Create an Easy DIY Color Wheel for Art Supply Organization

Nesting on 04.30.12
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Photo Credit: Sarah Fernandez

My kids love to color; so much so that there is almost always a bucket of crayons or markers on our kitchen island. I really love that they enjoy art so much, but I feel as though I'm constantly putting the supplies away because they drive me nuts when they are sprawled all over the countertop only to have to pull them back out an hour later when the kids want to color again. But last week when I dropped my daughter off at pre-school, I noticed a color wheel that her teacher made that offered an easy DIY solution to keeping crayons organized and was also attractive enough to leave out all the time.

crayon box
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The color wheel was made of three easy to access and inexpensive objects-a Lazy Susan, empty baby food jars, and double sided tape. While I love that baby food jars are free and can be upcycled for those who still have babies, I'm not at that stage with my kids right now and considering my current obsession with mason jars, I decided to use 8-ounce wide-mouth mason jars instead.

Mason Jar Lazy susan organizer
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To create the color wheel, simply place a piece of double-sided tape on the bottom of each jar and affix the jar to the Lazy-Susan. The number of jars you can fit on the Lazy Susan will depend on the size of your Lazy Susan and what size jars you use, but I was able to fit seven mason jars on my 10-inch diameter Lazy Susan. Once you've got the jars affixed, fill the jars with crayons grouped by like color.

The result is an organizational tool that is useful, educational (for the pre-school set learning their colors), and inspiring because a well laid out display of colors is enough to brighten my day and motivate me. And I have a feeling that there are many more items in my house that would benefit from being organized this way.

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