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Craft supplies for scrapbooking, including scissors, punches, paper and other decorations.

Materials for crafts can take up a lot of room, it is best to have an organized system so you can find what you want when you want it. This is a guide about organizing craft supplies.

Solutions: Organizing Craft Supplies

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Tip: Craft Table Organizer

Fabric table cover with pockets for organizing craft supplies and tools.I do my knitting, crocheting, beading, etc. while watching TV. I usually had to get up many times to find tools or supplies. I brought in a weather beaten plastic table from the yard after I spray painted it burgundy. Then a friend came to lunch and brought me some fabric she didn't want. I knew immediately what to do with it.

I made this organizer in a couple of hours using her fabric, my spray painted table and odds and ends of bias tape I had accumulated. Just measure the top and add an inch. Then measure the sides, cut your fabric (I tore mine), add pockets to the sides, sew the sides to the top and store your crafting tools. I love mine.

Source: My very own idea

By Gailya from Lillington, NC

Tip: Organizing Craft Supplies In A Small Space

Click together wire rack for craft supplies.I got this wonderful wire rack for $.25 for each panel, and $.10 for each connector. Once together, I thought of a way to hang zip lock bags for craft supplies so I can see what is in them. I got a medium binder clip and hung it through the cross wires and it works perfectly! You could do the same for other things like office supplies, pet supplies, or even food. If you have one of these wonderful shelf units, give this a try. I hope this helps keep you organized!

By Poor But Proud from Sweet Home, OR

Tip: Hang Shelves in Front of Your Windows

If you need more space and have no place to hang shelves you can hang open-backed shelves in front of your windows. In the kitchen, this is a great place to store colored glass ware (like depression or cobalt glass) because the sun looks great shining through the glass. And in a craft room you can put clear plastic shoe boxes with your crafts inside. Just remember to never store fabric or things that can absorb moisture on a window shelf, but window shelves are a great place to store your pottery, dishes and glasses!

By CDR

Tip: My Frugal Life: The Great Room Swap of 2011

As you all know, I am a crafter. I also live in what some would consider, me included, a very small apartment. It's less than 620 square feet, which is my daughter's living room and kitchen!

When I moved in, I had a storage unit I could manage and it made life a little less crowded, if not less convenient. Then outflow increased and income did not, and I gave up the unit. My mom used to (more colorfully) say that someone was trying to put 3 lbs. of "poop" in a 2 lb. bag. That was me. When the unit was 10x10 feet, your apartment is not big enough for that much extra stuff. Plus, now the bedroom was not only the bedroom and office, but a craft room. Yeah, it was shades of madness in pretty purples and greens!

Something had to change. So, since I have plans to do a lot more on my computer in 2012, I decided to make the living and dining area into the craft room and office. I don't entertain that much and can't put more than 2 other people in here without bumping elbows, so why not? The cat still gets to look out the window everyday and I actually have a little room. Wonder how I did it? Well, sit back and enjoy - or be warned, I am not sure which!

Since I didn't have a way to set things out of the way when I needed to move things out, it took almost two months. I can only do so much per day with my disabilities. I promised myself that I would work for 40 minutes and rest for 20, and each day not work more than 8 hours. I offset that rule by working my tail off for a day or two then taking one off. This was not the promise, but what drove me was the need to stop walking over boxes and the fact that I couldn't make anything until it was done.

So, the first thing I had to do was move the furniture that was in the living room to the bedroom. I had shelving in there that I had to move out first, so you can see where this is going. Swapping stuff when you would literally have to set things outside to get anything done is never fun. I sold one chair, left the bed in the bedroom, but had to swap the TV/DVR and the computer, printer, entertainment center and desks literally piece by piece.

