Do you have yarn fuzz on your double-stick tape and sequins stuck in your craft punches? You’re not alone! Our studios are so jammed with stamps, stencils, and stickers, we sometimes spend more time looking for supplies than crafting! So we hit the flea market to find ingenious ways to store everything––from tiny brads to bulky batting. And once you see our favorite finds, you’ll want to drop your bead sorting and get thee to a swap meet!
Can The Chaos
Nothing adds comical color to a craft corner like a vintage Crisco can! Quirky printed tins are a swap meet staple, and at $3 to $10 apiece they are a steal. Look for fun containers like “Marshmallow Fluff,” “Pik-Nik Potato Chips,” and “Yummy Malted Milk.” Then cluster three together and display your paintbrushes, knitting needles, and colored pencils.
Jump For Jars
Is your collection of crafting doo-dads starting to resemble your junk drawer? Then start a collection of Mason jars to store them all. Ball Jars not only keep your buttons separate from your bottle caps, they also add an artsy look to your space for around $5 each. Plus, seeing those jars of rusty keys, mahjongg tiles, and watch parts will inspire you every day!
File With Style
Do you spend hundreds on craft materials then stash them in shoeboxes from the dollar store? Ditch the Tupperware and indulge in a gorgeous chest of drawers! Dressers are divine if you have yards and yards of fabric. You can fill one drawer with cotton prints and another with fine silks and satins. And the shallow drawers of an antique flat file make it a scrapbooker’s dream. Imagine being able to see all your rubber stamps at once!
Coop Up Your Clutter
We love a kooky find like this chicken coop. For around $125, you can bring a little whimsy into your workspace while getting your provisions in proper pecking order. Use large storage bins like these to hold chunky materials like candle molds and beeswax bricks. And of course you could stuff it with feathers!
Get a Clear Vision
Hatboxes are tops for storing faux flowers, paint tubes, and even scraps of fabric. These classy containers stack nicely and lend an air of sophistication to your studio––an admirable feat at only $10 to $20. Solid ones from the 40s are trés chic, but clear ones like these eliminate the need for labels.