I love the shape of caddies like this but they’re sometimes hard to find and when I have found them they’re either too small or too much money, or just not right. So, I decided to make my own. This project was cheap and green and FUN! Let me give you a quick overview of how to make one!
- corrugated cardboard (recycled)
- tube from a roll of aluminum foil, wax paper or paper towels (recycled)
- masking tape
- Mod Podge
- acrylic paint in your choice of colors
- papers leftover from other projects
- stamps, inkpads, embossing powders, etc, if desired
- heat gun if you choose to emboss
- paint brushes
- left over bits of ribbons, trims, tulle, embellishments
- punches or dies of your choosing
I started by creating the basic shape of my caddy. I cut the cardboard into pieces to for the bottom and sides of the caddy and then I inserted the cardboard tube as the handle. For detailed pics of this step, refer to the full tutorial on my blog.
Next, cover the caddy with Gesso. This acts as a primer and creates a clean foundation for you to decorate your caddy. Now the fun really begins! How you decorate your caddy is up to you. I started with a layer of acrylic paint around the edges and outer corners of the caddy. Then I layered all the bits of goodness all over the caddy; patterned paper, stamped and embossed images, flowers and trims.
The photo above is of one side of the caddy. The photo below is of one end.
The other end:
The other side:
Now I have an adorable little caddy to hold my paintbrushes. It coordinates perfectly with all the pink, purple and turquoise in my studio and I had SO much fun creating it. You can check out my blog, www.acraftymomslife.blogspot.com for a more detailed tutorial.
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Deanna lives in Southern California with her husband and 4yr old daughter. As a craft addict, Deanna crafts to stay sane while avoiding laundry and housework. Deanna’s projects have been featured on One Pretty Thing, The Crafty Crow and Lil’ Blue Boo.