It’s Never Too Late to Organize Your Craft Room

We’re about six weeks into the new year and many of us have abandoned our New Year’s resolutions. It’s okay – we’re all friends here! If one of your resolutions was/is to get organized, we’re here to help (whether it’s the beginning of the year or not). It’s easy to get overwhelmed when facing a mess of paper, fabric, scissors, glue and other supplies. We’ve all been there! But the sooner you attack the mess, the sooner you’ll find inspiration for new projects. Plus, you might discover some craft materials that you didn’t even know you had!

How to Organize Your Craft Room: 15 Room Tours and DIY Organization Ideas from Our Favorite Bloggers, is filled with creative inspiration to help you makeover your space. You’ll find that not all of these crafters have ample space for their projects. Whether it’s a basement or a closet, featured designers like Latrice Murphy and Pat Sloan use the space they have to find inspiration for their DIY projects. They also take advantage of clear bins, bookshelves, plastic bags and so much more to store their materials and keep clutter at bay.

Inside the eBook, you’ll find color photos of all the craft rooms as well as information about the space from the bloggers themselves. Many designers offer tips for storage and organization as well as inspiration for the decor and aesthetic.

 

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Tina Johnson (left) and Michael Sellick show that yarn storage doesn’t have to start and end with plastic bins. In fact, they store their yarn vertically on repurposed bookshelves!

 

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Alyice Edrich created her own craft tool caddy out of recycled aluminum cans. Not only did she say money on supplies for organization, but she also crafted with recycled materials!

 

You might be feeling a slight case of craft room envy at the sight of Mark Montano‘s very own craft cottage. Yes, you read right – he has a circus-themed crafty hideout where he creates the projects found in his books like the Big Ass Book of Bling. Though he describes himself as a “hoarder,” Mark’s creative space is a bastion of creativity and fun. Take a look inside this eBook and see for yourself!

 

For more storage and organization ideas plus 15 exclusive craft room tours, download a copy of our latest eBook How to Organize Your Craft Room: 15 Room Tours and Organization Ideas from Your Favorite Bloggers.
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5 Crafty Tips For Organizing Your Creative Space

This post comes from our friend Lindsay Conner of CraftFoxes.

If you haven’t noticed, a clean and organized craft room can help get your creative juices flowing like nothing else. When you have a place for everything for fabric, scissors, glitter to glue, you learn how to maximize the space in your craft room. Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping your crafts in order and making the most of your creative space.

Get Inspired with Furniture

You may not have thousands of dollars to spend on new cabinets to organize your craft supplies, but finding a one or two great piece of furniture can make all the difference. Check out big-box stores and vintage furniture dealers for cabinets and dressers that you can repurpose as craft room storage. We love this repurposed shutter storage closet for a shabby chic craft room. An armoire can become a scrapbooker’s dream closet, while inexpensive cube shelves can be stacked to keep your craft supplies hidden under a DIY workstation.

Check out these craft rooms for inspiration!

Choose the Perfect Table and Chairs

For a craft room that’s functional as well as pretty, you’ll need a comfortable chair and sturdy worktable. If you’re crafting with kids, find a table that’s a little lower to the ground, or try a high-top and bar stools for supplies you’d like to keep out of little hands. Decoupage a table with old book pages for a custom look. A folding card table and chair makes a great craft table to pull out for additional workspace when a friend comes by to join the party.

Craft Beautiful Containers

When it comes to organizing your craft supplies, a little bit of imagination goes a long way. You can turn old glass pickle jars into cute craft supply jars to hold paper clips, buttons and beads. A teapot makes a very creative yarn organizer, and dowel rods can be used to keep ribbon untangled.

Check out these crafty uses for everyday items to learn more tips for organizing your craft room.

Label It

Once you have your space defined, it’s time to label your craft supplies for easy access. If you have a label maker, colored stickers or some other method for maintaining the mess, it’s helpful to have some method for sorting your stash. We love these chalkboard clothespin labels for clipping to boxes and bins of craft supplies.

