Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Flamingos

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Flamingos Divine Finds
Check out more unique storage ideas for your craft room or art studio!

This post is part of an ongoing series about using unique items to organize and store your crafting supplies and tools.

Not only do these items provide storage, but they add character – and often a bit of history and/or whimsy – to a craft room or art studio.

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds

The following images are shots of items spotted at a shop specializing in vintage items, a shop called Flamingos Divine Finds (photo above).

I ran across this shop while staying in the Corcoran neighborhood in the Twin Cities (that’s Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota, for those who might be wondering).

I found so many items I love in this little shop (a shop that’s only open five days a month) and most items were very reasonable priced – gotta love that!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos - Metal Tackle Box (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Metal Tackle Box

Now, a few treasures did make their way back to my rental with me: a metal book rack, which was already given as a gift; a metal tackle box (pictured above), which I’ll use for art supplies; a vintage hatbox, which will be shipped to a certain birthday girl; and, an unused vintage scrapbook, something I shared on Instagram today and that I can’t wait to add to my growing collection!

As I told the shopkeeper as he rang up my purchase, if I lived in the Twin Cities, I would have brought my truck to the shop and filled it up – yup, their stuff was that cool!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - The Backyard (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – The Backyard Collection

Of course, many of the items shown below are unique to this shop (check out the cool stove above!).

But, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find the same types of items, or similar items, where you live.

So, let’s take a look at what I saw, and chat about how each item could be used (and maybe altered).

Again, the idea behind sharing unique storage items is to give you ideas about how you can use them in your space.


Please Note: Because the prices for these types of items can vary greatly from city to city, store to store or garage sale to garage sale, I have not included the prices of each in my description of them, but you can see the price tag on most of the items if you click on the image for a zoomed-in look. This will give you some idea of what to expect in terms of cost (again, most were very reasonably priced!).

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Train Case (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Train Case

Option One: A Vintage Train (Cosmetic) Case

This was one of the first items I spotted as I entered the store and I just fell in love with it!

I have always loved train | cosmetic cases and this one is in very good shape.

The stitching around the edges is awesome!

This would make a great case for storing sewing notions, fat squares, 6″ x 6″ paper pads or large papercutting dies,or perhaps all your stamping supplies.

It’d also be ideal as a storage case for on-the-go art journaling or mixed media supplies, don’t ya think?

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Divided Wooden Box (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Divided Wooden Box

Option Two: Divided Wooden Box

Now before we get to the wooden box in the photo above, I have to call your attention to the old camera and pair of skates hanging next to it.

It took great restraint for me to not buy them both – I love these!

O.K., on to the box…

This divided box would be perfect for storing small stamps and stamp sets, small metal papercutting dies, and journaling cards for Project Life® and other pocket scrapbooking endeavors.

It’d also be great for storing tubes of beads and findings for jewelry-making, and small stamp pads for stamping and cardmaking.

This is a great solution if you need your supplies out in the open where you can see them, and could also be great for dividing up a deep drawer.

What would you use it for?

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Tiered Tray Table (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Tiered Tray Table

Option Three: Tiered Tray Table

This table is perfect for the corner of a work area.

I’d use it to store my paints, jars of embossing powder and Stickle’s so they’re right at hand when I need them.

You could also stand wooden stamps on the two tiers, making a small collection visible (imagine how much more use your wooden stamps would get if they were on display!).

Add some small baskets to the two trays and you can store most any small crafting supply!

What other craft supplies can you envision being stored on a unit like this?

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Condiment Carousel (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Condiment Carousel

Option Four: Condiment Carousel

If you’re a Mad Men fan, then this little gem has likely made your heart skip a beat!

This mid-century condiment carousel is so indicative of that era and would make a great addition to any home or craft space.

I’m still seriously considering going back to get this (hopefully it hasn’t been snapped up already!).

How fun would it be to store loose buttons or embellishments, or filled bobbins, in the glasses?!

This metal and glass carousel would also easily hold collections of pens. markers, art pencils and other writing implements, as well as adhesive runners, sewing notions or small tools.

Fill the glasses with jewelry-making tools, findings or beads and you might be amazed at how quickly you can put together great pieces of jewelry, since everything would be right at hand!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Spice Rack (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Spice Rack

Option Five: Spice Rack

This old-school spice rack will hold a lot of jars, jars that are perfect for storing small papercrafting embellishments (such as buttons and brads), sewing notions (pins and needles, etc.), and beads and jewelry findings.

Or use the rack to store your favorite paints or adhesives right above your work area – quick access means more use and faster creating.

