How to Make a Craft Tray from a Box Lid

A homemade craft tray will provide easy arts and crafts sessions with preschoolers. Make set-up quick and easy for your budding artists with a box lid craft tray.

DIY craft tray - Preschool Toolkit

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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. 

How to make a craft tray

Crafting with kids usually requires a lot of small items such as: paper and pencils; crayons and markers; scissors and glitter and glue. 

Transporting the art supplies from a cupboard or shelf to the work area with a craft tray makes setup so much easier. The tray also provides a convenient way for kids to help with cleanup.

This simple DIY project is a quick and easy solution for a kids craft tray. 

Related: Tips for Painting with Preschoolers

We 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 or foam sheet
  • 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 construction paper, or a sheet of craft foam.
2. Poke two holes on either side of the lid.
3. Insert the ends of a chenille stem into the holes for handles. 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.


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?  

Fill the tray with art supplies to provide an opportunity for kids to be creative. 

Projects for home or school on our DIY Pinterest Board.


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