DIY Portable Craft Supply Station

Happy Thursday, friends! If you’ve been reading my posts this month, you all know I am trying hard to keep my home organized and looking its best. So now that I’ve gotten rid of outdated clothes, accessories, paperwork, and home decor, it’s time to get into a fresh and clean mode. There’s nothing better than a clean smelling home.

My home office/craft room is where I work and spend a lot of time when I am at home, and I have a tendency to leave it in disarray after my projects are completed. I’ve revamped and moved a few things around in my office to make myself feel more productive and organized.

I buy a lot of sparkling water (and wine…ok, lots of wine), so the kind folks at the grocery store always put my glass water bottles in a carrier for me. These glass bottle carriers are durable and perfect for storing craft/office/art supplies, but I wanted mine to fit in with my other black, white and gold office storage items.

A great recycle/upcycle project: turn a cardboard drink/wine carrier into a portable craft supply station. Great for homeschooling or children's playrooms. Also looks beautiful in a craft room or office.

You could also use a drink carrier from a fast food restaurant if you have bulkier/larger craft items such as yarn that you want to tote around.

This DIY project cost me ZERO dollars and features items I already had on hand that you likely have on hand, too. Why not give this tutorial a try by pinning it now for a weekend project?

DIY Portable Craft Supply Station

Difficulty: Easy Time: 20-30 Minutes

Supplies:

  • Cardboard drink carrier
  • Contact paper (Use a busier pattern without stripes!)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Black marker
  • Gift card
  • Toilet paper/gift wrap tube (optional)

A great recycle/upcycle project: turn a cardboard drink/wine carrier into a portable craft supply station. Great for homeschooling or children's playrooms. Also looks beautiful in a craft room or office.

Step 1: Lay your drink holder flat on the backside of your contact paper. Trace around the rectangular bottom part of the carrier twice, add about half an inch to all sides, and cut out both rectangles. Do the same for the top part where the handle is. You should end up with four pieces.

Step 2: Adhere your contact paper rectangles to the sides/lower half portion of your drink carrier. The entire bottom portion should be covered.

Step 3: Make relief cuts at corners and edges (see photo) to allow the paper to easily fold over corners and edges neatly. Several relief cuts may need to be made depending on your drink carrier. Once the cuts are made, fold and press down to adhere the contact paper to the surface.

Step 4: Now adhere the top part where the handle is on both sides. Once they’re both on, use scissors to cut a slit through the hole area and cut away the excess to reveal the handle portion.

Step 5: Cut contact paper strips for any other sections not covered by this step.

Step 6: Using the edge of a gift card, run it down the edges to get crisp edges and a polished finish to your new portable craft station.

Step 7: Fill with your favorite craft supplies and enjoy!

As you can see, I used a busy damask/filigree pattern that is forgiving, so don’t use a pattern that’s very linear or has to match up to look good.

If you have supplies that are too short to fit in there properly, cut a toilet paper or gift wrap tube to size, stuff the bottom with a grocery bag, and that’ll instantly elevate and corral shorter items such as crayons (like I did below) or markers.

A great recycle/upcycle project: turn a cardboard drink/wine carrier into a portable craft supply station. Great for homeschooling or children's playrooms. Also looks beautiful in a craft room or office.

I love how my new portable crafting station looks on my glass shelves in my office. It’s ready for crafting on the go!

A great recycle/upcycle project: turn a cardboard drink/wine carrier into a portable craft supply station. Great for homeschooling or children's playrooms. Also looks beautiful in a craft room or office.

Like this post? Check out my other recent DIY projects in my project gallery.

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2 Comments

  1. Adrianas Best Recipes
    January 26, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    what a beautiful project loving the photographs too thanks for your participation in this shop #client

  2. Stephanie -Casa Watkins
    February 10, 2016 / 1:32 am

    So cute! I love the chic new look. I throw these out all of the time. Now, I'll have to keep them. 🙂

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