An indication of a great artist is their organized supplies…. said no one ever! Most artists and crafters alike have a work station that can become an ordered muddle of tools and materials. Once the creativity flows it is a continued motion that doesn’t leave a lot of tidying time until after the project is finished. There are however tips and ingenuities that can keep a crafters paradise a clutter free zone.
The average crafter carries a vast collection of must haves, may needs and could use items. Keeping bins or a bag of sorts seem to be the most common choice to stow away materials. This can also lead to a game of hide and seek when it comes to finding the more intricate of details. With modern trends and the craft scene booming, experts have answered the call with designed compartments and fold out carry alls. Before you head out to the craft store, there are smart and savvy ways to create your own storage solutions that are customized to your crafting needs.
Jars – Big or small, food jars can be washed and labeled for a new direction. Stones, trinkets and buttons can be sorted and stored for later projects. Labels can be a craft all on their own. Personalizing your jars with labels will also make a great display with an easy to reach motto.
Rods – Ribbons can get lost in translation and found after the fact. Use a pants hanger that folds out or a dowel rod to hang your spools for an easy way to find the exact style and color you need. If you have any ribbons that like to hang down, use a small piece of scotch tape to keep it in place.
Peg Board – The idea of using a peg board in your crafting area is innovative and trendy. Use hooks to hang stylish baskets, bags or even small shelves to hold your favorite accessories and tools. This concept keeps the area neat with a chic finish.
Shelving – You may not have a lot of space to incorporate a shelving unit into the room, yet you can still have plenty of shelves to stay organized. How You may ask? Use shorter bookshelves or cube units underneath the crafting table. Build or buy a thin slide out piece with wheels for an additional storage bonus.
Hang it – Double sided Velcro is a must have for some of your essentials. Along the side of your table or even on a framed picture or mirror, place one small piece of the Velcro. Pick your items from paints, glues and scissors to attach the other half of the Velcro. Now you have a clever way to grab and go as needed.
A Fine Finish
Bringing stylish storage solutions to the crafting table is charmingly innovative. Keeping all of your resources handy will help you keep your eye on the project prize. Whether you are crafting personally or professionally, love what you do and you will always inspire those around you.