Make Your Own Supply Caddy

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Make Your Own Supply Caddy
Jonathan Fong

Kids can always use help when it comes to organizing their rooms. This double-sided caddy with six compartments is perfect for holding art materials, stationery and school supplies. And best of all, it's made out of two upcycled cereal boxes. So not only is it good for cleaning up a bedroom or playroom, it's good for cleaning up the planet, too!

Materials Needed
Jonathan Fong

Materials Needed

To make this supply caddy, you will need two large cereal boxes, decorative wrapping paper, scissors, masking tape, double-sided tape, a ruler, a marker, and a stapler. I selected two contrasting papers – one for the back of the caddy, and one that wrapped around the compartments.

Mark the Cut Lines
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Mark the Cut Lines

Using a ruler and a black marker, draw the lines on the cereal boxes to indicate where you will cut. On one side of each box, draw a line four inches from the bottom, continuing the line onto the two short adjacent sides. On the back side of each box, draw lines from the four-inch mark on the short sides to the top of the box, about 3 1/2 inches from the edges. These measurements are only a guideline. You can vary them depending on the size of your own boxes.

Cut the Boxes
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Cut the Boxes

Starting on the side where the box is already open, cut along the lines. You will then have two halves of the caddy. Do not throw away the extra cardboard from the cereal boxes, as you will use it later. Where the box is open, tape it shut with some masking tape.

Cover the Inside Back with Paper
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Cover the Inside Back with Paper

Place double-sided tape along the edge of the inside back of the caddy. Cut a piece of paper that is the width of the box, but higher than the top edge. Press the paper against the tape to secure it. Then use scissors to trim the excess paper. Repeat with the second cereal box. This method is easier than having to first cut a piece of paper that is exactly the right size to fit.

Attach the Two Sides of the Caddy
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Attach the Two Sides of the Caddy

Place double-sided tape all along the edges of the back of one cereal box (it will be the side opposite the one you covered with paper). You can also use glue or spray adhesive, if you prefer. Then press the two cereal boxes firmly together. Use masking tape on the shorter sides to secure them. It's starting to look like a caddy already.

Staple the Backs Together
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Staple the Backs Together

To add more support to the tape, slide a stapler as far as it will go down the pocket of the caddy and staple the two sides together. Now the caddy should be sturdy enough to hold heavier materials.

Cover the Outside of the Pockets
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Cover the Outside of the Pockets

Cut a piece of decorative paper that is the same height as the height of the pockets, in this case 4 inches. Adhere it to the pockets with double-sided tape. You can also use glue or spray adhesive here. Do one pocket at a time rather than attempting to cover both sides simultaneously.

Using the Extra Cardboard
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Using the Extra Cardboard

There is still one side intact on each cereal box, and we will use this cardboard to make the individual compartments in the pockets. For each box, trim away the excess so you have the one side remaining, which should be the same width as the width of the pocket. Also cut out eight tabs that measure about one inch by one-half inch, folding them in half.

Preparing the Compartment Walls
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Preparing the Compartment Walls

Cover both sides of the cardboard rectangle with decorative paper using double-sided tape. Fold the piece of cardboard at a 90-degree angle, 3 1/2 inches from the left and right edges to create "walls" for the compartments. Adhere the tabs to both sides of the walls with double-sided tape, as shown in the photo. The other half of the tabs, which are currently not attached to anything, should have double-sided tape as well.

Finish the Compartments
Jonathan Fong

Finish the Compartments

Place the compartment walls inside the pocket and press the tabs against the adjacent walls. Do this for both pockets. Hold the tabs for about 30 seconds to get a permanent bond.

Cut Out a Handle
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Cut Out a Handle

At the top of the caddy, draw an oval or rectangle. Using scissors, cut out the shape to create a carrying handle for the caddy. Because you will be cutting through two layers of cardboard, you will need very sharp scissors, so be careful with them.

Get Organized
Jonathan Fong

Get Organized

Now that your caddy is done, fill it up with supplies. It just goes to show that getting rid of clutter can be both fun and creative. Not only will kids love the final product, they'll love the process of helping to make it, too. And to think this caddy started with two cereal boxes. So it's true: cereal is good for you!

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