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September 12, 2019 Family Restaurants 1 comment

After: Laminate counters saved from the family's kitchen remodel were reused on top of the cabinets. To display and organize art supplies, Rachel hung pegboard framed with scrap molding, used file pockets to make a wall-mount mail station, and built storage cubbies out of pine 2x4s. Above Blake’s station, she installed poplar 1x6s fitted with wire and metal clips where his artwork could rotate in and out. 

A few new storage accessories, plus chairs and curtains already on hand, finished off the room. Now Rachel, who blogs at Craving Some Creativity, and her son have their own spaces where they can work on art projects, homework, and blogging. “It feels cheerful and colorful without being overwhelming,” says Rachel. “It’s my dream room!” 

The Project Tally

Painted the walls with leftover paint, $0

Bought used kitchen cabinets on Craigslist, painted them white,
and sealed them with a clear coat, $188 

Installed laminate countertops saved from their kitchen remodel, $0 

Hung pegboard framed out with window molding for extra storage, $30 

Built a wall-mount craft-supply organizer out of pine 2x4s and trim, then painted it white, $29

Made a clothesline-style artwork display, using poplar 1x6s, stain, wire, and metal clips, $42

Created a mail-sorting station with three file pockets, backer board, and coral paint, $36

Finished the space with some new storage accessories,
plus chairs and curtains already on hand, $72 

Total: $397

Get Started

1. Consider your workspace.
You’ll need a large, sturdy, easy-to-clean surface that enables you to spread out while you’re working on a project. Consider not only the size of the room, but also the kinds of projects you like to take on. You’ll also need ample lighting. If things are looking a little dim, brighten them up with an LED desk or a floor lamp, or ask your pro for a custom solution.

2. Designate storage space. While a closet is the obvious place for hiding messes, not every space has enough storage. Neat Method‘s Heather Byrne suggests buying a small piece of furniture with cubbies, shelves or drawers if storage space is lacking. The key is to keep supplies accessible — ideally within arm’s reach of your work area.

Messis suggests using a horizontal rod to hang wire, ribbons, sheets of paper and spooled supplies on. Also “incorporate ample space into the design to store flat sheets of paper, such as construction paper and drawing paper,” he says. He loves divided drawers for organizing small tools, and suggests making sure your shelves are adjustable to accommodate all sizes of jars and boxes.

A budget redo uses Craigslist cabinets, recycled countertops, and a wall of DIY storage to turn a spare room A craft room calls for creative remodeling ideas.

From Bedroom to Craft Room Heaven

After 10 years of crafting at a folding table in her Mather, CA, garage, Regina Easter finally got a room of her own when her oldest son left for college and she converted his bedroom into her dream studio. She ripped up the carpet in the 14-foot-by-14-foot room and replaced it with hardwood floors, then painted the walls Mint Whisper by Valspar.

Creating A Dream Craft Room

Next, Regina filled boxes, baskets, and jars with all the supplies she could ever need, from paper punches to pushpins, and organized them on shelves and in cabinets. Even if you don't have a room dedicated to DIY, you’re bound to find some crafty ideas for storing and sorting in this space.

Organize Ribbon by Color in Drawers

Ribbons wrapped around pieces of cardboard take up less space than spools. A heart sticker on each drawer front corresponds with the ribbon color inside.

Put Paper in Magazine Holders

Stacks of letter-size colored paper look neat in white magazine holders from IKEA.

Store Leftover Ribbon in Jars

Ribbon pieces that are shorter than a yard and a half go in 8-inch glass jars from World Market and are organized by color. Regina wraps them around wood doll pins from Hobby Lobby and secures each piece with a rubber band.

Sort Buttons Two Ways

There’s never any fishing around for the right button—Regina’s supply is separated by size and color. She keeps bigger buttons in 5-inch jars from crafts stores. Smaller ones and other tiny trinkets go in 3-inch spice jars.

Use a Kitchen Island as a Crafts Table

The 50-inch-by-31-inch IKEA island has two shelves for storage. To protect the wood top, Regina keeps it covered with a fresh sheet of butcher paper taped across the work space.

Make a Rubber Stamp Display

To quickly find stamps, Regina stores wood blocks with their pictures facing out on CD shelves from

Craft Room Organization in the Attic

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Visit any forum or message board for artist and crafters and you will more than likely find that craft storage and organization if a very hot topic. And with the thousands of new craft products and tools hitting the shelves every day, it's no wonder really.

Sure, you can visit specialty storage and organization stores and find custom-designed desks, sorters, cubes, crates and chests that will look and function beautifully in your craft room, but you'll have to be prepared to spend a small fortune in order to do so. And just because these organizers cost more and may look nice in your room, doesn't necessarily mean they will solve the common problems that are constantly echoed in crafty discussions.

Some of the very common issues are:

  • "I can't focus on my project if I'm in a mess."
  • "I don't have a lot of money to spend on my craft space."
  • "I don't have a lot of room to dedicate to craft storage."
  • "If I don't see it, I won't use it."

