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arts and crafts cart with kids paintings on wall
Credit: Johnny Fogg

For kids, an afternoon making art is big fun-but it can also be a big mess, especially if they're into mixed media. To fuel creativity and keep your whole house from turning into a canvas, borrow this organizing idea. We transformed an IKEA utility cart into a mobile studio they can wheel around the playroom or outdoors by loading its shelves with tools for coloring and cutting, all stashed in washable, wipeable enamelware containers from Polder and Crow Canyon Home. Once your budding Basquiats wrap their projects, you can "ooh" and "ahh" and roll the whole shebang out of sight.

Perpetual Paper

For self-service scrolls, enlist a deli fixture: A cutter (bottom shelf) lets kids safely unspool sheets as they please, and one tube may well last an entire childhood (or a good portion thereof).

Pictured: Uline H-3832 Horizontal Paper Cutter, 15", $31, uline.com. Uline S-11459 Butcher-Paper Roll, 15", $30, uline.com.

arts and crafts cart with kids paintings on wall
Credit: Johnny Fogg

Color Corral

Squeeze paint onto rimmed enamel trays, or decant sequins, googly eyes, and other materials that tend to escape from tables and get embedded in the rug.

Pictured: Jack Richeson Butcher-Tray Palette, 7 1/2" by 11", in White, $13.50, amazon.com. Pro Art Butcher Tray, 13" by 17", $15, amazon.com.

arts and crafts cart with kids paintings on wall
Credit: Johnny Fogg

Tool Time

Its original job may be carrying utensils, but this caddy handily stows colored pencils, scissors, stencils, and more.

Pictured: PartySwizzle.com Enamel Oval Utensil Holder, 11" by 7" by 6", in White, $24, partyswizzle.com.

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