How to organize craft supplies

Here are a few simple tricks and tips if you are looking for creative ways of how to organize craft supplies in a closet space.

Hi, Friends! I’m Rita Joy from Harbour Breeze Home, and once again I’m thrilled to be over here at Kenarry.

For those of you who don’t know my story, our family moved into a townhouse about 8 months ago. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure what the square footage of our previous home was, but judging by the amount of things I’ve already purged, it was larger.

Much. much. larger.

I’ve found it challenging to figure out how to organize all. the. things.

specifically, my craft supplies!

How to organize craft supplies

I had purged and purged and whittled down my craft supplies to these few totes:

How to organize craft supplies

Although it wasn’t a huge amount of stuff, I agonized over where to put it.

There are only 2 storage closets in our townhouse, and they filled up fast! So, after some fancy maneuvering of all the linens, I finally unpacked the totes into the hall closet.

How to organize craft supplies

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Although everything technically fit, it was a nightmare. If I needed something, it invariably led to items toppling out all over.

Our son left after Christmas for a 6 month job, so when he was out of his room, I experimented with using it as an actual craft room…

How to organize craft supplies

But, now he’s home again, and I needed to (again!) address the craft supplies.

Perhaps the third time is a charm??

The only storage option was the closet, but this time, I went into the project with a game plan.

Here’s how I organized my craft supplies into a closet:

How to organize craft suppliesGroup like items together and put into appropriately sized containers.

For example, all my fabric and sewing supplies fit into a rolling storage unit, like this. It fits perfectly into one of the storage closets.

How to organize craft supplies

Utilize shelf stands to allow for stacking items with different heights.

Stores have all kinds of shelf stands for this purpose, but I just used some wooden boxes I had and placed them on their sides.

How to organize craft supplies

Make sure frequently used items are easy to reach and not buried under a pile of other things.

My craft paint and paint brushes are definitely used the most often, so they are front and center. A wicker silverware caddy is the perfect way to store my brushes and can be easily carried to my painting table.

How to organize craft supplies

Label baskets and boxes.

This step is still on my to do list!:) I’m looking forward to putting on some pretty and fun labels so things will be even easier to find and keep organized.

How to organize craft supplies

Now its your turn. Do you have any tips for organizing your craft supplies in small spaces? I’d love to hear how you do it.

How to organize craft supplies

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How to organize craft supplies

How to organize craft supplies

How to organize craft supplies

If you have a craft room or even just an area that you craft from, I’m guessing you know how hard organization and storage can be! The struggle is often real for us crafty ladies, and I am no exception! But, I’m excited to show you what I’ve done!

These great craft room storage ideas will show you how I organized my craft supplies! I hope you’ll love these ideas and tips.

If you didn’t know, I recently had a complete craft room makeover that you can see on the blog here. A HUGE step in me starting to get organized was having pieces that would be super functional for my needs in order for me to do so. I realize that not everyone is going to have this set up (and that is A OK), but I think you will still get some great ideas here.

How to organize craft supplies

This is the big built in area where my working desk is, but also perfect for craft room storage! I got most of my bins from Amazon, you can find them in my store here. On the right side I kept that for current seasonal crafting supplies. SO, whatever season I am CURRENTLY working on…this is where all the things I buy go for it!

How to organize craft supplies

The middle section houses little bins that I labeled with my label maker and I just love how everything has a spot! My sister Styled by Blair is awesome at organizing and came and spent the day with me to help me get things in shape!

How to organize craft supplies

Let’s just say I have a little obsession with buying wood surfaces for crafting. I knew I needed a place to store all of those, and this was the PERFECT cabinet for that!

How to organize craft supplies

Now moving on to the drawers. I lucked in to a ton of little organizing trays at the Target Dollar Spot and they just worked perfectly for all the little things like this!

How to organize craft supplies

Over on this side of the room is my crafting desk! You can also get info on this peel and stick wood wall that we put up behind it here. I LOVE having a desk that is tall enough for me to stand at and do my FB Lives, but also to have a tall chair for times when I want to sit. And of course…the STORAGE!

