Two DIY Crayon Organizer Craft Ideas + Free Printables

By Joan
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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. 

DIY Crayon Organizer Craft Ideas

Crayon Organizer with Toilet Rolls

Prepare Materials

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. 

Toilet Roll Crayon Sorter Materials

Video Demo

Before we just into the written instructions, check out the video below where we will show you the project from start to finish. 


How to Make a Toilet Roll Crayon Organizer

How to Make a Crayon Organizer from Toilet Roll

Turn your ordinary toilet rolls into a colorful organizing system to sort out your crayons in just three easy steps, and keep your craft area neat & tidy.

Glue them all together to make a homemade crayon caddy. Almost like a crayon six pack.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy



Stage 1: Cover the Toilet Roll in Colored Paper

  1. Step 1 - Cut a length of colored paper that corresponds with each crayon color to the same length as the toilet roll. Step 1
  2. Step 2 - Roll the paper over the toilet roll and glue in place. Step 2
  3. 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 3
  4. Step 4 - Your toilet roll crayon organizers are ready to go!

Cupcake Tray Crayon Organizer

Prepare Materials

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. 

Cupcake Tray Crayon Sorter Materials

Free Crayon Printable

Click the image below to access your printable crayon colors. 

Crayon Printable

Video Demo

Again here is a video walkthrough of the project to help you get started. 


How to Make a Crayon Sorter with an Oven Tray

How to Make a Muffin Tray Crayon Sorter

This simple crayon organizing system uses a cupcake tray as a base, and places colored crayon identifiers on each cupcake holder so that a toddler can easily identify the right place for each color.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy




Stage 1: Create the Crayon Color Identifiers

  1. Step 1 - Print out the oversized crayons and cut them out. Step 11
  2. Step 2 - Glue in place on a piece of cardboard, and then cut around this so that the crayon has a solid backing. Step 21
  3. Step 3 - Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have crayon color identifiers for each cupcake holder. Step 31

Stage 1: Fix the Identifiers to the Tray

  1. Step 4 - Using double sided tape you can one colored crayon identifier to each of the cupcake holders. Step 41
  2. Step 5 - Your crayon sorter is now ready for use.

Final Word

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! 

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Joan is our creative specialist who puts together our craft projects and video tutorials to help parents engage their children in productive activities. Joan also runs an online arts & crafts store called Papel de Arte.

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