Keeping your crayons, pencils or colored markers can be a constant struggle in your kids craft area. But these simple ideas will help you keep things neat and tidy by organizing them by color!
It is also a great way to work on your children’s color recognition skills, while also encouraging them to clean up after themselves after completing a craft activity.
We have two options below made from materials you may have laying around the house already. So it is a cheap and easy solution.
Crayon Organizer with Toilet Rolls
All you need is colored paper and some leftover toilet rolls for this project.
You can make 6-9 of these to take care of all of your main color groupings. If you wanted to go one step further you could then tape them together on a tray to work as a mini crayon toolbox.
Before we just into the written instructions, check out the video below where we will show you the project from start to finish.
Stage 1: Cover the Toilet Roll in Colored Paper
- Step 1 - Cut a length of colored paper that corresponds with each crayon color to the same length as the toilet roll.
- Step 2 - Roll the paper over the toilet roll and glue in place.
- Step 3 - Put your favorite washy tape at both ends of the toilet roll to further secure the paper in place, and to decorate.
- Step 4 - Your toilet roll crayon organizers are ready to go!
Cupcake Tray Crayon Organizer
For the base of this project we have used a leftover cupcake or muffin tray.
An alternative idea if you wanted to get really fancy is to use something like a lazy susan for your base. This can be spun around and is a very practical solution. But the oven tray works just fine.
If you don’t want to use the printable images we have included below, then you can draw or paint an equivalent identifier on cardboard to use instead.
Free Crayon Printable
Click the image below to access your printable crayon colors.
Again here is a video walkthrough of the project to help you get started.
Stage 1: Create the Crayon Color Identifiers
- Step 1 - Print out the oversized crayons and cut them out.
- Step 2 - Glue in place on a piece of cardboard, and then cut around this so that the crayon has a solid backing.
- Step 3 - Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have crayon color identifiers for each cupcake holder.
Stage 1: Fix the Identifiers to the Tray
- Step 4 - Using double sided tape you can one colored crayon identifier to each of the cupcake holders.
- Step 5 - Your crayon sorter is now ready for use.
Feel free to swap out some of the materials used in this project to match what you have on hand. Household leftovers like empty tin cans can be painted or wrapped in paper to create the same effect.
If coloring in time equals constant mess and sorting time for you then put ten minutes aside to make these crayon sorters, and turn it into a craft activity for your kids. It will save you a lot of time and headaches in the future!