DIY Art Caddy with Duck Tape (Plus a Giveaway)

I can’t believe that it’s already back to school time! I’ve been researching lately on activities to do with Aiden to prepare him for starting pre-school in a year. He’s at the age where he loves learning and is a sponge, especially anything to do with numbers, letters and colors. We love doing arts & crafts so I thought that it would be a great idea to make an art caddy to have the essentials available at all times and easily be able to move throughout the house too. I had an opportunity to partner with Duck Tape so I gave that a try as my craft medium and it turned out great!

art caddy with duck tape 1

Can you believe that this is made and decorated with Duck Tape? This easy to make art caddy is so simple to make and can be customized so easily since Duck Tape has so many different designs to choose from. They have over 250 prints and colors to choose from (ranging from modern prints, neutrals, neons, teams, cartoon characters and even more). There’s something for everyone and every project. While you can find Duck Tape at most retailers, for the best selection check out Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or Walmart.

Today, I’ll be showing you how to make this super cute and functional art caddy. Obviously, you can use them to store anything of your choice, but pairing them with a few mason jars inside, they are perfect for storing markers, crayons, glue and easy to be carried.

How To Make a Duck Tape Art Caddy

What You’ll Need

  • Duck Tape (one roll will suffice, but I like using several colors)
  • Wood Crate
  • Scissors
  • Mason Jars
  • Glue
  • Embellishments (wood letters, stickers, fabric flowers, etc.)



1. Cover the sides with the handles first. Take pieces of tape the width of your crate and place them horizontally, slightly overlapping the tape in order to cover the wood completely.

2.  Use sharp knife or exacto knife to cut away the tape where the handles are (be careful).


3.  Place tape on the front slats. You want to be sure to fold them around the slats for a clean and seamless look (this may entail trimming the Duck Tape to fit better depending on the size of your crate.


4. Fill in front edges (those between the slats) with tape of the same color, if needed.

5. Cut duck tape to fit the top of the crate (above handles) and adhere to crate.

6. Apply embellishments using glue.

7. Add mason jars for organization and fill with art supplies.

above-shot art-caddy-

I loved using Duck Tape to personalize my project. There are SO many arts and crafts ideas you can do with Duck Tape that I would have never considered. I’ll definitely be keeping a lot of these in mind to do with my kiddos (I think my son would love all the car type crafts). Be sure to check out the Duck Tape Pinterest board for lots of ideas.


Want to win a collection of Duck Tape for your next project? Enter below!

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Don’t forget to check out Duck Tape’s page for lots of great ideas, different products and their awesome Pinterest page for lots of back to school ideas!

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By | 2016-08-13T18:34:43+00:00 August 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|32 Comments


  1. Sabrina Fox August 13, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    This is such a cute idea! All of my art supplies are always strewn around all over my desk, maybe it’s time I give this a try.

    • Amber Battishill August 14, 2016 at 2:43 am - Reply

      Thank you!! That’s exactly why I made this! It was always such a mess and now it’s easily contained and cute too! Thanks for reading!

  2. LaTanya August 13, 2016 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    duck tape pencils

  3. Lauren August 13, 2016 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    I would like to try the Duck Tape Lunch Bag.

  4. David August 13, 2016 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Our kids pack their own lunch, so the lunch bag and lunch box are two that they might want to try.

    I think it would be neat of they made a tape that looked like a road, with a stop sign or speed limit sign thrown in every few feet. . That would be fun to put on the floor and play with their hot wheels on.

  5. Kaitlyn Milby August 14, 2016 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    So adorable! I may need to make one of these for my desk at school.

  6. Jill August 14, 2016 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Cute! I like the little pencil caddies to put in the carrier!

  7. Steph August 14, 2016 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Cute! I love duck tape and how it transforms simple projects quickly and easily!

  8. Melissa August 15, 2016 at 12:01 am - Reply

    I love this idea and I love duck tape, especially all the great patterns it comes in these days.

  9. Kim S August 15, 2016 at 12:46 am - Reply

    The shelf liners look cute on their site!
    Love what you did with yours!

  10. Nicole Banuelos August 15, 2016 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I love how you used Duck Tape to decorate the art caddy, such a wonderful idea! Also really lovin the duck tape print you used.

  11. Mallory August 15, 2016 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Your project is so cute! I’m planing on making a busy board soon for a birthday gift and I think instead of painting the whole thing I’m going to paint part of it then get the black tape and use that for the stripes instead of taping off and painting them it will be way easier

  12. Mamaguru August 15, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    So cute! I love how this project can be personalized. it looks pretty easy too. thanks for sharing.

  13. Cori August 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    That’s how I decorate clothespins! I hope your duct tape holds up! Some of my clothespins are starting to peel.

  14. julie August 15, 2016 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    i love all of the cute projects

  15. Sophia August 16, 2016 at 12:27 am - Reply

    This is so creative what a great DIY project

  16. Emily August 16, 2016 at 2:02 am - Reply

    This is the cutest desk accessory!!! I’m feeling inspired 🙂

  17. Serena Powell August 16, 2016 at 2:52 am - Reply

    I like the Countdown to School Calendar!

  18. Liz Mays August 16, 2016 at 3:43 am - Reply

    This would be so much fun to design! I love it with the embellishments on it. Too cute!

  19. Dia All The Things I Do August 16, 2016 at 4:14 am - Reply

    This is too cute. I actually love painting so I’d probably paint the pink part then use the tape for the pattern.

  20. Jenni Laplow August 16, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Super cute! I have so many mason jars I never know what to do with them, so always look for projects that include them 🙂

  21. courtney August 16, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    That is such a cute idea and such an easy way to jazz up a simple wood crate! My niece and nephew are around the same age and they love arts and crafts, they have a similar caddy and it makes it so much easier for them!

    La Belle Sirene 

  22. Tina W August 16, 2016 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    I like the upcycled pencil case: it could be modified to work as so many different things!

  23. Victoria Stacey August 17, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    This is so cute! I love how pretty duct tape has become over the years!

  24. Kelly D August 18, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I would like to try the Washi Tape Pencil flags.

  25. natasha lamoreux August 19, 2016 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I would love to try the craft caddy!

  26. Brenda Haines August 19, 2016 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    This craft caddy is what I want to try. Thanks! 🙂

  27. Jessica To August 20, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    I would like to try to make the iPad stand.

  28. Lorraine M in sfv August 21, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Duck Tape® Wall Hanging Files

  29. Jeanna August 22, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I’d like to try to make the Upcycled Pencil Case!

  30. Joanna August 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    My girls would love the Duct Tape pencil or the pencil pouch:)

  31. Mary Cloud August 28, 2016 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    I think the Animal Tablet Cover is so cute

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