Back to school season is upon us. With the upcoming homework assignments and school projects on the horizon, it is a great idea to have an organizer that can house all the paperwork and tools in one location. This homework caddy can be transferred from the desk to work table to car all while looking great and by recycling items found at Goodwill.
- Basket with internal dividers from Goodwill (I think mine was a picnic basket)
- 3 Drinking glasses from Goodwill
- Rope from Goodwill
- White spray paint
- Teal spray paint
- Chalkboard paint
- Hot glue sticks
- Blue tape
- Hot glue gun
- Sponge brush
- Items from Goodwill – $11
Step 1-Saw off the handle on the basket. I did this because I felt the handle was too big and bulky, but you can certainly keep it if you like on yours.
Step 2-Paint the entire basket white.
Step 3-Paint the bottom on the basket with teal spray paint allowing it to create an ombre effect.
Step 4-Make a loop with rope to the size of handles you want and glue the loop together with hot glue. Leave a little extra to loop around the bottom.
Step 5-Wrap the extra rope over the glued portion.
Step 6-Once it is covered, glue the end of the rope on the bottom of the loop so it will not be seen when it is attached to the basket.
Step 7-Hot glue the rope handle into place then hammer in nails in between each of the loops into the basket.
Now the handle is more secure and the nails add a decorative touch too.
Step 8-Tape off the tops of the drinking glasses to create a border and paint in with chalkboard paint.
Step 9-Remove the tape from the glasses and allow the paint to dry. Place the glasses in the compartments.
Now the homework caddy is ready to go. Label the glass holders with chalk to keep things organized and add fun dividers. From old basket to colorful and useful homework caddy.
Goodwill is a fantastic place to shop when gathering supplies for back to school. Get your kids to help with projects like this one for end of summer fun. It sparks creativity and promotes an awareness of repurposing. And, as always, it helps to #FindTheGood.
Shopping at Goodwill is a triple win: You get big savings, you help the environment by repurposing goods, and you support job creation for your local community. To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County visit ocgoodwill.org.
Interior Designer at Janeane Pittman Interior Design