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DIY wood caddy for school supplies

Hello, hello! Debby from Time to DIY, and I’m excited to share a fun organization project: a homework supplies caddy! Back-to-school always kicks me into get-organized mode, although it doesn’t typically last very long, haha. I’m working toward the ‘everything has a place’ goal (raise your hand if you’ve mastered this with kids and please tell me everything you know!) so I’m going to show you how to make a portable caddy to corral all those supplies. Mine is pictured with younger elementary supplies, but it can easily be switched up. Read on for all the details!

DIY Wood Caddy tutorial. Step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!

Caddy Dimensions

  • Inside: 15-3/4 in. (wide) x 4 in. (deep) x  2-3/4 in. (high)
  • Outside: 17-1/4 in. (wide)  x 5-1/2 in. (deep) x 3-1/2 in. (high)

Here’s what you need (what I used):

  • 4 ft. x 3-1/2 in. x 3/4 in. board (any wood will do – I used my neighbor’s scrap pine)
  • 15-3/4 in. x 4 in. x 3/4 in. board (I used the bottom of an IKEA spice rack)
  • Wood glue (and filler, if needed)
  • Nails (1-1/2 in. low-profile finishing nails)
  • Paint (Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Vintage)
  • Finishing wax (BB Frosch Clear Wax)
  • Pull handles (3 in. Canopy Cup Pull by Martha Stewart Living)
  • 5 jars (Target Dollar Spot) or cans
  • Homework supplies (pictured: markers, ruler, glue sticks, scissors, pencils, crayons and colored pencils)
  • Sign: Clip (Michaels), super glue, scrapbook paper (Heidi Swapp), and letters (Target Dollar Spot)

Cut measurements for a box to hold 5 jars:

Bottom board: 15-3/4 in. straight cut (pictured: IKEA spice rack bottom)

Front/back: 15-3/4 in. inside measurement with a 45 degree angled cut (outside measurement, 17-1/4 in.)

Sides: 4 in. inside measurement (5-1/2 in. outside measurement)

DIY Wood Caddy tutorial. Step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!

After I made the cuts I dabbed a little wood glue on the edges and nailed the bottom and sides.

DIY Wood Caddy tutorial. Step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!

I used some spackle to fill in some of the spaces. Wood filler is better, but since I was painting it, it didn’t matter. Next I painted (2 very light coats, it may crack if it’s too thick) and sealed it with one coat of wax.

DIY Wood Caddy tutorial. Step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!

And finally, the hardware on the sides. Those are faux screws on the pulls with the real holes for the screws on the inside. It’s tricky knowing where to drill so I lined up painter’s tape with the sticky side out on the box and then attached the pull and poked the holes with a pencil. Then I removed it from the pull and and applied the tape on the box, put pencil marks through to mark the screw holes and drilled.

DIY Wood Caddy tutorial. Step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!

I considered painting a message on the front, but then decided to use a clip so I could change it out during the year. I cut scrapbook paper and glued letters.

DIY Wood Caddy tutorial. Step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!

I’m starting out with “you got this” because homework is sometimes the most stressful part of our day so it’s a bit of a subliminal message, and not just for my kids! This mama needs a lot of encouragement during homework sessions some most days, haha! I will probably change out the message by season and do count downs, etc. The clip is currently being held with a 3M Command strip, and when I’m ready to commit I will mount it with super glue.

The caddy is already a big hit!

DIY Wood Caddy tutorial. Step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!

DIY Wood Caddy tutorial. Step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!

DIY Wood Caddy tutorial. Step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!DIY Wood Caddy tutorial. Step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!

DIY Wood Caddy tutorial. Step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!

DIY Wood Caddy tutorial. Step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!

Please pin so your friends can enjoy this easy DIY Wood Caddy tutorial too! It’s cleary and easy step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!

DIY Wood Caddy tutorial. Step by step to make this easy homework caddy, great way to coral your kids school supplies! Love this easy wood caddy tutorial!

Here’s to staying more organized this year! For more ideas, check out my back-to-school DIY backpack holder,

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my DIY laundry room ladder for vertical organization with hooks,

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or my DIY industrial kids table with convenient hooks and bucket storage underneath.

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24 Comments

  1. This is perfect for back to school organization. All the munchkins needed supplies in a organized open display where they have easy access and you can see what they need before the supplies run short.

    When my boys were in school I always had a go to stash of school supplies hidden in my room so we never ran out. They always had what they needed for homework. Love this idea for young families.

  2. This is really adorable. I love the color you have painted it and the cute sign on the front says it all. But I want to use it to store my crafts too. Is that okay? Pinning and sharing.

  3. I love it! I’m sure it makes homework much more fun too. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  4. This is so cute. My favorite part is the tag line though! With the Olympics still on the mind I feel like this sums up a confidence boost 🙂

  5. Nice job, I was thinking I should get some kind of crate to improve the clutter on my kitchen counter recently. I’m leaning toward a rustic wooden crate look. Like to invite you to come share your post Sunday at a linkup at wwww.pursueyourproject.com. The linkup opens at noon, leave a comment if you want to increase the chance to be featured!

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