Don’t like the color? A quick spray of paint and it’s got a whole new look!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Sugar Shaker (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Sugar Shaker

Option Six: Sugar Shaker

These are perfect for storing twine – just drop in a spool and thread the end through the opening in the metal top and you can quickly and easily unravel and cut just what you need for your project.

Got a bunch of lengths of ribbon, like most every crafter I know?

Store them in this type of jar by color, type or manufacturer  – they’ll dress up your creative space and make it easy to see whatcha got!

BTW: I’ve seen these for sale at places like HomeGoods | TJ Maxx | Marshall’s for only $1.99 each!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Record Box (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Record Box

Option Seven: Record Box

You had me at hello! I just love this box (and its twin)!

Because this box is made to hold record albums (you remember those, right?), it’s also perfect for storing (true) 12″ x 12″ paper and cardstock.

And again, a quick coat of paint and these could look great with any decor!

 

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Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Glass Frog

Option Eight: Glass Frog

O.k., for those who may not know what a “frog” is, this type of frog is used for flower arranging.

It’s placed in the bottom of a vase or other vessel to hold the flower or plant stems in place.

This particular frog was made of white glass, similar to milk glass, and I immediately thought of using this for keeping my favorite art markers handy on my work area, where I can quickly grab them while creating.

It could also be used for short paint brushes or crochet hooks.

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Cassette Tape Carousel (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Cassette Tape Carousel

Option Nine: Cassette Tape Carousel

OK, this should bring back lots of memories for the over-40 crowd!

This rotating storage unit is made for storing cassette tapes, something some of you may not have ever listened to, but I sure did.

In fact, I had quite a collection!

Because the size and shape of cassette tape boxes is very similar to that of many popular brands of standard-sized ink pads, this could be a great solution for storing your stamp pads.

A quick twist of the carousel and you can see and access a whole collection of inks in seconds!

 

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Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds –  But Wait, There’s More! – Downstairs Access

But wait, there’s more!

I made my way downstairs in Flamingos Divine Finds and was NOT disappointed!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Lucite Tower (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Lucite Tower

Option Ten: Lucite Tower

Can’t you just see your crochet hooks, knitting needles, paint brushes or art markers hanging out in this little baby?

I sure can!

If I didn’t already have a storage solution for my art markers, this would have come home with me today.

I love that it’s clear, making it easy to quickly see where each item is stored.

I love storage solutions that make searching for items quick and easy – you too?

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Metal File Drawers (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Metal File Drawers

Option Eleven: Metal File Drawers

I have such a soft spot in my heart for this type of drawer unit – don’t ask me why, I just do!

I recently purchased a larger drawer unit and it will become a home for my small journaling stamp sets.

How do you envision using drawers like this?

Perhaps for Project Life® journaling cards, journaling or project ideas written on index cards, or small stamp sets or metal dies?

You can easily find these cabinets in larger sizes and they’d be great for storing patterns for sewing, embroidery or cross-stitch or other needle arts.

Once again, a quick coat of paint and you can give them a whole new look.

Or, decoupage them with fun images – personalizing them is half the fun!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Wooden Corner Shelf (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Wooden Corner Shelf

Option Twelve: Wooden Corner Shelf

Got some extra space in a corner of your craft room or studio?

This type of storage unit is ideal!

Small bottles of paint, embossing powder or other mediums would easily fit on the shelves, as would small glass jars holding ribbons, embellishments or jewelry-making supplies.

Leave the wood as is for a warm, natural look, or paint it to match any decor (and repaint it whenever the mood strikes you!).

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Plastic Snack Trays (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Plastic Snack Trays

Option Thirteen: Plastic Snack Trays

I fell in love with these the moment I spotted them!

How fun would it be to use trays like these for storing embellishments or notions – lay them in shallow drawers and pull them out when you need to search for just the right embellishment.

Assign one tray to each color (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and Pink) and mix all the different types of embellishments in that color together in its tray to make quick work of decorating your projects.

These trays, or trays like them, would also work well for storing beads, spools of thread, or small rubber stamps or ink pads, and a whole host of other items that work well in open storage solutions.

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Milkglass Collection (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Milk Glass

 

Option Fourteen: Milk Glass

I know several crafters who collect vessels like these and use them for storing their craft supplies.

Whether you’re into this white Milk Glass or prefer a color like Jadeite, using your collection to store your craft supplies is a fun way to accomplish two things at once – displaying your collection and keeping your supplies organized.

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Cash Register Tray (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Cash Register Tray

Option Fifteen: Cash Register Tray

This well-worn cash register tray may have served its usefulness as a repository for cash, but it still has great potential for dividing a drawer and keeping small supplies corralled.

