Sunday, October 21, 2012

Portable Beading Center

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend.  As anyone with little ones running around, lots of times you cannot find time for  yourself to start, continue or finish projects you are working on.  My 5 year old wants 100% of my time.  I cannot go off into a craft room to work on my projects and jewelry.  I have to keep my eye on him and he must keep his eyes on me.  I have been looking for some sort of rolling cart that I can use as a portable beading center.  I haven't found one second hand and I cannot see paying $99.99 or more for something at the store.  After trying to work this out in my head, I realized that I already had alot of the necessary items I needed to build one at home. So, today, my husband helped me to make my portable beading center!

I bought this drawer unit at a yard sale a couple of years ago for $3.00, but I never really used it and it has been sitting in the garage.
I went to our local hardware store and picked up some swivel casters for the bottom.  I also went to our local $1 store and picked up some drawer organizers and some plastic bins that I could use in the drawers for organization.

My husband cut a piece of scrap wood we had left over from another project to fit the bottom of the cart.  The circle cutout was used in another project.

He attached the casters so that I can roll the cart out of the way when not in use.

I attached 2 of the drawer organizers to the top of the cart on each side with zip ties.  This is a place I can place my tools and other materials when beading.

Here we are with both drawer organizers attached to the top and the plastic bins in the drawers.

My husband cut another piece of scrap wood to size for a workspace on top of the cart.

I decided to GIRLIFY (is that even a word?) the cart a bit and added some old school craft ribbon I had on hand and some cute buttons.

My portable beading cart is born! The cost of this DIY was $15.00. (insert high fives here) I can't wait to get started on my next project!

This could also be used as a craft center as well.  Now I can be in the same room with my son and attend to his needs as HE sees fit without dropping everything I am working with on the floor when trying to get out of the chair.  I am sure others in the crafting world have had a similar need. 

Leave a comment and let me know what you have come up with.

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