How To Organize Your Craft Supplies With Paper Mache Boxes

Many of us start the new year with the resolve to get organized.  My biggest “disaster zone” is my craft table.  It’s always cluttered with supplies I haven’t yet put away.  In an effort to tame the clutter, I made some simple, inexpensive storage pieces that will keep my crafting supplies within easy reach but also make them easy to put away quickly. Today, I will show you how to organize your craft supplies with paper mache boxes!

How-to-organize-craft-supplies-Crafts-UnleashedFor this “how to organize” project, I only used the three middle sized boxed from the five piece nested box set.  (I’ll use the smallest and largest boxes for other storage!)  Since the boxes are made of paper, be careful not to weigh down the top trays too much.  The tiered organizer is sturdy enough to hold lighter, smaller items, like powders and glitter.

How to organize your craft supplies with these supplies:


Directions for how to organize your supplies with paper mache boxes:

Step 1:  Paint the candle sticks.

Step 2:  Use Mod Podge to adhere the patterned paper to the edges of the box lids and to the interior bottom of each box.


traceStep 3:  Glue the tallest candle stick on the center of the largest lid.  Glue the next lid on top, and add the second candlestick.  Top it with the smallest lid.

glueStep 4:  Arrange the three boxes so that the largest two are on the bottom, and the smallest is on top. Glue the edges together.

DIy Stacked OrganizerI put three rusted tin pails in the bottom section of my tiered organizer.  This makes it easy to sort and organize tools:  one holds cutting implements, the other one houses jewelry making tools, and the last one holds brushes.  The middle section is perfect for bottles like Dimensional Magic, and the top is a great resting place for small, light items like embossing powders.

How-to-organize-craft-supplies-Crafts-Unleashed-2The other organizer is a great place for storing paint!  I’ve placed them sideways so I can easily see what colors I have.  I used the largest box to hold bigger containers, like decoupage mediums and texture pastes.  This sorter would be a great place for holding yarn or spools of ribbon, too.

How-to-organize-craft-supplies-Crafts-Unleashed-3Hopefully, with a little more order I’ll be able to spend more time crafting and less time looking for things.

DIY Craft Supply Organizers

I hope you enjoyed these ideas on how to organize your craft supplies. Here’s to a crafty, more organized new year!

About Morena

Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at She loves to share ideas for projects that are fast, frugal, and fabulous: easy on time and money, and great to look at! Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Make sure to swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!


  1. Eleanor says

    Looove these ideas. I’ve ordered some more beading organizers, fom consumer Crafts, of course, but these ideas will work for so many more of my crafting supplies. I’m with Grammy Roo (love the name) and JaneEllen when it comes to crafting. I want to try everything but I have very little space. I think I might be able to adapt these ideas to my space though. It will be fun to try. Light bulb just cane on! My great neice is gong to college in Savannah next fall and these might be good for.dorm room storage.

  2. Grammy Roo says

    These are wonderful ideas if you only do one craft and have just a few things to use to make it, I would need about 50 of each kind….my kids keep telling me I have to just pick one craft and do that, but I just
    see something and I have to make it….so my supplies could be considered as a Craft Hoarder…. Happy New Year to everyone and keep on crafting with Smiles and Hugs….

  3. JaneEllen says

    Oh boy do I second that idea of above commentor. I don’t know about rest of you but after the holidays my craft rooms are a nightmare to face or try to find something in. I have a sewing and craft room/computer room but they’re both quite small. And do I have a lot in both rooms, eeeekkk. Many years of stash and accumulations. I’ll be spending the winter digging and trying to find my way out. There’s things in both rooms I’ll bet I haven’t seen or even remember I have in long time. It’s TIME. Can’t do much else anyway with snow on ground and 20-30 degree temps. Might as well make good use of the “season” .
    Happy New Year everybody

  4. ColleenB. says

    Oh, I like this Awesome craft project. Think we all could use alittle organizing now and in the upcoming year.
    thank you


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