My Life of Travels and Adventures: Crayon Sorter - Matching, Sorting and Colors!

Crayon Sorter - Matching, Sorting and Colors!

23 January 2014

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I am all about learning, teaching and having fun.  So this project pretty much combines all of that.  A crayon sorter.  
A simple concept.  A simple design.  
And it works. 
I saw this on pinterest way back when a tiny infant.  You know almost 2 years ago. 
I took that and made it spin.  Literally. 
I used an old lazy susan that had been in the back of our kitchen cabinets for the past 10ish year.  Attached some colored buckets.  Added crayons and watched the fun begin. 
Reid loves this.  He puts the crayons back in the correct color when we are done.  
He matches the crayons while we are coloring.  
He spins the lazy susan to have fun. 
It is a big hit. And it looks so much nicer than a bin of crayons. 

9 Small Buckets - I bought this set of 12 for under $10. 
9 short screws

  1. Paint each bucket a different color.  It took 3 coats for me to get good coverage on all the buckets. My 9 buckets are…. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown, White and Black.
  2. I also painted a red and blue line on the lazy susan.  The blue is just around the edge and red is actually along a dip in the wood.  
  3. Coat the lazy susan and buckets with mod podge.  This isn’t a necessary step, but I wanted this to be super shiny so I did 2 coats on each. 
  4. Once everything was completely dry, I laid out the buckets and had Neil screw them into the lazy susan. 
    He use short enough screws that the tips were not sticking out through the bottom of the wood.  You could also hot glue the tins on if desired.  
  5. Add crayons. 
  6. Enjoy!

This was a super simple project for me to make.  The hardest part was spacing the buckets.  I just eye balled it.  
The entire projected took maybe 30 minutes of hands on time (5 layers of paint/mod podge and some screwing). The worst was waiting for the paint to dry. 

PS: I dont have any pictures of Reid playing with this.  Sorry.  But he loves it.  Trust me. 


  1. This is great, i love it! I wonder if you could find the buckets anywhere already in different colors? Then you dont have to buy all the paint, too! (since I dont have all the paint!)

  2. Love this! Such a great idea and so fun to have in the playroom for little ones to use!

  3. Hopping over from Think Tank Thursday! What a cute, yet simple idea! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Can we say genius? :-) E loves his crayons and loves to sort things by color. He would have a blast with this!

  5. This is so bright and cheerful Krystal. I love it! Pinning away.

  6. Love this idea - ingenious and so simple!
    Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party this month.
    I look forward to seeing you again in the February linky.
    Marigolds' Loft

  7. What ai fun idea, I would love to do this in my craft room.....where my daughter has taken over a corner with her craft stuff. It would look so cute. Thanks for sharing.

  8. LOOOOOOVE this! I'm so making this for my girl!


  9. So cute! Love it for teaching color sorting, etc., but also love it for how it looks! I wish I had a dedicated art space for my kids so I could make one and keep it out all the time! - Bre @ Average But Inspired

  10. How cute! I love this!! So great for the kiddos to learn their colors and to sort them as well.
    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse Party. I'll be featuring this tomorrow. :)

  11. Fantastic!! Just pinned! Thanks for linking up to the Lovely Ladies link party this week and sharing with us.
    :) Molly from Just a Little Creativity

  12. Thanks for linking up at Sweet and Savoury Sunday, I'm the new co-host and would love for you to link up this weekend. What a great idea and so colourful too!

  13. Cute and functional! Definitely getting pinned.

  14. Oh, I love this! Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives I think this is great for anyone who has pre schoolers and will share! Theresa ;)


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