Craft Storage: Budget Storage Solutions for Embellishments
Craft storage solutions for embellishments, bought on a shoestring budget!
Who’s in need of inexpensive storage solutions for their embellishments?
How about solutions that are also portable?
Well, we’ve got a super simple solution that’s both inexpensive and portable…and readily available!
Today’s spotlight is on a product that comes not from your favorite craft supply or storage solutions retailer, but from your local pharmacy, travel store, online retailer or even the Target dollar spot (where I picked up these!).
Yup, it’s a super inexpensive pill caddy!
It really doesn’t get much simpler, or inexpensive, than this little guy.
This particular product includes seven snap-shut compartments (one for each day of the week), but you can find them in other sizes, as well as in various shapes and colors.
To see how I tested out this particular pill box, keep on reading!
Need more compartments than this box has?
Check out these options:
The 7-Day Pill Organizer (4 containers with 7 compartments in each) – just $7.
Don’t like the writing on the lid? A little nail polish remover should take it right off!
Or, simply create labels to cover the writing.
And, these are color-coded, making it quick and easy to find the color of embellishment you’re looking for if you fill each caddy with embellishments in the same color as the caddy.
Prefer a clear container? I have seen similar containers in clear.
The 7 Day Pill Box Organizer (A tray with 7 containers; 2 compartments in each container) – a little more pricey at $11.
Again, the containers are color-coded for quick and easy retrieval of the embellishments you’re looking for.
Use a labeler to create new labels for the tops of these should you wish to use them for storing other items, like sewing notions, beads, art supplies (small sharpeners, erasers), etc.
The 6 Section Pill Organizer (a round container with 6 sections and a rotating top for easy access of one compartment at a time) – just $8.
This one isn’t color-coded, but it is fairly transparent, making it easy to see what’s stored inside each section.
Simply rotate the lid and pop it open to pour out what you need.
And, you could easily stack several of these or store them on a narrow shelf in your craft space.
Need a safe place to store needles for your machine or for hand-stitching?
This could be a great option due to its height (4″).
Have small amounts of large beads?
This solution seems ideally suited for storing those.
The 7 Day Pill Sorter Organizer (7 stacking, color-coded containers in a tray [see view 2]; each container has 4 compartments) – only $5!
I love this unit because they come with a tray that keeps the containers neatly stacked.
The trays could be stacked or you could line them up on a thin shelf or the front of your work area, keeping your treasures close at hand!
I like this idea for storing beads, jewelry findings and small papercrafting embellishments.
What would you store in these?
And one more option (although there are literally hundreds!)…
The 7 Day Weekly Pill Box ( clear, 3-compartment boxes stored in a flat container) – the best deal of all, just $4!!!
This unit would be great for shallow drawers and, because of its clear nature, you’ll never have trouble seeing what’s inside each compartment.
Again, a little nail polish would remove the words on the lids and tray, or simply cover the words with a small label from your favorite label maker.
Creating away from home?
These shallow units would easily slip into a small craft tote, carry-on bag or suitcase.
Hopefully I’ve given you some ideas for ways you can re-purpose pill boxes for your small supplies, no matter what type of crafting you’re into.
And now, take a look at what I’ve already tried out with the dollar spot pill containers I picked up…
You could easily store a nice little stash of buttons in various colors, along with twine or thread for tying bows through the button holes.
Or, add a different color of thread inside each compartment and you’re ready to stitch on the road!
Are tiny flowers your thing?
This little container holds quite a few of each color, as well as some foam dots for attaching them.
And if you like to hold flowers in place with brads, toss a few in coordinating colors into each compartment, or check out the option below.
Got tons of brads, like I do?
This little container is perfect for storing them sorted by color, size, type, style or manufacturer, whatever works best for your needs.
OK, fess up – who’s still got bunches of eyelets?
What can I say, I still like them!
The best thing about this container is that each compartment snaps tightly shut so you can open one compartment at a time and pour out just the color or size or style you want without fear of the entire collection ending up on the floor in a colorful mess.
Yeah, we’ve all been there!
Note that you can also include small items that are used with eyelets in this container, just as I’ve done here (below) with these “old school” eyelet tool tips!
Who still loves acrylic and plastic pieces?
Yup, that’d be me!
Throw in a few of each color, along with some single adhesive dots (seen in that compartment on the right, below), and you’re ready to craft on the go!
I adore sequins, but I HATE it when they end up mixed together or all over the floor.
This is a great container for this type of embellishment and is how I’m now storing my sequins.
I love that I could easily take them with me and add them to sketch, art journal or mixed media pages.
How many enamel dots fans do we have in the house?
Yeah, that’s what I thought – they are popular!
These are Pebbles Enamel Dots and they come on a clear plastic sheet.
I cut the sheet apart and placed each color of dot in its own section (see below).
This little container will be joining the one above it (the one filled with sequins) when I travel.
I’ve rarely taken embellishments with me when I crafted while traveling because my collections are in larger containers.
I adore those large containers and they are portable, but because of their size, and the fact that I have eight of them, totally stuffed, they’re not exactly ideal for packing light!
And yes, I’ll be sharing a review of these larger containers shortly, perhaps even next week.
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And finally, you can use these pill boxes to sort your small supplies by color, ala Stacy Julian and other creatives who prefer storing different types of supplies, in one color, together.
Not sure which type of storage and organizing option is for you – by type or color, style or size, or perhaps manufacturer or price?
If you usually look for embellishments based on their style or size, then sort and organize them in that manner.
If you design for manufacturers and/or often share you work online, and recalling who made a particular item is important, then perhaps sorting by manufacturer is a better option.
If you create items to sell and keeping track of what went into each finished project and/or the cost of goods sold is important for your business, then sorting supplies by product type and/or price may be better.
And, if you tend to first grab for a certain color of supply rather than a particular type, style, size or cost of supply, this way of organizing could be a good option for you.
Try ’em out, what have you got to lose?!
OK kids, that’s it for today.
Hopefully you’re excited about learning of this budget-friendly craft storage solution.
I sure got giddy when I came across these $1 pill boxes in the Target dollar spot!
O.K., I might have done a quick jig (as I often do in the Dollar Spot)!
I’ll be sharing more ideas for these pill boxes as I try them out for various small supplies, and we’ll definitely be sharing more budget-friendly storage solutions.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this
re-purposed, budget solution
– yay or nay?
Have one of your own to share?
Let’s hear all about it!
let us know what else you want to hear about & see –
we’re open to suggestions!
Thanks for tuning in today – happy organizing!
Steph & The CSI Team