Closet before reorganizing, stacks of boxes and bags piled all over Closet after reorganizing. Shoe rack on back of door holds yarn, boxes are organized, more yarn and items are stored in clear plastic bins and large clear bags

The white wicker cabinet came out here, the rocker went in there. I gutted the closet, hung the clothes back up and literally put everything that wasn't going to fit on my walls or shelves in boxes and stacked them on one side of the closet. I have a small three drawer unit in there that has a few clothes and the rest is yarn. All the yarn (more susceptible to cat hair) that I can't fit in the new craft room is in that closet, as you can see. There are boxes of yarn under the clothes you can't even see.

With the white plastic shelving assembled, they went up really fast. Then, finding the right tubs and crafts to fit in them was easy. I shop at the local "As Is" store, so getting things by the pound is a great way to shop.

The white folding tables are perfect, as they fold down when you don't need them. I had one fold up table for stereo, stationary, and a desk top calendar to keep my life organized. That is where I now start the day with drink of choice and make sure I am still on point. The other, which I use for a work table for gluing, painting, and all smaller projects, I got in an abandoned apartment, along with my sewing machine, two lamps, a boom box with cassette and CD player, an office chair and two smaller shelf units.

Table stacked with boxes and bags Second crafting area after organizing. Two white folding tables with craft items - boxes stored underneath. Puzzles mounted and hung on wall

Sometimes you can find clear shoe boxes for $.25 each and they stack with a groove in the bottom that fits the groove in the tops so they "interlock". I use the zippered bedding bags as much as I can, as it's "Cornelius" proof, I can see into it and it's light weight.

A shoe rack for storing fabric The newly reorganized sewing room.

My shoe rack that is now for yardage was just $1.00. The two filing cabinets were $5.00 each, and the sewing table is the hot water heater door (submitted earlier). I use every single available space. Even the cat's "perch" is a tub of yarn with a glass door from a junked out entertainment center. If he slides off his blanket, he can see the yarn but can't get to it. So my room often has free entertainment as well!

Stacks of craft items and boxes all over the place (before) Craft

I left most of the pretty scenery puzzles and posters so I could be inspired by beautiful things. It's also to remind me that if I am lucky, I will make enough to get my RV and travel to some of those places again and some for the first time.

As you will see by the before and after photos, this project was a challenge. Every night when I had to walk a path to the bedroom, I kept saying "this is only temporary". Now I have my Etsy store and am making things every day, so it was all worth it.

Some of you might wonder why it's a frugal essay. Well, the entire process took me just $15.00 to do and considering that was two file cabinets, a shoe rack, shoe boxes, and extension cords - that's not too shabby!

A wicker chair and shelf in the newly organized bedroom. A nicely made bed in the newly organized bedroom. Desk and computer in newly organized living room. Newly organized living room with chair.

By Sandi from Salem, OR

Craft: Recycled Organizer

This is an organizer for crafts, office supplies, anything small.

Approximate Time: 1 hour + drying time

Supplies:

  • 12 baby food jars
  • 4-5 acrylic paints
  • sponge and/or brushes
  • white paint pen
  • black paint
  • muffin pan
  • polyurethane

Instructions:

Wash jars and let dry completely. Lightly sand the muffin pan, paint it black. Paint each jar a different color, make designs, symbols, etc.

Paint the lids different colors, let dry completely.

After the jars lids are dried, use paint pen to label top of jars. Let everything dry completely.

Spray a coat or two of polyurethane on them. When poly dries, put things like tacks, paper clips, rubber bands, etc in them. Mix and match the lids.

By Sherry from Onset, MA

Tip: Toothbrush Holders for Paintbrushes

I buy mis-matched toothbrush holders in "my colors" at my thrift store and use them to store my paint brushes in while I'm creating. This holds the brushes apart so there's no mess and they are ready and waiting for me to grab when I'm ready for the next color.

By

Tip: Save Patterns For Future Use

When I make something, I always save a pattern; whether it be hard copy or computer copy. I may want to reuse it later and it will be easily accessible filed away in a filing cabinet or on my hard drive. I try to keep my hard drive backed up, so if I lose paper pages, they won't be as important as what I wish to keep.