This one in particular could use a good scrubbing and a coat of paint!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Spinning Tray Unit (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Spinning Tray Unit

Option Sixteen: Spinning Tray Unit

The trays in this unit lift out making it easy to grab the supplies you need and take them to where you’re working.

O.K., are you ready for a unique way to use trays like these, particularly trays that have seen better days?

Use them as paint palettes!

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Printers Tray (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Printers Tray

Option Eighteen: Printers Tray

These trays get me every time!

And this one is in great shape and only $20 (which is a great deal)!

These trays offer several usage possibilities: use them to show off favorite collectibles or photos; lay them flat under a piece of glass and fill them with small embellishments before adding a glass topper and making them into a work surfaces; or, hang them on the wall and display your favorite small rubber stamps in the cubbies.

I’m sure you can think of other uses as well.

 

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Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Cigar Boxes

Option Nineteen: Cigar Boxes

Cigar boxes can serve many purposes and are great used individually or as a collection.

Leave them as-is or cover them with paper, fabric, paint or decoupaged ephemera, then store your favorite crafting supplies inside.

Because they’re lightweight, yet sturdy, they make great portable storage too!

I can envision using them for spools of thread or bobbins, embroidery thread, containers of beads, etc.

Just be aware that the odor from the cigars these boxes once contained may linger for a bit – stuffing wadded up newspaper in them for a day or two could help get rid of the smell if you don’t like the odor.

How would you use a cigar box for storage?

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Relish Tray (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Relish Tray

Option Nineteen: Relish Tray

This relish tray is just one of many I’ve spotted at vintage and antique shops and events and I always gravitate toward them.

But because I don’t have much horizontal space, and I like to reserve it for the act of creating, I have always passed on buying any of these glass trays.

However, the more I think about it, the more I realize these are a great solution for the insides of drawers.

The design of this one makes it a good solution for keeping your favorite writing implements stashed – others, with more individual compartments, could be used to sort a variety of small supplies for numerous crafty endeavors.


And our final vintage find…

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Vintage Shopping Baskets (image)
Craftroom Storage: Unique Items – Flamingos Divine Finds – Vintage Shopping Baskets

Option Twenty: Vintage Shopping Baskets

These shopping baskets transported me right back to the days when I went with my Mom to the local five-and-dime for pieces of fabric.

Yes, at one time, the local “dime stores” sold fabric!

The fabric was relatively inexpensive and my Mom did wonders with it, including making most everything I wore as a young kid.

The shopping baskets that were used then were just like these and I have long wanted to find one of these for storing my yarn during the months when I spend my evenings crocheting.

These would also be ideal for storing small pads of patterned paper, in-process projects of most any type, fabric pieces, and crafting books and magazines.

Want to take your crafting with you on a road trip or just into another room? These would work great!

 

Well, that’s it for another round of unique storage items.

We’d love to hear your thoughts,
and take a look at YOUR unique storage items.

Please share your thoughts and links in the comments below.


Thanks for joining us today, and don’t forget, we’re looking for you to share your thoughts about what we post here at Craft Storage Ideas.

Simply leave us a comment on this post or on our previous post titled, “Craft Storage Ideas: We Want To Hear From You!“, or send us an email – we look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Organizing,
Steph & The CSI Team

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Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby
Check out these unique ideas for your craft room!

How many of you are looking for something “unique” for your craft room or art studio?

A single item to add some character or to inspire the “theme” of your creative space?

Or, maybe a collection of items to create a fresh look and feel for your space?

Well, we might have found what you’re looking for!


We’re sharing some non-traditional storage solutions to get your organizing mojo flowing.

These were spotted at my local Hobby Lobby and I just had to share them.

Why?

Because they have character and each is a great solution for storing specific types of crafting supplies…and they’re on sale!


Now I know there’ll be at least a few of you who don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, or who may not be able to find these exact units at your local store.

No worries!

The idea behind sharing these is to give you ideas about how you can use unique storage items and furnishings that are not specific to craftroom and/or crafting supply organization.

Along with each item I’ve shared my thoughts on what would best fit in that type of organizational unit, as well as characteristics of the unit so you can look for these same qualities in products and furnishings you might come across where you live (and bargain hunt!).


Let’s take a look at each option and chat about how it could be used…

Option One: A Shabby Chic Drawer Unit

Craftroom Organization: Unique Options - Shabby Chic Drawer Unit (image)
Craftroom Organization: Unique Options – Shabby Chic Drawer Unit

This unit is ideal for storing the small stuff – papercrafting embellishments and adhesives, sewing and quilting notions, etc.

