Craft room storage and organization ideas. I have a confession to make. I am too cheap to have a fancy craft room and my craft space is a back room in the basement. That room is a disaster and you would likely cringe at the photo. I keep my home tidy but my creative space, well, not so much. I really never stop creating so it is rarely clean. Most of my storage is from recycled containers that I have upcucled in some way. I really have more time than money and I am okay with that. This allows me to spend more money on tools and supplies and create storage and organization that fits my needs.
This is a nook off of my kitchen, it is not my main craft room. Working with polymer clay requires baking in an oven. I tried using a toaster oven but could not master the tool. I burnt everything that ever went into it. Keeping the polymer clay in my room was not an option because I like to work on more pieces while others are baking and I like to be in the room when baking. I’d rather be safe than sorry.
This desk organizer is made from old metal cans and polymer clay. Learn how to make your own faux cork desk organizer. Creating something out of rubbish and saving money makes me happy. I keep it in the nook so that my daughter can color while I’m cooking dinner. The nook has great natural light. I also use the area to photohraph small pieces.
This is what I use inside the drawer to keep everything tidy. Sharpie markers make labeling quick, and it can be removed with alcohol. I cannot say enough about labels. If you label and actully put things with their proper label it is a lot easier to stay organized. I like to group my products by colors. It makes it easier to find things and I think it looks pretty too.
I also like to save finished pieces or pieces I made extras of, because you never know when you are going to need it. Plus sometimes I really like to sit down and create with nothing in mind. It gives me the opportunity to play around and try new techniques and to release my creative energy.
This is tucked behind a door and takes up very little space. This was in my old craft room and is an absolute space saver. My storage and organization of paint is in need of a few more tiers. I need to get my neutrals on there. It is made with a $3 towel bar (affiliate link) and wood trim that is painted white. You could paint it the same color as your wall or make a bold statement and paint it a bright accent color.
Not only is March 1st my birthday but it is the start of a great month – National Craft Month two really awesome things if I do say so myself. LOL As a professional in the craft industry I am lucky to attend conferences where I get to see the latest and greatest and things that are not even on the market. Yes I love the new stuff but my passion is using everyday things that would normally get tossed in the rubbish bin. I have a book coming out in 2018 on recycling. More to come on that later. Today I am kicking off the month with a giveaway on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/nikimeiners/
IT’s NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH!
To celebrate I’ve teamed up with 9 creative friends to host a loop GIVEAWAY. Click through the loop to enter to win. You and a friend could both win a $50 Amazon gift card to buy all kinds of fun crafty supplies!
3. Follow her and “like” the giveaway photo on her account.
4. Continue through the loop until you return here.
5. Leave a comment saying you’re “finished” and tag a friend.
You must follow all 10 hosts and like each loop photo in order to qualify for the prize. Your tagged friend does not need to enter, but the increase both your chances if they do.
BONUS: tag up to 3 friends (per host photo) for additional entries.
DIY gift packaging is easy and not that expensive to make. If you are a crafter then you likely have every thing you need in your stash. I like to use my scraps from card making and scrapbooking to make the toppers on the plastic pouch. I get the plastic pouches from Oriental Trading Company. I happen to be a blogger for them so they are my go to resource for supplies.
I treat the plastic pouch just like I would a card front and add layers and dimension with twine and bling. Sometimes simple strips of paper can be the easiest and you can make multiples in one sitting. Figure out the dimensions for your package and add layers of pattern and solid paper that are separated by 1/4 or 1/2 inch increments.
A few small details like crystal stickers added in the corner give it additional volume and really make it look more expensive. I like to use the preprinted thank you pennants from Oriental Trading. They are perfect for gift packaging and cards.
