Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage – Trendy Projects

Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage – Trendy Projects
Craft storage for your “trendy” projects & occasionally used supplies!

Hello, fellow craft storage enthusiasts,

It’s Hazel here, all the way from sunny South Africa (SA).


Today we’re talking about storing “trendy” projects, and occasionally-used project supplies.

I’m sure most crafters are like me and LOVE to give new trends a go.

The problem is, most of us can’t afford to buy everything to get a new hobby going and we don’t have the space to store all these different attempts.

Know what I mean??


I have tried beading, making flowers and brooches, paper quilling, making Christmas decorations, and LOTS and LOTS more.

However, I didn’t like any of these enough to allocate space to them in my Craft Closet.

But, I had to put them SOMEWHERE!


Today,  I’m sharing some good ideas from the internet that can be adapted to suit your needs, and I’ll be showing what I do when I give a trend a go.

I love the new ‘softie’ trend.

The original kit, dies and instructions are from Papertrey Ink, but as they don’t ship down under to sunny SA, I looked around Pinterest and Etsy for alternatives.

This softie from PrettyPrettythis softie from Kkomegii and these finger puppets from FloralBlossom’s Etsy shop inspired me to come up with my own softie.

You’re welcome to hop over to my blog to read all about my project, if you’re interested.


First of all, I decided on a shape and color scheme for my softie, racked my stash for what I already had and then bought the rest.

In the end, it came down to only two black beads for the antennae.

I decided to make a bee for my best and oldest friend who LOVES gardening.

Everything laid out looked like this:

Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage - Trendy Projects - Supplies for Making Softies (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage – Trendy Projects – Supplies for Making Softies


First, let’s see the ideas I found for semi-permanent storage…

I LOVE plastic containers and this Art Bin Super Satchel single compartment would fit nearly any project.

Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage - Trendy Projects - Store Supplies in a Plastic Container, Like This One From ArtBin (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage – Trendy Projects – Store Supplies in a Plastic Container, Like This One From ArtBin

Image Source: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store


Baskets are always great and I use them a lot.

They travel from my kitchen to the bedroom closets and, most of the time, end up in my craft room packed with goodness.

These porcelain fruit baskets featured in a previous Craft Storage Ideas post look awesome.

Read the original craftroom post from Sherry from My Favorite Things.

Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage - Trendy Projects - Store Supplies in Baskets, Like These Porcelain Baskets (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage – Trendy Projects – Store Supplies in Baskets, Like These Porcelain Baskets

Image Source: My Favorite Things

 

Do you have an empty drawer and some odd bowls or teacups?

This idea from Martha Stewart looks pretty!

Re-purpose what you already have – it’s a PERFECT solution for your trend trying.

Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage - Trendy Projects - Store Supplies in Cups or Bowls in Drawers (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage – Trendy Projects – Store Supplies in Cups or Bowls in Drawers

Image Source: Martha Stewart

If you’ve decided on a container, why not use cereal boxes to make pretty dividers?

Hop over to iHeart Organizing and see exactly how to create these.

Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage - Trendy Projects - Create Drawer Dividers from Cereal Boxes (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage – Trendy Projects – Create Drawer Dividers from Cereal Boxes

Image Source: iHeart Organizing

What about re-purposing a tiered stand?

I found the idea below at Creating Keepsakes.

The original post is from Nicole Harper and she keeps all of her “go-to” products in this cool multi-tiered tray from Pottery Barn.

A multi-tiered basket, found in the kitchen aisle, would work just as well.

Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage - Trendy Projects - Store Supplies in Re-Purposed Products, Like This Multi-Tier Tray Tower (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage – Trendy Projects – Store Supplies in Re-Purposed Products, Like This Multi-Tier Tray Tower

Image Source: Nicole Harper

What about re-purposing an old suitcase?

The finished suitcase is from Inspire Co and the post shows exactly how it was done.

Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage - Trendy Projects - Store Supplies in Re-Purposed Items, Like this Vintage Suitcase (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Project Storage – Trendy Projects – Store Supplies in Re-Purposed Items, Like this Vintage Suitcase

Image Source: Inspire Co

And this is the idea that I used.

In our attic I stored a suitcase that my son used during pre-school and I’ve converted it into a mobile trend station!

