Over the weekend I made a little art supply caddy for my son’s pens, scissors and crayons using four plastic cups and an old lazy susan.
I got these pretty little plastic cups at Target a few years ago, but I began to find that they just weren’t holding liquids like they used to. Meaning, they had started leaking one by one. They were just getting old.
I loved the designs though, so I hated to put them in the recycling bin, and I held on to them for a while to see if I could use them for something.
Then I decided I could use them to store pens and things, especially as a group. No one seems to have more pens and pencils and markers than my 4-year old, so it seemed like a good solution to use the four cups together for storage. I figured it might be even better if I grouped them on a lazy susan. That way he could spin it around to get what he wanted.
This lazy susan was stolen from my fridge, where it had previously held jelly and stuff, and it was utilitarian to say the least. I decided to cut a circle from woodgrain contact paper to insert inside to make it look a little better. I also planned to use some velcro pieces to stick the cups down on the lazy susan, as you can see above.
The woodgrain sticky back paper worked pretty well. But I never went through with the velcro because I failed to notice that my cups were not flat on the bottom! Nevermind, it works without.
I’m pretty happy with it. It’s bright and cheerful and I found a way to reuse my cups AND keep some art tools within reach for my son in an organized way. He keeps this on his drawing/play table, and yes, he puts them back… although he did take to spinning the whole thing pretty fast the first day.
Have you found a good way to reuse something around your house that might have otherwise ended up in the recycling bin/trash?