How to make a 4×4 wood and rustic art supply organizer

Hey friends, I feel like I can call you that now. You are all in the “friend zone” now. I share my home, my ideas, my life… and you all join in the conversation. Which is pretty much like us getting coffee together and having a good gossip session. We can complain about our spouse, exchange slow cooker recipes, or share our horror stories of the clutter in our home. One thing I do not have to worry about in my home is the art supply organization. I have that locked up good! Today I am sharing How to make a 4×4 wood and rustic art supply organizer and it only involves a few steps! Say what?!!
art supply organizer, DIY how to

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I have had this in my home for a while now, my kids have put it to great use. But I never shared the full tutorial here, it was shared on another site initially. It is time to share the tutorial for this. I get a lot of questions and mentions of this whenever I share a picture of it. People want to know where I purchased it or how to make it. Well, now I am spilling the ‘deets on this.

wood 4x4 DIY art supply organizer tutorial

The steps are crazy simple. I shared them in the collage above. I purchased a 4×4 and then cut it down to the size I wanted. Once it was cut down to size I measured where each hole for the art supplies would sit in. Using the wood drill bit head as my template to trace out the marks. I have provided a few links to drill bit options that are similar to what I used to do this. Information at the bottom of this post. 

Then, a drill was used to push into the 4×4 to make the holes. I kept going until I was almost to the bottom. Giving the crayons and colored pencils plenty of space.

My plan was to do a dark wood stain, but I wanted to do something a little different this time. The wood had a great natural grain to it, so I simple brushed on a clear coat of lacquer. to have the grain become a little more obvious.

light wood stain project

As you can see, it left the 4×4 looking kind of shiny and splattered with the finish.

simple and rustic art supply caddy

It all dried beautifully! I also sanded down the corners of this with standard sand paper. Rounding the corners and edges to make sure this is ok for kids. Because if there is a corner, my kids will find it and cause some kind of randomly serious damage that requires all of the band aides in the entire house. Amiright?

4x4 wood home decor project

Oh wow, who knew colored coordinated crayons could make me do a happy dance? This is proof I need to get out more, this is not exciting to the average person. To me…? Welp, I love this stuff!

crayon organizer

This 4×4 wood and rustic art supply organizer is functional without taking up too much space. I adore all of the caddys for art supplies there are out there. Some of them can be so bulky. This one is streamlined enough that it stays on the art table all the time. It allows space for my kids (and me) to use the art table. Weirdly enough, my kids often color coordinate the crayons, also being “helpful” in wanting to throw out any crayon that is slightly broken, paper torn or otherwise not pristine. Um… thanks kids?

Art table for the home

This art table was something I created for them when I still had tiny little ones. People, (cough my husband, cough) thought I was insane to have the art supplies out for the kids to get at, sometimes without adult supervision. But, I had a dream for my littles to create without rules. Also, we had a ton of art supplies that I never wanted to drag out because it meant them taking over the dining room table, which meant it had to be cleaned up. It took some getting used to for my kids to keep this not too messy.

kids art table ideas

Sometimes they do awesome keeping it together, other times there is a legit glitter tornado that no one takes credit for. I did implement some organization ideas for this table, along with the art supply closet that helps it all stay relatively clutter free. My kids have learned that if they work with me on things, then the art table remains a place of freedom for them.

bold and bright home decor

I carved out this little room for them when I rearranged the furniture in my home, which is technically part of our kitchen. It is considered the “eat-in” portion of the kitchen. But, we are not a formal dining room type of people so we have just the one dining room, which is off of the living room. I could not see having two dining tables, where we can literally wave to the other table. This room we call the study, it is pretty much a big-ish kids playroom. No more toys in here, but their art table and books are here.

cute playroom ideas for a home

kids homework and study room

It has the best lighting in our home. A little behind the scenes action, this is where I film most of my craft tutorials and videos because of the great natural lighting in here. Yes, I kick my kids out of here when I work. Because I am the Mom and I said so!

diy wood 4x4 project

This art table has been a big hit for my kids as well as others that visit. When we come back from any trip my kids always congregate her, quietly creating to their hearts content. I adore that they have this space to be creative. I hope this how to make a 4×4 wood and rustic art supply organizer is something you enjoyed seeing. I like the rustic and simple elements to it, also that it is rustic without being too much. This will mature with my kids, and then eventually I will commandeer it as my own. Nothing about this feels to kid-ish.

