DIY Crayon Coloring Tray
Hello my friends! I hope you’ve all had a lovely summer. Can you believe we are halfway through September? It’s back to school and after only two weeks my kids are bringing the homework home every night. I was inspired to create this DIY crayon coloring tray to keep my kids art supplies tucked away.
I have to admit; I’m obsessed with mason jars! they have been popular for a few years now, and their popularity is still going strong. I saw this project idea on Pinterest and had to recreate it. I think it is a brilliant idea.
If you have children in school, then I’m sure you have crayons and lots of them. I used to keep all of my kids crayons in just a big Ziploc baggie but it was always a mess. I asked my next-door neighbor, Jessica, how she stores her crayons for her 5 kids, and this is what she showed me.
She said, “We can never seem to find a black one in all this Chaos.” So after seeing this little jem on Pinterest, I decided to solve her problem.
This is a Crayon Coloring Tray, and it was fast, simple, and fun to make, and looks stylish sitting out on her kitchen table.
You are going to need:
- A wooden Tray (found on C&C website item #126044)
- 8 small mason Jars (Found on C&C website item #132520)
- 10 Packages of the set of 8 Crayons
- Purple, yellow, brown, orange, green, black, blue, white and red spray paint.
- Small paper plates
- Tattered lace Tag die (Found on C&C website item #100361)
- Peel and stick Chalkboard paper (Found on C&C website item #123853)
- Various ribbons in the 8 different colors
Step 1: Take your wooden tray, 8 small mason jars, and spray paint outside to a ventilated area.
Step 2: Place each mason jar upside down, without the lid on it, on a small paper plate, and put on the grass. *TOP TIP: I do my spray painting on my grass because when I get the excess paint on the grass, in a few days when the lawn is mowed the paint is gone!
Step 3: Spray each mason jar with desired color. I only need to do one coat on each. Then let them dry for about an hour to be safe.
Then place the wooden tray on top of a wax piece of paper, and spray paint it white.
Step 4: I wanted to label each jar with the name of the color, to help smaller children learn the names of the colors. So I took two of my tattered Lace metal dies that looked tag shaped, and cut 4 of each design out of the peel and stick Chalkboard paper.
Step 5: write the color of the jars on each tag, and add to the front of your jar, along with some matching ribbon of your choice.
All right now just put all the mason jars onto your tray, and let the coloring fun begin!
My aunt who is a kindergarten teacher saw the tray and was ecstatic! She is going to make 8 sets to go in the center of the 8 tables her children sit at in her classroom.
Now for those of us who no longer have little’s running around, take this idea up a notch and paint bigger mason jars to organize and hold your markers, colored pencils etc.