10 Minutes to Your Organized Craft Space

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10 Minutes to Your Organized Craft Space

Organize Your Craft Space in 10 Minutes |

There was a time when a few pretty baskets and a couple of coffee cans were enough to contain my kid's craft supplies.

That was then.

Now, I’ve become an unwilling expert in a new, bewildering math process known as multipladdition. It works like this. If x is the child’s age, and y is said child’s genetic tendency to add glue to all the things, then the answer is four hundred and eleventy billion craft supplies in my office.

This is not an exaggeration. It’s just how math works.

The last thing I want to do is stifle the many creative thoughts my daughter has, and so I've enabled her by sometimes regularly topping up our stash of buttons, beads and baubles. Trouble is, when you place one small package of pipe cleaners next to one little bag of feathers you inevitably end up with six thousand pieces of fun felt.

That’s science.

And, thanks to shows like Art Attack, Artzooka and Mister Maker, I need to empty any and all food containers under cover of darkness, otherwise my child will liberate all the oatmeal bins, egg cartons and cracker boxes with plans to make robots, cars, dragon feet, and a horse stable complete with salt licks. She's like a mini MacGyver. As in, if she ever finds herself stuck inside an elevator, I’m fairly certain she could bust her way out using nothing more than a stack of construction paper, one oil pastel, three pipe cleaners and a handful of pompons.

She even has friends and family saving toilet paper rolls despite my - highly ineffectual - attempts to explain that because she (alone) uses eighteen squares per wipe, we will never EVER be without paper tubes. It's like she's preparing for some sort of crafting apocalypse where the only way to survive will be to make penguins, owls and elephants out of cardboard.

In case you don't believe me, I'll now strip down to my underwear and show you the place in my house where found objects and house plants go to die.

Seriously. If this was your home, I would be embarrassed for you.

This is an ugly, ugly craft room.

Baskets are a wonderful way to store children's craft supplies, as long as no actual crafting takes place.

Messy, messy craft room.

You see all those wooden letters? Put them together and they spell SHAME.

The before photo of a craft room makeover.

I know! Let's put all the art supplies in a great big bin because that will make the purple crayon easy to find.

A very disorganized craft space.

Needless to say, something had to be done.

I briefly considered selling the house - contents included. I also thought about hiring someone to break in and perform a ribbon heist at 2am. But instead, my mom and I drove to Canadian Tire where the instant sale fairies had magically marked down the price of these...

The answer to all of my crafting prayers.
photo: Canadian Tire

We threw two of them into the back of the car and laughed like giddy teenagers all the way home. Once unpacked it took us less than ten minutes to assemble them, place them against the wall and rake everything else into a giant pile on the middle of the floor.

Not long after, we heard angels singing as we stood back and admired our handiwork. There may or may not have been tears.

An organized craft space!

For the first time ever, all the artistic necessities had a place - the paper, the markers, the googly eyes, the feathers... everything.

And it was beautiful.

Also, I discovered that I never need to buy another pipe cleaner, roll of masking tape or glue stick for as long as I live.

Bins and bins of art and craft supplies.

Now that all the arts and crafts supplies have a place to live, my daughter has no trouble cleaning up after herself. It's delightful and it's just how I picture Martha Stewart's craft room. Only, different. Because yes, that is a picture of a cow jumping over a bare butt moon hanging above the table.

Calm, serene craft room.

New rule. If the bins are overflowing, to the craft store we're not going...

A place for everything and everything in its place. Craft room organization.

Do you have a Crafty McCrafterson in your house? If so, you'll love these ideas for displaying kids' art.

Spill it. What are your tips for organizing your craft space?

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3 Beautiful Handcrafted Poppies for Remembrance Day

Lest we forget...

3 Beautiful Handcrafted Poppies for Remembrance Day

Make Poppies with your kids for Remembrance Day

In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row...

I still remember the first time I heard someone recite In Flanders Fields.

I was sitting on a crowded gymnasium floor in a small Ontario elementary school. I don't recall the name of the special guest who spoke at the assembly that day, but I do remember this - within seconds of him opening his mouth, the gym grew silent as all in attendance fixed their eyes on the stranger delivering some of the most powerful words ever written.

After we returned to our classrooms, our teacher wrote In Flanders Fields on the chalkboard and had us surround the words with dozens of handmade paper poppies we crafted out of construction paper and paste. Poppies - we would later discover - have been a visual symbol of  Remembrance in Canada since 1921, mostly due to Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae's now-famous poem.

It is so important that children learn about the importance and relevance of remembrance and creating poppies is one way to make that happen. So, here for you now are three ways kids can craft poppies which can be used to make window decorations, necklaces or wreaths.



What you need:

  • an egg carton
  • scissors
  • red paint
  • a paintbrush
  • buttons (or construction paper)
  • glue

What you do:

  1. First, cut a cup from the egg carton.
  2. Then, cut it so it is rounded.
  3. Next, cut little points to make four distinct "petals".
  4. Round the petals off.
  5. Paint the poppies red.
  6. Embellish with black and yellow buttons (or construction paper) centers.

How to make poppies out of egg cartons.

Colourful poppies made of egg carton cups.



What you need:

  • muffin liners
  • scissors
  • red paint
  • paintbrushes
  • buttons (or construction paper)
  • glue

What you do:

  1. To ensure you have one large and one small liner per poppy, make some of the liners smaller by cutting the top edge off with scissors.
  2. Paint the muffin liners and let them dry.
  3. Place the smaller muffin liner inside the larger and crinkle into shape.
  4. Glue buttons or construction paper into the center.

You can make poppies for Remembrance Day using muffin liners from the pantry.

Craft poppies with muffin liners, paint and buttons.



What you need:

  • construction paper (red, black and yellow)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • black and yellow buttons (optional)

What you do:

  1. Fold a piece of red construction paper in half, three times.
  2. Cut a half heart shape out of the folded paper, making sure to cut at the folded edge.
  3. Open up the hearts and arrange them into a poppy shape.
  4. Glue together with a black and yellow center.

Make poppies out of construction paper.

Poppy made with construction paper:

This poppy was made using construction paper.

Poppy made with Valentine's Day heart cut-out shapes from the craft store:

This poppy was made using pre-cut paper hearts.


If you are looking for resources to help you talk to kids about Remembrance Day, here are some great places to start:

Veteran's Affairs Canada has some wonderful teaching materials for kids of all ages. Take Time to Remember is created for students from kindergarten to grade 2. The Tales of Animals in War newspaper is for ages 5 to 11 and The Canada Remembers Times newspaper is for ages 12 to 18.

The Royal Canadian legion has created a teaching guide to assist primary and secondary schools in imparting valuable information to their students.

YMC's Annabel Fitzsimmons shares a story of when she talked to her six year old about Remembrance Day.

More Remembrance Day stories and resources from the Yummy Mummy Club (including a cute preschool poppy craft) can be found here.

3 Ways to Craft a Poppy