Dress Up Your Space

Repaint a vintage mirror and hang it on the wall of your craft room to reflect light in the space and make the room seem bigger. You can finish off your craft room with some pretty details, like easy-to-make curtains with this tutorial from Jennifer Paganelli. Choose light-colored fabric to make sure the room feels light and bright, or darker drapes to keep out the sun.

Need some more ideas? Check out our top 10 craft rooms for tips on organizing your own creative space.

Link Love: Crafty Organization Ideas

Need a little help in the organizational department? I think we all do. Whenever I ask about organization on Facebook, people seem to have the same response – “Organization…what’s that?” Nobody’s perfect, but it helps to know where your supplies are and what materials you have on hand. Luckily, you can easily repurpose materials you already have or recycle your discards and create fashionable, functional organizational pieces. In fact, you can use everything from old neckties to aluminum cans for these projects. It’s time to get organized, crafty people!

First, make a few items for your desk or craft table and get into the habit of placing your supplies in the correct spot. A Denim Art Can or Crayon and Pencil Organizers can add a fun touch to your space and help you keep track of your supplies at the same time. If you frequent craft supply stores (who doesn’t?), the Best Coupon Organizer is sure to help you. The more colorful and stylish the organizer, the more likely you are to make use of it and score great deals.

Think outside the box and make it a priority to get organized. In fact, this is a great new year’s resolution. You can’t have to spend a fortune on supplies, either. Use your crafty know-how and creativity to dream up fun and unexpected organizational ideas – it’s a way to clear your clutter and your mind.

  1. Colorful Desk Organizers from World of Pineapple
  2. Twine Wrapped Pencil Holder from Crafted
  3. Aluminum Vase & Utensil Holders from Sugar and Cloth
  4. Shabby Chic Accessory Holder from Lovin’ Our Chaos
  5. Notebook Organizer from Abernathy Crafts
  6. Chalkboard Labels from The Thinking Closet
  7. DIY Jewelry Organizer from C.R.A.F.T.
  8. 10 Minute Marker Caddy from Aunt Peaches
  9. Hanging Scissors Organizer from Recycled Neckties from Craft Test Dummies

What’s one way you keep your craft supplies organized?

 

Dreaming of a Craft Room?

You’re not alone!  I can’t even tell you how many hours I spend on Pinterest when I get home…just looking and dreaming, planning and wishing for a “Woman Cave” all to myself!

If you wile away the hours dreaming of your very own creative space, you just have to check out the newest giveaway from Favecrafts.com!  With the help of Inside the Creative Studio: Inspiration and Ideas for Your Art and Craft Space, you can find inspirations and ideas to create your ultimate craft room…no matter how big or small it may be.

This book takes you through the craft rooms of 30 creative people, including well known designers like Tim Holtz.  Each designer offers tips and hints for creating the ultimate craft space, as well as detailed layouts of their craft rooms and lots and lots of pictures to drool over! From finding the best way to organize and arrange small crafting spaces to making the most of bigger areas, Inside the Creative Studio is a must have for crafters of all mediums!

You can register to win Inside the Creative Studio by visiting the giveaway page and filling out the entry form.  You have until June 5th to sign up to win, and you can enter to win once a day…so the more you return to the giveaway page, the greater your chances of winning this great go to guide on creating the ultimate crafting space!

DIY Storage Systems for Crafts

My craft stash is a mess.  I have a ton of supplies in random boxes throughout my apartment and I need to get a handle on gathering it all together in one place.  I’m on a hunt to find decorative storage and organization tips from all you crafters out there on how to get my crafty treasures in order.  This, my friends, is mission number one.

Mission number two is to spend as little money as possible on organizational systems.  Why spend money when I can reuse what I already have to get myself organized?  So today I bring you repurposed, upcycled, and crafty DIY storage ideas for all your craft supplies…so let’s get organizing!