I have a similar unit in my craft room (mine is more narrow and taller and black) and I love it!

I use mine for storing small office supplies (in the top row), jewelry findings and metal items (in the middle rows), and small zip-top baggies, etc. in the lower rows.

It’s easy to label the outsides of the drawers so you know what’s inside them, and by removing supplies from their packaging and placing them in small baggies, you can fit a lot in each drawer.

Again, I love this type of drawer unit!


Option Two: A Vintage-Style Drawer Unit

Craftroom Organization: Unique Options - Vintage Style Drawer Cabinet (image)
Craftroom Organization: Unique Options – Vintage Style Drawer Cabinet

This unit provides storage for a variety of different items.

My first thought was to use this as a die-cutting station. Any of the popular machines will fit on the top, with supplies stored below.

Add some hooks to the side and you can easily hang your cutting mats so they don’t get bent and are at-hand when needed.

Into quilting or sewing?

The drawers are perfect for smaller pieces of fabric (like fat quarters).

This could also be used for storing needle arts supplies (well, that is, if you don’t have a huge stash like some of us!).

Of course you can change up the look of this type of unit with a coat of paint and label the drawers with simple hang-tags.


Option Three: A Wooden & Metal Drawer Unit

Craftroom Organization: Unique Options - Wooden & Metal Drawer Unit (image)
Craftroom Organization: Unique Options – Wooden & Metal Drawer Unit

The great thing about this unit is that it’s small enough to be placed on a work surface and it still holds a lot.

I can see the drawers being used for a variety of crafting supplies: paints and short brushes; mediums for mixed media projects; embellishments, art markers or small stamp sets for papercrafting; etc.


Option Four: A Decorative Desktop Drawer Unit

Craftroom Organization: Unique Options - Decorative Desktop Drawer Unit (image)
Craftroom Organization: Unique Options – Decorative Desktop Drawer Unit

I would love to have a unit like this one for storing small adhesives and/or various small-sized liquid mediums.

It would also be ideal for sewing notions or even scrap papers (sorted by color, ROYGBP).

Just by changing out the drawer front decor you can easily indicate what’s inside – color-coding the drawers is a great way to quickly know what’s inside them!


Option Five: A Wooden Cubby Unit

Craftroom Organization: Unique Options - Wooden Cubbie Unit (image)
Craftroom Organization: Unique Options – Wooden Cubby Unit

This unit could be perfect for storing Project Life® journaling cards, as well as small stamp sets or dies.

Depending on the inside finish, this could also be useful for fabric scraps.

What do you think – how would use a unit like this one?


Option Six: A Large Metal & Wooden Rack

Craftroom Organization: Unique Options - Large Metal & Wooden Rack (image)
Craftroom Organization: Unique Options – Large Metal & Wooden Rack

This large rack is ideal for storing skeins of yarn or fiber or for folded fabrics, and would make a great home for mixed media supplies.

Add smaller storage units (like divided trays or individual containers) and you could make it work for most any type of crafting supply (think about those projects that require a lot of supplies and for which you’d like to keep all the supplies together for easy access and increased productivity).

A little too “dark” for your space?

A quick spray of paint and you can quickly and easily change the look of this unit.


Option Seven: A Narrow Metal Drawer Unit w/Numbered Drawers

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Craftroom Organization: Unique Options – Narrow Metal Drawer Unit with Numbered Drawers

I always fall in love with drawer units that are numbered.

Yes, I know I could number any drawer unit, but there’s something about those that are made that way that makes my left-brain-driven, organized self smile from ear to ear!

I know I can’t be the only one, right?

I would love to have a unit like this for a narrow space in my craft room that’s going unused.

It would be perfect for holding my journaling stamp sets and all my planner supplies (pens, sticky-notes, etc.).

Of course you could also use it to house your art pens and pencils by type or color or manufacturer.


Option Eight: A Wide Metal Drawer Unit w/Numbered Drawers

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Craftroom Organization: Unique Options – Wide Metal Drawer Unit with Numbered Drawers

Oh be still my heart! It was everything I could do to keep from taking this gem home with me!

I love this unit – the colors, the numbers, the “peakability” of the drawers.

I love that you can keep things neatly tucked away, but easily see what’s inside each drawer without having to pull it out.

Looking for something specific in your large collection?

These drawers are removable, making it easy to grab them and lay them on your work surface while you locate just the right supply.

And, you can easily take one or two along to a crop or other crafting event – just place them in your tote bag!

