Organizing a Child's Desk10:00:00 AM
It's January, so it's time to organize, right? Well, I took the opportunity to help my oldest organize her homework area. As a kindergartener, every piece of homework is an opportunity to make art, so we have loads of art supplies for her that we need to limit the 2-year-old twins' access to. But the little table we received (for free--yay!) only has a little drawer--not enough for the different supplies that she has.
That picture sums it up, right? No room for her to work...in our defense, that was during Christmas holiday, but still, it sums it up--no room to work. Not to mention that her supplies were all jumbled up in the big plastic bucket on the window sill. We had loads of issues finding specific supplies, like dry erase markers (to practice writing).
We turned to Ikea for some Lack shelves and some task lighting, but we still needed to find something to corral--and separate--the different kinds of supplies. I turned to smaller metal buckets for each type of supply--I lucked out and found some silver and yellow (my little girl's fave color) buckets on clearance at Target. at $.50 a pop--how could we say no?
But I still wanted to make sure that the crayons didn't end up hanging out with the markers, so it was time for some labels.
I used my trusty Silhouette Portrait to cut the labels out of black vinyl. Remember, if you have a Silhouette, just because something is marketed for one use, it doesn't mean you can't use it for something else. Case in point: the flourishes in these labels are part of the freebies that come with the glass etching starter kit. Nothing says that it can't be made from vinyl, though!
The font I used was Lucinda Handwriting. After I typed the text, I used the weld function. All you need to do is select the text, right click, and select weld. This makes everything that overlaps become a single piece.
After that, all I had to do was rotate the text to follow the flourishes and cut it out. I then weeded out the extra vinyl.
I used a scrap of clear contact paper to transfer the label.
And then I transferred each label onto my buckets. We hung the Lack shelves up in the corner and placed the lamp up high--mommy wants to control that light switch!
And my kindergartener has a fun and functional desk--and plenty of art supplies that toddlers can't reach!
And nobody has an excuse for not putting away the supplies in the right spot!
Every month, I join a bunch of other bloggers every month to challenge ourselves to be creative with our Silhouette Cameos and Portraits!
Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
- DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
- Kids' Art Wall by Tried & True
- Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
- Simple Recipe Organization by It's Always Craft Time
- Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
- Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
- Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
- Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
- Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
- Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
- Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
- Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
- Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
- How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
- Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
- Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
- Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
- Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
- Organizing the Craft Room by What's Next Ma
- Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
- Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil' Mrs. Tori
- Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
- Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
- Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue's Room
- Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
- Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
- Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
- "What's For Dinner?" Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
- Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
- Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
- Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
- The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
- Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
- Glass Etched Vinegar & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
- Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
- Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About