Quick and Easy Craft Tray Made from a Shoebox Lid

Can we do a craft? Does a spontaneous request like this from the kids get you scrambling for art supplies? Spend less time preparing and more time creating with a homemade craft tray. It will make set-up quick and easy for your budding artists.

DIY craft tray - Preschool Toolkit

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Getting the art supplies from the cupboard or shelf to the work area can be difficult. You'll need paper and pencils, scissors and glitter and glue. That's a lot of small items to carry. This simple DIY craft tray is a quick and easy solution. 

We try to reuse packaging materials and other recyclables for crafts and activities whenever we can. In this project, we use a lid left over from the shoe box we used to make a barn for small world play , so nothing is wasted!

DIY craft tray - Preschool Toolkit

 Supplies for craft tray:
  • shoebox lid
  • construction paper
  • chenille stems
Craft tray made from a box lid - Preschool Toolkit
Instructions for craft tray:

1. Line the bottom and sides of the inside of a sturdy box lid with craft paper.
2. Poke two holes on either side of the lid.
3. Insert a chenille stem into the holes. Bend the ends upward to secure to the lid.

That's it! This might be the simplest DIY ever. 

DIY craft tray - Preschool Toolkit

Fill your tray with craft materials kids can easily transport to the work area.

DIY craft tray - Preschool Toolkit

Organize materials for pretend play.


 You might already have trays for other purposes similar to these I found on Amazon:

  • for serving sandwiches or watermelon .....



  • for serving the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner .....


.......so why not a tray for serving arts and crafts?

Place the craft tray in the arts and crafts corner where it is accessible for transporting materials to the table. 

You'll be prepared for the next spontaneous request: Can we do a craft?  

Filling the tray with art supplies is all the kids need for an opportunity to be creative. 

Find more DIY projects for home or school on our DIY Pinterest Board.


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