By Gem from VA

Tip: Baby Wipes Containers to Store Craft Items

Crafting can be a wonderful hobby, but you need so many different things to use. People often mistake crafters for hoarders. In order to try to keep some of my smaller items organized, my husband put up shelves and I used my collection of baby wipe boxes for holding different items. These are the wipe boxes that the lid completely removes. I lay the lid under the box of items and they are all lined up on the shelf. You can see what is in each box and if it is something that I need to protect from dust, I just put the top on it. I can label the boxes if I want or leave them as they are. It is really nice to be able to find things in a hurry that would normally mean digging through boxes.

By maphisx7 from Gordonsville, VA

Tip: Use Hamper for Crocheting Supplies

Ikea clothing hamper.I am an avid crocheter and I like to have my patterns, hooks, and different color yarns that I'm working with handy. I found the perfect caddy. I bought these clothes hampers at Ikea for around $4.00. I have room for all my goodies and it sits at just the right level next to my recliner. I bought more than one, in case this one wears out.

By Kathy from Chesaning, MI

Tip: Using Garden Fence to Organize My Craft Desk

Fencing used to organize a desk

I used a small old garden fence to organize my craft desk. I attached hooks and used wires to attach items. I also used small flower pots to store tiny tid bits. I strung my ribbons on a strip of leather and hung that above the fence.

Tip: Store Seed Beads in Spice Rack

Sometimes I embellish my knitting with small glass seed beads. I keep them tidy and easy to find by storing them in an old spinning spice rack with glass bottles that I bought at the second hand thrift shop for 50 cents :)

By Leseera from NSW, Australia

Tip: New Use for a Hard Shell Eyeglass Case

When I got my last pair of eye glasses I was given a hard shell case with them. As I wear my glasses all the time I didn't think I had a use for it. Voila! It is perfect for a couple of crochet hooks, small scissors, yarn needle, and threader. I keep it in my "Project on the Go" that I take along with me to appointments. Waiting is so much more productive and you don't have to stop when you have to change colours or need to sew in an end!

By Faye from The Pas, MB, Canada

Tip: Free Craft Storage Containers

If you have a toddler or a good friend who does and uses Gerber baby food containers that have the snap on plastic lid, they make perfect storage containers. I use them for my beads, findings, buttons, etc. The lids do snap shut making spillage lest possible and they are clear enough that you can see through them.

AND the best thing, for the most part they are free and reusing them saves lots of plastic from the landfills.

By

Tip: Storage for Glue Guns

I took a wall shelf and drilled holes in which to place my glue guns. The size of the hole depends on the size of each glue gun. I used a round door knob bit; they come in different sizes. I love mine.

By Patricia G from Brewton, AL

Tip: Store Arts and Crafts In Ziptop Bags

I use Ziploc bags to organize my arts and crafts. I put my stickers, ribbon, scissors, markers, tape, and glue in the bags. You can even label them and a box of Ziploc bags doesn't cost that much if you buy a box at a dollar store.

By Mary

Tip: Save Lids for Craft Organizing

Lids of jars work well to hold beads, straight pins, sequins, etc. I especially like the lids from peanut butter jars.

By CDC from FL

Tip: Dab Paint on Top of Bottle

I keep several small bottles of of acrylic paint on my shelf in a box made from an empty Bisquick box. To save time, I open the bottles of paint and, using my finger, dab a little paint on the top of each bottle. Now, at a glance, I can see what colors I have.

By Liz from Dodson Prairie, TX

Tip: Store Ribbon on Metal Dowel

Use a metal dowel mounted on the wall in brackets to store craft ribbon and lace. A metal dowel works better than a wooden dowel at keeping them straight. For loose ribbon and lace, store in clear candy jars on a shelf or table.