I can imagine this filled with embossing folders and my smaller dies, with my Cuttlebug stationed on top – great embossing and die-cutting station option!

What do you think – is this something that makes your organizing heart skip a beat?


Option Nine: A Wooden Caddy

Craftroom Organization: Unique Options - Wooden Caddy (image)
Craftroom Organization: Unique Options – Wooden Caddy

OK, this is another unit I had to tell myself to leave behind even though I REALLY wanted it!

I can see the openings filled with Mason (or re-purposed spaghetti sauce) jars and a variety of supplies (paint brushes, palette knives, tools, pens, pencils and markers, or knitting needles and crochet hooks), can’t you?

If you had this, would you leave it as is, or paint it? And, how would you use it?

We’d love to hear your ideas!


And a BONUS craft storage item from HomeGoods

Option Ten: Colored Glass Jars (w/Hole-Filled Lids)

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Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Items – Colored Glass Jars w/Hole-Filled Lids

I so wish you could see these in person – this picture does NOT do these justice.

The glass color is simply gorgeous and the rustic metal would make any lover of all things vintagey swoon.

And the best part?

They were less than $8 each!

These would be perfect for knitting needles, tall crochet hooks, thin paint brushes or your favorite pens or pencils.

Well, that’s it for this round of unique storage items.

We’d love to hear your thoughts,
and take a look at YOUR unique storage items.

Please share your thoughts and links in the comments below.


Thanks for joining us today, and don’t forget, we’re looking for you to share your thoughts about what we post here at Craft Storage Ideas.

Simply leave us a comment on this post or on our previous post titled, “Craft Storage Ideas: We Want To Hear From You!“, or send us an email – we look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Organizing,
Steph & The CSI Team

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Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Locker Love

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use – Locker Love
Craft storage inspiration is everywhere…even in schools!

Hello, fellow craft storage enthusiasts,

Once again it’s Hazel, all the way from sunny South Africa (SA) here with you today.

About a year ago I did a post for Craft Storage Ideas on Ali Edwards’ studio.

What I loved most about her room was this:

Craft Storage Ideas Post: Ali Edwards' Studio Lockers (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Post: Ali Edwards’ Studio Lockers

Craft Storage Ideas Post: Ali Edwards’ Studio

Lockers!

As both our “boys” are all grown up and “sorted,” we are seriously downsizing.

Even though we don’t need that much living space, I’m still a HUGE crafter and my husband is a DIY fanatic.

This means utilizing every possible space in a pretty and effective way.

Another important thing to me is to recycle, reuse and re-purpose.


Today I’m sharing re-purposed storage lockers with you.

Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and hop along through Pinterest and Blogland with me.


In this HomeTalk post on re-purposing lockers you can read all about the transformation of these old-school lockers:

Craft Storage Ideas: HomeTalk Shares How-To for Re-Purposing Storage Lockers (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: HomeTalk Shares How-To for Re-Purposing Storage Lockers

HomeTalk Post on Re-Purposing Lockers

Oh, I just LOVE red!!!

Craft Storage Ideas: Apartment Therapy Post on Using Lockers for Storage
Craft Storage Ideas: Apartment Therapy Post on Using Lockers for Storage

Apartment Therapy Post on Locker Storage Ideas

What about Blackboard Paint?

Storage and notice board all in one:

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture

The Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture

Be sure to check out ALL of the ideas they shared – Steph’s drooling over the library drawer cabinets!

Just look at this colorful set of lockers!

Craft Storage Ideas: Carrie Murtha's Idea for Re-Purposing Lockers (via Flickr) (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Carrie Murtha’s Idea for Re-Purposing Lockers (via Flickr)

Carrie Murtha’s Flickr Stream

Even if your junkyard-find has lost some of it’s doors through the years, or you don’t care for the doors, all is not lost:

Craft Storage Ideas: Jamie Scott (Caught in Grace Blog) Repainted Locker Share (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Jamie Scott (Caught in Grace Blog) Repainted Locker Share

Jamie Scott (Caught in Grace Blog) Repainted Locker Share

I love these stenciled numbers!

You will see that I’m going to use this idea!!

Craft Storage Ideas: Stylish Patina's Re-Purposed Lockers Ideas (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Stylish Patina’s Re-Purposed Lockers Ideas

Stylish Patina Re-Purposed Lockers Ideas

Even if your lockers have lost ALL of their doors, here’s an idea:

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture - Locker Idea #2 (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture – Locker Idea #2

The Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture – Locker Idea #2

And if you don’t have wall space to fit a whole set of lockers, a coffee table version can add extra storage:

Craft Storage Ideas: ArtspaceIndustrial (Etsy Seller) Re-Purposed Vintage Locker Coffee Table (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: ArtspaceIndustrial (Etsy Seller) Re-Purposed Vintage Locker Coffee Table

ArtspaceIndustrial (Etsy Seller) Re-Purposed Vintage Locker Coffee Table

That’s it from me.

