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.
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!
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!
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!).
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?
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?
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?
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
But wait, there’s more!
I made my way downstairs in FlamingosDivine Finds and was NOT disappointed!
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?
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!
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!).
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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?
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…
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.
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