Source: The DIY Dish

By duckie-do from Cortez, CO

Tip: Store Craft Supplies in Tackle Boxes

I use fishing tackle boxes from Walmart or Kmart to store craft supplies or sewing notions like threads, buttons, needles, beads, etc. I also use one box for kids art supplies like crayons, pencils, markers, erasers, etc. They have adjustable plastic dividers that can be fixed to the size of the item you need to store. I store my earrings and jewelery in one and makeup accessories in another. These boxes have handles to carry them around easily and also stack well for easy storage.

By Rayma from Edison, NJ

Tip: Use Over The Door Organizers For Crafts

Use Over The Door Organizers For CraftsKeep your craft room organized with this over-the-door hanger made for shoes. It's perfect for keeping sharp things up high away from small hands. It also separates items nicely, and this one is clear so I can easily see where my items are located. It also saves a lot of space and is a less expensive version than a piece of furniture.

By Ci Ci from Yakima, WA

Tip: Craft Box For Kids

I took a fishing tackle box (discarded by dad) and turned it into a craft box for my boys. I put in crayons, colored pencils, tape, glue, regular pencils. and some glitter, etc. Now when the boys want to be creative they can go get the craft box and have fun.

By Reta

Tip: Organizing Craft Supplies

Craft supplies in pasteboard packing material.

You know those egg carton-type protectors that come with new items like paper shredders or small kitchen appliances? I had the idea that they could make great crafting supplies organizers. Because I can't seem to throw anything away, I pulled one out last week and my adhesives and tools slid right in. Fantastic!

Empty packing material.

By

Tip: Use Clip Boards for Craft Papers

To keep my craft papers handy, I use clipboards. I can also hang the clipboard on a pegboard with an S hook. Everything is right at my fingertips.

By Georgetta from Waterloo, IA

Tip: Store Jewelry Supplies in Tackle Box

Tackle box filled with jewelery suppliesI make handmade jewelry. Whenever I am doing a show, I will carry my tools, extra findings, and some beads with me. I found the perfect carryall. I use a fishing tackle box. I brought the large one to fit my needs. It also has removable walls inside to make the slots smaller or bigger. It is the perfect size for me to carry around.

By Georgetta from Waterloo, IA

Tip: Keep 6 Inch Paper at Desk for Measuring

I try to keep the clutter around my desk to a minimum, so I don't own a ruler. But, I do a lot of craft supply selling from there, so this helped me. I measured out a 6 inch piece of paper. I can see at a moment's notice how big fabric or granny squares are, fabric strips, jewelry, etc. This might work for you if you do the same.

By Poor But Proud from Sweet Home, OR

Tip: Organizing Craft Supplies With Recycled Containers

I have all sorts of tiny crafting materials (wiggle eyes, acrylic jewels, needles, beads, etc) and not a lot of space to store them, we live full time in our camper. I tried looking for storage boxes but the compartments were either too small or too large for most of the materials. Then I found some unique alternatives that were a perfect fit.

If you are as unfortunate as I am in the health arena and find yourself taking many medications, use your old medicine bottles to hold some materials.

If you suffer from diabetes and test your blood sugar using test strips that come in a vial (rather than a drum or disc), use the empty vials to hold crafting accessories.

Or, if you still use camera film, use the empty film cases to hold the supplies that boxes don't work for.

In the end, I also have the option of keeping them in different craft bags instead of trying to fit a larger box into a space and having to take the whole box out when I only need one type of supply at a time.

Tip: Plastic Drawer Organizers and Zip Lock Bags for Craft Storage

I don't have a sewing/craft room, however I do sew and craft a lot so I have one of those plastic drawer organizers and use plastic zip lock bags to organize my stuff. It works great, I can see what's in the bags easily.

By Mary from Conroe, TX

Tip: Creating Your Craft Room

Creating Your Craft RoomTips for creating a craft room from the ThriftyFun Community.

Creating Your Craft Room

All of us crafters would love to have a craft room. Some of us are lucky and we have an extra room we can use. Some of us don't and if you are anything like me, I bet your crafts are spread out. But just as a home office is important now a days so is a place for us to be able to relax and craft. Here is my tip.

