Homework Station { Portable DIY Crate }…

Quick…send your children away from the computer! Yes, it is that time of the year when the dreaded HOMEWORK begins again! Today I am going to show you how we handle homework on the go…

DIY Portable Homework Station

Homework Station

For our family, we have a need to carry our homework supplies with us. I have a daughter and son, and their activities after school are very different and each of them has down time to complete their homework prior to getting home. This allows more family time once we get home! My inspiration for this came from my  DIY Vintage Crates that I made this spring for our Summer Reading Station.

Supplies Needed for Homework Crate…

Homework Station

unfinished wooden crate 
unfinished wood plaque { you can find a similar one HERE }

Simply spray paint the crate with the Valspar spray paint and allow to dry. While it is drying, spray paint the wooden plaque with the Krylon chalkboard spray paint per instructions. Once both are completely dry, use the Gorilla glue {careful..read the instructions..it expands! } to attach the chalkboard to the crate. That’s all…easy peasy!! 

Organizing Our Homework Supplies…

Homework Station

Yep…I got all that in those containers! Please keep in mind that my children are rising 8th grade and rising 5th grade. All these supplies may not be needed for your individual needs, or you may need other items! I picked these based on what I know we need and I wished we had had in the past. Yes, that is an actual dictionary and thesaurus..gasp! You never know when you may not have WIFI or just want a kid to learn how to look it up! :) 

Supply List {that works for us!}…

Red pens, black pens, blue pens, index cards, college ruled paper, wide ruled paper, blank paper, ruler, erasers, pencil, pencil sharpener, thesaurus, dictionary, sticky notes, colored pencils, fine tip markers, large plastic envelopes,scissors, white out, glue stick, highlighter, and Altoids {don’t ask!}.

We may see a need to add other items and I have allowed enough room to do so!

Homework Station

I found these absolutely perfect plastic containers at Target to put everything in! The snap lids are wonderful for preventing accidental spills. The larger one is the perfect size for paper storage! The large plastic envelopes are for putting finished homework in until we get home…you know somehow it can manage to get lost in the car!! :)

 I keep a 3 ring binder in the crate as well. This is MY notebook to keep track of all things school and afterschool  related!

Homework Station

So, off it goes to the car for yet another fabulous year! I hope that everyone has an incredible school year! Ok…now you can bring the kiddos back in…I will keep the homework thing our little secret! 

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  1. This is so smart! My kids are 3 years apart so I can definitely see this being in our future as they are at different activities in the afternoon.

  2. Wow!! This is such a great idea ladies :) I have a second grader this year so we are just getting into more homework and I will definitely be making one of these! Love the idea. Just pinned it :)

  3. I LOVE this idea!! My kids are in 7th and 4th grade and have practice EVERYDAY. Having this to use on the go (which is always) is going to help tons! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Super cute! Great idea! I love the colors too. I found you at the delightful order link party.

  5. Such a great idea to keep that all organized. I need a crate (we had a plastic shoe box…but have outgrown that a long time ago!). Love the red too-so schooly!

  6. These are fun, Bonnie! Happy School Year…we have a couple more weeks before we get started. :)

  7. Great idea for getting us organized! That leads to a great start and can make such a big difference.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  8. Great idea!! Love the color too! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Holly

  9. This is such a fun idea! I want one! I would love for you to share at weekly Linky Party Blog Stalking Thursday! http://www.thecraftyblogstalker.com/2012/08/blog-stalking-thursday-54.html

  10. Great idea! And I love that the crate is so cute and everything can be neatly organized instead of spread all over the dining room table 24/7! I may just have to do this for home schooling supplies – it seems we always end up with more than they can stuff in their lockers!

  11. How great is that! I’ve bookmarked this one. I’ve got a crate sitting in the garage that would be perfect for this. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Simple Home Life. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-10.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  12. Love this neat idea. Also teaches our kids to be organized!
    Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party. Have a nice weekend.

  13. This is terrific- I love the chalk placard!

    We’d love for you to link up to our new weekly blog hop- photo friday- any of your fav. pictures from any posts are welcome!

  14. Great idea! Even if kids aren’t in a lot of after school activities, a homework station like this would keep all the supplies in one place. My daughter’s 2nd grade teacher called it a “Homework Survival Kit”. We didn’t spend any extra time searching around for supplies after we had set up a survival kit. Thanks for the tip and tutorial!

