sponge brushes) and tucked them in their own pocket.  I had some glitter and some micro beads (thank you, Martha) so I put them in their own little pockets.

Critical pieces of equipment.  A glue gun (with extra glue rods) and a board to put under the glue gun (very important).  I included scissors, but really need some more kid friendly scissors in my cart.

These supplies were so comfy in their new pockets I didn’t have the heart to take them out for their picture.  You get the drift.  Glue, rulers and stencil brushes.

Oh, look at all the things you can fit on the inside.  Paper (card stock, regular and origami), wire, pencils and tacky glue

I had room for duct tape, crayons (yes, from 1992) and other “necessities”.

I love that there is still room inside for even more……

Here you go.  A list of your own that you can use to begin building your own Craft Cart (and because I love you, a .pdf file you can download and print out at your leisure).

Grandma Craft Cart PDF

Any other strategies you use for crafting with your kids/grand-kids/nieces/nephews/random children?  Be sure to comment and share with the class or go over to the Facebook Fan Page and share.




Category: Camp, Tips and Tricks, What will we do today?
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(1) Comment and (1) Reply

  1. Juli | March 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Reply

    Oh Jill! I want to be you when I grow up!!

    • jill | March 4, 2012 at 7:28 am | Reply

      Ha, are you kidding? This is all my futile effort to be more like you!!!! (teachers are just my favorite people in the world. Especially great teachers!!)

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