Organizing a Child's Desk

10:00:00 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!

  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids' Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It's Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What's Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue's Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. "What's For Dinner?" Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
  35. Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
  36. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About


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