Ever feel like toy stores are just full of button-pushing toys that light up and make noise? I’d rather play with stuff from Michaels and Hobby Lobby, myself. My middle child is just the same. LOVES to color and glue and cut and paste the old fashioned way… as it should be. So when the opportunity presented itself (we moved his older brother out of this shared room and into his own room), I decided to give my little creative guy an Arts and Crafts Station!
I’m a little obsessed with the playroom environments I’ve seen on PlayAtHomeMom, where their (super-lucky!) kids are surrounded by opportunities to be creative through the Reggio Emilia Approach. So I created a mini-version!
Removal of the abovementioned older brother’s dresser and ladder to the upper bunk left a nice, open corner in my son’s room. I had most of these materials around my house, but this space needed:
- Kid-sized table and chairs
- 5″ or 6″ wide piece of wood for shelf (mine was leftover from another project)
- L-brackets and screws
- Ten plastic containers from the Dollar Tree
- Various arty and crafty materials, also mostly from the Dollar Tree
- Décor (guess where I got the frames… that’s right)
- Power Drill
- Power Screwdriver
- Stud Finder (My husband always jokes that I’ve got one built in. Har.)
First things first, measure your space and decide where everything will go. I had a 48″ piece of wood, which suited the size of my table nicely.
Once you’ve got a plan, use the level to mark where the shelf will go. Mine is about 15″ above the table top to make it easy to reach even when he’s sitting down.
Attach your L-brackets to the wall. Use a stud finder and drill into the studs, or use wall anchors in sheet rock. I used two brackets, but if your shelf is more than 3-4 feet long, I’d use three or more.
Set your wooden shelf on top of the brackets (double check that it’s level) and screw it on.
Next, fill all your little containers with fun, colorful doo-dads! Mine include pipe cleaners, googly eyes, pom poms, beads, feathers, clothes pins, etc. plus glue and scissors.
I also put out his favorite markers and some glitter pens, plus crayons, color pencils and construction paper (not pictured).
On the walls, I knew I wanted something personal and colorful, so I searched for printables for my lil Beyblade-loving boy… there was an unsurprising shortage. So I made my own! I found pictures of his four favorite Beys, used Photoshop to make them black and white, erased the black parts and put the white leftovers on colorful backgrounds. I added their names in a cool white font and had them printed at Kinkos for 59 cents each. Dollar store document frames and viola! (I know it’s really voila, but it makes me chuckle, K?)
Verdict: he LOVES it. He’s never been more content to play in his room, and the first thing he made was a thank you card for me (awww)! A big thanks to PAHM for inspiring my guy’s creative station!
As always… here’s what I messed up on so you don’t have to!
- Measure twice, cut once! (Or in my case, measure twice, do your math right and double-check it before banging nails into your wall to hang pictures.)
- Lucky accident that my containers fit on that shelf so perfectly, because I didn’t measure them before I bought them.
- Make sure you buy enough of each supply to make the container look kinda full. I ended up going back for another pack of googly eyes and beads to fill them up more.
(Should anyone ever actually want to use my Beyblade decor, feel free… here they are.)
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