Editor’s Note: I am blessed now to have an entire room to store my supplies and get my craft on (even though it meant sacrificing a bedroom). But, I know first-hand what it was like before…trying to stash supplies all over the house and struggling to remember where I put something when I needed it in the middle of a craft. Megan, from Rappsody in Rooms, is back with 10 clever ways to store your craft supplies in plain sight.
Are you stocked up with craft supplies and ready for crafting? If you followed my 38 Basic Craft Supplies You Must Have In Your Arsenal checklist, your home should be teeming with a pile of wonderful craft supplies just begging for you to get started.
But, there is nothing worse than clutter ruining your crafting endeavors!
If you have paint bottles lining your desk, ribbon overflowing your drawers, and glitter threatening to claim your home, it’s time to get organized.
Does the idea of organizing seem daunting? Think you don’t have the space? Or overcome with sticker shock at the pricey organizing supplies you see everywhere?
Don’t worry, I’m going to walk you through how to carve out creative craft storage solutions in your house that are beautiful, functional, and budget-friendly.
Look for Storage Right Under Your Nose
1. Double Duty Storage
I believe this antique box is an old tool box, but I use it as a side table with hidden storage. It is beautiful when closed and has tons of concealed storage space inside. Look for items that play double duty… pretty and functional.
2. Crate It Up
Crates are a great for storage, but they are also stylish (and customizable too). I like to use an antique crate to store DIY magazines, scrap books, and a blanket within easy reach. The crate keeps everything contained, but also adds interest and texture to my space.
3. Repurpose the China Cabinet
It’s not just for china anymore! Using and displaying formal China is on the way out, but that doesn’t mean China cabinets have lost their usefulness. I use mine as craft storage central. With all the drawers and cabinets, it is useful at hiding away a ton of craft supplies.
4. Use Those Old Suitcases
You’ve probably passed by those old, non-rolling suitcases at thrift stores a million times. It’s time to stop and take a closer look at them! They provide great storage and are fun to update. My husband found this one and covered it with stickers of places we’ve been. We keep it on display for the memories, but it hides a lot of supplies inside!
Repurpose Kitchen Storage
5. Save Those Tins
Stop before you toss that used up tin into the recycling bin. Try and think of ways to upcycle items before you throw the away. Coffee tins make for a sturdy storage container. Paint or paper old tins to dress them up. I store my ribbon in this tin.
Popcorn tins, sold primarily over the holidays, are big on storage space. Spray paint them, add a vinyl label, and you’re ready to store! This tin provides a great space for my paints (and protects against fumes and spills).
6. Reinvent Your Shoe Boxes
Not just for shoes anymore! Save the pretty ones as is and recover the ugly ones with decorative paper. Adding a label to the outside will help you remember what is in each box.
7. Transform Cereal Boxes into Magazine or Paper Holders
Yes, even cereal boxes can be upcycled. Just cut off a corner at an angle, cover with paper, and you have a storage container. Use them to store magazines, craft paper, and printer paper. The options are endless!
Keep Pretty Supplies on Display
8. Scour the Thrift Store for Cute Storage
Use thrifted items in new ways to display items like office supplies. Take a second look at all those little knick-knacks you pass by in thrift stores. They can provide beautiful storage in plain sight. Use small decorative boxes to hold pens or business cards. Use a tiered tray to display your dainty, colorful office supplies.
9. Everything Looks Better on a Tray
Trays make everything look better, while corralling clutter-prone items and making them look important. HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, or Target are great sources for inexpensive decorative trays. Also try using inexpensive acrylic frames as a tray, like I did above.
10. Cute as a Bucket
Use metal bins (check the dollar store), small buckets, or utensil holders to keep out items you reach for a lot. This open storage allows easy access, but still looks cute and organized.
Scared you might forget where items are stashed?
- Always group like items together.
- Label, label, label!
- If you still feel like you will have to go on a treasure hunt every time you need a craft supply, make a diagram of where everything in is stored.
If you are lucky enough to have an entire room devoted to your crafting, make sure to check out Jackie’s studio makeover and how she organized everything!
Megan is always looking for new ways to use old items or to upcycle something destined for the trash. To learn more about Megan and her craftiness, make sure to hop on over to Rappsody in Rooms to see her latest craft and home projects.