art supply cupboard

Living / 31 May, 2021 / Nanny Anita

What Makes the Perfect Art Supply Cupboard

Even though I left further education 11 years ago I still feel that September is the beginning of a new year. Therefore I thought it would be the perfect time to make a post about building up the perfect art supply cupboard.

I have added links to my favourite ones.

So what are my absolute art supply musts:

art supply cupboard

My trusty glue gun working hard.

Glue gun – without fail, my favourite thing, it makes doing crafts so much easier.


  • Acrylic – these go on all sorts of surfaces
  • Poster – great for small children
  • Powdered – I like adding these to play dough

Pencils – you can’t go wrong with a good and varied supply to colouring pencils


Crayons – there is a really good selection of chunky crayons for little ones

Paintbrushes – a lot of ours come from art packs


  • White paper – is an absolute must
  • Coloured paper
  • Card stock – it is more heavy duty, great for making cards with, less likely to curl when painted.

Tablecloth – we have a nice big plastic one. It’s easy to wipe up and is more eco friendly than constantly using newspaper.

Glitter – I know a lot of people hate it, but I love it. We are currently working through our supply so that we can replace it with biodegradable ones.  Most of them though tend to be ones that can be used both cosmetically and in crafts.

Art aprons – you don’t need to go out and buy fancy plastic ones. I use adult old shirts that they wear backwards. We’ve never had a problem with paint seeping through.

Glue – we have both PVA and normal stick glue


So those are my must haves, but I have a lot more than that in my art supply cupboard.

This next list is made up of supplies that we often use:


Paper straws

Paper plates

Paper cups






Craft sticks

Embroidery thread

Washi tape

Googly eyes

Cotton wool

Tissue paper

Craft knife (for adults only)


Split pins



My final section is not technically craft supplies, they are normally for activities, but having them in my art supply cupboard is very handy for making up sensory trays.

Pipettes and for toddlers






Everything else is stuff we have accumulated through left overs from art packs and previous crafts we done. Plus I do like to hoard stuff that could be useful later one.

Finally don’t forget to make a junk modelling section and fill it with shoeboxes, loo roll tubes, plastic bottles etc. You never know when it may just come in useful.

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