How to organize craft supplies

How to organize craft supplies

Everything from a scrapbook paper holder from Hobby Lobby, to little bins for wood beads from the Dollar Tree, to a drawer full of paint, wood supplies, glue sticks, etc. It ALL has a spot and a place and I love having it all so handy right by where I craft!

How to organize craft supplies

I am still working on getting my ribbon and fabric all organized, so I will share that once I do!

Having this space and dedicated craft room storage has really helped me stay more organized. I feel like I can be more creative in here because I (mostly) know where things are. Does this mean that I never make a mess? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I’m as messy as they get. LOL! But…I try!

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Is your craft storage space limited? If so, you’re a lot like me. I’ve relegated all of my crafting materials into a small closet in my home, and embraced ways to organize efficiently and effectively. Keep reading to get tips on how you can take advantage of a small space, and simplify how your crafting materials and tools are stored.

How to organize craft supplies

How to Organize a Small Craft Closet

Learn tips for keeping a small craft closet consolidated and organized.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

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When it comes to organizing a closet for craft storage, I find that aesthetics can go out the window. Use clear or semi-transparent storage boxes to store items – it may not look as nice as using colorful boxes with lids, but it will save you time if you’re looking for a particular something. Canning jars are convenient and inexpensive too, or you can clean and recycle any glass jars for small item craft storage too.

Use Open Containers, Too

Keep the organization of everyday items easier with open containers. A pegboard with adjustable baskets is an easy solution, as is a cork board with open containers attached (like my Chinese food takeout containers). Your small items like hot glue, markers, rubber bands, magnets and loose stamps will be right at home here.

How to organize craft supplies

How to Organize a Small Craft Closet

Learn tips for keeping a small craft closet consolidated and organized.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

If you have shelf space, upcycle old muffin tins for smaller items.

How to organize craft supplies

Muffin Pan Organizer

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Heather Dutton

Photo courtesy of Heather Dutton

Store Papers Vertically

Use magazine racks to store construction paper or scrapbooking paper upright. I find it easier to thumb through color options when they’re stored this way, rather than keeping papers in a stack on a shelf.

If you need space for rolls of craft paper or wrapping paper, store them on end upright in a small basket.

How to organize craft supplies

Store Wrapping Paper in a Wastebasket

Corral wrapping paper with this easy DIY wastebasket transformation from Crystal Sixta of My Blissful Space. A coat of spray paint gives any design-challenged trash bin a new life as a holiday organizer. Plus, this bin is portable when it’s time to wrap gifts.

Label Everything

Labeling drawers and bins is a practical way of sorting products. I like to flag the bigger bins for broader storage. It has always been convenient for my family to store every roll of tape in the house in one single place, from functional clear packing tape to decorative washi.

How to organize craft supplies

How to Organize a Small Craft Closet

Learn tips for keeping a small craft closet consolidated and organized.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

It’s easier to keep all of my sewing materials together too, and within the bigger drawer I even have a smaller container to contain all of my sewing thread. When it’s time to do a sewing project, I can pull the main drawer out entirely, and have everything I need in one bin.

I love having a scrap drawer. A catch-all for my crafty leftovers. A place to toss that last two feet of pink yarn, that crumbled piece of tissue paper, or leftover oven-bake clay from my latest project. Best of all, the kids know that it’s free for the taking, and will help themselves. Yarn becomes a new leash for the stuffed doggie, the tissue paper is torn, crumpled, and glued onto the artful masterpiece of the weekend, and the clay is formed into a DIY necklace pendant.

Inside: You’ll find 50 ideas on how to organize art supplies in your homeschool so they don’t take over your space.

We have a small house and when you add homeschooling in, it seems to shrink even more.

It doesn’t help that I’m a sucker for school materials. The biggest issue is… art supplies!

I know this is a problem for other homeschoolers too. So how do you tame the beast?

I’ve put together 50 ideas on how to organize art supplies to help win the battle.

How to organize craft supplies

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Tips for Organizing Art Supplies

1.Before you purchase fresh supplies for the year, pull out everything you own and take inventory. This keeps you from buying repeats, over purchasing, and helps figure out what you’ve run out of.

