DIY Homework Supply Caddy Tutorial

DIY Homework Caddy to Hold all your Homework Supplies -
i have to admit that i am pretty lucky when it comes to homework time. my children always get it done without too much complaining. however, i was starting to get pretty annoyed by the daily whining “where is a pencil” “where are my colored pencils” “i need a glue stick” “where is the sharpener!” i decide some organization tactics were in order!

i saw a bowl full of school supplies on one of my friend’s dining room table during a visit, and thought….”why didn’t i think of doing that?”…….now that i think about it, i bet i am the only one that doesn’t have some sort of homework supply bowl or caddy of such. so, i decided to make a really cool one to put on my kitchen table….where the boys do their homework everyday.  i wanted it to be fun and colorful, i wanted it to spin, and have enough space to put everything they could need to do their homework. yes…i was going to make a homework supply caddy!

i ended up using empty cans from our canned food, a wooden circle plaque, and a lazy susan. a coat of colorful spray paint and a few screws later…..whala! a cool homework caddy.

what do you think?!?!

it’s colorful!

it spins!

and it sits on the table ready for homework time!

Make Your Own Homework Supply Caddy

• wooden circle plaque (i used an 11″ wooden round from Michael’s Craft Store)
• empty canned food cans  (i used 7 medium and 1 large)
• 1/2″ Self Drilling Screws
• Spray Paint
• lazy susan (i got one at Home Depot)
• little rubber feet thingys  (i got them at Home Depot next to the chair floor protectors)
• screwdriver (electric is best)

• clean your food cans, making sure there aren’t any sharp edges
• spray paint your cans and lazy susan in the colors you like.
• affix the lazy susan to the bottom of your wooden circle
• place the rubber feet on the bottom of the lazy susan to prevent sliding
• arrange your cans on the top of the lazy susan
• screw the cans onto the lazy susan. the self drilling screws are so easy and go right in.
• whala! you now have a cool homework caddy. fill it up with your homework supplies.

• i placed small cans inside of the medium cans to create a little riser, so that shorter school supplies would show
• a magnet is a great why to affix a pencil sharpener

happy homeworking,
jill, jack, kyle & vann


  1. Nicole Lopez says

    This would be perfect for the craft room we’re trying to create at home!

  2. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who
    was doing a little homework on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch simply because
    I discovered it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this….
    Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this issue
    here on your internet site.

  3. Trying to pin this, but the link is not working.

  4. Adorable! Thanks for sharing!
    Math Central

  5. Anonymous says

    Really adorable! Gonna make one for my 10 yr old grandson. Thanks for posting.

  6. Anonymous says

    Do you screw the screws down thru the cans or up from under the wooden round?

  7. Lots of Good information in your post, I favorited your blog post so I can visit again in the future, Thanks.

  8. that’s very creative!

  9. lindo trabalho. adorei.

  10. Hi! i love this idea. i already bought all the materials to make my own. i will love to share this with at least one photo (with the proper credit) with my readers in my section of Craft Day with a link to your website.
    Thanks again for sharing , is perfect!


  11. Anonymous says

    I loved this idea, so i got all the stuff and went to home depot to buy the lazy susan spinner and they had not idea what i meant … they tried to look it up on their computer but couldn’t find it … did it go by a special name? Do you remember what it cost? I may try to look elsewhere if I can figure out exactly what to tell them I’m looking for.

  12. What a great idea! I actually have the same problem in my household with my kids. I’m going to do the same thing with my Lazy Susan! Thanks for the idea!

  13. I came back to this – sharing it in a School Tips post on my blog : )
    Jaimee @

  14. LOVE this!! Good job! Saw you on the TT&J Wrap-Up : )
    Jaimee @

  15. Love how this turned out! I just love the sharpener glued to the can. So clever. You have so many great ideas here! I am a new follower from Tatertots and Jello. Vicky @

  16. That is such a great idea! With four kids I am always hearing the pencil complaint. I am going to pin this. The only problem is where I can store it:)

  17. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  18. I love this idea. It looks fun and what a great way to keep everything handy and organized.


  19. Shannon says

    that is super cute & super creative! (and by the way, i love your new kitchen! i want to come by & see it!!)


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