Posted: Sep 12, 2012 8:00 AM
Doesn’t it just suck when your child sits down to do their homework and can’t find [insert important school tool here]? End the homework fuss by creating a homework crate with your child -- and filling it with everything they need to get it done right.

"Mom, where's the colored pencils?"

"Mom, have you seen my crayons?"

"Mom, I can't find my pencils, sharpener, ruler, compass..."

These are the questions of delayed homework, frustrating afternoons and disorganization. How can you curtail the issue? Believe it or not, it's not impossible. You just need to step in and teach your child why it's important to keep everything together -- and give them the means to do so. Creating a special homework crate ensures that your child's homework supplies are all in one place and easy to locate.

Don't worry. This is easy.

To create this project, you will need a small wooden crate. They are sold at craft stores like A.C. Moore, or you could recycle one you have laying around. The ones I used to create these crates for my kids came from the shipments of diced tomatoes I purchased.

First, you'll paint the crate. But if it has any rough edges, you will want to lightly sand it first. Painting can be done by you or with your child's help. It's your choice.

Next, you'll add on some decorative pictures and inspirational words to encourage your child along. You can involve them in this process or do it yourself. Use Mod Podge to affix any photos and words to the homework crate. Finally, once that's all done, you spray the crate with a sealer.

Use this homework crate to store all your child's homework supplies like: pencils, pens, colored pencils, markers, rulers and extra paper. And to keep it sacred, make sure they know that these supplies are for homework only.

homework crate collage

DIY homework crate


  • 1 wooden crate (about 10 x 6-inches)
  • Paint in desired color(s)
  • Mod Podge Kids Glue Wash Out
  • Magazines/papers for decorating the crate
  • Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer Super Gloss


  1. Prepare your area by laying out newspaper. Set the crate on top. Paint, as desired, and let it dry completely.
  2. Using the Mod Podge Kids Glue, decorate the painted crate with inspirational pictures and words to encourage kids in their homework pursuits. Let it dry completely, then paint a layer of Mod Podge Kids Glue all over the crate to set the pictures. Let it dry completely.
  3. Set the crate on newspaper outside and spray with Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer. You may want to do 2-3 coats to achieve the right amount of glossiness for your child's homework crate.

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