If you want to see my finished softies and re-purposed suitcase, hop over to my blog and read all about them – I would love to have you visit!


Do you have ideas to share?

We’d love to hear about and see what you do!

Please leave a comment, and a link, if you’ve tried your hand
at storing new trends (or occasionally used supplies),
and/or if you’ve made a Softie –
we’d all LOVE to see either or both!


Thanks for looking at another craft storage solution with me.

Have a GREAT day and remember to try something new – TODAY!!
Hazel

Craft Storage Ideas: Contributor - Hazel Hamman (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Contributor – Hazel Hamman

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Craft Storage: Product Spotlight – Ink Pad Storage from OrganizeMore

Craft Storage: Product Spotlight – Ink Pad Storage from OrganizeMore
Looking for storage solution ideas for ink pads? We’ve got some!

Good morning,

Jessica here with a storage product spotlight on ink pad storage from OrganizeMore!

OrganizeMore is a small family-owned business in Tennessee that provides hand-crafted and hand-painted storage units for crafters.

Currently, they have ink pad organizers, ribbon/washi tape organizers, pegboard wall units, punch/stamp storage, journaling card storage, marker storage, paper storage, paint storage and more.

And chances are, if you can dream it up, they can build it for you!


For today’s spotlight, I am going to focus on their ink pad storage units.

Craft Storage: Product Spotlight - Organize More - ProInk Organizer (image)
Craft Storage: Product Spotlight – OrganizeMore – ProInk Organizer

When I first started papercrafting I stuffed my (small) collection of ink pads into drawers in my craft desk.

I quickly realized that 1) the color I wanted would ALWAYS be on the bottom of a stack in the back of my drawer, and 2) I forgot what colors I had and would end up using the same limited palette…my early cards, lots of Peacock Feathers distress ink going on.  Ha!

When I finally decided to switch to an actual ink storage unit, I looked at several and ultimately settled on the OrganizeMore ProInk Organizer.

And I am SO thrilled that I found this product!


I started off with one of the ProInk Organizers which holds every ink pad size up to those the size of the Stampin’ Up pads.

Craft Storage: Product Spotlight - Organize More - ProInk Organizer (image)
Craft Storage: Product Spotlight – OrganizeMoreProInk Organizer

I purchased two of these units, but quickly filled them up and started looking at other options from OrganizeMore.


Around this time I was really getting interested in various techniques with Distress Ink Pads, Reinkers and Markers and I was looking for a unit that would hold all three.

OrganizeMore had units that would hold Stampin’ Up markers, reinkers and pads, but they didn’t yet have a Distress Ink option.

So I put in a request and, a few months later, the 48 Distress Ink/Marker/ReInk Style Organizer was added to the line-up!

Craft Storage: Product Spotlight - Organize More - 48 Distress Ink/Marker/ReInk Style Organizer (image)
Craft Storage: Product Spotlight – OrganizeMore – 48 Distress Ink/Marker/ReInk Style Organizer


I think this might be my most favorite unit just because it’s so pretty!


Here’s a closer look (below) at each cubby.

The dowels keep the re-inkers and ink pads from getting stuck too far back in each compartment – love that!

Craft Storage: Product Spotlight - Organize More - 48 Distress Ink/Marker/ReInk Organizer (image)
Craft Storage: Product Spotlight – OrganizeMore48 Distress Ink/Marker/ReInk Organizer


Now, I have to stop and admit that I’m a bit of an ink hoarder.

I LOVE the gorgeous colors and, with all of the companies continuing to put out such quality ink pads and colors, I kept needing more and more storage!


Next, I purchased a ProInk/ReInk Organizer (see below) which ended up working really well to store some of my extra ink pads, as well as the brand new Distress Ink colors that have been released this year.

Again, the dowels help to keep the re-inkers from getting lost in the back of the organizer.

And, this unit also fits Stampin’ Up pads.

Craft Storage: Product Highlight - Organize More - ProInk/ReInk Organizer (image)
Craft Storage: Product Spotlight – OrganizeMore – ProInk/ReInk Organizer


Finally, I totally ran out of room for storage units on my craft desk and, while all of the units can be wall-mounted, I didn’t want to take up wall space either.

