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Portable Homework Study Carrel is My Crafty Piece de Resistance

We have finally figured out a way to provide some quiet study space for homework and keep twin eyes on their on work. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you, the DIY study carrel:

 homework study carrel

This nifty project was not only fun, it will help the girls focus on their own work.

Create your own study carrel

I first saw this project on the Disney website. Since I'm all about reusing now, I started looking around the house for materials we already had. I grabbed some clear plastic boxes I had saved this year (chocolate bunnies from Easter I believe) and cut off the top, then lined the inside with a cute image.

 reuse material for pencil box


I taped the image just lightly to the back of the box so we can swap it out for something new or seasonal whenever we want

We loved the blue in the Disney sample so we purchased a similar blue tri-fold presentation board but you can get them in all different colors. We cut the board in half to make two study carrels. Then I scrounged around and found some foam mounting squares , Command hooks , and self-stick Velcro to attach all the necessary items:

  • pencil holder (the clear box)
  • magnet strip (this came from Ikea)
  • ruler
  • clear plastic folder to hold week-long assignments
  • calendar

I cut up some plastic packaging the erasers came in to create a smaller container and used velcro to attach the pencil box so that we can take it off to change the image.



Homework Time Made Easier

With all the drama we has last year, I'm not quite sure why I didn't search for something like this sooner. These study carrels can fold up easily, and used on a table or even on the living room floor. The storage boxes means I'm not search around the house for pencils and erasers and glue. And the folder keeps weekly assignments like spelling lists in a safe place.

clear plastic folder on study carrel

Dare I say the love homework time now? And I'm earning my crafty mom badge!


for more of my attempts at crafting see:

DIY American Girl accessories

Crafty Crafters playdate frames

Disclosure: some links are affiliate links.

Reader Comments (15)



September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuanne

Dude. You are crafty. I mean, seriously crafty.

I went to a private school in kindergarten where we sat along tables with little green dividers like this. We could work at our own pace and it was FABULOUS. Seeing this post makes me want to run out, grab my kid from her 1st grade classroom, and homeschool her. Okay, so maybe I'll just copy what you did so she has a fun little homework area....

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy from Resourceful Mommy

That's totally awesome! Crafty, eco-friendly, and super functional! Nicely done!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeticia- Tech Savvy Mama

Great idea! See I just have all of those supplies strewn about in my minivan to encourage homework completion during the car ride home. An actual portable kit would keep all of us more organized.



September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Lori

I absolutely love this idea! PLUS we have a left over presentation board from last year's science fair that I was getting ready to throw out. Excellent.

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Consider this idea stolen! My only challenge will be to keep my 2 year old from driving his older sister nuts by climbing on the table and knocking down her study carrel repeatedly as she tries do do her homework.

Got any crafty ideas for that?

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustice Fergie

Awesome! What a great job on this project!!!!

Awesome idea & well done!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

thanks everyone for your crafty support! And JusticeFergie...I've got some ideas rolling around for a 2-3 year old version of this!

September 8, 2010 | Registered CommenterJanine Nickel

BRILLS as always. I want one for me...

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlinda

That! Is an awesome idea! I absolutely need to do this for my son!

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetro DC Mom

Very good idea. My girls took their spelling tests in 1st/2nd grade with plastic file folders in on either side of their desk. Helped all kids in the class keep their eyes on their papers.

September 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMusingsfromMe/Jill

Great job!

I can use one of these. No way am I letting my son see this. I'll look like a total slacker.

September 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeonte'

Three years ago I found tri-fold plastic desktop student dividers. They are great and hold up well. They were about $12.99 each and I have lost the website. Does anyone know where I can find these again?

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Pam I bet you can find them at a teacher supply store or website? My kids have them in school so they still make them!

February 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterJanine Nickel

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