Everyone is still in 'organization mode' so I teamed up with Ana White to bring you this art cart perfect for storing and organizing kids art supplies. We think this would be a very appropriate build for any kids space, maybe you have the perfect spot somewhere in your home or even to build as a gift for that creative child in your life?
And as a bonus I have plans down below for the removable art caddy. The caddy gives portablility and allows kids to bring the supplies directly to their work table.
Ana made this build so simple and easy you won't believe how fast it comes together. I choose to go natural with the finish using two coats of clear poly and I didn't even fill in my nail holes! Sometimes nail holes don't bother me especially on a utilitarian build like this one.
The art cart alone is beautifully simple and has plenty of space for paper, markers, crayons and supplies. You could even add casters under the bottom shelf if you wanted!
Our art cart was inspired by Pottery Barn Kids art cart here:
Their cart sells for $200 plus shipping. I built our DIY cart for $45 and I even used 'select' lumber so you could probably build it for more like $35 using #2 stock.
And our removable caddy has a handle! While the inspiration version does have a removable top tray with compartments they don't have a handle. Every kid wants a handle on their portable caddy I guarantee it.
Ana has the plans for the art cart here and I have the caddy plans down below.
Be sure to read through plans entirely and always follow all safety precautions when operating power tools.
- 1 - 1x3x6 pine board
- 1 - 1x6 @ 11" pine board
- ¼” plywood scrap @ 11” x 12 ½”
- 4 - 1x3 @ 11" pine board (sides)
- 1 - 1x6 @ 11" pine board (handle)
- ¼” plywood @ 11” x 12 ½” (base)
Step 1: Attach sides using wood glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.
Step 2: Attach base using wood glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.
Step 3: Use a jigsaw to cut out handle piece as per sketch. I suggest a 1” spade bit to make the handle corners then jig saw in between.
Step 4: Insert handle and attach using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails through sides and base.