 

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Scrapbook paper storage solutions are easier to come by than you think!  See if you have an old accordion file somewhere in the basement.  If you do, you’ve got yourself one of the best scrapbook paper organizers out there!

Here’s a great way to keep your single scrapbook paper sheets organized.  All you need is a collapsible sweater shelf and a few of these storage bins for paper, available at Cut Rate Crafts.  Label the bins by color, paper theme, or whatever system works for you.  I can’t wait to try this idea at home!

 

Beads/Embellishments/Small Things

Chances are you have the best storage devices for beads, embellishments, and other small items in your kitchen right now.  When it comes to keeping small things organized, there’s no need to buy tons of little jars and bottles…simply browse around your kitchen for unused muffin tins, egg cartons, and ice cube trays.

Yup, these storage containers make scrapbook storage and organization a breeze…not to mention they stack up and store away easily to allow for a cleaner and clutter free workspace.

When it comes to the bigger small stuff, like scissors, tape, and glue, nothing works better than a multi-pocket shoe organizer.  Who would have thought?  These over-the-door shoe organizers are great for craft supplies.

For those who enjoy the fine art of illustration and painting canvas boards, these shoe organizers are top-notch marker and paint bottle organizers.   If you’d rather have your markers and colored pencils close at hand, this Water Bottle Supply Organizer is a great resource.  Made from recycled plastic bottles, this storage system is cost effective and easy to make.

I also love this idea for organizing my colored pencils.  I’m always on the hunt for ideas for making handmade greeting cards, so keeping my cardstock and colored pencils close at hand is a definite need.  With this storage system, I can clean out my recycling bin and satisfy my slight OCD problem to have all my colored pencils together with like colors.  This just makes me happy.  There’s no other way to put it.

 

Ribbons

Can we discuss how brilliant this is?  What a great way to keep all your ribbons organized and ready for crafting and wrapping!  DIY ribbon organization is where I plan to start when it comes time to organizing my crafts.  While this ribbon tote is a great idea, I also love this ribbon organizer!  It’s so easy to make…all you need is a shoe box and some dowels.  I definitely think I can manage that!

 

Yarn and Needles

WHY did it take me so long to find this?  What a great idea for storing yarns and knitting needles!  This project requires a collapsible crate, a basket, or some receptacle you have that you are willing to recover with fabric.

If sewing isn’t really your thing, try this Yarn Storage Box, made with Mod Podge and unfinished wooden boxes.  Not only does it provide ample storage for yarn and craft needles, but you can decorate it to match your home décor so you can store your supplies out in the open!

Now, anyone who knows me knows I LOVE my coffee!  Can’t start a day without it!  But did you know that all those coffee canisters can be put to good use once the beans are gone?  By attaching like-sized canisters together, you can create yarn storage solutions that are effective and decorative!  Even if you’re not yo-yo for yarn, you can easily upcycle aluminum cans to help you organize your other craft supplies.

 

Fabric

I absolutely am in love with these fabric storage cabinets!  I love how colorful and organized that looks!  All you would need here is some stiff cardboard to wrap your fabric scraps around.  Then simply display them in an empty bookcase or cabinet.

 

So there you have it!  A good handful of DIY projects to help you get organized for a new year of crafting!  Not in the mood to DIY?  Check out these awesome craft room organization ideas and products from Cut Rate Crafts.  Many of the systems are available for purchase through the site…so you can get to organizing your creative mind ASAP.

Now, just because you’re storing and organizing doesn’t mean you have to disregard decorating!  Your craft room can be useful and beautiful—just check out this tips on how to Decorate and Organize Your Craft Room.  Ah, if only I had a craft room…

 

We want to hear your hints, tricks, and tips when it comes to craft storage and organization!  Feel free to comment below and tell us what has worked for you!  Happy crafting!

