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How to Set Up an Art Caddy

by Andrea Martelle
March 18, 2022
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An art caddy works as an easy way to organize art supplies for kids. Here are our tips on how to stock and organize one for your family!

Updated April 2022

We love an art caddy. Regardless of the size of your home or the age of your kids, an art caddy will help you organize your kids’ art supplies.

Used alone or with an art cart, an art caddy is great way to organize your essential art supplies – the ones your kids use every day. It helps make art supply organization manageable, especially in a smaller living space.

We also love that it can house just the art materials you want your toddler to use. With a caddy, they have some independence without access to the scissors and sharpies! And then, as they grow, you can supplement the caddy with more sophisticated art supplies.

Our kids love the portability of an art caddy. They bring it with them wherever they might be creating – the kitchen, the floor, or wherever the family is gathering.

We’ll show you some of our favorite art caddies and some materials you’ve got to stock it with, as well as some other ways to organize art supplies.

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

How to Set Up an Art Caddy

First, here are some art caddies we’ve used and recommend:

jean's art caddy
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Next, here are some of the essentials we keep in our caddies:

art caddy with supplies
Photo by Andrea Martelle

But the best thing about an art caddy is that you can tailor it specifically to what your kids are into at the moment. Maybe they are exploring watercolor painting: keep a watercolor palette, an empty cup for water, and an assortment of paintbrushes in the caddy. Or maybe they are into card making (one of our kids’ favorite pastimes!): gather up some blank cards, pens, and stickers and keep them in the caddy.

Just as easily as you set it up, you can change things out to suit your kids’ interests.

We can’t say enough about this organizational tool! It’s big enough to hold a decent amount of art supplies yet small enough to be easily manageable by a child. How will you organize yours?

Kids Wooden Art Supply Caddy
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

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