Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Art Cart & Caddy Free Plans

diy art cart and portable caddy free plans

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?

diy portable art caddy

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.

diy art cart and portable caddy free plans

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.


diy wood art cart free plans

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!

diy art cart and portable caddy free plans

Our art cart was inspired by Pottery Barn Kids art cart here:

Pottery Barn Kids art cart


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.  

art caddy with handle free plans

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.

kids art caddy

Ana has the plans for the art cart here and I have the caddy plans down below.

diy art cart and portable caddy free plans

Be sure to read through plans entirely and always follow all safety precautions when operating power tools.

diy art caddy free plans

Supplies:
  • 1 - 1x3x6 pine board
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 11" pine board
  • ¼” plywood scrap @ 11” x 12 ½”
Cut List:
  • 4 - 1x3 @ 11" pine board (sides)
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 11" pine board (handle)
  • ¼” plywood @ 11” x 12 ½” (base)

diy art caddy free plans

Step 1: Attach sides using wood glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.

diy art caddy free plans

Step 2: Attach base using wood glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.

diy art caddy free plans

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.


diy art caddy free plans

Step 4: Insert handle and attach using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails through sides and base.

diy art cart and caddy free plans

1 comment:

Anika Kumar said...

You are such an inspiration! Very cool cart and idea. I think I will be making that caddy very soon for my kids!
Anika | www.littlefreemonkeys.com