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100 Craft Space Organization Ideas

Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Show Your Love Of Color And Your Yarn

Storing yarn in these glass jars is a lovely way to add color to your craft space

Storing yarn in these glass jars is a lovely way to add color to your craft space

Understanding Your Craft Space

It all starts with a plan and that plan starts with the idea of how much space you actually have available. Do you have a corner in a dining room? A spare room that you are going to convert into a craft room? Is your Craft space in a cellar? Or do you have one of those well coveted she sheds?

Maybe you have some craft supplies throughout your living space, scattered as it were, here, there and everywhere. No matter what your craft or hobby is, it is time to get it all together and get your craft space organized.

Why would you spend the time to do that? Because you will spend less time finding things, knowing what you need and more time crafting.

The two goals that you should have in any reorganizing of your craft space are:

  1. Clear access to all your supplies
  2. Clear visibility to all of your supplies


We have gathered 100 of our favorite tips to help you get organized and hopefully stay that way !

Craft Space Closet Organization

  1. Have fabric, use fabric bins to get them organized.
  2. Smaller, miscellaneous items can easily overtake a storage space. By using a vertical hanging shoe organizer, you can use those small pockets of space for those items
  3. A utility cart can be a delightful addition to your closet for medium storage items. These are great if you have items that you use a lot. It can be rolled in and out of your space.
  4. Use a peg board to line a section of your closet. Just about anything and everything can be hung from a pegboard. The customization options are endless with a pegboard so you can really personalize them to fit your specific craft supplies. Every item will have a designated place, cutting down the clutter and minimizing the cleanup time.
  5. Use a kitchen island for a craft table. These islands are perfect because they have multiple areas of storage underneath.
  6. Do not forget the backs of your closet doors. You can hang all kinds of hanging organizers.
  7. Use an over the door organizer to store gift wrap and wrapping neccessities
  8. Grab clear see through plastic containers for all sorts of storage in your craft space. Tall thin containers can be used for paint brushes. Find what you need when you need it with these containers.
  9. Use paper towel holder to hold twine and string
Use a lazy susan and some cake pans to create your own tired storage unit, Spray paint and glue the pans.Inexpensive glass candle holders are used in between the layers, Many of these can be found at your local dollar store or thrift shops.

Use a lazy susan and some cake pans to create your own tired storage unit, Spray paint and glue the pans.Inexpensive glass candle holders are used in between the layers, Many of these can be found at your local dollar store or thrift shops.

The Importance Of Labeling And Zoning Everything

If you are a crafty person, especially if you are like me and do multiple types of crafts, then labeling is a must. There is nothing worse than the frustration of looking for something and spending craft time trying to find it.

That frustration can sometimes cause us to do crazy things like buying something only to find out later we already had it. Duplicates are enough to drive you off the deep end.

One way I solved that problem was to zone all my craft tools and products. It does not have to be a fancy system. It just means keeping everything that relates to a craft in one area of your craft space,

It is as simple as having all your stencils in binder. Or organizing all your wool to be in one location. It could be having your acrylic clocks close to your ink pads, you get the idea. Several of my zones are just a photo box. My quilling materials and tools, my heat embossing supplies and my buttons are all in single boxes. My watercolors are in a drawer. Above them are my paintbrushes. Below them are my cleaners and mediums. You get the idea.

Equally important is to label everything in sight. My label maker has paid for itself several times over. If I am in a rush, I find things quickly.

Think about your craft space and how you might make things easier for yourself !

Retro Stamp Storage Idea

Use a Rolodex to store small stamps by category. You can sometimes find these in your local thrift store.Click to get complete project.

Use a Rolodex to store small stamps by category. You can sometimes find these in your local thrift store.Click to get complete project.

Stamp Storage Tips

Wooden Stamps

  1. Make a rubber stamp display. If you have rubber stamps, display them on a shelf with the picture or text displayed.
  2. Shallow plastic drawer units
  3. In clear shoe boxes
  4. In clean unused pizza boxes

Acrylic Stamps

Stamps Use Cd or DVD storage cases to hold stamps. If you can find a CD rotating holder, all the better.

