Quick and Clever Ideas for Organizing Crafts Supplies

Steel industrial three-shelf cart with baskets of art supplies
Try these creative and simple solutions to neatly store your crafts supplies. With our craft storage ideas on a budget, you can organize better and save money.

Chic Crafts Caddy

Create storage for crafts and office supplies in a collection of milk glass displayed in a vintage drink caddy set on a colorful tray. You can simply carry this cheap craft storage tray to any work space.

Drop Down

Vintage and flea market finds are great additions to any craft room. This drop-down desk, repurposed as a craft storage unit, is perfect for organizing supplies. Pencils, pens, and paints in bunches add graphic impact.

Paintbrush Bouquet

This farmhouse-style vase is perfect for sorting paintbrushes by size and type and also allows them room to dry after use. Organizing your craft room has never looked so pretty!

Crafting Station

Pegboard is perfect for holding crafts supplies. Cut pegboard to the desired size, then frame it with molding pieces found at a hardware store. Paint the entire piece, let dry, and hang it above your workstation. Pegboard hooks come in various shapes and sizes, so select hooks that will easily hold the items you plan to store.

See-Through Storage

If you are lacking desk or wall space, look up! These repurposed candy bowls fit perfectly under a cabinet with magnets attached to their lids. Fill them with your most-used supplies so they're always ready at a moment's notice. 

Color Coordinated

Canning jars aren't just for jams. Use clear glass or plastic jars to store small supplies, including buttons, thread, and other embellishments. You'll be able to quickly identify what's available while giving your crafts space a pleasing ambience.

Kids' Craft Storage Spot

Hang a cabinet or shelves to store kids' craft items. Be sure they are low enough for little hands to reach. Attach a paper towel holder to the underside of a shelf, then fill it with kraft paper or ribbon that kids can easily tear off. Clip a couple of clothespins to the paper's edge to keep it from curling.

Flipped Around

When collecting acrylic paint bottles, it's a good idea to keep them upside-down in craft storage bins. With gravity doing its job, you won't have to scrape the bottom of the jar to get the last drop of paint. 

Drawer Dividers

Tired of your cluttered work space, but need to keep supplies handy? Compartmentalized containers organize essentials within reach, and shallow craft storage drawers prevent the urge to stack, making it easier to see available supplies quickly.

Kids Crafts Supplies Holder

A canvas apron made for gardening tools is also a great holder for art supplies. Attach the belt to the edge of the craft room table with hook-and-loop tape, and tuck the straps out of sight. Fill it with arts and crafts supplies that will get your little one creating.

Clever Closet Storage

For arts and crafts storage, turn the back of a closet door into a smart storage space with a peg rack that holds spools of thread, ribbons, and tools. This nifty trick makes craft organization cheap, easy, and pretty! 

Embellishment Drawer

Use milk glass dishes or shallow bowls to stash sewing supplies in craft storage drawers. You can often purchase milk glass items at flea markets and garage sales for less than a dollar apiece. Add color and interest by lining the craft storage drawers with decorative paper.

Embellishments in a Snap

Repurpose a pillbox for eye-catching craft organization. The tiny containers hold dozens of eyelets or hardware and are easily embellished with a label and preview of what's inside.

Mobile Crafts Cart

Retrofit an old end table into a cart that can function as a mobile craft storage unit. File crafts papers, stickers, and scrapbook pages below, and stash tools and markers on top. Push it wherever you want for an instant work space.

Everyday Items

Simple kitchen items, such as glassware, can keep crafts scissors, felt-tip pens, and crayons within easy reach on a tray designed to hold olives. Slip a spring bouquet into one of the glasses to turn it into a pretty display for your crafting space.

Recycled Storage

Don't throw away your empty cans from snacks or coffee. Wrap them in pretty paper and use them as cheap craft storage for small items, such as buttons, pins and needles, bobbins, and embellishments.

Upcycled Hutch

Outfit a small cabinet hutch to make a pretty, confined crafts storage unit. Add shelves to the cabinet to bring order to the goodies inside. Employ baskets and flat cardboard boxes for organized filing and storage. 

Spice Rack Storage

Recycle a spice rack into a storage tower for buttons, beads, glitter, and more. The clear jars make it easy to stay organized, and the swivel base makes everything accessible. This one is perfect for craft rooms on a budget!

Box It Up

Plastic sleeves designed for slide, photo, or trading card storage are ideal for stashing die cuts separated from their packaging. Store the sleeves in binder boxes (or regular cardboard boxes) that can be stacked or stored upright on a shelf.

Hang It Up

Keep gift wrap and crafts supplies organized with a wire shower caddy. Hang one for wrapping supplies and a second one for crafting supplies. Use ribbons to suspend cans filled with pencils, paintbrushes, and more from the hooks.

Sticker Stadium

A plastic desktop filing system allows you to sort stickers, patterned paper, and other crafts supplies in tiered compartments, making everything easy to see. Add printed dividers to customize the categories.

Cubby Storage

Shoe and sweater organizers are perfect for storing fabric. The small cubbies let you stash rolled batting, fusible web, stabilizer, freezer paper, and more.

Recipe/Index Card Box

Stash smaller stickers and die cuts in a recipe box with tabbed dividers. This system also works well for die cuts organized by theme. The box is small enough that it can be packed with essentials and taken to a crop.

Serving Pieces

Organize crafts supplies in multipiece serving sets, such as these vintage aluminum tumblers. It's easy to spin and get to what you need, plus it's portable.

Window Treatment Plus Storage

A hanging canvas shoe organizer, suspended from clip-on curtain rings, functions as a window treatment and art supply storage. The pocket depth is perfect for pens and pencils, paintbrushes, and notepads of various sizes.

Secondhand Storage

Family crafts night is a breeze when you organize your supplies in baskets. The baskets are easily carried to the table, making cleanup simple, and can be hidden away in a simple rolling cart. 

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