So, a few months ago I contacted Mike at OrganizeMore about the possibility of creating an ink pad storage unit specifically for the cubbies of an Ikea Expedit/Kallax, and he was open to the idea!

In fact, so much so that he created this unit and I got a great reward – one for free when they were produced!

I have three of these new units now and I anticipate purchasing a fourth soon!

The dividers are a little different than OrganizeMore‘s traditional corrugated plastic inserts, but they work just as well and using these dividers allows customers to fit more ink pads into the unit (which is a total win in my book!).


Here’s a look at this style of organizer:

Craft Storage Product Spotlight: Organize More - Expedit/Kallax Ink Organizer (image)
Craft Storage: Product Spotlight – OrganizeMore – Expedit/Kallax Ink Organizer

While these units are slightly different than the other units sold by OrganizeMore, aesthetically these units still fit with the other units they sell, which is a big plus for my slightly OCD brain!


I have always chosen the white units with white inserts as they fit my craft room design best, but OrganizeMore offers nine different color options for the units so you can surely find something that will complement your craft space!

Organize More also offers daily deals where they discount one of their units by 15 percent.

And, as a special perk for our readers,
OrganizeMore has given us a discount code
good for 10% off your purchase,
good through July 25th!

The discount code is: CSI715.


I cannot say enough nice things about the products from OrganizeMore.

They’re classy, well-designed and perfect for corralling the craft products in your life!

I hope you’ll visit them and see if there’s anything that would work for your craft room.


Thanks so much for visiting and please stop by my blog, All The Sparkle, to say hi!

Have a great weekend,
Jessica

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Jessica Frost-Ballas (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Jessica Frost-Ballas

 

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use – Garage Sale Finds

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use – Garage Sale Finds
Check out three garage sale finds that are ideal for storing crafting supplies!

Hi!

It’s Amanda here!

I’m back to share with you some great storage ideas for your crafty space!

It’s summer and every weekend you see garage sale signs all over the place.

The saying goes that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

Well, there are hidden gems that you can frequently find at garage sales and I have three ideas
I’d like to share with you today.

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage


This wooden toolbox is great for keeping brushes, paint and paint misters handy,
right on your work table.

And, if you need the space, it’s easy to move to another location – just grab
the big handle on top.

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - Tool Box Paint Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – Tool Box Paint Storage

This would also work great to hold jars of your most frequently used tools like scissors,
pencils, a ruler, glue and more!

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - Tool Box Tools Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – Tool Box Tools Storage


Next up is a vintage metal tool box.

This is the kind of toolbox that you would expect to see in a home or a garage.

I just love the vintage look!

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - Tool Box Jewelry Tools Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – Tool Box Jewelry Tools Storage

This keeps my jewelry-making tools corralled and in a handy spot right next to my beads.

If I want to work somewhere else in the house, it’s easy to close the lid and transport my tools wherever I need to go.

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - Tool Box Jewelry Tools Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – Tool Box Jewelry Tools Storage


Now, if you’re looking for a great way to display some of your crafty goodness, look no further than a wooden DVD storage cabinet!

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - DVD Cabinet for Craft Project Display (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – DVD Cabinet for Craft Project Display

This cabinet was originally designed to hang vertically, but I added some little angle brackets from the hardware store, along with some screws and anchors, and I have a shelf that fits perfectly above my book case and allows me to display some of my carefully crafted projects.

You could, of course, use this method to store just about anything on a shelf, all from something you can pick up at a garage sale for a few bucks.

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - DVD Cabinet for Craft Project Display (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – DVD Cabinet for Craft Project Display


So, when you’re out prowling around garage sales (and flea markets, yard sales and vintage fairs) keep an eye out for things that can be used as crafting supplies, tools and projects storage.

Shiny and new is nice, but when you’re on a budget, it’s nice to find storage solutions with character that work for your space.

I hope I’ve inspired you to think outside the box and re-purpose something that works great for you!

Thanks for stopping by and please come visit me at Krafting Kreations,
Amanda

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet (image)

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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.

 

Craftroom Storage: Unique Items - Flamingos Divine Finds - Cigar Boxes (image)
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.


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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

Craftroom Organization: Unique Options - Metal Drawer Unit with Numbered Drawers (image)
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)

Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Items - Colored Glass Jars (image)
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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