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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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DIY Drying Rack For Art Supplies

Art makers know that many art projects can be messy and leave you with quite a pile of dirty dishes to clean up.  In The Studio we often need to wash and dry a variety of tools and materials after they have been used for art making.  Because we do this so often it was important to have a space that is always ready for stacking cups, wet brushes, or other supplies.  We found that using a cookie cooling rack is great for this purpose.  To catch any water that drips off the supplies as they dry we put the lid of a plastic bin underneath the wire rack.  We use many bins of different sizes for storage, so we always have plenty of extra lids to use for this purpose.  You could use any other type of lid or tray to catch the water drips at home or in your classroom


Below are some links to the products we are currently using here in The Studio. We use a 10” x 16” cookie cooling rack from Amazon but any size rack would work if you can find a tray to fit underneath that is the same size or larger.  Storage containers with lids can be found at stores such as Target and Walmart.  The lids that we use under our drying racks can be found here from Amazon.  To keep our art supplies organized on the tables in The Studio we use many different trays like this one and it would also work well to catch any water drips.


Do you have any other creative ways to dry your art supplies at home or in a classroom?  Please share the ideas you have about making an easy drying space for art tools and supplies.



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 



by Sarah Johnston

This entry was posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 9:00 am and is filed under By Sarah Johnston, Space to Create. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


Saturday, January 1, 2014 - 2:24 pm
I'm still amazed at how simple a solution this is!
Sunday, January 1, 2014 - 3:27 pm
I love this idea!

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