DIY Craft Storage From Recycled Materials

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Don’t wait for a brand new year to start your craft room organization. Now is the perfect time to get your work area organized. The sooner you make your craft space functional, the sooner you can get crafting efficiently. It may seem expensive if you think about adding a bunch of new storage solutions. However, a well organized space doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. By making the storage units yourself, you can save a bundle. When you make DIY craft storage from recycled materials, you save even more money.  It’s a perfect way to get organized! Organizing with recycled materials serves a double purpose too since you will adding storage from items that you would otherwise throw away or store.

How To Get Your Craft Room Organized For Practically Free

To start with, I am recapping some of the projects that I have done in my own craft room. These ideas make good storage sense at little to no cost. Because I use a lot of throw away items, my projects are practically free. Think twice before throwing out those cans or boxes. In fact, I also like to use recycled gift tins for handy storage.

Make A Paper Holder Out Of A Cereal Box

paper holder made from a cereal box

TUTORIAL: How To Make A Paper Holder From A Cereal Box

The first project is a paper holder that I had actually made for my home office.  However, this would also be great to use in a craft room for decorative craft papers or sticker sheets.  The best part is that you can make it for practically free.  All you need is a cereal box, some newspaper and maybe an embellishment or two. When you compare the costs of making the paper holder or buying one, the savings is significant.

DIY Craft Storage With Tin Can Storage Caddies

The next storage project uses another cost effective material that everyone should have on hand. These tin can storage caddies are so handy for pencils, paint brushes, markers or any small tools.

tin can storage containers

SOURCE: How To Upcycle Tin Cans For Craft Storage

Depending on the look you are going for, you can make these with or without handles. By using a variety of finish materials, each one has a unique look. It’s a super simple idea with a lot of bang for the buck.

Turn A Six Pack Container Into Handy Storage

creative ideas to get organized - recycle a six pack container

TUTORIAL: Make A Storage Container Out Of A Six Pack Bottle Holder

A six pack container makes a terrific storage container with six natural sections for easy storing of a variety of materials.  See the variety of different caddies that I made using different materials and embelllishments to cover the cardboard. Because of the versatility and variety of looks, this is my favorite DIY craft storage project.

Embroidery Floss Clothespins

embroidery floss clothespins

SOURCE: Heather Js Life

I really don’t like the way embroidery floss is packaged. Once you cut the sticker holding the strands together, you quickly have a tangled mess on your hands. It is only worse if you store all of your flosses together. This idea to wrap the embroidery floss around a clothespin is genius! Not only does it keep all of the floss neat and separated, but it is also eye appealing to seem them all sitting in a pretty bowl.

Use A Wine Rack To Hold Storage Bottles

wine rack holding storage jars

TUTORIAL: The Quilted Turtle

An old wine rack makes a very functional storage unit. In this example the wine rack holds jars full of buttons. I love how the jar tops are color coded to correspond with the color of buttons.

DIY Craft Storage Unit Out Of Cardboard And Fabric

  TUTORIAL: Choose To Thrive

Can you believe that this great wall storage unit was made from lots of scrap cardboard and fabric? The tutorial shows you how to make this at zero to little cost depending on the materials that you have on hand. Because you can make a variety of containers out of cardboard, this project may inspire you to create your own design.

Hanging Pocket Storage

diy craft storage pockets

TUTORIAL: Just Something I Made

Hanging plastic pockets are handy for storing craft supplies like scissors or paint brushes. These pockets are made from clear adhesive shelf liners and vintage pattern envelopes for a fun design. This project is particularly suited for a sewing room.

Scissor Organizer

craft room scissor organizer

TUTORIAL: Bonnie Christine

Storing scissors has never been easier or more decorative. Just cover a magnetic knife strip with colorful fabric for a stylish way to keep scissors handy. Use scrap fabric to keep the cost low. If you already have a magnetic strip from the kitchen, you can reuse it in the craft room.

Clip On Stamp Storage

diy clip rack stamp storage

TUTORIAL: Alice Golden

Would you believe that this handy clip on storage tower used to be a tower for shoes? With a couple of adjustments and some additions, it is now a perfect way to store stamps or stickers. I like how you can easily thumb through the display to get what you need. Another similar idea is to slip packs of stickers into an old photo album. This is what I’ve done for years and it works very well.

With all of the creative DIY craft storage ideas, I hope you have been inspired with some unique ideas for organizing your craft room.  There are so many items that can be re-purposed into storage containers and therefore given a new and useful life. Start looking at some of your “junk” with a new eye and see what you can come up with. Think about how you can give items a new and fun look with just a little effort.

For more creative storage ideas, see my posts: Creative Ways To Get Organized or, Ten Decorative Organization Crafts.

Also, take a look at my cabin craft room space for more inspiration.

I'm addicted to crafting and decorating my downtown urban loft and up north rustic cabin. Read more about me.
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  1. All great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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