The Crafty Mom: A Colorful Start for School!

By Mary Lyon

Here's a fun and colorful desk accessory to brighten up your work table, just in time for school. You can keep essentials such as pencils, pens, a ruler and, yes, even a few crayons neatly together in one place, and it looks terrific! If I were a pen, I'd want to hang out here!

This is an ideal project for an older brother or sister to help a younger sibling in getting organized for the school year. Let the little one choose and arrange the crayons "just so," while you (or Big Bro or Sis) handle the cutting and gluing. It costs next-to-nothing, and can be completed in just a few minutes. You can find almost everything you'll need in the grocery store!

What You Need:

  • 4-inch diameter plastic lid - cleaned off
  • 4-inch round paper doily
  • Empty, cleaned-off toilet paper tube
  • 19 crayons of different colors
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil or other marker
  • Medium-heat glue gun and glue stick

What You Do:

1. Measure 3 inches on the toilet paper tube. Make a mark in several places around the tube to guide your cutting. With the craft knife, cut the toilet paper tube all the way around, so you have a three-inch tube.

2. With the glue gun, drizzle two horizontal lines of glue about an inch from each end of the toilet paper tube. Make the two lines a couple of inches long. Stand the tube upright. Stand the crayons, pointed tips up, against the side of the tube where you put the glue. Make sure they fit nicely, side-by-side, and vary the color choices. Work all the way around the tube, a few inches at a time, until the whole tube is covered with glued-on, vertically-standing crayons.

3. Get the plastic lid. Drizzle some glue on its surface, and apply the paper doily.

4. Center your crayon-covered tube on the doily-covered lid. Make a mark. Set the tube aside and drizzle glue in a circle where the tube will sit. Then position the tube back in place. Let the glue set, and you're set, too!

You may get carried away with this, coordinating your crayon colors with the lid, or with other accessories on your desk. You may also want to make more than one - as a handcrafted surprise for the teacher!

In addition to being "The Crafty Mom," L.A. resident Mary Lyon is the author and illustrator of The Frazzled Working Woman's Practical Guide to Motherhood and former host of DIY Crafts TV show. For previous Crafty Mom projects, check out the Crafty Mom Archives.