It was a couple of months ago that I walked into my friend, Callista’s house, and I noticed the Ikea Raskog cart near her dining room table. I’d seen this cart before – in the store and in numerous posts written by organized bloggers – and had always wanted to have one.
But without a pantry to tuck it away, I didn’t see past its description as a ‘kitchen cart’. Until I saw what Callista had done.
She had created an art cart for her kidlets. Crayons, pencils, glue and craft supplies filled the shelves. The kids helped themselves to the easily-accessible materials, and got to creating right away.
I was completely inspired. This is genius! The supplies can be rolled away when they aren’t being used, but when they are out – the world is the kids’ oyster. Glue, scissors, pipe cleaners and paper… it’s all there.
I bought the cart the next time I strolled the wide aisles of Ikea. This art cart had to come and live at our house too.
Cal and I talked about upcycling containers for craft storage, and she mentioned that she’d like to use tin cans. But there were those sharp edges… and little hands… and how could that work?
At our recent West Coast Creative event, one of our sponsors was Duck Tape. And yes, while you can still get the silver and brown varieties of this fix-all tape, it’s recently fancied itself up. But still has the same super-sticky power.
I gathered supplies from my recycling bin.
I joked with friends that if I ever write a crafting book, it will be called, “Crafting with Garbage”.
I’m medium-serious about that, actually.
And look what the Duck Tape did! It gussied up those tin cans AND covered the sharp rim around the top.
As I wrapped this leopard tape around an old salsa jar, Lila said, “Auntie Jessie would LOVE this one!”
Hear that, Jess? Let us know if you need some fancy jars for your makeup brushes!
The tins are the perfect size for markers and crayons and glue sticks.
Not to be confused with white glue. I am lenient with craft supplies, but I can only imagine what white glue does to carpet.
And now the girls have their art supplies at their fingertips.
Lila has repeatedly thanked me for her art cart.
And I don’t blame her.
I’ve put out big-girl scissors.
I’m either creating independent children… or there will be a post later this month about pixie haircuts.
Oooooh,…this is insanely awesome. I am now planning a trip to Ikea. Thanks for such a great idea.
Thank you, Terry! I LOVE this cart – I can imagine so many uses for it.
I’m definitely inspired! I love it!
We have arts and craft supplies all over the house – some is more accessible than others! I need to fix that before summer starts.
I was like that too. I had paper in one area, and crayons in the other. The kids LOVE their art cart, and I love that it localizes all of the supplies. That way I’m not getting up and down for “Glue, please!” “Where are the scissors!?!?” etc, etc. 🙂
Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
LOVE this!!! I need to buy one next time I’m at Ikea for sure 😉
They’re fabulous carts! Let me know if you get one, Meredith! I don’t think you’ll regret it!
I love the idea of an art cart! I just recently bought a Raskog for my scrapbooking supplies and I LOVE it!! There are so many possibilites for it, I don’t know why it’s just called a kitchen cart!
I don’t know why it’s called a “kitchen cart” either – I love that you use yours for scrapbooking supplies. I can see this cart used in so many crafty ways!
Looks like so much fun!! I totally need to ditch the cart with drawers and get one of these!
I have some of those carts with drawers too. But this one is just so pretty! 🙂
And you can have grabby little hands reaching in on all sides!
Kelly @ IdealistMom.com
My 6yo daughter’s art drawer is a MESS. This would be so awesome! Plus we could roll it into a closet when she’s done to keep her baby sister out of it! Pinning now…love it so much 🙂
I love that you can roll it away, too! It’s so nice to have the art supplies come out at one time… but then go back to its home when the kids are done.
Let me know if you do this! I have to say, we are LOVING it here!
Such a great idea, Tara! I might have to steal it 😉
Thank you, Jamie! Well, I originally “borrowed” the idea from my friend in the first place, so go ahead and steal it! 🙂
What a lovely use of that fabulous cart! I hope you don’t have to do a pixie cut post!! LOL!
Ok, best idea ever! I NEED this cart now…and I’m loving all the fun duct tape containers! Genius!!
I love love love this cart, Jo-Anna! It’s probably one of my favourite Ikea purchases (after anything Expedit, of course). You should get one! I can imagine how it would be fabulous in the kitchen too! (As it’s designed for)
I LOVE the art cart! Think I could I make one even thought I’m an adult without kids? 🙂 I love crafts!
Of course you can, Kristen! You’re so creative, I’m sure you’d fill it up in no time!
Tara, I have this exact cart and couldn’t figure out what to do with it! Now I know!!! My Alix will LOVE this!!!
Nat – let me know if you did this! I would love to see how such a creative gal like you sets up her cart. You could even do one for sewing too… (Can you tell I want another cart? One day….)
That RASKOG cart owns me. Eventually one will make it into our house because I lack IKEA furniture as is. What a great idea though! Your girls must love that!
I’m surprised you don’t have it yet, Ikea lady! I am definitely getting another one one day….
Oh,Tara, this art cart is absolutely amazing! I so wish Ikea wasn’t 2 hours away! However, I MUST make a trip there soon! (this is not a want but a “NEED”) hehe! 😉
Our Ikea is about 45 minutes away… if it were any closer, I think it would be dangerous for my pocketbook! The cart is pretty fabulous, I will admit! 🙂
Krista @ the happy housie
Love it Tara- we have the exact same cart. I got it for my birthday- haha. I had used it as my son’s art cart at first too but then got selfish and hogged it back for myself. It is so cute and he wasn’t keeping it tidy enough for me (lol). Kidding. But I did hog it back. Pinning!
I WANT to hog it back…. I’m thinking about getting a second! And what a great birthday gift! I would have been thrilled to receive it!
Dani @ lifeovereasy
Such a great idea! And that cart will grow with your kids – my oldest had it in her dorm room for her necessities.
Such a good idea, having it as a dorm room accessory! I honestly want another one for my craft space…. maybe on my next Ikea trip!
Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life…
I Love this clever and fun idea Tara! Girl… you always get it right!! 🙂
Awww… thank you, Cynthia! That means a lot coming from a creative force like you, lady! 🙂
I LOVE this! All of our art supplies are squashed into a cupboard in the kitchen … it’s hard for the kids (and me!) to access, keep organized, and even want to use. But this art cart is so awesome! I think I *need* to make one too!
Oh, you DO need to make one, Julie! I’m so pleased with it, and the girls are already more likely to get creative having all of their supplies readily at hand!
I am so making this with my next paycheck. It is the cutest thing I have ever seen. I can’t wait to get my little ones crafts organized!
I love this post! I’m doing a blog series on “Back to School-Get Ready” and the post I’m doing is on organization for your classroom. I just wanted to let you know that I found you on Pinterest and loved your cart! I have linked you and your photo in my post. I hope that’s ok 🙂 Have a great day! Sincerely, Tera
This is a fantastic project and something I desperately need at home. Can’t wait to try it myself, thanks for sharing this fantastic idea Tara!
I’m tickled about that last line! haha. I hope it went well! I know I’m late to the game, but you know how it is sometimes – takes years sometimes. 😉