Go to your local Salvage company and get yourself some big shutters or some old bi-fold doors. Get some big hinges to hinge them together. Paint the doors or shutters a color that will compliment your room. You now have a screen to section off your craft area. Now clean out that clutter corner.

Find a small table, the size depending on your space. Try to make it large enough for a comfy chair if you can. Crocheters and knitters will appreciate having a chair. Above your table install a few hanging cork bulletin boards. These are to hang directions on. If you have room, hang a magnetic tool holder or you can get a magnetic knife holder on the net. These will hold scissors, crochet hooks, beading tools, or any thing with a metal base.

Now find yourself 3 fruit boxes that are the same size. You can get these when the produce man re-stocks at the local grocery. You want the tops to the boxes. Put the top on the bottom of the box so that you have a double strength box. With double sided carpet tape, tape all three boxes together. Cover with Contact paper or Spray Paint. Make as many of these as you will need to store your supplies. These can be stacked or put under your table, they also could be used next to your chair for a handy table. Depending on wall space you could hang some shelves.

Now decorate your little space. Pictures can be hung on your screen as long as they are not too heavy. Throw a pillow in your chair and don't forget get a radio or boom box for some mood music. And if you have kids make a cute "Keep out" or "Only girls allowed" sign. Have fun. It's your space.

By Debra in Colorado

Your Space

In addition to a craft room, it could also be used to make a quiet space for reading or a cup of tea with a friend. A place without a TV, my own little living room. .

By Jayne

Empty Nest

I am just getting started re creating a craft room. I had one in the attic but now that my son is off to college, I have room downstairs. The attic is such a mess i can't do anything up there. Now I can create a craft room and organize at the same time.

By laughinggardener

My New Craft Room

I am in midst of doing my craft room... I bought some inexpensive shelves, put a pretty patterned valance on the window. I got an idea for a peg board to be able to put a lot of tools on that. The peg board is white and I was looking at the valance material and thought gee if I took painter's blue tape and sectioned it off into 5 or 6 areas I could mix up some paint colors to match the colours in the material to bring the room together. Wow what a difference. I Love It.

Also I got 3 baskets and nailed them to the wall in the corner at different levels with openings facing out. I store a lot of my material in them and they look as if they are decorations. I have a table, serger and sewing machine. I also love to stamp, make cards and quilt.

By JKL

Scapbooking and Painting

I'm just starting to get a room together. Somewhere that I can do my painting and scrapbooking. I've started by painting the room a sunny yellow color. I've got some slat wall board put up, this will be in 2 different areas of the room, 1 for painting and one for scrappin! There will be hooks on the wallboards for shelving, hanging everything on. I also have a leather love seat in there for when I just need a break and think of my next project. I'll also be painting my own creations on the walls for inspiration!

By K. Smith

Basement Craft Room

We just recently moved to a bigger house and I have a room all for myself in the basement. It's unfinished and I get to start from square one with the basics! Drywall and paint, carpet or linoleum, and there is even an egress window so it's like I'm on the main floor without the traffic! I'm so excited to get started... it'll be my first "craft" project since we moved in 7 weeks ago!

By Roberta

Cork Boards

Cork boards are great! I pin up zippers, appliques, bags of beads, fabric swatches, cut outs from magazines and sketches. Pinning them up makes them visible - I can see what I already have before I head to the store to buy more!

By hmhk

Feel free to post your ideas for a creating a craft foom below!

Tip: Storing Embellishments for Making Purses

I have really gotten into sewing purses in the last year or so. I use a lot of the Barbara Randle crazy quilting patterns. They call for a lot of embellishments. Just like having a fabric stash, I have a stash of various embellishments. Here are some storage ideas for these items.

I keep fancy yarns and the furry beaded trims in plastic stackable boxes or drawers. Any beaded fringe, I separate into the proper size zip lock bag and keep them in a plastic shoe box (that way they won't get tangled up with each other and can easily be seen). Once I have cut my strips of fabric for a purse, I place the strips in one of those plastic meat trays with the high sides so everything is in one location while I'm putting the purse together.