  1. In their original packages in baskets or bins.
  2. In plastic sheets in loose leaf binders. You could also use trading card or coin sleeves

Foam Stamps

  1. In photo boxes
  2. In glass jars
  3. In stackable trays
  4. In zip lock bags

Uses For Wicker Baskets

I love using wicker baskets in my craft room. There is so much that you can store in them. They can be stored in closets, on a shelf or a bookcase

Keep all your embroidery floss in one location.

Keep all your embroidery floss in one location.

Use A Pegboard For Vertical Storage

You might think that a peg board would only be used in a workshop with tools and woodworking equipment. But more and more crafty folks are using pegboards to add vertical storage in their craft space.

The nice thing about a pegboard is that you can adapt it for your own crafts and needs.

There are many things that can be added to your pegboard. Check out your local home improvement option

Sweater Shelf Paper Storage Idea

Sweater shelves can be used to store paper in small  areas or closets

Sweater shelves can be used to store paper in small areas or closets

Paper Storage Tips

How you store your scrapbook paper is decided mostly on the amount of paper that you have as well as the storage space you have for it.

  1. Store paper upright (vertically) in magazine holders
  2. Store your paper vertically in cubbies by color
  3. In clear 12" by 12" boxes that will stack
  4. In a rolling cart that has multiple drawers
  5. Use a large plastic storage bin that have rails to hang file folders

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Clear Jars Mounted Or On A Table

You can't beat clear jars to store everything from buttons to zippers. No matter what craft you are into, clear jars are a good option.

You can't beat clear jars to store everything from buttons to zippers. No matter what craft you are into, clear jars are a good option.

Upright Magazine Scrap System

This upright system to store your scraps allows you to see exactly what you have.

This upright system to store your scraps allows you to see exactly what you have.

More Craft Paper Storage Ideas

Paper Scraps-Storing Those Paper Bits

We all love saving those bits of paper that we have left over from our projects. After all, as responsible crafters, we try to get the most out of the paper we use. Here are my favorite ways to store your scrap paper bits.

  1. Store your scraps in zip lock bags
  2. Use a three ring binder with page protectors to sort your scraps
  3. Use an upright file system either in a drawer or in a file box
  4. Store them in plastic baskets arranged in colors and /or patterns
  5. Use a multi drawer plastic storage system with each drawer a specific color or pattern

More Scrap Paper Storage Ideas

Consider A Kitchen Island

If you have the space, consider a kitchen island as a work space/storage space

If you have the space, consider a kitchen island as a work space/storage space

Pencils. Marker And Tool Storage

As crafters, we all love our tools, and that means we need a means of keeping them all together.

There are some lovely holders that you can purchase to hold all of your tools. And if you have the budget for them, then go for it.

But there are plenty of things that you can use right around your home that will help get you organized in about 5 minutes

  • Coffee mugs- who does not have extra ?
  • Mason jars-so easy to find.
  • Plant pots-paint, stencil or washi tape them
  • Zip lock bags-you can divide them by color or type
  • Tin cans covered with decorative paper

Really Organized Button Storage System

Really smart and organized button storage

Really smart and organized button storage

Button Organization Ideas

How you store your buttons is largely dependent on how many buttons you own. Naturally, if you are a sewer or a button collector, you are more likely to have more buttons than most folks. So, look at your button stash and decide first how you want to store them. You can store them by color (the most popular way), by type or by size.

  1. Use mason jars or other plastic or glass jars to store your buttons. You can recycle jars from your kitchen. Arrange them on a shelf. They will add color to your space.
  2. Sort your buttons by color in plastic bags. I use small zip lock bags. I store these in a shoe box.
  3. Use a plastic organizer box. You can find these anywhere. They have multiple little sections that help you sort through your buttons
  4. Store them in coin collector refill pockets. These refill pockets can be stored in a three ring binder. You can divide them by color. You can fit 20 buttons per page. Easy to see what you have.
  5. Use clear plastic containers in a drawer. Plastic containers come in all different sizes, so it is easy to customize this system. You could add a label on the top of the container or glue a button on the top to denote the color. These containers can be found in the dollar stores.
  6. In a spice rack with jars. Those wonderful spin spice racks are a perfect way to store your button collection.