I hope you enjoyed our locker-love appointment.

You are welcome to check my Instagram feed to see when my lockers are stuffed with all the fabric in my stash.

Until we meet again, have fun, store your stash and if you have ideas to share, use #craftstorageideasblog on Instagram / leave a comment – we’d love to see what you do!!

Hazel

Craft Storage Ideas: Hazel Hamman, Contributor (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Hazel Hamman, Contributor


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Craft Storage Round Up: Framelit and Spellbinder Storage

Hello crafters!  Kim here to share ideas for storing your Framelits, Nestabilities and Spellbinder dies.  I’ve been saving these ideas on a Pinterest board and I have actually tried 3 of them!  Don’t you just love all of the clever ideas that crafters share?  My favorite ideas always involve the storage ideas that also include a craft project!

By far the most pinned idea involved some kind of magnetic sheets or strips to hold the framelits in some way.  There are just so many creative variations on this idea!  Many people recommend magnetic vent covers or magnetic picture sheets that you can purchase for just a couple of dollars at your local pharmacy or hardware store.

The first idea comes from Jayne Stamps.  She uses magnetic sheets on the inside of her craft cabinet doors.  Personally, I drooled over this picture.  She has an entire cabinet devoted to her various dies.  Just looking at it makes me happy!

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I found several ideas using these binders with the clear sleeves.  This one uses magnetic sheets to hold the framelits in place inside the plastic sleeves.  This idea comes from Sharing What I Love with  Tami Chronowski.

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I’ve tried this one and I found the binder didn’t close that well after adding a few sets of framelits.  Many people use this successfully and it fits great on your shelf or craft table.

The next idea comes from Leigh O’Brien at Sunflower Studios.  She cleverly uses a magnetic white board with magnetic clips.  This is beautifully organized with tags to label the various sets.

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Another clever idea that will store easily is to use DVD cases or clear stamp cases sold by Stampin’ Up!  This idea was shared by Beth Crocker of Southern Inkerbelles.  She showed two ideas.  In one picture she shows how she stores the framelits in the case with the coordinating stamp set.  In the other, she shows how she stores them in their original envelope.  In both cases, I love how she uses her Designer Papers to make it prettier!  This is also a great way to use your leftover scraps of paper!

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You can see that she has a magnetic sheet behind the designer paper in both cases!

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Our own Amanda Corbet from Crafting Creations shared her scathingly brilliant idea (I love that description Amanda!) of using a frame that she painted, magnetic sheets and some pretty paper.   It looks like art and I bet it looks great in the room too.  If you are anything like me, you like to have things out where you can see them so that you remember that you have them…you will actually use them too!

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Finally, there are several box and drawer storage ideas that hold the framelits in the original envelope.  You can see that some people have created their own boxes while others use purchased boxes.  Adding labels and tabs makes it easier to find what you’re looking for as you thumb through the box of framelits.

I love this one with the handmade box shared by Sam Donald from Pootles.  She includes a video tutorial to show how she created them!  This is a fun idea.  When you need room to grow, you can just create another box as your stash grows.

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Karen from Still Young and Croppin’ shared this great file box storage idea.  She has several more pictures on her site with a wonderful description of the components that she used to create this system.  Don’t you love the labels?  You can so easily find what you’re looking for without pulling them all out!

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There are so many clever ideas, that it’s truly difficult to pick one!  You just have to find one that works with your space, your budget and your crafting style.

We would love to hear how you store your framelits, Spellbinders and Nestabilities!  Please leave a comment below and let us know what’s working for you!

Thank you for stopping by!

Craft Storage Ideas Kim Skinner

Quilling Strips Storage Round-Up

Hi, Jessica here!  I realize that today’s post might seem to be best suited for a very specific subset of crafters but I think the storage options can be applied to other craft supplies, especially bits of ribbon, twine, or thread!

If you don’t know what quilling is, it’s the art of rolling thin strips of paper into designs.  It is a STUNNING art form and I can easily get lost for hours searching Pinterest for quilling ideas.

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I enjoy experimenting with quilling and I’ve acquired quite a collection of paper strips.  Over the holiday weekend I started looking for ideas for storing my supplies and I found some fabulous options I’m going to share with you today!

