On Monday, I shared how we made a plan to makeover my craft room (although the plan is one that you can implement in any room). Then, on Tuesday, I talked about the actual craft room remodeling project (with lots of pictures). Today, I’m going to share some ideas for storing your craft supplies. I’ll show you some of what I use, and then some great products that I stumbled upon (and added some to my wish list!).
Before I talk about craft supply storage, however, I just want to remind you that on Thursday (which will actually probably be late night Wednesday/early morning Thursday), I’ll be posting a linky for you to share your own Spring Spruce Up project. The same linky will appear on the blogs of all of the other ten bloggers who are participating in the Spring Spruce Up. (You only need to sign in on one, and it will show up on all of them.)
How I Store My Craft Supplies
One of the things I really love to use for craft storage are drawers. I posted links yesterday to the particular drawers that I use, so check that out if you need some suggestions. I love see through drawers, because if I can’t at least kind of see something, I’m apt for not use it.
My drawers are all labeled with like items being together. If it weren’t for those labels, I would never remember what was in the drawers. I invested in an inexpensive label maker, and it has been worth every penny around our house!
The left tower has supplies in it, while the right tower has paper. I have my paper organized by color and broken up between cardstock and patterned papers. For instance, there is a purple cardstock drawer, and there is also a purple patterned papers drawer. (Some colors are in the same drawer together.)
I have some small drawers that we were using while we were using WorkBoxes for school, which is why the all have a velcro dot on them. The small drawers don’t have labels yet, but they contain much smaller supplies, like safety pins, small wooden shapes, paint brushes, flat glass marbles, etc.
Like Items Together
This is an obvious tip, right? Still, I have often broken it. So, it bears mentioning. Try to group items that are similar together.
Now, on Monday, I mentioned that when trying to get organized, usually “more baskets” just isn’t the right answer for finding true organization. In this instance, however, I like containers. My craft room is not like those pretty ones you see in magazines where everything matches. Most of my storage is repurposed from around my house or something that someone else was getting rid of.
I keep adhesives in this glass jar, as well as in a pink metal basket with daisies around it (you’ll be able to see it in another picture).
A small basket is perfect for small supplies. This one holds my Stickles (glitter glue) and some often used small inks.
I used to have four boxes of ribbons, and was thrilled to get this ribbon storage bag to put all of the ribbon in. (Here’s my very old post about it, just so you can see how much ribbon is in it!) It looks like the bags are much cheaper than when I first bought it though! (Pull EZ Ribbon Purse in Black and in Lime Green.)
You can also see in the background that I have a lot of frequently used supplies and all of my markers in a tool turn about custom made by All That Scrap.
If you’re into organizing, this picture above may make you cringe. However, this is a big basket full of all kinds of flat-ish embellishments and decorations. They were things that I would hardly ever use because I would stick them away and forget about them. So, I stood them all up in a vertical storage style so that I can just thumb through them, basically. It was another case of one of those recognizing when something didn’t work and doing what would work. While it may not look organized, it is actually easy to see everything in there, and I’m much more likely to use things in it now.
Craft Supply Storage Wish List
While not all of these items are on my wish list (some of them are), I wanted to share some great craft storage ideas that can be purchased for under $50 each. (Because, you know, as much fun as a scrapbooking armoire may look, most of us just don’t have a couple thousand dollars to spend on our craft areas.) Each item is clickable.
A Look Ahead
Tomorrow, we’ll briefly look at finding a spot for inspiration, and then it will be your chance to share an area that you spruced up this week!
Be sure to check out what some of my favorite bloggers (below) have been busy sprucing up as well!
Be sure to check out all of the great ideas from some of my favorite bloggers for sprucing up around your house this week (and be ready, because on Thursday, we’ll have a link up so you can post about your own Spruce Up project):
Sprucing Up the Laundry Room | Mama’s Laundry Talk
Sprucing Up the School Room | Homegrown Mom
Sprucing Up the Craft Room | Many Little Blessings
Sprucing Up the Bathroom | Feels Like Home
Sprucing Up the Playroom | …Life’s About a Dream
Sprucing Up the Garage/Storage Space | A Slob Comes Clean
Sprucing Up the Master Bedroom | Raising Arrows
Sprucing Up Your Homeschool | Jimmie’s Collage
Sprucing Up the Kitchen | So Happy Together
Sprucing Up the Garden | An Oregon Cottage
Sprucing Up the Backyard | Successful Homeschooling
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Monica @ Equipping Catholic Families says
Great posts on reorganizing your craft room! Hey…I can’t tell from the pictures or the previous post, but when you put the ribbons in your cool ribbon holder, I assume that you take them off the spools? Do you just wind them around themselves so that they feed out the little holes? Looks really neat!
Thanks for sharing! Monica
I didn’t have too many of them on spools anyway, but any of them that were on spools, I just took off. I just stuck the ribbons in the container and didn’t worry too much about how they were in there. They pull out with no problems. 🙂
Monica @ Equipping Catholic Families says
I just saw another good idea to store craft supplies including ribbons…http://midnightcreations.blogspot.com/2011/02/spice-rack-storage.html
Ooh, I love the idea of using those drawers for paper & supplies! I am about to move us into a separate homeschool room (only on the “clearing out the old” stage now), and wanted to do a whole wall as an art/craft space. I also have lots of drawers like yours since deciding that the workbox system wasn’t for us. Yay!
That would be great if you were able to reuse some of the workbox stuff. I was so thrilled when I was able to reuse some of what I already had sitting around. 🙂
Angela @ Homegrown Mom says
I have a ton of these drawers in our office closet, I’m trying to do a craft space in there. Loving these ideas, I’ll definitely be using them!
You’ll have to share what you do, if you get it all fixed up! 🙂
I have got to clean my office closet. That is where I keep all of my craft stuff. I straighten it up all of the time, but it gets out of hand fast!
I love all of those little drawers!
I wonder why in the world it gets messy so fast. That’s totally how mine is. I’m hoping with the makeover that I’m able to keep it in check more.
Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says
I, too, like to use a lot of different items to store craft things- baskets, boxes, jars, vintage bins- I think it makes have more personality than all matchy.
That’s my story, anyway. 🙂
I totally agree on it giving it more personality. Makes it fun to use and to look at!