Simple storage idea for decorative scissors

Simple storage idea for decorative scissors

Three Ring Binder Ideas

You can stand them upright or lay them on their side. Make sure to use a label maker to tell you what is in them.

All you need is a box of page protectors and you are well on your way to getting several organizations projects done in a night or a weekend

What ca you store in them:

  1. Knitting and sewing patterns
  2. Left over pieces of vinyl- make sure to label the type of vinyl it is
  3. Stencils
  4. Ribbon
  5. Craft Dies
  6. Knitting needles
  7. Crochet hooks


Create A Custom File Drawer

Use some chalkboard paint and create a custom chalkboard file cabinet. You can often find these at your local thrift store

Use some chalkboard paint and create a custom chalkboard file cabinet. You can often find these at your local thrift store

File Cabinets Or Drawers For Craft Spaces

You may have a desk with a file drawer in it. Or you may have a file cabinet. These are so useful for storing all kinds of craft essentials. File cabinets do not have to be out in the open. They can be stored in a closet.

Even if your space is limited, you can create a file system in bins that are sold in your local home office store.

So, what can you store in a file drawer?

  • Patterns
  • Small amounts of fabric
  • Stamps
  • Embossing Folders

Store Ribbon In Jars

Making your ribbon visible is not only pleasing to the eye, but also a handy way to store wither by color or types of ribbon

Making your ribbon visible is not only pleasing to the eye, but also a handy way to store wither by color or types of ribbon

More Fabric Storage Ideas

Here are some fabric storage ideas that may help your craft space get more organized.

  1. Use the side of a crib on it's side. You can use the slats to drape the fabric over.
  2. Fold and stack the fabric on a shelf

Tin Can Organizers

In most households, sooner or later, you are going to have some tin cans at your disposal. They make perfect containers in your craft space, Just cover them with paper ! You can create a matching set. Add some ribbon or other decor and you have some cute custom storage pieces.

Using Command Hooks In Your Craft Space

Use Command hooks to hang things without being permanent. You can use these hooks just about anywhere in your craft space. Use all your wall space without creating permanent damage, Perfect for anyone in an apartment or rented home.

Use Command hooks to hang things without being permanent. You can use these hooks just about anywhere in your craft space. Use all your wall space without creating permanent damage, Perfect for anyone in an apartment or rented home.

Ribbon Organization Tips


  1. Store ribbon in drawers by color
  2. Wrap small bits of ribbon around a clothes pin and store them in jars
  3. Use a plastic bin that has holes. Thread a dowel through to hold the spools. Click here to see the full design
  4. Stack smaller spools of ribbon in large glass jars. Divide them by color
  5. Store ribbon in drawers by color. Wrap the ribbon around a piece of cardboard
  6. Make a wooden ribbon rack holder. Get the complete plans.

Claim More Wall Space

Create a wall shelving unit for acrylic paints with PVC and wire shelves

Create a wall shelving unit for acrylic paints with PVC and wire shelves

Using Closet Space

You may be the crafter who simply has some closet space where you store your craft supplies and hauls them out when you need them. For you, that real estate is very precious and organizing that space is the key to maximizing your craft time.

Or you may be lucky enough to have a whole closet to yourself as part of a room scheme.

But either way, using that space the best way that you can, means that your craft time will be much happier when you know exactly where to find what you need.

Closet Organization Ideas And Projects

Use A Jewelry Holder In Your Craft Space

A jewelry holder can be used for storing washi tape. But it can also be used for scissors too !

A jewelry holder can be used for storing washi tape. But it can also be used for scissors too !

DIY Craft Room Organization Projects

© 2020 Linda F Correa

Comments

Linda F Correa (author) from Spring Hill Florida on December 02, 2020:

Thanks Peggy for your comments. I love finding new ways to keep organized especially in my craft space. Just makes my crafting time easier

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 01, 2020:

You have offered many good ideas for storing and displaying craft items.