Tips, Tricks, & Ideas: Our Wall of Materials

Wall of StuffOur wall of materials gets photographed pretty frequently by visitors who want to know what we keep on-hand for our making, so I thought I’d share it with all of you. We store most of our materials in clear, plastic bins. These are color-coded by general making activity, and age range. Materials like white glue get stored near the bottom (where even kindergarteners can reach them), while more advanced materials like LEDs and motors get stored up top.

Here’s the breakdown:

Note: I’m not finding an easy way to put these in some sort of table/column form, which is unfortunate. I apologize, but it looks like you will have to scroll through the whole list. Sorry! (If you know how to make columns or tables in WordPress, feel free to e-mail me with the solution.)

Top Left (Yellow)

  • DC Motors
  • LEDs
  • Batteries
  • Battery Holders
  • Wire
  • Conductive Thread
  • Resistors
  • Hot Glue Guns
  • “Electronics Graveyard”

Top Right (Green)

  • Stamps & Stencils
  • Buttons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Mosaic Tiles
  • Mirrors
  • Googly Eyes
  • Fabric Paint & Markers
  • Paint
  • Beads
  • Paint Brushes

Upper Middle Left (Teal)

  • Masking Tape
  • White Glue
  • Rubber Bands
  • Glue Sticks
  • Three-Ring Hole Punchers
  • Clips/Clothes Pins
  • Wire
  • Twist Ties
  • Ribbon/Rope
  • Staplers

Upper Middle Right (Pink)

  • Ribbon
  • Feathers
  • Tissue Paper
  • Felt
  • Balloons
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Modeling Clay
  • Fabric

Middle Left (Red)

  • Assorted Tape
  • Aprons
  • Scissors (Middle & High School)
  • Pipe Cleaners

Middle Right (Purple)

  • Foam Sheets
  • String & Yarn
  • Jewelry Tools
  • Pom Poms

Lower Middle Left (Sky blue)

  • Rulers
  • Pens & Pencils
  • Scissors (Elementary School)
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Compasses
  • Hole Punchers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Post-Its

Lower Middle Right (Dark Blue)

  • Stuffing
  • Fabric Samples
  • Plastic Molds & Cookie Cutters
  • Burlap Scraps
  • Cotton Balls
  • Fabric Samples
  • Nets

Bottom Left (Orange)

  • Plastic Shapes
  • Wood Shapes
  • Puzzle Pieces
  • Straws & Stirrers
  • Ping Pong Balls
  • Assorted Round Things
  • Boxes & Containers
  • “Random Stuff”

Bottom Right (White)

  • Toothpicks
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Decks of Cards
  • Play-Doh
  • Skewers
  • Tinker Toys
  • Shims
  • “Random Wood”



David is the documentarian and professional development coordinator for the Creativity Lab. In 2014, he received a BA in creative writing from Louisiana State University, with focuses on short fiction and screenwriting. In partnering with New Orleans-based independent film company, Asymptote Pictures, his work has been featured in film festivals across the country. He likes his espresso maker, and vegetarian tacos.