An organized craft room is a joy to behold and a place of great inspiration. However, for many crafters it is a place of disorganization and frustration. While there are many organizational supplies to purchase that will solve this dilemma, most crafters would rather spend their money on more craft supplies. Organization is as easy as looking around the house for what might already be on hand. Here are four everyday items, found around the house, to use for organizing the craft room.
Food jars are a great resource for sorting and storing craft items. Small jars store small items such as buttons, beads, and sequins. Large jars hold scissors and other large supplies. The good thing about jars is that they have lids to keep items from spilling. Hang the jars from hooks by wrapping twine around the top of the jar to make a handle. Organize the jars on shelves for a colorful display. Both storage solutions lend a decorative effect in the room. If shelf space is a premium, then attach the lids to the underside of a shelf with strong glue or a screw. The jars then hang from the shelf when attached to their lids.
Milk jugs make handy organizers for bulkier craft items. To free up space, design the milk jugs to hang. Cut the front of the jug off, making sure to leave the handle portion intact. Thread the handles onto a curtain rod, which is attached to the wall, for easy storage. Thread ribbon and twine through the spout for easy dispensing. Threading the ribbon or twine through the spout will ensure no tangles when it is unrolled. Organize fabric pieces and quilt squares by color. The top of the jug helps to keep dust off of these fabrics. Use milk jugs in the children’s craft area to hold scissors, stamps, crayons, and other craft items. The milk jugs make these items easily accessible, as well as, easy to clean up.
Store small ribbon spools, or pieces of ribbon, in plastic food containers. Thread the ribbon through slits cut in the side of the container, and it will dispense easily. Threading the ribbon through slits in the container also allows the crafter to see what type of ribbon is stored in the container. Large balls of yarn or twine fit nicely in these containers. Again, a slit in the top or side allows for either to be easily dispensed. If items other than ribbon or twine are stored in the container, then hot gluing one of the items to the front of the container will allow the crafter to know what is inside without having to open the lid. These containers can be covered with contact paper, or fabric, to give them a more unified look. The plastic containers will hang from “s” hooks on a peg board. Simply punch a hole near the top using a hole punch, and hang.
Shoe and boot boxes are the fourth item in the list that make great organizational containers. For a children’s craft area, store all the supplies for a specific craft project in each box. Place a picture of the finished project on the front for the child to use as a guide to making the craft inside. Store scrap fabric or ribbon in boxes. Bulky items like extra glue guns, paper cutters, etc. store easily in shoe boxes. Shoe boxes, stacked on shelves, free up much needed shelf space. Cover the boxes with fabric, or contact paper, to give a more uniform look in the craft room.
An organized craft room really does make a difference in the ability to be creative, and find inspiration. However, it doesn’t have to cost much to achieve that level of organization. Take a look around and find the things you have on hand to use for organization. Sometimes, the process of getting things in order involves a bit of creativity itself. +