By Judy from Birmingham, Al

Tip: Keep a Craft Box Handy

If you're in the process of making a lot of crafts, keep a lidded storage box nearby to drop things in when you're finishing them or if you have to stop for some reason, then your things can just be covered and set aside with no fear of losing anything.

By Lisa T

Tip: Homemade Craft Basket

Picnic basket used to hold art supplies.

This is just a simple suggesstion for anyone who creates crafts or does art projects. Materials add up quickly and can get scattered about!

I bought an old picnic basket at a garage sale, added some wide Velcro to the top (on the inside-see photo ) and put all my supplies in it for easy transport to art classes I attend.

The Velcro on the top door of the basket holds some of my smaller brushes, but this idea could easily be used for crafters, woodcarvers, or even a children's rainy day creativity basket!

By

Tip: Spare Room for Hangers

Because I am a crafter, I am always needing hangers. Most of them I got when my tenants would leave behind stuff, and I scarfed them up like they were gold. My line of vest, still in the making, will soon fill most if not all of these.

But, even with a 6 by 6 foot walk in closet, my clothes take up one side and the vests half made take up the other. So, I got a $.97 curtain rod and nailed one side to the wall, hanging the other side on the shower rod. I now have hangers that are out of the way, and if they get a little wet, no worries.

You might want to try this if you are hanging up hand washed clothes, craft projects, or whatever you need a little more room for.

Hope this helps.

By Sandi from Salem, OR

Tip: Use Bird Stand for Craft Table

Craft table from bird stand.When sewing or crafting, use your bird stand for a roll-around table, to hold your supplies. You can easily wheel it around from place to place where you are working, without having to transfer all your supplies from one place to the other.

By one.of.a.kind from AL

Tip: Use Shot Glass to Store Glue

A shot glass is the perfect storage for craft or other glue bottles that are less than half full. Because of the width and depth of the shot glass, a glue bottle placed upside down will sit on the rim of the glass and the tip of the glue bottle will not touch the bottom of the glass. Therefore, when you need to use the glue, it will be at the top of the bottle and come out easily.

For projects needing several spots of glue, the bottle can even be placed back into the shot glass without replacing the lid. If a small amount of glue happens to drip into the glass, simply wash it out.

By Marie from West Dundee, IL

Tip: End Cap for Crochet Hook

Crochet hook with a cap on non-hook endI am moving soon, and taking a lot of craft supplies with me. I wanted all my hooks in this handy clear eyeglass case and this one wouldn't fit. I hacksawed it down to the right size, but didn't want my hook to snag on anything.

So, I rummaged around in the bathroom till I found the perfect cap for it, from a tube of lip gloss. Now they are all together and organized!

This was a super help to me. I hope it can help you crafters out there, too.

Source: Necessity is the mamma of invention. I refused to give up the case where everything fit perfect!

By Poor But Proud from Salem, OR

Tip: Leftover Sewing and Knitting Supplies

Put loose pins and needles in washed pill bottles or mint containers.

Roll leftover yarn on paper-towel rolls.

By Anne A. from Fernley, NV

Tip: Film Containers for Needles

I use the containers from 35mm film to store my yarn needles in. That way they are handy and I don't lose them anymore.

By Gretchen from Decatur, IN

Tip: Use Plastic Bedding Bags For Craft Supplies

The plastic zipper bags that bedding comes in are wonderful in the craft room!
I have filled a couple of these already just from junk mail papers I have gone through, sorted, and trimmed of text. I have an awesome collection of paper all neatly tucked away and can be stacked :) Ya never know.

Tip: Keep Craft Supplies In Individual Ziplock Bags Or Totes

Busy moms, this is a dream come true. I am a teacher and also a mother of a 5 year old who loves crafting. As I am a crafter as well, I am always looking for fun, fast, easy ways for us to do a craft or my students to do a craft without spending so much time setting up and cleaning up and having more time for fun. It hit me in my class one day to put all the materials needed, right down to the glue and scissors in individual bags that are labeled and ready to go at a moment's notice. Each bag includes paper towels for messes and paper plates to work on and to let the craft dry on as well. If you are gathering the materials anyway, it is just one more step to stuff them into Ziplocs.

