Want to get your craft supplies organized – on a budget? Here are a ton of DIY Craft Supply Organization Ideas!
If you do a lot of crafts, you are going to accumulate supplies. That’s just how it is.
Maybe you are making pom pom wall decor and have to buy a huge pack of pom poms, but then have some left over.
Do you throw them away? But what if you need them for some indeterminate future project!
That’s how we end up with so much stuff. All that stuff can be overwhelming and make it impossible to find the supplies that you need in your crafting space.
That’s why it’s so important to get your craft room organized. Let’s talk about craft supply storage and some examples of DIY craft storage ideas that you can make yourself!
How to organize your craft supplies
Organizing craft supplies can be broken down into:
- Storage solutions
- Decorative displays
Decluttering and Sorting
The first step – and hardest for most people – of organizing craft supplies is decluttering and purging.
I suggest pulling your stuff out and sorting it by type. So, all the paint, all the glitter all the beads together.
Are there any things you don’t use any more? For example, if you gave up jewelry making and won’t do it again, kindly donate those to someone who will use it.
Then, within each type, pull out anything broken, damaged, dried up, or that you just don’t like.
This is pretty easy and painless to get rid of, and then gets you more into the purging mindset.
Finally, you are left with stuff you still will use, works, and you like. Try to get this to fit into your crafting space!
It is super important that your storage supplies match the actual supplies that you have to store.
For example, pens or brushes should go in jars or pen holders – not a giant basket.
Rolls of ribbon or washi tape should be stuck on a dowel or spool whenever possible to keep them organized.
Paper generally needs trays or racks to keep it separated.
- Bins and boxes: Plastic bins and boxes are a practical storage solution for craft supplies. They come in various sizes, can be stacked or nested, and are easy to label for quick identification of contents. Consider keeping items in their original box when it makes sense, for free!
- Drawers and carts: Rolling carts with drawers provide ample storage space for small items such as beads, ribbons, and sewing notions. They can be easily moved around and tucked away when not in use.
- Shelving units: Shelving units provide a versatile and flexible storage solution for craft supplies of all sizes. They can be customized to fit your space and are available in various materials such as wood, metal, or plastic. It’s also easy to build DIY shelves!
- Hanging organizers: Hanging organizers are a great space-saving solution for storing supplies such as yarn, fabric, and wrapping paper. They can be hung on doors or walls and come in various sizes and styles. This is my pick if you have a closet door or something similar to organize on!
- Pegboards: Pegboards are a versatile storage solution that allows you to customize your storage based on your needs. They can be used to store items such as scissors, rulers, and paintbrushes, and can be hung on walls or mounted on frames. Plus, they can make for a beautiful focal wall in your space.
- Cubes and modular storage: Cubes and modular storage systems allow you to create a customized storage solution for your craft supplies. They come in various sizes and configurations and can be stacked or combined to fit your space.
- Toolboxes and caddies: Toolboxes and caddies are great for storing and organizing supplies that you need to take with you on the go, such as knitting needles, crochet hooks, and paintbrushes. They come in various sizes and styles, from small portable toolboxes to larger rolling carts.
Storage bins can get super pricey. So, get creative in how you store things and don’t forget to scroll to the end of this post for a list of tutorials for DIY craft supply storage ideas.
Tips for Maintaining an Organized Space
Once your craft supplies are organized, you have to keep it organized!
The best way that I have found to do this is to have a specific place for everything and to make it very accessible.
If you have a specific bin shelf or drawer for some thing, it is much more likely to go back where it belongs.
Try to avoid stacking things in a way that you have to pull everything out of the shelf or cabinet to get to the bottom items.
In my experience, this leads to things just being thrown loosey goosy which leads to a huge mess.
Finally, be sure to put away supplies when you are done with them. Letting various projects accumulate on the crafting table is what leads to total chaos in my house!
Frequently asked questions about our craft supply organization ideas
Pull out all of your supplies and sort them by type. Purge anything broken or unwanted and then put back in functional storage pieces.
The biggest trick to organize craft supplies in a small space is to purge what you don’t need, and go vertical with storage. Use the wall, stacking drawers, or a pegboard to pack a lot into a small space.
To save money, do not buy pricey bins. Instead, upcycle boxes or jars that you already have to create functional, inexpensive craft supply storage.
Start by pulling everything out and assessing what you really want to keep. Then, you can determine the type of bins, drawers, or jars you need, depending on the type of supplies that you want to store.
The best way to make a cluttered craft room feel less cluttered is to purge unwanted supplies. After that, consider storage that is hidden or solid – not clear and out in the open – to help disguise some of the chaos.
I have found that if I can find someone wonderful to take my old craft supplies, I feel better about unloading them. Look for teachers or people who work at retirement homes and might love to put your unneeded supplies to use.
DIY Craft Supply Organizer ideas
Here are some specific tutorials showing you how to make your own craft supply organizers!
DIY Craft Supply Organizer Ideas
Here are some great ways to DIY craft supply organization yourself!
If you have lots of craft paper, felt, foam, or even vinyl, this simple plywood shelf is perfect. It can be scaled to fit your cabinet or closet perfectly and packs a ton of storage and organization space!
If you have a few papers or supplies you like to keep at your fingertips, this desktop organizer is a great option!
Use a lot of spray paint? Get it organized. What I love about this shelf is the angle which makes it easy to sort by paint lid color!
DIY Rolling Craft Cart for your Cricut Supplies
If you use a cricut or similar craft cutting machine, a rolling cart can be perfect for storing all of the materials and supplies that go with it. just roll it away when you are done crafting!
DIY Craft Supply Wall Organization
This custom wooden wall shelf packs in a huge amount of storage - plus, it's beautiful!
Washi Tape Organizer DIY
Love washi tape - or any tape or ribbon? Here's how to best organize it in a drawer.
Upcycled Tin Can Craft Storage with Cricut
The ultimate budget friendly craft storage hack - update old tin cans into beautiful and functional supply storage!
How to Build a DIY Giant Pegboard Wall
Want to make a statement? Turn a whole wall of your craft room into beautiful, functional craft supply storage!
DIY Craft Vinyl Storage Rack
Whether you use rolls of vinyl or a lot of wrapping paper, this DIY wall roll holder could be perfect for you.
Thread Holder From a Vintage Find
Like to sew? This is a cool idea for an upcycled thread holder.
Craft Paint Storage in Wooden Drawers
Love this hack for turning old wooden drawers into paint bottle storage + displays!
The Easy Way To Make A DIY Handy Washi Tape Holder
This is a cool vertical style washi tape holder. You could use it for ribbon as well. It would also function as decor on a shelf!
DIY Cricut Vinyl Wall Storage
Get your vinyl out of the drawer with this DIY wall organizer!
What are your favorite ideas for storing craft supplies?
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