The perfect storage solutions for my craft supplies

Are your craft supplies out of control? In case you’re looking for a way to control the craft room clutter, I’m sharing my favorite containers for storing my craft supplies. I don’t have a designated craft room – it’s just the corner of my 100-year old basement. It’s not an especially pretty place, and the mess can quickly get out of control. In case you’re also struggling to find a way to organize your craft room – or craft area, I wanted to share a few solutions I’ve used.

Behind the scenes life of a craft blogger. Boxes, boxes everywhere!

Some days, my basement looks like this — boxes, boxes, boxes.

First, I deal with boxes – a lot of boxes! I don’t have big tips for this – I just break them down and recycle them when I have too many. And I shared with you before how they can overwhelm the whole house!

Behind the scenes life of a craft blogger.

Boxes for dinner, anyone?

I did some spring cleaning recently, and hauled a bunch of boxes to the curb. And then I tackled my craft corner and reclaimed the space. It’s such a good feeling now to look at my supplies, sorted and easy to find. Hooray!

I love these plastic jars from Oriental Trading Company for storing my craft supplies. So versatile, just the right size, and inexpensive.

My supplies are now sorted, organized and easy to find!

I know that mason jars are all the rage, but I have a concrete floor and I can be clumsy, so why invite disaster? Several years ago, I found these plastic jars at Oriental Trading Company and purchased a dozen on clearance. And then I couldn’t find them again, till recently. When I saw that they were back in stock, I ordered them immediately.

My absolute favorite storage containers for craft supplies. I love these!

Anyone else have jars of wiggle eyes and pompoms?

I love, love, love these jars. They’re a flexible plastic, and might not be a good solution for kids and rough handling. But for my craft supplies, they’re perfect! Reading through the comments on the Oriental Trading web site, I also saw that people were using these plastic jars for all sorts of things – party favors, food gifts, even science experiments.

The large jars are 8″ x 4″ (perfect for ribbon spools), and a set of 12 is $20. A dozen of the short jars is $13.50, and they measure 4-1/2” tall and 3” in diameter.

I have quite a stash of chenille stems, and they’re too large for the plastic jars. I’ve found that stashing them in clear glass vases keeps them tidy (yes, fingers crossed that they don’t crash to the floor).

A great way to store chenille stems so they don't get ruined -- stash them in vases.

I store my chenille stems in inexpensive vases.

I’ve also collected quite a few holiday picks, and I keep track of those by inserting them into a block of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. That way, I don’t lose them and I can see at a glance what I have available.

Store your floral picks in a block of Styrofoam. They won't get lost, and you can see just what you have.

I stick my floral picks into a block of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

I don’t know if you can see the blue basket behind the foam cube, but I store glue bottles, vials of glitter, and paint bottles in small, plastic baskets from a dollar store.

It’s not a glamorous, sun-filled craft room, but it’s organized and I can find what I need. I’ll take that any day! Do you have any suggestions for organizing and storing your craft supplies?

P.S. Oriental Trading did not compensate me in any way for this post. I just love these containers and thought you might, too.

P.P.S. I announced a giveaway on Tuesday — be sure to enter!

Happy crafting.


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15 Responses to The perfect storage solutions for my craft supplies

  1. Melody says:

    Love the idea of using foam for the picks! Really needed some ideas for mine!

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  3. LisaM6 says:

    Wow. What a great storage solution. I need to some Organization. I will look into this. Thanks. Enjoy your weekend.

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Lisa, I know you’re working on setting up your craft room, so you’re going to need storage! I just love the versatility of these containers (and the price). Let us know what worked best for you in your new craft space. Thanks! Sharon

  4. studiorose says:

    Great idea to keep everything close and visible! I have my work table set up with stackable three-drawer storage units arranged in a semi-circle surrounding me, stacked two high. All the drawers are clear, but also labeled so I can see at a glance what is in them. If a supply isn’t close at hand, I probably won’t use it! I also have large drawer units with wheels surrounding me for my larger supplies. When I need something, I just pull open a drawer. The stuff I use infrequently is stored in several of those beautiful heavy chipboard photo boxes and storage boxes with pretty designs on them (Tuesday Morning is a good source for them at a low price) stacked on plain white bookshelves from Target and/or Walmart.

    I do not have google eyes or pom-poms, but I am up to my ears in glitter glue and paper flowers!

    • Sharon says:

      It sounds like you have a great system! And better yet, love how you’ve found bargains, too. You are so right that you have to see it to know what you have and use it. And hopefully that inspires you to create more, too! Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  5. Debbie Kaste says:

    Great post, Sharon. I too am always looking for great storage ideas. I need things in clear containers as it gets harder to find things in my messy room!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks! And yes, being able to see what you have makes all the difference. I think narrow shelves would be nice, too, as then you don’t have to root through the jars to find what you need. But this is 90% of the battle, so I’m good. Sharon

  6. Katiria says:

    I put my paints and ribbons in shoe boxes, my threads in a wicker basket, my brads & eyelets in tic-tac containers and my stickers in an accordion folder labeled by theme. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks so much for sharing your storage ideas, Katiria. I never thought about using tic-tac containers for small items. It’s great to hear what others do — starts the wheels turning. One thing we all share is a need to organize our “crafty stuff”! Sharon

  7. I love Oriental Trading!! I have a bunch of those plastic jars also. I store buttons, jewels, beads and lots of other stuff in them and they are great! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      I know — so many goodies at OT. And don’t you just love those jars? I should probably order another set . . .! Glad you stopped in, and thanks for the comment. Sharon

  8. brenda says:

    how wonderful to see what I believe most readers are dealing with.i am in the process of dealing with even less space than before so it is sort of a no crafting period and trying to get sorted and possible organization in the process. additionally, I am trying to get this done with the need for physical assist. (not so fun)

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Brenda, I think everyone struggles with this one, and it feels so great when it’s all sorted out and pared down. Good luck with your sorting and organizing — I know you’ll feel better when it’s all done. And then you can get back to crafting! Thanks so much for stopping in today. Sharon

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