I even do it at home now so when my daughter and her friends want to make a craft. I can pull out some baggies and away they go with little or no help from me. I love it too for my crafts. I put mine in totes because they are larger but I can grab a tote and craft away.

Yes, you do end up buying multiples of things like scissors and glue but who can't use more of those? I get mine at the dollar store so it doesn't break the bank and re-use any left-overs for another craft bag. I have even started giving them as gifts and other moms love them!

By Stacy from VA

Tip: Organizing Needles and Small Scissors

Use a small piece of styrofoam to keep your needles and small scissors in.

By lpurvis

Tip: Storing Large Quilting Pattern Pieces

Paper Towel Tubes

To store larger pattern pieces for appliqué, I just roll them up and put them in a empty paper towel cardboard tube. I store them in a box large enough that if the pattern is longer than the tube it won't bend or tear. I usually just use a shirt box, just mark the outside, especially if you have a lot of projects going on a one time.

By Karen

Artist Portfolio

I store all my large quilting patterns and stencils in an artist portfolio. It has sturdy handles and works well for flat storage with the two sides and zippered closings.

By Jill

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Questions

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Question: Organizing Crafts Inexpensively

I am looking for inexpensive or very cheap ways to store my yarns and paper craft items. I really want to get things organized by colour and theme, but I am stumped as to how to get it done without blowing my budget. Any ideas?

By Carol


Most Recent Answer

By Zillasisboom06/02/2012

I'm working on organizing my studio now, myself, so I completely understand the need to keep costs down. "Studio" is code for the room overstuffed with all of the "junk" that I have collected for all of the projects for the creative days that come, but I fear I will never have the time.

I use manila folders for similar scrapbook papers and paste a swatch on the tab for easy recognition. My small items like beads and buttons or ribbon and string scraps I store in small glass fishbowl type jars that I can easily stack as a lid for each one below.

The small plastic containers mentioned by another poster come in all kinds of types and colors if you want use color coding are now available for a dollar at the everything for just a buck type stores. Those stores have been a life saver for me when it comes to small storage and other items when it's not going to be subjected to everyday wear and tear. I've even used the space bags for larger pieces of material and yarn that I don't plan to use for a while.

Hanging shoe bags with the small, flatter type pockets work well for scissors and tools. Any instructions, examples, designs, or ideas that I have collected or scribbled myself, I put in a binder with plastic protectors until something becomes higher priority, at which time I scan it. When it is saved to my computer, I index it under any information that I can think of so that I can find it later when I kinda know what I'm looking for, but not completely.

I hope my seemingly endless dribble helps. I have more ideas than I have energy or time, so organization is very important. Almost any crafting magazine, no matter what type of craft it is about, will offer ideas on their website if you signup for free on-line newsletters and forums without a subscription.

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Organizing Beads and Buttons

I love the texture and color of beads and buttons. Until recently, each attempt to organize them usefully failed. I found a shelf at a yard sale and washed small bottles until all of my beads and buttons can be seen. Moving the bottles around helps me plan projects and I can enjoy my collection every day.

By Dutch

Organizing Beads and Buttons

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Archive: Organizing Craft Supplies With Recycled Containers

The best way that I have found to organize craft items is to reuse things I already have. Why bother going to the craft store and buying expensive containers when you may have something similar at home? Glass jars from store bought sauces or baby food hold a multitude of odds and ends, an old spice carousal works great for beads and buttons, and clean empty childproof pill bottles are great for keeping young kids away from needles and other small items. Crystal Light canisters, coffee cans, oatmeal containers, and ice cream buckets are all great containers with lids that keep craft items neat and out of sight. All of these items can even look pretty set out on a craft table with the addition of some paint or decorative paper to cover up any store labels.