Paper Zen has several great ideas for storing paper strips of various sizes, lengths, and shapes:

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Source - www.paperzen.blogspot.ca
Source – www.paperzen.blogspot.ca

Cheryl uses straight pins and a bulletin board to store her paper strips which makes it really easy to see all of the colors available to her!

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Source – www.cardsbycheryl.blogspot.com

Julie created a storage unit from a cereal box and uses it so store quilling strips that she cuts herself from recycled paper!

Source - http://icreatepurtythangs.blogspot.mx
Source – http://icreatepurtythangs.blogspot.mx

Sarah uses binder clips and plastic command hooks to store her strips on her wall!

Source - http://sarahs-crafty.blogspot.com.au
Source – http://sarahs-crafty.blogspot.com.au

Tracy stores her strips using t-pins and a decorative board.

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Source – www.tracycreates.com

And finally, Quilled Creations stores strips using binder rings and the result is beautiful but compact!

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www.quilledcreations.com

Again, if quilling isn’t your thing you could easily apply these organizational methods to ribbons or twine but, at the very least, I hope my post will inspire you to check out quilling!

Thanks for visiting!

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Punch Storage Roundup

Hello! It’s Amanda here today and I want to share with you some ideas for storing all your punches. There are so many different styles and fun patterns of punches out there and they are easy to use. But storing them is not always so easy. They tend to be heavy or bulky. So what’s a crafty gal to do? Well… here are some suggestions.
It’s a little hard to tell here, but this lucky stamper has her paper punches all stored in Stamp-N-Storage organizers at the back of her work station. If you want to take a closer look into this amazing stamp room you can check out Mary’s videos here.
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Deb from Deb’s Stamp Pad  shows how these handy Stamp-N-Storage organizers can be hung on the wall to free up some desk space and still keep those punches handy.
Terri at Nuts About Stamping shows that a plastic bin is great for tucking away the slim style punches.
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Or you can keep them in a drawer like this crafter.
Some Ikea rails make an appearance in this crafter’s space. These rails make great use of vertical space and help store any style of punch!
Here is another Ikea find in action. This handy letter tray is meant for use in the office, but it is really put to great use in this craft room!
This crafter uses some long Bygel rails from Ikea as well as a couple shelves to store her punch collection. What a selection!
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How about these awesome over the door storage racks from Sugar Land Scrapper? Wow they sure hold a lot.
Well hopefully I’ve given you a few good ideas for whipping those punches up into shape and keeping them organized.
Now…. where did I put that flower punch? I know it’s somewhere in one of these drawers. Hmm….Guess I better get to work on my own punch storage!

Planner Stamp Round-up!

Hi, Jessica here!  I’m going to do a variation of a storage solution round-up in honor of our upcoming planner blog hop!  I thought it would be fun to compile a list of all the planner stamps that are currently available.  Individualizing your planner has become huge these days and it’s so great to see stamp companies embracing the planner revolution by offering stamps specifically tailored for planners.  Many companies have even gone a step further offering dies to cut tabs or stamps for families, fitness, and more!

I hope you’ll discover a new must-have stamp set or discover a new-to-you company!  If you know of a set I’ve left off the list, please let me know in the comments!  I’ve just featured one stamp set from each company so make sure you visit the links as some of these companies have more than one planner set.  Also, you’ll get an up close review of a few of these sets next week during the hop plus the opportunity to win some! 🙂

Scheduled (The Ton)*
Fit Planning (V's Sweet Ideas)
Fit Planning (V’s Sweet Ideas)*
Life Planning (Simon Says Stamp)*
To-Do List (Hero Arts)
To-Do List (Hero Arts)
Planner Basics (My Favorite Things)
Planner Basics (My Favorite Things)
Moments Inked: Blog Banners (Papertrey Ink)
Moments Inked: Blog Banners (Papertrey Ink)
Stay Focused (Waffle Flower)
Stay Focused (Waffle Flower)
Plan Baby (Sweet Stamp Shop)
Plan Baby (Sweet Stamp Shop)
Financial Plans (Studio L2E
Financial Plans (Studio L2E)
PlanNERD (Bella Creationz)
PlanNERD (Bella Creationz)
Marion Smith Planner Stamps (Junque and Gems)
Marion Smith Planner Stamps (Junque and Gems)
Pretty Planners (Inspired By Stamping)
Pretty Planners (Inspired By Stamping)
School Days (Annie's Paper Boutique)
School Days (Annie’s Paper Boutique)

*These sets will be reviewed in-depth next week during the blog hop! 🙂

Whew, just looking at all of those stamps makes me want to get more organized!  Again, if you have a favorite planner set that I’ve left off please let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the round-up!  Thanks for visiting and make sure you come back next week for the hop!