Peppermint Jewelry is a fun DIY gift you can give. Peppermint says Winter jewelry to me. I love candy themed Christmas trees so candy themed jewelry is pretty cool too. This project is part of Craft Lightning and we love participating in the event because it always makes us design faster and more efficient. It took me 15 minutes to design and make both earrings. I also made a necklace too which I will share tomorrow. One of the things I love most about making my own jewelry is that when I buy the supplies to make a set for me I usually make an extra set to have in my gift closet. I am rarely without a hand-made gift. The peppermints would make great drink charms too. I am pretty frugal and do not like to let anything go to waste or just sit. I happen to order all my supplies from Oriental Trading Company since I am a blogger for them. They have really become my go to for supplies.
A Calavera Sugar Skull Wreath, is easy and fun wreath to make for the month of October and through Nov. 2nd. I decided to make a posada style sugar skull wreaths few for our house this year. It is an opportunity to teach my children about different celebrations and holidays celebrated from other cultures in our community, have a little fun making art and decorating our house. The calavera [plural:calaveras is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made from either sugar or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls’ Day. Calavera can also refer to any artistic representations of skulls. The most widely known calaveras are created with cane sugar and are decorated with items such as colored foil, icing, beads, and feathers.
Frankenstein Flag – Let your Frank Flag Fly! Make a Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein Flag or wall hanging. You can make both in about 20 Minutes. I chose to use Olyfun for its weather friendliness and it comes in precut 12×12 sheets. The 12 inch square is a great size for crafting and I don’t have to worry about getting a straight edge. It is water resistant so it is fine to use outside on a temporary basis. This really is a fun, fast and easy craft to make with the kids or you can make them yourself and have fun being creative. Then use them as a surprise and decorate your home.
Supplies to make a Mr and Mrs. Frankenstein:
Olyfun Craft Sheets – Kiwi, Snow, Midnight, Cherry Red
Glue Sticks or Cool Tool Glue
Ribbon and staples are optional
Instructions to Make Mr. Frankenstein and Mrs. Frankenstein:
Select a base for their faces. I went with Kiwi Green
Cut a zig zag shape for their hair. The shorter hair is for Mr. F and the longer Hair is for Mrs. F. I also added a white streak through her hair.
Cut eyes and eyebrows for each of the characters. Glue them in a manor similar to the images shown. 4. Mr. Frankenstein also got bolts to add to his details. Attach a ribbon to hold the flags up. I used staples because tI thought they would look more authentic on a Frankenstein.
Make sure you click on the image above and find some really awesome Halloween craft ideas for your home, from the kitchen, for decorating anywhere. There are fun crafts, spooky crafts and even a creepy craft. Make your home a Happy Halloween palace. My son is convinced November 1st should be a Federal Holiday so that kids can recover from the candy.
A sit upon is a girl scout craft tradition. I am not sure when the girl scout craft started but I know it has been around for over 40 years because I remember my older cousin making one at camp and teaching me how to make one too. What is a sit-upon? They are homemade, usually waterproof pads used to protect the user’s backside from the cold and damp while “sitting upon” the ground! They are also great for sitting any where the sitting surface is hard… a Girl Scout craft tradition for camping.
The material being used on the sit upon is called Oly*Fun and it is weather friendly and water resistant. It is not meant for long term use outside. But it is perfect for using and washing off when you are finished and it comes in 18 colors and it acts like a paper because you can cut it with scissors and does not fray. It is similar to a fabric because it can be sewn and washed. Like the best of both worlds.
If you would like to see more Girl Scout Crafts click on the link at the bottom and it will take you to another site loaded with ideas.
Materials for a Sit Upon – girl scout craft:
Olyfun (your favorite colors)
Measuring Tape or Ruler
Needle and thread or embroidery floss (optional)
Sewing Machine and coordinating thread
Instructions for Sit Upon – girl scout craft:
Draw a shape for the top of the sit upon on the Olyfun fabric. We free handed the shapes then cut the shape out and set it a side.
Cut enough Olyfun to cover the cushion on all sides with an extra two inches all around. The cushions use were 15×17 so I cut 17×19.
If you are going to add embellishments sew them on by hand now or with sewing machine.
Fold the material in half and sew up two sides. You can leave the seams on the outside or you can flip it inside out and the seams will be on the inside.