2. Keep similar items together- This just makes sense, unlike the grocery store that puts things in the most unlikely places so you have to wander around looking for them.

3. Use clear containers or put labels on ones you can’t see through so you know what’s inside.

4. Put small items into small containers and then store those inside a larger container.

5. Throw out old, broken, or dried up supplies. Why do we hang on to these? It’s like your husband and that favorite t-shirt that’s tattered and worn with holes in it. Get rid of them!

6. Have a paper scraps box. You won’t keep wasting a whole sheet of paper every time you need some, and it will save you the frustration of jagged pieces of paper sticking out from the front of the construction paper pad (where you tried to store them) every time you pull it off the shelf.

7. Choose rectangular or square containers instead of round one because they are easier to store and take up less space.

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How to organize craft supplies

How to organize craft supplies

How to organize craft supplies

If you have a craft room or even just an area that you craft from, I’m guessing you know how hard organization and storage can be! The struggle is often real for us crafty ladies, and I am no exception! But, I’m excited to show you what I’ve done!

These great craft room storage ideas will show you how I organized my craft supplies! I hope you’ll love these ideas and tips.

If you didn’t know, I recently had a complete craft room makeover that you can see on the blog here. A HUGE step in me starting to get organized was having pieces that would be super functional for my needs in order for me to do so. I realize that not everyone is going to have this set up (and that is A OK), but I think you will still get some great ideas here.

How to organize craft supplies

This is the big built in area where my working desk is, but also perfect for craft room storage! I got most of my bins from Amazon, you can find them in my store here. On the right side I kept that for current seasonal crafting supplies. SO, whatever season I am CURRENTLY working on…this is where all the things I buy go for it!

How to organize craft supplies

The middle section houses little bins that I labeled with my label maker and I just love how everything has a spot! My sister Styled by Blair is awesome at organizing and came and spent the day with me to help me get things in shape!

How to organize craft supplies

Let’s just say I have a little obsession with buying wood surfaces for crafting. I knew I needed a place to store all of those, and this was the PERFECT cabinet for that!

How to organize craft supplies

Now moving on to the drawers. I lucked in to a ton of little organizing trays at the Target Dollar Spot and they just worked perfectly for all the little things like this!

How to organize craft supplies

Over on this side of the room is my crafting desk! You can also get info on this peel and stick wood wall that we put up behind it here. I LOVE having a desk that is tall enough for me to stand at and do my FB Lives, but also to have a tall chair for times when I want to sit. And of course…the STORAGE!

How to organize craft supplies

How to organize craft supplies

Everything from a scrapbook paper holder from Hobby Lobby, to little bins for wood beads from the Dollar Tree, to a drawer full of paint, wood supplies, glue sticks, etc. It ALL has a spot and a place and I love having it all so handy right by where I craft!

How to organize craft supplies

I am still working on getting my ribbon and fabric all organized, so I will share that once I do!

Having this space and dedicated craft room storage has really helped me stay more organized. I feel like I can be more creative in here because I (mostly) know where things are. Does this mean that I never make a mess? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I’m as messy as they get. LOL! But…I try!

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Smart Art Bins

The problem with one big caddy is that art supplies have a tendency to get jumbled into a tumbleweed of fabric scraps, half-used hot glue gun sticks, mystery glitter from 10,000 projects ago and a jar of liquid gold gilding that’s probably turned over and spilled everywhere. Sound familiar? You need a bin with purpose and lots of dividers such as this ribbon holder from The Container Store or this box with long sections designed for paintbrushes. Dividers keep items from floating around, and, mess aside, it’s a safer way to store sharp items such as craft knives and scissors. This stackable bin from The Container Store comes with see-through drawers perfect for storing stamps, sewing pins and other tiny items that can get lost. My favorite craft storage is actually a product meant for the pantry: a tea caddy. Clear, cheap tea caddies such as this one from Bed Bath & Beyond are a great size for storing all kinds of craft supplies. And they look almost identical to more expensive craft bins!

Overwhelmed by buttons and baubles? Not sure how to organize craft supplies to keep everything tidy? No worries! We have you covered!

