Anyway, one of the fabulous ideas--from Cat on a Limb--was turning a beer holder into a caddy. For anything, really. Gardening, utensils, toiletries, you name it. I decided to make mine an art caddy and filled with art goodies, give it to my niece for her 5th birthday.
I have to admit: It wasn't easy. Because I wanted this to be really special, I used a variety of different coordinating papers. Each paper had to be cut specifically for its own section of the caddy, (Cat on a Limb recommends folding each piece of paper that will be put into the 'holder' sections into a triangle to insert them, and then opening them up into a square, and I definitely agree!) and I often felt like I was standing in the middle of paper scraps. The best thing I did was use a spray adhesive instead of any type of paint on glue to get the papers in place.
However, once all the papers were in place, I could see the end result coming together and got more excited. Using some decorative ribbon, I lined the sides and handle of the box, giving it a little more 'little girl' appeal. I also used scrapbooking ephemera to decorate the front of the box. After sorting out art supplies (an art kit from Ikea came with chunky pencils, a set of crayons and watercolor paints, and I supplemented with colored papers and sticker sets), the 'art caddy' was complete!
The best part? The birthday girl loved it!