I wanted to show you guys my art station we created in the unfinished basement to give the kids a place to craft. As you know I have 4 kids, but this was made for the two oldest who are now 4 and 6. I may have been a little off as to how much autonomy they could handle at that age but it is still really fun. It isn't perfect as we were working with out any kind of budget it had to be from what we already had with just a little elbow grease. For an unfinished basement though it sure adds some style and fun.
On the table itself I lined up several tin cans that I washed well and covered with scraps of scrapbook paper. I used cowboy type patters for my son and I used pink girly papers for my daughters. Inside each can I put colored pencils, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, glue sticks, and paint brushes. Originally I had in mind to mount a metal strip under the shelf and use magnets attached with a hot glue gun to the cans to attach them to the metal strip. I haven't found the right thrifted material for that yet. The magnets are in place, but we are waiting on the metal strip till I see just the right thing. The board in the middle just acts as a decorative accent and is a left over scrap of paneling cut to size, spray painted and then covered with 4 squares of scrap paper using spray adhesive. You could add binder clips hung on small nails to make it a display for their art work.
My kids are thoroughly enjoying this space only it is not quite as clean as it all was this first day. Looking at this picture inspires me to get on them to get it all organized just so again. They love it and I love the time it allows me to work on things while they are entertained, and the creativity it fosters. Let me know if you make one!