Zoom Zoom Zoom – A Craft Cart with Wheels

by Diane Henkler on 02/21/2010

Craft room organizing ideas

Earlier this week as I have been sitting in front of the television watching the Olympics, I made some decorative items.  I had stuff, craft supplies, and trash all over the place and thought – there has to be a better way to bring all my crafting supplies next to the sofa in a neat and orderly way.  I needed a craft cart on wheels of some sort.

So with that in mind, I went to Target to see what they had.
I wanted something pretty, not just a plastic drawer cart.  I wasn’t finding anything, until I came across these wall cube organizers for closets for $20.00.  Inspiration struck and I happily went to the check-out with a smile on my face and a plan to create a craft cart on wheels to easily roll around my house so my supplies are easily accessible to me in whatever room I happen to be working in.


Craft room Storage Ideas

On my way home I stopped at Goodwill to see if they had anything I could use for my cart project.  I  found this basket and silver tray.

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The cube organizer went together very easily.  I just followed the enclosed directions.  I found wheels at Lowe’s for a few dollars a piece and pre-drilled holes to attach them to the bottom of the cube.

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I used 16 screws and a power screwdriver to attach the wheels to the bottom of the assembled cube.

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Since the cube was designed to mount on a wall, the back had unfinished edges.  I just dabbed some white craft paint on to cover the bare particle board.

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Wheeeeeee, but I am not done yet.
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Remember the Goodwill basket above?  I spray painted it white and distressed  the edges just a bit.  Using a power drill, I drilled two holes into the basket and the top of the cube.  I put a screw through each hole and used a wing nut with each screw under the the top of the cube to attach the basket.
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I made my monogram on my computer and printed it out on card-stock.  I laminated it with a self-laminating sheet so it would stay clean.  I also wove a piece of ribbon around and through the basket, tucking the ends under each other in the back of the basket.

Craft Room Storage Ideas - DIY Craft Cart

I used Mod Podge and black and white illustrations that I cut from an outdated travel book to Paris to cover a piece of cardboard that I cut to fit the bottom of the basket.

Storage Ideas - Craft Cart from Thrift Store finds

I put a cup hook on the back to hold a clipboard with clippings, ideas, and project directions.  It can also be used as a place to hang a trash bag.

Craft Room Storage Ideas Craft Cart made from Cubicals Storage units

My completed craft cart.

Zoom… Zoom -  Now I have a neat and organized way to house the materials I need to complete the mindless parts of decorating and craft projects while I watch television.  I even plan to use it as a place to gather paints, brushes, and other supplies when I paint a room.

Notice the right front wheel has a break on it.  This will help once you get your cart situated, you press it and the cart won’t move until you release it.

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Crafts Cart with Wheels


{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tami February 21, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Great idea!!

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2 pj February 21, 2010 at 11:17 pm

hi!
you never stop amazing me!
this is an awesome and functional idea!
thank you for sharing!
patricia

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3 Emily {Frilly Details} February 21, 2010 at 11:20 pm

I love it!! What a great idea! Right now, our living room is my sewing center/craft room. My husband *loves* it. :)

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4 Allison February 21, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Great idea. So handy too!

I hope you’ll come over to AtticMag this week to see my home on tour.
Allison

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5 Julie February 21, 2010 at 11:45 pm

You’re awesome! Love this idea! Now I need to learn how to use my dh power tools! :)
Julie

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6 Shana February 21, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Great idea! I am going to check Target for a closet organizer like that. I’ve already got casters from Ikea and didn’t know what I was going to do with them : )

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7 Marian February 22, 2010 at 12:33 am

WHAT a clever idea, something to keep in mind. Love the basket on top too ♥

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8 karyn February 22, 2010 at 1:17 am

That was so clever! I love how you saw all the pieces as a whole! I lack that ability! Great job! Karyn

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9 mindingmomma February 22, 2010 at 10:51 am

This is so very creative! Thanks for sharing this great idea, now what can i put wheels on, hmmmm?

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10 Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife February 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm

This is such a cute and creative idea! Love it. I am definitely in need of a more practical way to store my arts, crafts, and DIY supplies!

