Craft supplies are some of the most fun, colorful, and versatile items in your home. However, it can also be challenging to keep them organized and tidy. How do you store all of those paper, ink pads, beads, sequins, ribbons, markers, paper trimmer, and other tools? Let’s explore a few different craft storage ideas and unique ways to get your craft supplies under control so you can enjoy using them without worrying about the mess. Whether you're just starting out or you've been crafting for years, these tips and ideas will help you keep your craft room spick and span. Let's get started!
How Do You Organize and Declutter Craft Supplies?
Crafting is a fun and relaxing way to spend your free time. However, your craft supplies can quickly become a mess. And when your crafting supplies are cluttered and disorganized, finding what you need can be frustrating and challenging. Luckily, there are a few tricks to keeping them organized. From organizing craft bins to budget-friendly craft storage ideas - here are some tips on how to organize and declutter your craft supplies.
How Do You Organize Crafts In a Small Space?
Small spaces can be a challenge for organizing any kind of hobby, but it can seem downright impossible when it comes to crafts! So how do you fit all of your tools and supplies into a closet or craft cabinet? We’ve got some creative solutions for craft storage in small spaces. Whether you're short on space or just looking for a more efficient way to organize, these tips will help you get your craft space under control. So gather up your supplies, and let's organize!
1. Baskets come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors. These are ideal craft organizers for various art and craft tools - cardstock, paper, stamp sets, die sets, embossing folders, stencils, and even coloring mediums.
3. Having a small space means you probably don’t even have room for a craft storage cabinet. Plastic bins are total space savers! You can stack them up on your craft desk, on the floor next to your desk, or on top of your existing cabinets and drawers. Since most plastic bins have lids, they also keep your supplies clean and tidy.
4. Speaking of space savers, have you ever seen those cute ottomans and storage benches? If you have the budget for it, this piece of furniture is a game-changer for organizing craft supplies and other household items.
5. Cardstock and paper, especially 12x12 ones, can be hard to store and organize. A clever way to keep your paper crafting collection is by using a stackable paper tray. This craft organizer is usually made of sturdy acrylic plastic and has nesting capabilities, so you can simply place it on your craft desk. Moreover, it is spacious enough to store a few 6x8 stamps, dies, stencils, embossing folders, and even alcohol markers. Great for those with limited space!
6. Are you someone who prefers to display your craft supplies out in the open? If so, then try using a magazine holder to store them. Sometimes when they’re tucked away in a cabinet, you end up not using them or forgetting you even have them. Most magazine holders are made of clear acrylic or cardboard, so it’s easier for you to keep these craft paper storage color-coded to fit your craft room’s aesthetic.
How Do I Organize My Craft Bins?
One way to organize your craft bins is to use storage pouches. While a craft bin is already excellent as a craft organizer, sometimes it could get messy and cluttered, especially if you just dump all your supplies back into it after using them. With different-sized storage pouches, you can easily store almost every craft supply you have. Plus, since these are resealable, your supplies are 100% protected.
Here are a few examples of craft supplies that you can organize using storage pouches:
- Ink pads - both large and mini cubes
- 6x8 stamp sets
- Die sets
- Pre-cut cardstock
- Alcohol-based markers
- Watercolor pan set
- Watercolor brush pens
- Washi tapes
- Scrapbook embellishments
- Ink spray
- Alcohol ink
- Embossing powder
How to Organize Craft Supplies in Drawers
There are a few different ways to organize craft supplies in drawers, and it depends on the size (length, width, and depth) of your drawers. You can use small baskets, boxes, trinket holders, or create dividers. One of the best tools for organizing craft supplies in drawers is a clear acrylic box with dividers like this. This type of storage can hold various art and craft tools - from ink blending tools and washi tapes to sequins and wax beads.
Small organizational cubes are also ideal for those with limited craft storage space. Some cubes don’t have lids making it easier to access and grab whatever you need. It is an excellent option for storing pens, pencils, markers, etc.
Clear Acrylic Holder for Alcohol Markers
10 Budget-Friendly Craft Organizing Ideas and Hacks
Do you love crafting but find yourself frustrated with how much space it takes up and how expensive it can be to organize all your craft supplies? Never fear! There are many creative and affordable ways to get your crafty corner (or any other space) organized. We’re sharing some of our favorite tips and hacks for organizing craft supplies. So whether you're looking for a way to store your washi tapes or just need some ideas for displaying your paper crafting projects, we've got you covered.
- Think about functionality. Before you get into the nitty-gritty of organizing your craft storage box, you need to decide on its functional features. For example, do you want a transparent or see-through organizer so you can easily see what’s inside? Perhaps you prefer open storage versus one with a lid? Are you inclined to get a stackable craft organizer? Here are a few things to consider when deciding about functionality.
- With a lid
- Hanging (wall storage)
- Alphabetical order
- By type (Stamps, Dies, Paper, Stencils, Embossing Folders, Hot Foil Plates, etc.)
- By brand - This is advisable if you have way too many crafting brands in your stash.
- By function - It is ideal to have all your cutting tools or adhesives in one place. If you have a dedicated craft cabinet drawer for each supply and categorize them by function, you’ll find things faster.
- By color - This is a fun organizing idea, especially if you have lots of colorful paper, cardstock, washi tapes, etc.
- By theme - Categorizing your stamps, dies, stencils, and embossing folders by theme is an excellent idea, especially if you often create themed projects. Here are some examples:
- Thank You
- Get Well Soon
- By size - Most craft supplies like stamps, dies, and stencils come in various sizes, so organizing them by size is more practical.
- By shape - This applies to supplies and tools with the same shape, such as washi tapes, pens, markers, ink pads, etc.
6. Get out your label maker! After categorizing everything in your craft cabinet, it’s time to label them! Labeling is second nature to most crafters, and we know that most of you own some type of label maker. Labeling your craft storage box will make life easier for you. It could get frustrating when you’re trying to find something buried deep under heaps of supplies. If you don’t own a label maker, you can always DIY your labels! Use your favorite stamps and inks, put your own spin on them, or use stickers.
7. Personalize your space. Make it your own! The craft storage ideas and organizing tips we’ve shared are a great starting point. However, it’s still crucial for you to make it your own space. Add photos, colors, textures, or decor that highlights your personality.
8. Repurpose! There are plenty of budget-friendly craft storage ideas, but this is probably the best one. It is also the most environment-friendly! Look around you and get those creative juices flowing. Find something that you can reuse and repurpose as a craft organizer or storage.
Here are a few things you can repurpose:
- Old bottles
- Mason Jars
- Old tins
- Jewelry holders/boxes
- Cookie tins
- Old mugs or teacups
- DVD holders
- Crater box
If you need some inspiration to get started, here are 10 budget-friendly craft organizing hacks and ideas that will help declutter your space. Make sure to personalize your new organization system by adding decals, stickers, or painting it in colors that suit your style! Your crafting area should not only be functional but also reflect who you are as a crafter. We hope these tips have inspired you to take on this fun little project soon so you can enjoy all of the perks of a clean, organized, and clutter-free craft room for years to come!