By Tracey from Duluth, MN


RE: Organizing Craft Supplies With Recycled Containers

I agree that it's a good idea to reuse items we have around the house for craft storage or any kind of storage for that matter. I try to do that as much as I can. (06/04/2007)

By Debbie52

RE: Organizing Craft Supplies With Recycled Containers

Gals, Here's an idea you might consider using.WalMart has it's meats in deep plastic containers. I save them to put all of my items for a single project in,so nothing gets lost, Everything is together!! Judy from Alabama (06/04/2007)

By bjptl

RE: Organizing Craft Supplies With Recycled Containers

Amen.

I like the plastic containers for Gerber baby food. they are see-through, stackable, with snap-on lids that don't come off. I use them for stones, beads, bobbins, buttons, and straight pins. They are good for paint cups, too.

If you don't have a baby, remember these are just-right-sized portions of pureed veggies and fruits. Anyone can enjoy them with a meal or as a snack. Since I am a diabetic, I like the convenience, labeling and ready-to-go features.

I use the large-sized bottles of Ocean Spray Lite Cranberry Juice with handles to store dog kibble and Cascade dishwashing detergent. This way, they are easy to pour and waterproof. In fact, for everyday use of Cascade, I use a smaller recycled plastic container with a small pour spout, since it is easier to hold and pouring is more exact.

The Renizit Super Odor Neutralizer pump spray bottle is good for isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, bleach and plain water. I print up labels on my computer using the Word label program.

I use the Pringles' containers for scissors, paint brushes, tools (I am tool junkie), and anything tall or long.

If you can't figure out how to make these containers attractive or look like a matched set, please don't call yourself a crafter. hahahahaha (06/04/2007)

By the Oracle

Archive: Store Craft Supplies In Tackle Boxes

Foldout fishing tackle boxes make great storage boxes for craft supplies and projects. You don't have to search for paint brushes or other items, and you can easily transport your supplies.

Source: My own idea

By Momof1 from Wilkesboro, NC


RE: Store Craft Supplies In Tackle Boxes

Also great for storing grooming equipment! I bought things I'd need to groom my dogs myself and found a large tackle box the perfect storage container. It is waterproof so leaving it in my breezeway, I don't have to worry about rusting. Easy to grab and take to friend's homes to groom their dogs! (01/22/2008)

By JoanDogs

RE: Store Craft Supplies In Tackle Boxes

I use tackle boxes for my earrings and necklaces. (01/22/2008)

By Angela

RE: Store Craft Supplies In Tackle Boxes

When I went to Jewelry-Goldsmith Technical College, we'd use Tackle boxes to store our jewelry making supplies like tiny drill bits, files and soldering equipment in. The whole class would bungie 2 or 3 tackle boxes on top of each other on to a luggage roller. This way we could just roll the heavy supplies behind us! A great way to bring your supplies to class! * Tackle boxes come in all sizes, shapes and; price ranges. Some have big drawers, and some have little tiny drawers. Be sure to measure your supplies before buying one, OR you can buy 2 different styles, to be sure all your stuff will fit! I do handpainted custom wall murals, so my favorite tool box is made (by Rubbermaid?) with plastic and it's about waist high, It has wheels on the bottom. I bought it on sale at Fred Meyer for 50% off for only $20 or so. (It was in the plastic garbage pail area in the very back of the store) This super-tall plastic tool box has a large bin at the bottom for my many paints, and in the middle 3 drawers that slide out where I keep my example books and grid paper. On the top, there's a bin for my paint brushes and other supplies. I think this was originally made for mechanic's tools but it suits me fine. I just roll it up to my clients home, lay out the drop cloths and paint away! (01/22/2008)

By Cyinda

Archive: Organizing Craft Supplies In A Small Space

I keep all my sewing and crafting supplies in candy tins which people give me. Sometimes I find them at garage sales for 50 cents or less.

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