Last year after our youngest daughter moved out, I turned her bedroom into a craft room. I think that she and her sisters spend more time in that room now than when she lived at home.
It is the perfect room because it has lots of natural light. All the materials needed to make just about anything are within reach and easy to find. Without proper organization, even the most spacious craft room can become difficult to navigate.
I found all these plastic containers at the Dollar Store. Projects go so much smoother when everything is in its place. I love to use clear glass jars and vases too, they are pretty yet practical.
Add a little color with some essential like this tape holder and stapler from TJ Maxx. I went to IKEA for all the paper baskets to hold all the card stock and colored papers, as well as my work tables.
These little stackable bins are from The Container Store. Things you use regularly should be kept within arm’s reach, I only store clear boxes of seldom-used supplies in the closet so they can be out of sight. Make sure you clearly label the boxes so that you can find what you need quickly. Of course fabric makes everything more colorful so I removed the sliding closet door.
All the sewing supplies are together on a separate side of the room.
Ribbons of all kinds are my favorite part of the craft room, They’re so pleasing to look at. I started by color coordinating them but that just didn’t work out. Now it looks like this, it is what it is!
There is not a week that goes by that one of my girls is not gift wrapping something. So I keep plenty of tote bags, boxes, wrapping paper and cards on hand.
Some of these hand-crafted cards were made by my friends Joan Briscoe and Melanie Bowers, others I buy and keep on hand for every occasion. This little card holder came from Crate & Barrel and I love it.
Organizing a place to create can bring such joy. Everyone in the family is welcome to come sew, draw, wrap, or work on any number of projects. I have a recycle bin for the grandchildren to put all their paper scraps that seems to be endless. At first it was a challenge to keep it organized and clean, until I put up a sign that reads, “Leave No Trace.” Of course, everyone laughed but now they understand that it is strictly enforced.
I hope you will find a place to call your own and surround yourself with the little things you love.