We appear to have turned a corner in our house. Leo has finally found an interest in drawing and crafting. He has never been a ‘colourer’. I always envy those families sat in the pub with children who sit there quietly colouring. Not my boy. I’m not sure colouring specifically will ever be his thing (interestingly though Tayo seems to really enjoy it already!) but the last two weeks he has sat at our dining table and requested ‘craft bits’. He’s made under water scenes, lollipop stick snakes, bunny noses and more and he’s really enjoyed it. But that leads us onto a new ‘problem’. Where the heck do you put all the stuff?! It’s currently split between a box in the playroom unit and a windowsill. All very disorganised.
So I am on the hunt for craft storage solutions and possibly considering making more of an ‘art area’… somewhere in the house. I have seen lots of those plastic drawer units about but is there something more aesthetically pleasing but equally as effective? Or are these the best things to use? Have you upcycled anything maybe?
I’ve mentioned before that we have two rooms downstairs. The kitchen come dining space and the living room come play area space and both are well, full of stuff already so I’m not sure where to put this new arty area. The ‘play area’ has a small desk and chair in it so I think I’d pretty much have to work with that small space… could potentially look at moving the play kitchen to extend it slightly because if Leo’s sat at the desk, Tayo is pretty much on his lap so he probably needs a bit of space in the area as well. I’ve created a gallery below of some of my favourite spaces and even those spaces that are much bigger than mine are packed full of inspiration.
I really love the clever storage used on walls but as we rent putting holes in walls is something that I just don’t really want to do. I am thinking of maybe backing the whole area with a big piece of cork board (the decor in the room is browns and greens and pinks so I think it would sort of go?) then he can really easily pin up all of his creations? And by backing I mean simply leaning it against the wall? Maybe securing with a few command strips or something? Does that sound gross? Maybe it’s a case of getting more of a desk with built in storage? Do you own anything like that? You see – totally lost.
How are you storing your kids art supplies? Do you have a dedicated area or is your dining room being taken over by PVA glue, felt balls and pipe cleaners too?