Though these problems are very different, they all require the same solution. Crafty storage needs to be compact, visible to the eye, and as cost-effecient as possible. And who better to solve this problem then the creative crafters who need them most?

Below is a list of the top 10 crafty storage ideas on a budget inspired by clever crafters.


I have $ to “re-do” my craft room and get it organized, and today I'm sharing with you what I was able to do and how I stuck to my budget.

DIY Craft Room Ideas & Projects

This post is sponsored by Hobby Lobby. All opinions, as usual, are my own. 

Hey guys!  

Did you hear that really loud squeal this past weekend? That was the sound of me “SQUEEEEEing” as I started decorating my new attic-turned-office space!  That’s right–this room is VERY close to the finish line, and I am turning some imaginary cartwheels with glee to finally have the room of my dreams finished.  

In case you missed the original attic renovation posts (Click here to read them all from the beginning), this is where we started in this room: 

And this is what it looks like as I type this post: 

Can you see why I’m squealing? We are not 100% finished yet- still waiting on cabinet doors to arrive- but it’s like 99.99999% finished and I am moving in, baby! 

Right smack in the middle of finalizing the details of my new office, Hobby Lobby contacted me to see if I wanted to join them for a “Get Organized for Under $100” challenge. And I was all “Are you kidding me? Bring it on, HobLob!” I need as much organization help as I can get. Creative folks like me aren’t exactly known for our clutter-wrangling skills, but I’m up for the challenge. 

Today I’m giving you a peek into my craft/art/office supply organization in the nooks and crannies of my newly remodeled attic. Welcome to my happy little corner of the world…

The first thing that caught my eye when I rounded the Valentine’s aisle at Hobby Lobby was this pretty wooden divided organizer. I could just imagine all the little things I could stuff inside these numbered bins. Pencils and markers and twine and envelopes, oh my… 

…and SCISSORS!  Good greifous, Bocephus! Who knew I owned fifty pairs of scissors? I sure didn’t.

Now that I’m good-n-organized I know exactly how many pair of scissors I own and exactly where to find them.  No more digging through junk drawers in exasperation and running out to buy a new pair every 90 days. This scissor stash alone could have paid for the organizer. Look at all the money I will save in the future!

(Note to self: In true Beth fashion I forgot to add labels to those metal thingies under each bin. Need to do that before the next blog post.)

OK, so once that was in my cart, I saw the grey metal buckets over in the Spring shop and tossed a few of those in as well. You can see them peeking out of the center compartments holding my new hand-lettering markers and watercolor pencils. 

At first I was running through the store tossing things in my buggy like a contestant on Grocery Games, but then I realized I only had $100 to spend so I needed to be smart with my purchases. But for the record, I could have spent waaaaaaaaay more than $100 to get all these cubbies in this room organized.

Hobby Lobby’s farmhouse decor game is strong right now so if you are a fan of Fixer Upper style then you need to run like the wind and check out the selection before it’s all gone. 

My next two big purchases were these really cool teal metal bins to hold all my art and scrapbooking supplies. The top one has a locker feel and the bottom one has a chalkboard front so I can remember what is stored down there.  I already had the metal buckets full of craft paint as well as the other baskets above and below my camera bag.

I can now instantly put my hands on all my watercolor supplies when the creative urge strikes.

Garrett has started taking art classes after school, so he will have fun digging through all of my acrylics and oil paints.  I’ve got more tubes of paint than a Bob Ross episode, but now that it’s all organized I can actually find everything and use it again! Woohoo! 

Not gonna lie, the big bins combined with the wooden organizer ate up a pretty big chunk of my $100 budget, even though one of them was on sale and I got the other using my 40% off coupon on my trusty Hobby Lobby iphone app.

I always have the app open when I checkout, but if you’re still a paper coupon girl here is one you can use! Just show this to the cashier and take 40% off any regular priced item.

I couldn’t resist two of these blue metal feathers to hang my laptop bag, which brought my grand total right up to the edge of $100. I’m so sick of kicking my camera and laptop bags on the floor so I’m happy to have them both off the ground now. 

Here is the breakdown of my budget and how I spent my money for this Under $100 challenge

Total: $100.85

Oh man. I came in at .85 cents over budget!

And let’s hope they didn’t want me to include tax because then I’m really in trouble! 😉 But, you have to admit that is a LOT of amazing stuff to help me get my crafts organized again.  All of my craft room has been packed up since we moved into this house so it was like Christmas getting to open all those boxes and finding my fun stuff inside!

Now that I’ve gotten this corner finished it’s time to keep working on the rest of the space. I need about forty-leven more of those metal bins to hold all the toys over on the playroom side of the room.

I am in need of more baskets and bins than I can shake a stick at, but I know exactly where to go now for some really cute ones! See you soon, Hobby Lobby.

Like, tomorrow. 

I have SO much more to show y’all in this room, so stay tuned for the GREAT BIG FULL room reveal very soon! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine. Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.

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