I don’t know about you, but I love crafting! Crochet is usually my jam, but I like to dabble in other crafts, as well. Crafting is fun and relaxing to me. I’m not super great at any one craft in particular, but I enjoy making things, so why not, right?

Now that you know I’m a sucker for a good project, you should also know that for each work of art, you need an assortment of different supplies. Depending on what you’re creating, you could end up having to go out and get specific materials, which can add to the stockpile of craft supplies you already have.

And this, my friends, is where the craziness begins.

How to organize craft supplies

If you’re reading this you may know a bit of what I’m talking about. I have yarn. I have beads. I have felt. I have ribbon. I have too many things to name. I probably have craft supplies that I don’t even know I have!

To make matters a little more challenging, I should also let you know that I have a very limited space to store all of these goodies.

So my quandary is: how can I keep all of my supplies, for each type of craft, in such a small space? Organization, that’s how!

So, let’s get these craft supplies in order!

Organizing Craft Supplies

Paper Towel Holder

Interesting, right? Paper towel holders are wonderful for stacking ribbon, twine, string, yarn, tape or thread. Pop the spool on the holder for some smart storage, then pull and cut, as you need it!

Spice Jars

Fill up these teeny jars with tiny materials such as beads, findings, snaps, buttons, or even glitter. There are many small craft supplies that need a little home, and spice jars are the answer!

How to organize craft supplies

Mason Jars

When a spice jar is just not big enough, reach for a mason jar or two. Mason jars are the perfect holders for embellishments, scissors, pencils, push pins and more!

Spice Rack

We know that spice jars make a wonderful storage option for small craft materials, but don’t forget about the spice rack itself! Spice racks make the best holders for acrylic paints, puffy paints, tacky glues and other supplies that come in little bottles.

Over the Door Shoe Organizer

With so many pockets for so many things, an over the door shoe organizer is a wonderful option to store craft materials. These shoe pockets can house a variety of medium-sized supplies like yarn, paintbrushes, notepads, chalk, markers and so on.

How to organize craft supplies

Bins and Baskets

These are an obvious go to choice for organizing. You can throw just about anything in a bin and a basket and call it a day. The best part about this type of storage option is that they come in all different sizes, shapes, and colors, so you are sure to find something that suit your needs.

How to Organize Craft Supplies on the Cheap

There’s no stopping now. When looking to organize your craft supplies, try thinking outside box.

Look at what you already have and how it can be repurposed. Who would’ve thought that using everyday household items, like a paper towel holder or a spice rack, could be the perfect storage solution for craft supplies?

Have you repurposed something to be used for storing project materials? Let us know!

There are different ways to sort out and organize craft and art supplies. Some people go the sort by item type. They put glue sticks, bottles, and jars into one pile. Others, go for the sort by activity level. You get one space for painting, one for paper crafts, and so on.

Today, we will talk about cool craft supplies and DIY organization tips for keeping things under control. You can check our ideas for how to neatly store your craft supplies. There are many creative and simple solutions.

And most importantly, they are all budget-friendly. The main idea is to repurpose common household items and give them a new meaning.

1. Tin can Caddy

We recommend cleaning and organizing your space before working on really big projects. For that purpose, we give you a way to create a tin can caddy. You can use it to organize your daily go-to art supplies.

Prepare this on a lazy Sunday. Ideal when you do not feel like working, and you need an activity to keep you out of bed. And the best part is, the caddy can hold a lot of stuff. You will ned 8 small to medium size tin cans and one large coffee can for this project.

2. Six Skein Yarn Caddy

Why throw out a perfectly good container? Any plastic container with press on lid will do the trick here. This caddy is perfect for storing your yarn. You can easily pull out the yarn when you need to use it.

Remember, wash the container before getting it done. You do not want to get your yarn covered with food debris. And you decide how many skeins it might hold.

3. Photo Album Sticker Organizer

Mothers with young children know the struggle of keeping all the stickers organized. Sometimes, it feels like a nightmare. Every trip to the store you buy new and new stickers. And eventually, you have no idea where they all are.

Luckily, you can use an old and forgotten item to help. Thanks to digitization, we no longer need photo albums. Most of us do not use them. Well, find an old one if you have, and store all the stickers there. Or buy a new one.

