There are a few things to consider when figuring out how to organize craft supplies. And you really have to consider these factors before you purchase organizers. Let me tell you, I’ve made many a mistake grabbing a “cute” organizer that turns out to not fit the space I have or just not function well for my needs. Don’t follow in my footsteps! Plan first, buy second. You’ll feel SO good when your plans work out and everything is nice and tidy in your crafting workspace (tidy for the moment, that is).
Today I’m going to give you a list of tips for for how to organize craft supplies. This is knowledge that has been hard-won over many years of trying different options and moving to homes with varying amounts of space. Let’s get started!
10 Best Tips for How to Organize Craft Supplies:
When planning how to organize craft supplies you first have to consider the function of the craft supply. If you are looking at organizing paint, you’ll want to easily see the paint colors – that’s a crucial part of paint’s function. If you are organizing small bits and bobs, you’ll want to make sure they don’t literally fall through the cracks of your organizing system. So, here are some tips for considering function with certain craft supplies.
#1. File 8.5 x 11 inch colored card stock in a home filing system with hanging folders. If you have a filing cabinet, you might take inspiration from this idea so you can easily duplicate the idea on your own. If you need to save space like me, purchase a hanging file box sturdy enough to hold lots of yummy colored paper! This type of organizer is perfect for colored paper because you can easily see all the colors and how much you have of each.
#2. Store 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper in a flat stackable storage container like this. These come in various colors, which might suit you if you have a ton of paper to organize (for example, all Christmas paper could go in a green container while all other holidays are in a blue one). I like to use clear containers so I can easily identify what’s inside. Now, if you have a lot of space, an even more ideal solution is to store your paper in a wire storage rack specifically made for 12 x 12 inch paper.
#3. Nothing beats the tried and true clear plastic bead organizer with compartments – perfect for small supplies for jewelry-making or scrapbooking, etc. I use these A LOT because it ensures those small items won’t disappear in a pile of other supplies. These are also great for traveling! Purchase a small one and fill with essentials needed for your travel project.
I’m sure, if we could, most of us would love to have an entire craft room as a shrine to our craft love. Some do have that luxury but others don’t. No matter what, we all have to consider – how to organize craft supplies to fit in a designated space. Here are some tips for managing smaller spaces.
#4. So you are limited in space for your craft supplies? I feel you! I use a large binder with page protectors to store paper and mixed media embellishments. When I look for embellishments, I usually search by color (hello, function!) which is why I use one page protector for each color.
#5. Traveling with craft supplies greatly limits space – what to do? First rule of thumb, edit. You may think you’ll need that obscure paper punch but you can probably make do without it. Hone in on the one project you’d like to realistically complete. If you are making a paper craft, I highly recommend fitting all of your paper, embellishments, adhesive and scissors into this clear plastic 12 x 12 inch storage box. Then, depending on the project, you can place that box and other supplies in this rolling craft cart. Trust me- a rolling cart will save your shoulder/back from lugging a bag full of supplies. If you’re carrying a yarn-related project, you can put your supplies directly in the rolling cart and put smaller items in a sturdy plastic latched storage box for easy access.
#6. I’ve never actually used a photo storage box for photos but I have lots of them holding other craft supplies. I could probably write an entire blog post about these boxes alone. I use them for a couple of reasons. First, they are nice enough to be out in a room instead of shoved in a closet. So, if you have some space to spread out or a bookcase that needs filling, these are the best at hiding a mess. Second, craft supplies are my weakness and if I don’t watch it, I’ll have a ton of unused supplies. So I place an artificial limit on myself by saying, “Once this photo box is full of embossing folders, you have to donate current folders before you can buy new ones.”
#7. Peg Boards – if you have more wall space than floor space, this is the organizer for you. I use a peg board to hold so many things – especially tools like scissors, jewelry making pliers/wire cutters, hammers, large tape rolls and baskets that hold smaller items. (That is a real life photo you see – that space needs some cleaning up!)
We absolutely want to feel inspired in our craft space, right? Some people like to have lots of supplies out where they can see them and others want a tidy space to work in. One benefit of showing off the beautiful, colorful supplies that you love is that it can inspire you with ideas of what to make and create. Here are a few ideas for how to organize craft supplies that show them off in a functional way!
#8. Use a thin wooden dowel rod to hold twine or ribbon. This is not only functional, it’s really cute! The best part is easy access to twine whenever you need it and that the twine is so easy to roll off the rod. I am SO glad this is how I store twine because I end up using it much more than I would if it was hidden away.
#9. If you use colorful craft supplies (and most of us do!) put those pretties on display! You can fill clear glass jars with colorful scraps or supplies or even little tubes of glitter. The possibilities are endless. You could put your pretty washi tape in a functional display like this washi tape dispenser and storage solution.
#10. Paint storage provides a can’t-miss-opportunity to add a pop of color to your craft space! There are lots of ways to do this but I particularly like storing paint in cubbies where the back of the bottle is facing you, like this idea.
So tell us, what are your must-share tips for how to organize craft supplies? We all have little techniques that work for us so share yours in the comments!
If you’re crafting specialty is jewelry making, here is a closer look at some tips for how to organize beads and jewelry making supplies.
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Katie is the creative mind behind lemonjitters.com, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.