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About this time each year, I catch the cleaning bug. I don’t know what it is about spring that makes me want to pare down and clean up? For some reason, I suddenly feel overwhelmed by the mass amounts of papers, craft supplies, and paraphernalia floating around my house. Has the spring cleaning bug bit you too? If so, I’ve got 4 inexpensive and creative craft storage ideas to help stop the crayons and kid scissors from taking over your dining table.
The cool thing is you don’t have to drop major dough at an organization store to get clutter under control! With a little DIY and out of the box thinking, you can create order using items you may already have hanging around your house.
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DIY Supply Centerpiece
Using an inexpensive pine board and a few metal tins, you can create a simple DIY supply organizer.
You’ve probably seen the popular mason jar centerpieces floating around Pinterest the past couple years. You might even have one. They can be used for more than just pretty parties! When you get tired of flowers, simply switch out the jars for tin buckets and poof! You have cute craft storage for markers, colored pencils, and glue sticks. Place the box in the middle of the table and let your kids get to work on their latest geography map or color by number.
Then, when it’s party time again, simply pull the buckets out of the box and pop those gorgeous blooms back in. Instant décor!
To make your own supply centerpiece box, check out this tutorial from Addicted 2 DIY. Add some pretty knobs to the ends to dress it up or leave it plain. It’s all up to you. Find these darling glass knobs HERE.
Pop Crate Craft Storage
Do you have an artistic teen who loves to journal or sketch?
This storage made from an old pop crate is simple, versatile, and pretty! Store sketchbooks, lined paper, markers, washi tape, and more using pretty plastic tumblers or mason jars to corral the small stuff. These bubbled tumblers were found at Target and add a fun juxtaposition to the worn rustic crate. Plus, they can be reused later for a backyard picnic. This crafty storage solution can easily slip under a bed or dresser to save space.
Is your teen more logical than creative?
Use it for homework, pencils, highlighters, charge cords, and even a safe home for that school-issued netbook! Set it on the counter near an outlet and your kid has an instant portable office.
Did you inherit Grandpa’s old toolbox and 5 years later you still aren’t quite sure what to do with it? Use it to hold supplies! With mason jars for the big stuff and spice jars for the odds and ends, you can keep all your crafty goodness right at your fingertips.
This creative carry-all can go anywhere you do!
Organize buttons, paint brushes, paper clips, ribbon, whatever you’ve got!
Are you a scrapbooker and have a mountain of embellishments? Don’t shove them back in that chaotic drawer. Put them in jars so you can see what you have. Not only will it help creativity, but it’ll save you from buying your fourth package of mini clothespins. Ok, so maybe it’s twelve packages. No, it’s not technically a hoard!
DIY Homework Station
Turn a tray into a homework station for your elementary school kiddos. Repurpose that forgotten breakfast tray into a place to stash everything needed to complete homework assignments after school. You know the tray. Yep, the one you keep hoping someone wakes you up with after letting you sleep in on a dreamy rainy morning. Don’t worry, it doesn’t happen here either.
Don’t have a tray?
Using 3 boards and a dowel, you can make this handy one! Find an easy to follow tutorial over at Sawdust 2 Stitches. Stain or paint to match your home décor. On the weekends, clear off the school supplies and you can use it to corral s’more ingredients for the backyard fire pit.
Using cups, tin buckets, scrap boards, old castoffs, and imagination, you can create the perfect creative craft storage solutions for your family needs. Does the thought of using glass give you visions of sliced little fingers? Replace the jars with plastic cups or metal buckets. Have a plethora of tin cans in your recycle bin? Use them to hold scissors and glue. Make your thrifty granny proud and use what you’ve got! The combinations and possibilities are as unique as you are. Get that spring clean feeling without spending lots of green. Winning.
Now go tackle those school papers before the dog really does eat that boy’s homework.
Do you get the urge to spring clean?