4. Hanging Shoe Rack Fabric Organizer

The best part about this organize is that it is cheap. Like, you can find it in any IKEA or similar store. And it will cost you just a few bucks. The hardest part is finding space in your home where to put the organizer. From there, just organize your fabrics anyway you like.

Some people go by color, others go by material. It is your choice.

5. Fabric Folder

As with many other items on this list, you can decide the dimensions. Folding can sometimes be a challenging task. You might not fold your fabrics perfectly. And they get rough. Well, why not make a fabric folder. If you’ve watched Big Bang Theory, there is an episode where Sheldon folds his clothes with a plastic folder.

We have something much cheaper. And more versatile and adjustable. All you need is a cardboard.

6. Craft Paint Storage

Painters and artists know the struggle of keeping all the paints organized. Painters have lots of different paints. Some even have up to 10 different shades of a single color.

These cans can help you organize your paints easily. Make sure to put them with the lid facing you. This way, you know exactly which paint you need to pick up.

7. Wrapping Paper Seat

If you are into gift giving and gift wrapping, you might have tons of paper at home. And more often than not, you cannot find the paper you need when you need it. Say goodbye to that problem with this gift paper organizer.

The best part is the organizer is mobile. You see there are wheels. You can move it wherever you need it. And when you want to free up some space, move it away.

8. Pegboard Organization Wall

This a classic school room organizing project. With so many crafts and supplies flying around, you need to make the best of your organization skills. The pegboard works perfectly when you need to categorize and organize your supplies.

And you can go with differently-shaped pegboards for fun. You do want your room to look visually pleasant right?

9. Washi Tape Dispenser Box

This item might be a dream come true for many DIY artists out there. Washi tape is a staple in DIY crafts. And it can crowd your home quickly and easily. The good news is you can store all Washi tape in a single small box. Make sure to write Washi on top of it. You want to find it easily when you need it.

10. Color Paper Organizer

The best part about this organizer is the size. Being it narrow and small, you can place it in any corner of your home. It depends on how visible you want it to be. And as with other items, you can make it small or bigger. How many different colored paper you have?

11. Organizing Embroidery Floss

DIY artists know the importance of reusing and recycling items. Well, if you have too many pegs at your home, you can use some for organizing embroidery floss. Go with wooden pegs. They work much better than plastic.

For starters, they come in neutral colors, making it better for organizing. And they are better quality.

12. Ribbon Organizer Frame

Stuff hanging from pegs is boring for some people. Why not try something more fun and entertaining? And of course, pretty and functional. At the end of the day, DIY items should be functional.

Here, we have a fun way to store ribbons. We love it, and we think you will love it too. The most important part you need is an old wooden frame. Depending on how much ribbons you have, go for a smaller or bigger size.

13. Paint Brush Storage Rack

Some people store wine bottles, other store paint brushes. It is the same concept, but a different item. Just think of it as a small wine bottle holder.

14. Glitter Shakers

For some people, this might be the best gift. Glitter is another popular and common ingredient in DIY projects. And like similar items, it can get messy. You can organize your glitter with salt shakers. This makes it even easier to use glitter afterward.

Just pour some from the salt shaker. Easy, right?

15. Embellishments Magnet Organizer

Many DIY ingredients can make a mess in your home. Count embellishments in that group as well. The good news is that a magnet holder can help you. You can find a wall where the magnet holder fits. And that is all.

16. Craft Supply Organizer Cubby

This method is in line with the organize by color we mentioned at the beginning. For many people, it is the best way to organize stuff. And that includes everything. Not just DIY supplies. We are certain you have an item at home you can repurpose and make it an organizer.

17. Roll-Up Organizer

Now, this organizer might require a bit more work. After all, it involves sewing. If you do not have a sewing machine, it might be a challenge. But a good DIY artist always has a sewing machine at home. And you can use it to make your own personal rolling tool for DIY crafts.

18. Cereal Box Drawer Dividers

Let’s finish with a great organizer made from a cereal box. No need to throw them away anymore. Finish your breakfast, and then recycle the cereal box.

We are sure there are tons of other ways to organize your craft supplies. If we missed some, share it in the comments section.