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11 Heidi@TheCraftMonkey February 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm

that is a terrific idea!

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12 Carmie of The Single Nester February 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Just great! So crafty!

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13 Heidi February 22, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I am always so amazed at everyone’s creativity out here in blogland. The basket looks SO cute on top, especially after you froofed it up. Great project!

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14 Mary February 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I just spend the past 30 minutes or so reading all your blog entries. My what a fountain of inspiration in so many areas you are!!

Love the idea of sketching the outfits you see that are so cute on others-don’t draw with a lick but writing the items down is brilliant!

Love the kitchen transformation, your little kisses holder, the earring name card holder, your gorgeous pedestal urn you made – just to name a few!

Well I had to sign up so that I won’t miss out on another post!

Blessings
mary

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15 Mary February 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm

spent not spend- I am terrible with typing!

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16 Cheryl February 22, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Great idea! I think I’d need a cart the size of an elephant to hold all of my supplies, though! :)

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17 Sonja February 23, 2010 at 7:36 am

Neat! I need one of those. (Stopping by from TCB).

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18 Amanda February 23, 2010 at 9:49 am

Oh my gosh, you are beyond clever! I love this!!

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19 Julie February 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Great job. If I didn’t have a one year old who would also think it was great I would have to get one. Glad you found something useful and cute! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

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20 Sarah February 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm

That is a flippin awesome idea! I love it!
Sarah

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21 Lemonade Makin' Mama February 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Just stopping by to thank you for visiting me on my SITS day and leaving some blog love!

Blessings,
LMM

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22 Anne February 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm

That’s beautiful! What a great idea!

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23 Sarah February 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

What a clever idea!
God’s blessings,
Sarah :D

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24 Diane @ InMyOwnStyle February 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Hi Everyone- Thanks for all the great comments. I have thought about making something like this craft cart for a few years, but never got around to it. Now that I have this blog, I figured it would make a great post. I am so excited about using it. If anyone makes a cart, please tell me and I will post their creations. I love to see everyone’s unique take on an idea, finding and seeing other’s personal style is facinating to me.

Diane

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25 Dawn February 24, 2010 at 10:15 am

Absolutely GENIOUS!!!!!!

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26 Lynn @ Scrapity Anne February 24, 2010 at 10:35 am

That is just fantastic!!! I want one! No, I want 2 LOL!

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27 write-brained February 24, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I am in LOVE with what you did-wow!

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28 Kristy February 25, 2010 at 4:26 pm

What a great transformation! I’m glad to see especially that you used several unexpected elements together – it looks great!

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29 Tiffany H March 1, 2010 at 12:39 am

NEED it! Great idea and love the turnout!
-Tiff

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30 Rachelle March 5, 2010 at 10:26 am

That’s a great idea! Love the wheels!

Thanks for sharing
Rachelle

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31 Crystal March 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I absolutely adore this. Crazy how it all worked out so perfectly. I mean the basket you found on a whim wasn’t too big OR too small. It’s like it was meant to be. You did a fantastic job!! It makes me want one. I know what you mean too, an entire seat on our sofa is full of crafting supplies right now! I need a ‘zoom zoom’ for them! =)

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32 Amanda@ImperfectlyBeautiful June 8, 2010 at 10:48 pm

GENIUS!!! I am loving this idea and the ingenuity and creativity that went into pulling it all off.

Thanks for linking up with us over at The CSI Project!

~Amanda

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33 Laura Ingalls Gunn June 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Now this is fabulous~ Well done!

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34 Anonymous June 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm

It is so much easier and enjoyable to work on projects in an organized area! This is great idea and could easliy be adapted to whatever your crafting/project needs are. I’d love for you to share this on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Thanks, Rory

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35 Diane June 11, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Thanks Rory – I will be coming by on Monday. Hope to do a lot of projects this weekend.
Diane

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36 Prissy September 1, 2010 at 7:49 am

This is just too cool! Love how I can move it with me to wherever I’m crafting.

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37 Laura/ReaderWoman January 20, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Your creativity is remarkable. Thank you for so many innovative and great looking project ideas!

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