Thursday, January 12, 2012

DIY Craft Storage and a Giveaway!

Every year at this time I say to myself, “Let’s get this mess cleaned up. It’s time to get organized!” In an effort to make that happen, I’ve created a few projects to help store my always-growing crafting stash. 
I’m going to share these ideas on Studio 5 this morning at 11:00. If you’re in the neighborhood (TV-reaching ‘hood, that is), I hope you’ll tune in. If not, I’ll post the segment tomorrow. Here’s what I’m going to share:
Washi Tape Tube
This idea, inspired by one I saw on Pinterest, is so clever. Simply fill a straw container with rolls of decorative tape. It looks pretty and keeps the tape all together. You may have to unscrew the nut at the end of the metal dish so you can thread your tape, but that’s an easy task and completely worth it!

Button Button
I found these M-A-Zing oversized buttons at Mood, a fabric store in NYC. And, guess what!?! You don’t have to fly to the Big Apple to score these. You can get them on their website!
Use them to hold your favorite decorative buttons. Buttons to hold more buttons? Love it!

Washi Tissue Hangers
I first saw washi tissue paper (or very thin, decorative tissue paper) at the Nat’l Stationery Show in May. And I fell in love. But how do I store it without it getting damaged and wrinkled? Trouser hangers!

Simply Mod Podge (glue) the tissue paper (mine is from 7gypsies) to the hanger for a quick hanging option that automatically identifies the tissue it’s to hold. These hangers are fun whether you use them in your craft room or your closet. Wouldn’t they be cute holding little baby clothes?

Lined with Liners
Another piece inspired by Pinterest, I filled an IKEA jar with my collection of cupcake liners. I then created a box flower from a few liners and placed it on top of the jar to give it a little pizzazz. 

Paperclip Keepers
Decorative paperclips are a BIG deal right now. As you begin to add them to your stash, consider storing them on an old cheese grater like this one. I simply spray painted it a retro pink and clipped my clips on.

For this pin board (purchased at Hobby Lobby), I attached strips of canvas with pins and then clipped the paperclips on. Either storage option will work and look cute in your space!

Not Your Grandma’s Pin Cushion
Canvas Corp, one of my favorite crafting companies, just released these terrific burlap books, just right for keeping your collection of pins. No mess. No fuss. Just storage!

WIN ME! (The BasicGrey canvas, that is)
I'll have more ideas on the show, including an idea using the new and oh-so-cool new Sampler canvases from BasicGrey. Do you want to win one? Simply leave a comment on this post and I'll select a lucky lady or gent to receive one.  

Plus, I'll share info on a free (and super cute) download on today's Studio 5, so please tune in and/or check my blog again soon for more on that. Thanks, and good luck with your own organization goals. If you have a trick up your sleeve, I hope you'll share it with me. I'm always looking for new tips to publish in Creating Keepsakes magazine



Chelle said...

Great ideas. I bought some hanging shelves from Ikea and store my mists on is hanging from a corner shelf holding an assortment of glues, cleaners and etc.

Sarah Mullanix said...

These are fantastic ideas, Megan!! Gotta love Pinterest for tons of inspiration, and pretty storage ideas just make me SMILE :)

David and Jana said...

These are such fun ideas! Love it.

Nicole said...

Hey Meg, I see some really kool ideas on here. Can't wait to see your segment video on your blog post (live in NYC). I really need to get my hands on some washi tape (I've been seeing it everywhere) Really kool giveway. I downloaded the Pinterst app on my phone earlier this week and still haven't used it yet. I really need to get n the site I've been hearing alot of kool things about it.

Melinda said...

Lots of great craft storage ideas that won't make me broke! Thanks for sharing!

[BevS] said...

I saw you on studio 5 and feel motivated to "cute" up my craft area.

Maryfrances said...

Super cool ideas for sure! Thanks for sharing them!

Mandi said...

Great ideas. I love to find yew ways to organize that decorative. Thanks.

Ashley Horton said...

These ideas are so much fun, Megan!! I must say that cheese grater with the paper clips is absolutely fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer McMurtrey said...

Very cute ideas that help keep our crafting areas crafty by design.

craftmomdawn said...

Great ideas and what a clever idea for tissue paper, you are so awesome!!
Fun and cute. I have planned now for one year to gut out my craft room and get it organized but it has yet to happen. Thank you for sharing and I can't' wait to see your whole segment.

RobbinGaye said...

Pick me, Pick me!! Ha! Seriously.... you have such great examples and ideas! You inspire me to stretch my boundaries!.....;)

Auntie Kezia said...

sure missed the CHA and all the new products!

LeAnn said...

What great ideas....the the Buttons, wow!
Thanks for the opportunity

Beth said...

Those ideas are fantastic! I love the trouser hanger many possibilities.

Laurie said...

Oh, I love this storage and would love to win. Your segment on the show was really great. Wonderful ideas!

Michelle said...

wonderful segment on studio 5! I'm very inspired to organize now!

Cynthia B. said...

Thanks for this organizational inspiration! I need all the help I can get.
I've seen these samplers on Basic Grey's blog and have been curious about them - they look cool done up w/ all the BG products! Thanks for the chance to win.

the nayz said...

Love these ideas. I am so going to have to get me some of those ginormus buttons

Melinda Abrahamson said...

I really enjoyed your segment this morning as I watched it on the web. The decorated hanger is inspired and now there is something cute I can do with that hideous sugar dispenser I have, yay!

Anonymous said...

Wow! What great ideas! I am always looking for ideas to keep my crating areas organized. . . .Thanks So Much!
Love the new pin storage !!!