Organizing Craft Supplies With Recycled Containers

Recycled Fruit Container for Craft Supplies - clear plastic container filled with craft supplies
Avid crafters are always in need of containers for their supplies. This can be expensive unless you get creative and begin identifying recycle containers that can be kept for storing them. This is a page about organizing craft supplies with recycled containers.

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June 20, 2018

I love mushrooms. But almost the best thing about them are how versatile their containers are. Durable and cute, they make a chaotic kitchen, office, or craft room much better.Several mushroom tubs on a wall containing different craft supplies.


I used them tonight for putting some things I have on limited counter/work table space, up off the surfaces. All you need is the tubs, binder clips, and pushpins.

Put the pins where you want, hang the clip on the tub, putting the front tab down if you want. Then simply hang and fill them. I can vary where they go, depending on my needs for the project.

You can put them all in a row close down and stack them and put them away if the project is big and you go onto the next one.


A stack of blue plastic mushroom tubs.
A mushroom tub on a wall being held up with a binder clip and a pushpin,
Several mushroom tubs on a wall being held up with a binder clip and a pushpin,
Several mushroom tubs on a wall containing different craft supplies.
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January 8, 2008

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.

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March 2, 2017

When I was done with this fruit basket container, I knew I had to re-use it. We can't recycle plastics right now in our county, so it would end up in the landfill.


I hate that. So, I cleaned and dried it, and filled it with craft supplies.

Recycled Fruit Container for Craft Supplies - clear plastic container filled with craft supplies

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May 17, 2010

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

A craft organizer from a muffin tin and baby food jars, holding supplies.

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February 12, 2014

Gerber baby food containers make perfect storage containers. I use them for my beads, findings, buttons, etc.


The lids do snap shut making spillage less possible and they are clear enough that you can see through them.

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November 28, 2017

I recently moved. All in all, I didn't lose much but for the things I did, I made this. Gather all the broken things: cups, earrings and magnets that need their backings, little odds and ends that are worth saving but you don't have time for.

A collection of broken items to be fixed or upcycled.

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January 8, 2008

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


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 Debbie Dzurilla

Organizing Craft Supplies With Recycled Containers

Gals, Here's an idea you might consider using.WalMart has its 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 Judy

Organizing Craft Supplies With Recycled Containers


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 Carrie

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