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)

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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

Craft Storage Ideas' New Owner: Stephanie Hackney (image)
Craft Storage Ideas’ New Owner: Stephanie Hackney


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Craft Storage Ideas News: A BIG Announcement!

Craft Storage Ideas News: A BIG Announcement!

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Craft Storage Ideas News: CSI Has a New Owner!

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Hello CSI Friends,

We have BIG NEWS to share with you.

Craft Storage Ideas Has A New Owner!

As some of you might have seen, we recently announced that Craft Storage Ideas (CSI) was for sale.

Our goal was to find a new owner for CSI, someone we felt confident could not only carry on with delivering great organizing information and inspiration, but grow CSI to include even more craft storage information and inspiration…for YOU!

Of course, making the decision to let our “baby” go was not arrived at easily – we have really loved running CSI and getting to know so many of you, our amazing readers.

And of course, we’ve also really enjoyed working with our amazing contributors:

Aren’t they awesome?!

THANK YOU for being such a great audience for our crafty storage information and inspiration, and for helping us to grow such an important resource for crafters!

And don’t worry CSI fans, most of the wonderful ladies who’ve contributed content to CSI aren’t leaving – they’re staying on with Steph & her team!

(*Note: Cicily Lesher has posted her last contribution for CSI)


And now?

It’s time for an introduction to CSI’s new owner.

Craft Storage Ideas' New Owner: Stephanie Hackney (image)
Craft Storage Ideas‘ New Owner: Stephanie Hackney

Say Hello to Stephanie!

Stephanie Hackney (a.k.a. Steph), a former professional organizer, long-time craft industry trade columnist, crafting addict and fearless leader of PaperCrafter’s Corner is taking over!

Steph reached out to us when she heard CSI was for sale and, based on what we’ve seen her accomplish with PaperCrafter’s Corner since she took it over in 2013, we feel very comfortable handing over the care and feeding of CSI to her as we move onto new ventures.

We know she has lots of ideas to further enhance the CSI experience for you and to provide you with even more organizing information and inspiration.

Now don’t worry, Steph and her team are not planning on eliminating any of what you’ve grown to love about CSI – their goal is to give you even more of what you love!

It’s time for a new organizing and crafting addict to bring her energy, excitement, craft industry experience & business savvy to CSI!

Steph’s super excited to get to know all of you and to bring even more cool stuff to the CSI community.


Steph’s Thoughts on CSI

“I have long admired Craft Storage Ideas as a valuable resource for crafters, from the time of its founding by Susan Mintmire and Rebecca Boyer, to the present, under the leadership of Noelle McAdams and Shelley Walsh.

It has been fun to see CSI evolve as Noelle and Shelley took over – I know they and the CSI contributors have worked hard to ensure that visitors to the CSI site (and associated social media pages) always found valuable content, a positive experience, and a reason to return again and again.

My team and I intend to expand the CSI offering by making necessary behind-the-scenes changes and enhancements (some of which have already taken place), and adding both new functionality and new information based largely on what the CSI community tells us it wants (yes, this is YOUR chance to make your voice heard – let us know what YOU want to find at CSI!).

The CSI contributors (who I’m happy to report are staying on!) will work hard to provide you with even more information, more inspiration and, hopefully, even more fun than what you’ve already experienced as a fan of CSI!

It is our goal to build on what Susan, Rebecca, Noelle and Shelley have created for you and to make the CSI offering even better!”


As you can imagine, handing over something we’ve worked hard on has been a bit bittersweet.

But it was time, and we believe CSI is in good hands!

We look forward to seeing CSI grow and prosper and we wish you all well.


So, what will we be doing now?

Noelle

“I will be keeping up with my hubby, our active lifestyle, my teaching and theater schedules, and my 3 busy boys! I sure have loved running this site, the fantastic contributors I’ve worked with over the years, and all the wonderful readers. I will miss you, CSI, and am so excited to see what comes next for you. My life is wonderfully full of other important things right now. I am closing my personal blog for the time being, but I will forever be a crafter. In fact, I am at a weekend scrapbook retreat as we speak!”

Shelley

“I will be continuing work with my Etsy shop, There Be Unicorns, that I run with my best friend. We sell hand-painted housewares, original paintings, crocheted items and other fun things, and I look forward to putting more energy into it. 🙂 I will also, be continuing my work as a freelance graphic designer, and spending some much needed time with my husband. I’ve had so much fun working with CSI and can’t wait to see what comes next!!”


Thank You!

We know you’ll support Stephanie and CSI moving forward – Steph & the team are going to work hard for you and we’re sure you’ll be thrilled with the CSI of the future.

We know we’ll be watching!

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And, you can soon look forward to
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Take care all,
Noelle & Shelley

Noelle     Shelley