Tips and printables to help organize your craft station

As a crafter and DIY’er, it’s safe to say that most days my home studio looks like an office supply tornado came through. If the floor isn’t covered with ribbon & tape, it’s probably coated in a thin layer of paper scraps. (Evidence here.) Which makes for some colorful “decor” but also leaves me without organized areas to put everything when it comes time to clean up.

Last year I bought some storage units to house some of the larger jars and props, but lately I’ve been having a hard time keeping all the tiny trinkets in order. I like to have everything out in the open for easy access, but I also don’t want to cover all my table space with millions of loose jars and bowls. So today I’m going to show you an easy way to organize some of the smaller craft by using printable paper boxes and labels that you can make with just a few sheets of paper.

Supplies

Free Printable Box, Labels, and Pattern Template (for personal use only)

  • Regular and Double Sided Tape
  • Toothpicks
  • Scissors and Exacto Knife
  • Buttons or other embellishments

Extras: Tray or plastic stadium spice rack, Small Jars and Bowls

DIY Craft station

To get started, I printed several of the printable box templates that I designed on cardstock and cut along the edges. Once cut, I then used an exacto knife to gently score along the indicated lines to make the sides easier to fold. Once scored, I then applied double sided tape to each of the gray tabs and folded up the sides to create the box.

DIY Craft station

I then filled each box with the tiny trinkets and embellished them with a small button. These printable boxes are the perfect size to hold some of those smaller items like buttons or sewing needles, without having to go out and buy new organizers for each one.

DIY Craft station

After assembling the boxes, I then created labels for some of the other items using the printable labels and cardstock. I used a toothpick to hold up the label from the small bowl and used a black marker to hand write the item name.

DIY Craft station

These labels can be applied to cups, jars, or bowls like you see here but could also be attached to the tops and sides of the printable boxes for a complete paper display!

DIY Craft station

For a little extra pizzaz, I also created a printable pattern to wrap around the lids of some of the jars. Depending on what you place inside the jars, you could also use this printable pattern to cover up any of the less photogenic items by wrapping it around the entire jar.

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To finish things off, I attached a wooden honey dipper to the shelf to create the washi tape tower spool. This wooden dipper worked great to glue to the organizer because the round base not only gives the glue a place to hold, but also provides a solid base to hold the weight of the tape rolls.

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And that’s it! Use these printable boxes to help organize some of the smaller items, while using the printable labels and pattern to add some extra embellishment and organization. Whether you have some leftover paper cups from a recent party or small bowls you haven’t used in years, I hope this project shows you just how easy (and inexpensive) it can be to add some organization and color to your crafting corner!

DIY Craft station

So now that I’ve shared a few of my organization tips with you, what are some ways you keep your craft supplies organized? Leave your tips & tricks in the comments below!


This post was written by Melissa Rose, a Graphic Designer, Product Photographer, and Brand Stylist at Melissa Rose Design and blogger at Design Eat Repeat.


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