  15. I love this! We use a crate just like this for homework supplies. It’s the perfect size. Your crate is much cuter though. Looks like it’s time for a homework crate upgrade!

    I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:


    Have a great day!

  16. This is a great idea! I love that it’s portable too! Stopping by from TT & J!

  17. What a great idea! I’d love for you to come share this at our Pinteresting Party!

  18. This is an awesome idea! I think this would be good to have even to keep in the house. My kids don’t have desks in their rooms, so this might come in handy to keep near the dining room table. Thanks for posting!

  19. Our homework/stationary storage isn’t quite working for us (I still get “mummmm, I need a pencillll” most days!). I need to upgrade to a better and cuter system like this :)

  20. Thanks for sharing on Blog Stalking Thursday! I have featured you on The Crafty Blog Stalker’s facebook page. Go check it out and then go grab a feature button! You deserve it! Thanks again for sharing!

  21. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  22. This is a great idea! My kids are still too little for homework, but we are on the go after school. This is come in handy in a couple years!

  23. what a great idea, and i love the colours too!!
    i would love for you to drop by our linky party and share this creation with us
    xx hope to see you there

  24. absolutely love the colour of the crate!!

    would love it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday that runs from Saturday till Thursday @ http://www.serenityyou.com

  25. Maybe my kids would like doing homework if they had something this fun to dive into! Thanks for sharing at I Freakin did it Friday

  26. Can’t believe my little boy is starting preschool this year. He definitely needs some organization… I might need to do this for his crayons and other craft supplies

  27. LOVE this….great idea. Thanks!

  28. Great idea and I will be passing on to my grandkids – this will help my daughter-in-law keep everything organized! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  29. I did this a couple years ago for my son’s homework supplies and it’s still one of my favorite things to have during the school year!


  30. now THIS is brilliant idea!!! Do the kids just love it????

    My kidsa re in the same grades…. Wow!

  31. This homework station is so cute! Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We loved having you and hope you will come back soon! -The Sisters

  32. This is great!! cook and bake all the time but am terrible at making a plan for it and these are a great assortment of tools. following your great blog–always stop by but didn’t realize wasn’t a follower until today. Mostly are very like it and enjoy it in this post.

    iPhone 5 pris

  33. Hi there. Stopping by to let you know that I featured this today from the Weekend Wonders party :) Come grab a button if you’d like. Have a great day!


  34. Great idea! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  35. My kids NEED this! Like desperately! I love it!!!

  36. This is great cook and bakes all the time but am terrible at making a plan for it and these are a great assortment of tools. Following your great blog-always stop by but didn’t realize wasn’t a follower until today. Mostly are very like it and enjoy it in this post.

    iPhone 5 Priser

  37. Thank you so much for linking this great project up to the Pinworthy Projects Party over at Just Us Four!
    I wanted to stop by and let you know that you are featured today as the project with the most clicks!

  38. Hi Trish and Bonnie,
    I’m so glad that I’m following you! Very clever and I love the color you chose. Thanks for posting on the All Star Block Party!


  39. Such a great idea! I’m featuring you Saturday! XO, Aimee

  40. SwishDesigns says:

    Love it!!! I’m going to try to do something similar for my kindergartener!!!

  41. This is such a wonderful idea! Not just for homework, but for crafts too on road trips! Thanks so much for sharing at our Pinteresting Link Party!

  42. Hey Bonnie, you were tied for most viewed at I Freakin did it Friday’s come over and link up again!http://www.missinformationblog.com/2012/08/i-freaking-did-it-fridays-3.html

  43. I have featured this on Serenity Saturday @ http://www.serenityyou.com

    Natasha xx

  44. Love this idea! My sister and her three school aged kids will have to give this a try. I’m featuring this project on the All Star Block Party. Head on over and grab your button!

  45. This is such a good idea! In our new house we have yet to figure out the best place for homework to take place!! This might be the solution!

  46. Love this idea! Where did the crate come from?

  47. Katie Z says:

    My kids are all kindergarten and pre-k so homework isn’t a concern yet. HOWEVER, my kids love to write and color so I think I’m going to implement this idea with coloring supplies for anytime they feel the creative urge. Right now it’s scattered throughout the house so when they want to color I have to scramble to find stuff for them! Loving this idea

  48. LOVE this! I’m sharing it on my FB page today :) Life to the full! Melissa


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