It can be frustrating when you decide to do some crafting and discover that you can’t find all your bits and pieces around the house. Thank goodness artist Kasey Rainbow has a solution: this brightly coloured craft box keeps all you need in one spot. 

“This project is so much fun,” she says. “Not only did it allow me to spend a day doing what I love – creating – but it also gave me a usable and fabulous product at the end!”

It’s the perfect craft project for some school holiday fun, especially for older kids who have well-developed painting skills. Younger kids might need a hand or prefer to decorate their letters by sticking on pom poms, ribbons and paper flowers. They could also choose to decorate and attach the letters from their own name if it’s not too long.

Give your craft box multiple coats of whatever paint colour you choose.

How to Make a Colourful Craft Box

Step 1: Get your paints and brushes and get to work painting the crate and plaque. They can be any colour you like. Give them a double coat of paint for a better finish, but be sure to let the paint dry between coats. 

Step 2: Once the paint has completely dried, use the glue gun to attach the painted plaque to the front of the crate.

The letters of your craft box need to be decorated before you can attach them with a glue gun.

Step 3: Now paint each of the letters. Again, you can choose whatever colours you like. Be creative too: paint rainbows, flowers, clouds against a blue background or whatever appeals to your creative side. You could even add a 3D element by gluing paper flowers to one of the letters.

Hot Tip: If you don’t have a steady hand, you could adorn your letters with glued-on ribbon, pom poms or glitter.

Ensure the letters of your craft box are in the right place before you affix them with a glue gun.

Step 4: When the letters have dried, position them on the plaque to see how they fit. This bit is extra important, because you don’t want to start gluing and run out of room.

Step 5: When you’re happy with your letter placement, use the glue gun to attach the letters to the plaque on the front of your crate.

Your handmade craft box is now ready to fill with craft materials.

Step 6: You’re done! Now fill your new craft box with your favourite art and craft materials and equipment, ready for another day of creating.

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This article was originally published in 2022 and has been updated.