Creative Ways to Store Your Craft Supplies

Storing craft supplies can be an organizers nightmare. So many different types of materials in all different sizes and shapes can be difficult to get a handle on and keep under control. While not everyone will be able to have a large crafting room or closet all to themselves, there are some easy and creative ways to store your craft supplies so that you can always find just what you need when you need it.

Clear Containers

Clear containers are an organizers best friend, and when organizing craft supplies it is no different. Clear containers let you see exactly what is in each box so that you know what you have and can easily get to it. Even if the containers are clear, be sure to label them with the exact contents. “Ribbon” is much more effective than “Stuff” as a descriptive label.

Baby Food Jars and Spice Racks

If you work with a lot of small materials, such as beads or buttons, storing them effectively can be challenging. Use baby food jars that have been emptied, washed, and sterilized to store your tiny items. Label each jar with a pretty label so that there is no confusion as to what is in each jar. To store them, hang a spice rack that is fashioned more as a shelf. The racks can be hung decoratively on the wall and, if the jars are labeled in a neat and attractive fashion, they can add value to the room’s decor instead of detracting from it.

Gutters Are Not Just For Leaves

Do you wrap a lot of gifts or use rolls of wrapping or craft paper in your projects? Storing them can be difficult, because the ends oftentimes get squished or dirty from being on the floor. Instead of standing them upright, place them in a rain gutter. Rain gutters can be purchased at any large home improvement or hardware store and cut to the length you need. You can leave the ends open or purchase end caps for them for a more finished look. The gutters can be easily mounted to the wall and are the perfect catchall for your rolls of craft and wrapping paper.

Paper Towel and Ribbon Holder

Paper towel holders are not just for paper towels anymore. Transform your countertop paper towel holder into a handy storage container for your spools of ribbon. Simply slide the ribbon onto the large center peg of the holder and you will have a quick spot to keep all of your spools. To keep the ribbon neatly tucked in when not in use, slide a thin straight pin through the loose end. You will never have to hunt for your ribbon again.

Finding creative ways to store your crafting supplies will help make crafting a lot more fun. The joy and pleasure that you get from crafting quickly lessens when you have to spend valuable and precious time searching for the supplies you need. Take the time to organize your materials in a way that works for you and your family, so that you can enjoy every moment you have to craft.

Jessica Ackerman of, is an interior designer who illustrates how simple it can be to use wooden wall decorations and big wall art.

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