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Dollar Store Craft Organization

It’s Cicily with a quick roundup for you today. Recently I happened to wander into a Dollar Store, the kind where the items really are only a dollar.

The first item to catch my eye was these sugar jars. I have been wanting to add a few to my collection of 1. They are perfect for storing twine and ribbon.

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There’s lots of vases, jars, canisters and even salt and pepper shakers for your glitter!

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Shoeboxes are clear and perfect for storing items and stacking them on shelves or in closets.

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How about some baskets, bowls and lots of open containers for all your do-dads.

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And check out these wire baskets of all shapes and sizes.

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Best of all, these items are only $1!!!!

Cicily

Personal Planner Love

Hello, Hazel here to share some organization with you. It’s a brand new year and I hope you are keeping up with those New Year’s resolutions. And what a better way than a Personal Planner. To get you on Planner Planet, have a look at this video from Belinda Selene.

My planner is not only used to keep HQ Hamman on track but I love to use the leftovers from my scrap table to “zuss” it up a bit and it seems that the pages are always too small so …………. I add some pretty cardstock. When I page through, it always puts a smile on my face!

What do you do?  Keep your Planner goodies separate from your scrap stash where you have it on hand 24/7 or do you just make it up as you go?  I find that it works very well to have everything in a caddy / folder as I work all over the show (house / office / while traveling) and hate searching for stuff. Make yourself a cup of tea and let’s stroll through Blogland to see what others do.

First up, a bit of inspiration from Nadia van der Mescht Remember her???

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And a great idea from It’s my Life – use boxes to put together your Planner station! Nothing that beats a bit of recycling.

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 What about a handbag organizer for stickers and tags?

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Adding your goodies to your planner:

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And a fabric bag for your pens from a bowl full of lemons:

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On Etsy I found the “on the go” Planner goodie bag:

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 And even plastic containers looks neat while keeping your goods separate.

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Now that you know what’s out there on Planner Planet, you can drink your tea and think up a storm about what system would best suit your needs. Before I go …………………………….. me and my fellow contributors will be back on Planner Planet as we are doing a Bloghop in March to share our systems. As always, it’s going to be LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of fun.

Thanks for visiting Planner Planet with me today. Have a great week and please leave me some comments – I would love to hear what works for you.

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Storage Solution Roundup: Beads

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today with a Storage Solution Roudup for your bead supply. Not only do we have a lot of beads around our house for friendship bracelets and other types of jewelry making, but I occasionally use beads in my paper crafting projects! Although I do not have a large collection, I’ll bet that some of you do.

While searching online for various bead storage solutions, I came across a myriad of neat ideas. First off, there are plenty of storage containers that you can purchase that are already made for bead storage. I won’t feature any of those, because they are the obvious go-to choice. However, I have a few more suggestions from purchased products to do-it-yourself items.

Here is a gem jar tray that can be used for any small items. I really like all of the clear solutions that I found, as beads can be so colorful and shapely, and deserve to be seen. This storage solution separates the beads nicely and let’s you see through both the containers and larger box that holds it all together.

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CEO Studio Solutions

These pretty little re-purposed spice jars on a rack hold everything neatly in place. You can place the rack on a wall, behind a door, or in a cabinet.

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Handmade Jewelry Club

The pop of color in this wall-mounted display is really eye-catching! It is so pretty to look at, I’m not sure if I would ever want to use the beads inside the containers!

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Handmade Jewelry Club

This magnetic storage solution utilizes small, plastic SOLO cups, like you receive with your take-out food. A small magnet is attached to the back of each container, and then stuck onto a magnetic board.

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If you don’t have the space for a large, wall-mounted magnetic board, how about under shelf storage?  Simply attach a magnetic strip under your shelf or counter, and a magnet to the lid of each jar. Voila! Instant bead storage!

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Here is another re-purposed storage solution; baby food jars. Baby food jars can be used for so many items. I really like the uniformity here, with the same sized jars and same colored lids.

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NYIAD Blog

Here is a real gem! This old trunk case was re-purposed into a creative station, complete with attached bead jars. Beads and other small items are stored in the jars, which are attached to the back by magnets. How, you say? Well, there is actually a cookie sheet glued to the back of the case, covered in old dictionary paper, and then each jar has a magnet glued to the back of it! There is a FULL tutorial on how Amy made this case over on her blog. Be sure to check out her great ideas.

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Thank you for joining us here at CSI today. I hope that you have found some inspiring ideas to use for your own storage solution.

Suzanne