School Desk: Re-Purposed Art Supply Tote

by Gretchen Williams on August 9, 2011

Here is a quick and easy way to re-purpose a cardboard “beverage” holder into an art supply tote!

Cardboard “Beverage” Holder
Wrapping Paper
Double-sided Tape
X-Acto Knife

Cut the wrapping paper to fit the sides of the beverage holder with a 1 to 2 inch overhang to tuck onto the bottom of the holder- just like you would wrap a gift.


Use the double-sided tape to secure each side and bottom into place.


Cut another piece of wrapping paper to fit the bottom of the holder and secure with the double-sided tape.


This little fella needs to be covered up!


For the triangle cut a piece of wrapping paper to fit and secure in place with double-sided tape.


For the handle cut the wrapping paper to fit over the handle. Trace the handle slot onto the paper.


Fold the paper over to the backside and use the X-Acto knife to cut the handle slot out.


Voila! Fill your re-purposed art supply tote with markers, scissors, water colors, paint brushes, rulers... you name it! This easy DIY project uses materials you have at home, helps organize your children's art supplies, and is cute to boot!

These are so practical! Make one for each child to tote around!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Esther August 9, 2011 at 2:12 am

Very Clever! I have one of those beverage holders, but three kids… Hmm.. I think I’ll be buying some more root beer soon!

Thanks for the great re-purpose idea!


Gretchen Williams August 10, 2011 at 1:13 am

Esther- You must send pictures of your art supply totes! Have fun. Gretchen


Light Trigger August 22, 2011 at 1:03 am

oh beautiful idea! love it!


Gretchen Williams August 24, 2011 at 12:12 am

Thank you so much! I hope you have as much fun as I did making this. Sincerely, Gretchen


Karen C August 24, 2011 at 1:29 am

Gretchen, I just started teaching at a new school and found myself with no desk drawers and no where to put all my whiteboard markers and pens. So I made one of these for my college professor desk. This is certainly not limited to kids or homeschooling. Love the site…I hope it continues to go well for you!


Gretchen Williams August 29, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Karen, What a great idea! Thank you for sharing. I hope this inspires others to do the same! I hope that teaching at a new school is going well for you. So good to hear from you. Gretchen


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