Craft Rooms Exposed Series: Week 5

Welcome to the fifth issue of the FaveCrafts Craft Rooms Exposed series!  As promised in our monthly craft question post, we will be featuring one craft room every Monday.  Get inside tips from some of our favorite bloggers and designers and find out how they turn their craft rooms into lean, mean crafting machines!   And now without further adieu, let’s explore our latest featured craft room.

Featured Room Designer: Alyice Edrich from Alyice Edrich Creatives

Organizational Tip: I just reorganized my craft room, yet again, by purchasing more plastic bins and shelves and adding an extra table. For me to create, I need things easily accessible and I need some sort of organization. For instance, I have a bin with three drawers that has “in progress” hand painted papers, “ready to alter” hand painted papers, and “ready to frame” hand painted papers. Then I have a bin with three drawers for hand painted papers that I sized. Each size is then placed into a baggie and labelled…right now I have 2×2, 4×3, and 5×7 cut papers. I also have bins with drawers for tags, mulberry papers, store-bought papers, and scrap papers.I can buy the bins from Wal-Mart and Dollar General from $4 to $15 a pop and the shelves from Wal-Mart for $20. Because they are white, they brighten up my dungeon (my art room is in the basement next to my office). And because the bins are see-through, I can see at a glance where things are saving me time when I need something specific.

FaveCrafts 365 Quiet!

Well, we aren’t in the library, but I do like a quiet studio to work in. If you’ve been watching our daily FaveCrafts 365 v-log reports you’ll have noticed there is often a dog or two barking in the background. On most days this isn’t a problem unless all heck breaks out and a cute little poodle is walking by–then it’s a bark fest that makes the ears ring for hours.

Do you like working and creating in a quiet zone or are you the turn up the radio and let’s make some noise kind of crafter? Or maybe you like to mix it up with a little of both? Come on… share!

Craft Rooms Exposed: Week 2

Welcome to the second issue of the FaveCrafts Craft Rooms Exposed series!  As promised in our monthly craft question post, for 8 more weeks we will be featuring one craft room every Monday.  Get inside tips from some of our favorite bloggers and designers and find out how they turn their craft rooms into lean, mean crafting machines!   And now without further adieu, let’s explore our first featured craft room.

Featured Room Designer: Berta Gilholm, a featured FaveCrafts designer

Organizational Tip: Berta says: I organize my craft room so that I can see the materials I want to work with easily.  I make things stackable so I have room to go up.

The Tour:

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Berta says: The gray slot file chest is in alphabetical order.  Inside is paint, glue, and other small crafting materials. The hardware drawers above it are for bead work. The storage case with red containers are for the yarn and the transparent drawers underneath them hold all of my needlework supplies.  I have two black chests that hold all computer patterns, craft books and paper. This seems to work well, but I never have enough room!

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See more of Berta’s craft room in our free eBook, How to Organize Your Craft Room: 15 Room Tours and DIY Organization Ideas from Your Favorite Bloggers

Don’t forget to stop by next Monday for a new tour with new tips!

FaveCrafts.com 365 Out of Sight… Out of Mind!

Ever wonder what’s behind those oak cabinets you see in the background of my daily v-log reports to you? Now is your chance to find out!

I was going to pretty it all up, but thought you’d prefer to see the inside of my storage cabinets in reality rather than my quick clean up idea. Let me know what you think.

Please share an organizational tip with us in the comments! And just how many wiggly eyes do you have?

FaveCrafts.com 365 Take a Seat!

I ordered new chairs for my studio because my back was killing me! It took me over 2 weeks of trying more chairs than I ever hope to see again in my lifetime before finding one that was the right height and a few other important aspects that I share in this video.

Stop and think about how much time you spend sitting down as you create. Invest in a good chair for your health! I’m loving my new chairs, but I think my back loves them even more!

Don’t forget to stop by everyday for a new v-log report from FaveCrafts.com. You just never know what is going on that you’ll enjoying hearing and SEEing about! We love reading your comments too.