Homework time doesn’t have to be a pain! This Homework Station Turntable keeps all homework supplies at your fingertips!
Now that the boys have been in school for awhile and a routine has been established, alright, a loose routine has been established, I’m able to see the areas that need improvement. One of them is the storage of homework supplies.
Bryce and Reece (Bryce in particular) are at that age where they don’t just need a pencil and calculator to do homework. No. They need crayons, colored pencils, scissors, glue, tape, etc. And having them call on me for each and every one of their needs was getting to be tiresome.
Don’t get me wrong – I really do love helping them. It’s just that taking out and putting up all of the supplies was just a little too much for me…and for them.
Naturally, I came up with a solution that works for all three of us – this fabulous homework station turntable! The great thing is how much use this turntable is getting. The boys aren’t just using it for homework, they use it when they’re working on art, making books, and for simple things where they just need a pair of scissors, or a piece of tape. It’s been awesome having a single location for all their supplies and I have to say, they love how it spins!
Let’s get started!
- Rotating turntable (lazy susan)
- Six glass mason jars in varying sizes
- One cylindrical plastic container, or larger jar
- Washi tape in a variety of patterns – this project used blurred lines, cracked, pink quatrefoil, big zig, alphabet and feather
- Scotch® All-Weather Fasteners – this project used eight fasteners (NOTE: Each inch of product holds up to two pounds.)
- variety of homework supplies – this project used glue, pencils, pens, sticky notes, stapler, pipe cleaners, tape, ruler, crayons and scissors
1. Gather the necessary materials for the project and clean the surface of the rotating turntable and bottoms of each mason jar. Make sure everything is dry before getting started.
2. Use a ruler to measure six, triangular sections and mark with a pencil. You want them all to be the same size.
3. Following the lines as a guide, adhere washi tape in the pattern or color of your choice to divide the sections. Cut the end of the tape for a cleaner look. You can use different washi tapes for each section but I thought it looked a little nicer using the same one.
4. Plan the layout of the jars, by placing one jar towards the edge of each triangular section, until you settle on the placement. I used three larger jars, three smaller jars, and one large plastic container in the center.
5. To decorate the first mason jar, first remove the lid by twisting off the metal band on the jar until it is loose enough to slide off. Then, remove both the band and the lid from jar. Discard the lid.
6. Decorate the band by applying washi tape in the pattern or color of your choice all the way around the exterior of the band, smoothing with your finger as you go along. Cut the tape (instead of overlapping it) for a clean look. I used blurred lines, cracked, pink quatrefoil, big zig, alphabet and feather patterns on the bands. I love having all the different patterns and colors!
7. Repeat steps 5-6 to decorate the remaining mason jars.
8. To secure the jars in place, first cut the Scotch® All-Weather Fasteners in half – to fit the bottom of the mason jar.
9. Remove liner on one side of the fastener and apply to the bottom of the mason jar and press firmly.
10. Remove liner on the second side of the fastener and apply to the surface of the rotating turntable where you want to place the jar. NOTE: Each inch of product holds up to two pounds.
11. Align the fasteners and attach the jar to rotating turntable by pressing firmly together until you hear a snap, indicating closure. You’ll know when it’s secure!
12. Repeat steps 8-10 to attach the remaining mason jars to each section, and the cylindrical plastic container to the center of the rotating turntable I used two sets of fasteners to attach the center plastic container to the turntable.
13. Now for the fun part! Fill the cylindrical container and mason jars with homework supplies, and place in your homework area to keep supplies organized and accessible.
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