Have you ever created anything with a wood 4×4? Also, please tell me I do not have the only kids that are obsessed with band aides? My kids will do anything to have an owie “count” so they can get a band aide. Kids are weird! 

         

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33 Comment

  1. Maybe I missed it in your post but what type of drill bit did you use? Is it a special one that makes circles?

    1. Emily says: Reply

      It is a wood boring drill bit. Sorry I did not explain that in the original post. I have edited is since, and also added some similar products to the bottom of the post. Hopefully that helps you out and clears up the confusion 🙂

  2. Emily, this is really adorable!!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  3. I love this project. It would be helpful with parties because each kid can have their own hole on the board with their crayons

    1. Emily says: Reply

      That is such a good idea!

  4. I really love this idea, so perfect! I need a permanent place for the kids to do art. I love your space, and I bet your kiddos love it too.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks April! My kids use this space all the time, it was one of the best things I have done in our home. Your kids would love it too!

  5. Oh this is cute! I made something similar but the holes aren’t as deep. I used it for tea lights 🙂 This would be a great upgrade from the ice cream bucket I am using now.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Love the idea of putting tea lights in them as a simple decor item!

  6. Tara says: Reply

    When we were doing homework tonight I was wishing that I had a better place for all the crayons and colored pencils. What a fun idea!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks!

  7. Brianne says: Reply

    This is so neat and looks super fun to do. I bet it would solve the fighting over the same colors situation happening over here!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Ugh, the struggle is real with kids and “their” color or crayon. 🙂

  8. Amanda says: Reply

    So cute! Love how this looks!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you Amanda!

  9. Kim says: Reply

    Thanks for clarifying that you used a wood boring drill bit. The picture helps too. I love the little area you carved out for your kiddos. It’s cute and functional!
    I could use one of these organizers for *my* art supplies. 😜

    1. Emily says: Reply

      I am so happy you found this helpful!

  10. Monica says: Reply

    This is awesome! I recently purchased something similar and it was nowhere near as cool as your DIY organizer. I paid way too much for it and it only had three slots. I would have never thought of making my own but now I’m putting the hubby on this project. Hehehe! Love it!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Oh no, sorry you spent a lot on something similar! I have never seen something like this in the store, but that is great for people who are not into DIYing things.

  11. Nicole Escat says: Reply

    Wow, I want to make one. I’ve been buying supplies and they are cluttering in my desk. I need an organizer.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      This is such a simple organizer!

  12. Rachel says: Reply

    Haha, the color coordinating crayons reminds me of my OCD husband. I love this idea and it would be great for my son who can never find the one blue marker he is looking for. Not just any blue will do, of course!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      The colors are not always organized, it goes through phases. I have one OCD child and two that like to make messes when they create. Also one that is obsessed with a certain color. Kids…. 🙂

  13. What a great idea! I’d love to have that drill bit. Adding that to my wish list.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! The drill bit has come in handy for a few projects!

  14. I love how your organizer turned out and I am really tempted to make something similar so my kids’ crayons look as neat sorted by color as yours!! Super cool. Pinning!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! Even if the crayons are not organized by color, a complete, large box of crayons can fit in these holes and keep them off of the table, or floor, or the dogs mouth (which has happened before).

  15. Kati says: Reply

    This is so awesome! I definitely need one of these and hopefully my kids will actually put the crayons and pencils back! Pinned!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! I find my kids are better putting things away if they have a designated place for it to go.

  16. Kate says: Reply

    Such a good idea I would love to make one!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! It was so easy to make!

  17. Lauren says: Reply

    Love this project! What size is the drill bit you used?

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