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Money Saving Ways to Organize Your Craft Supplies

By Alyssa Davis

If you enjoy making crafts, you probably already know how important it is to keep your supplies neat, organized and accessible. Once you've spent money on your supplies, you don't want to take any chances on them becoming lost or damaged. Unfortunately, sometimes the containers you have to buy to keep your supplies well-organized can cost more than the supplies themselves. Here are some easy and inexpensive ideas you can use to get organized, using items you probably already have.

Needlework and Embroidery

If you love to embroider, you probably have a wide selection of embroidery floss that you need to keep organized. To keep your floss clean, organized and yet easily accessible, all you need are some plastic zip-lock "snack-size" bags, a plastic shoebox, and a few lightweight cardboard boxes, such as cereal boxes. Cut the cardboard into small rectangles, sized to fit inside the bags. Cut a small notch on both sides of the cardboard rectangle. Secure one end of the floss in one of the notches, wrap the floss around the cardboard, and secure the loose end of the floss in the other notch. Slip the wound floss inside the plastic zip-lock bag. You can also put the floss label in the bag. Write the color number on the outside of the plastic bag for easy reference. Once you've wrapped and bagged all your embroidery floss, put them in the plastic shoe box in numerical order and pop on the lid.

Scrapbook Paper

Scrapbook paper can often be extremely difficult to organize, especially if you have cut pieces of paper that you still want to save for other uses. Although there are handy plastic bins with drawers that work well for full-sized scrapbook paper sheets, these simply do not do a good job when you need to organize scraps. Instead, simply use large zip-lock plastic bags and a clear plastic bin large enough to hold the bags. Cut your paper scraps into manageable pieces, discarding any small pieces that are simply not useful. Separate your scraps into piles based on color, pattern, season, holiday, or any other organizational system that works for you. Then, simply place each category of paper scraps into a plastic bag, zip it up, and stash them all in the plastic bin. You could also organize the plastic bags in a filing cabinet, using hanging folders.

Craft Instruction Booklets and Magazines

If you have a large collection of small craft instruction booklets or crafting magazines, you probably need an inexpensive way to keep them organized. Even if you have a bookcase in your craft room, these thin and flimsy publications are hard to organize on the shelves. You can use empty cardboard cereal boxes to make storage caddies for your small instruction books and magazines. Start by cutting the top off the box. On one of the narrow edges of the box, draw a line horizontally across the box approximately four inches from the bottom. On both of the wide sides of the box, draw a diagonal line from the top back corner to the front edge, where you made the mark. Cut down the diagonal line, across the narrow edge of the box on the straight line, and up the other diagonal line. The end result will be a handy magazine caddy, similar to the much more expensive ones you can buy in office supply stores. Cover with contact paper if desired, place a label on the front edge, put your magazines inside, and place on the shelf or counter workspace.

Alyssa Davis, writes exclusively for, and specifically about designing with abstract metal art and metal birds artwork.

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