Gather around, friends.
Let’s have a moment of heart-to-heart paper-crafting honesty. Brace yourselves: This Go-to Gal does not have one of those kind of craft rooms you see in many of the magazines.
Yes, you know what I am talking about: The room with the perfectly-matched furniture and all the latest and greatest (and coordinating) storage supplies.
Yes, that would not be my room. My room is the one that never appears in the magazines. It’s the one where things don’t always match up. (I store the bulk of my stuff on bookshelves and use a beat-up dining table as a desk)! But I’m proud of my little room because affordability and practicality are huge when it comes to how I store my crafting stash.
I thought it would be fun to give you a glimpse into my craft room and share with you some budget-friendly storage tricks straight from my bookshelves.
Ready. Set. Go!
I like to use an old bread pan to store misting sprays and paints in. If you don’t have one already in your possession, hit up the estate sales and second-hand stores. They are easy to find and are quite affordable. In fact, the one I use cost me just 25 cents! Score!
Recycle an old tin lunchbox. I keep a couple of these in my craft room. I store small pieces of felt in one and then use the other to store bottles of glitter, flocking, and embossing powder. So that I know what is inside, I put labels on the outside.
Convert a table’s place card stand into “Use it soon” stand for die-cuts and small sticker sheets. This stays at my desk as a reminder of small paper items I have pulled out and want to use soon. If you don’t have any place card stands, check out the local party stores.
Recycle a small pitcher into a pen and pencil holder. The beauty of this bad boy is it just sits on bookshelf, ready when I am ready to use pens and pencils inside it.
Store embellishments in ice cube trays. Seriously.
I found this little stack of three ice cube trays at a big box store for under $2. I store them on a bookshelf. What’s cool is each tray has 16 compartments and the three trays stack up! They are perfect for putting on a bookshelf.
Look for clear containers at the dollar store and use them to store things like decorative tape and items you have a large quantity of. I have a lot of these and tend to buy a few containers at a time so I can stack them up on my bookshelves. I use a label maker to identify what is in each one.
Use a shoe storage organizer to hold steel dies in. I found hanging shoe storage organizers at the dollar store. I hang them on hangers, fill them with my dies and then let them hang in a small coat closet off my craft room. It’s a great space saver and way to know where your dies are when you want them.
Got a cool storage tip? Please share it with all of us!
Would you like even more crafty storage tips and ideas? I’ll pick one of you to win a copy of Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters from Paper Crafts magazine. You have until Friday, June 15th at 5 pm MDT to respond.
Yours in crafty bliss,
Paper Crafts Go-to gal