Cut strips of Olyfun for straps. I cut them 4 inches wide and folded them in half for extra strength Insert the cushion into the opening.
Insert the strapping and pin in place if needed. Sew the opening closed and trim off any excess material.
Enjoy your sit upon and be part of the girl scout tradition.
Not often do we show you what happens behind the scene. But here is a little glance into how things sometimes happen. Not often, but we are all moms, crafters and bloggers and have to multi-task to the extreme. The end of the school year is a particularly busy time for every one and bloggers with kids are no exception. When people find out you are a craft blogger you are hit up for class parties, end of the year events, baked goods for parties and you are still expected to be a mom and do your job on top of it all. Yes, there is a wonderful word called NO, but man is it so hard to use sometimes. So when you are over booked and running out of time for everything you bring your work with you on the road. This particular project was created for Father’s Day for Oriental Trading Company.
You can see the actual project here on their site. I just ran out of time trying to be SuperMOM, Wife-of-the-year and Blogger Extraordinaire. The products arrived in plenty of time for creating the project. Oriental Trading is a great place to order from especially for classroom and party supplies. You can get bulk items for great prices. If you are not familiar with them you should acquaint yourself. No, I am not getting paid for saying that either. I was a customer long before I became a project designer/blogger for them.
Time was running out and this project needed to be finished because Carla and I were going on a road trip. The conference was booked months ago and took place in Chicago. So what is a craft blogger to do? Well, I popped a bag of supplies in the trunk and headed out to pick up Carla. 5 hours later we arrived in Chicago where we picked up Jen for the conference. After dinner and catching up we went back to the hotel room where we all had work to finish up so we all worked on what ever it was that we needed to work on. I was the only one who had a finished project to photograph. We were all cracking up as I whipped out a paper backdrop, my DSLR and set up my own little photo studio in our hotel room all before breakfast. Like my fancy set up?
During down time the photos were edited and submitted for approval. That is how things happen… sometimes. 😉 Next behind the scenes I might show you where I really take photos.
15 DIY nautical Inspired crafts that you can make. If you like the lake, beach, river or ocean we have 15 nautical inspired projects you can make for your home and to give as gifts. There are kids crafts, party themes with free printables, home decor and jewelry. Plus if you are feeling really adventurous there is even a great boat reading nook tutorial at the bottom.
Make a sparkling orange and turquoise jewelry set using supplies from Oriental Trading company. The pieces are both beginner level and can be made with ease even if you have zero crafting experience. My five-year old made a bracelet using the tutorial for her end of the year teach gift. I promise you it is that easy.
Easy Handmade gifts for guys – Make a leather key chain in less than 15 minutes with this DIY tutorial. Not only is this a fast and easy project it is environmentally friendly. The leather I am using is from samples at a furniture store. They change the discontinued samples out once a year and usually pitch them unless someone asks for them. I have a good rapport with the store near me and they save the leather and fabric swatches for me. The first time they gave them to me was for a boy scout craft about 5 years ago and have saved them for me ever since. This is a great craft to make with older kids. It is super quick and easy. Honestly it took me longer to write the directions than it did to make the piece from start to finish.
Materials to make gifts for guys – a leather Key chain:
Instructions to make gifts for guys – a leather Key chain:
Cut the leather into a one inch strip as long as your leather is. This piece is 1×11. I used a craft knife and ruler. You can use a rotary cutter or even scissors. Make sure the scissors are heavy-duty.
Fold the piece of leather in half. Place the key fob and key ring on the strip and move to the back-end. Carefully and slowly run through the sewing machine. Use a heavy-duty needle and thread too. If you do not have a sewing machine you can do it by hand. If you are doing it by hand you might want to use an awl to poke holes in the leather. A hand needle will be difficult to push through the leather.
For illustration purposes I used white thread. I would recommend using a thread that coordinates with the color of the leather.
If you want more quick and easy handmade Father’s Day gift ideas, and gifts for guys in general be sure to check out our partners for Craft Lightning: