Storing Arts & Crafts & Scrapbooking Supplies

arts & crafts supplies storage tips

Arts and crafts supplies can come in all shapes and sizes from very small to large and bulky.  If the crafting supplies are not properly stored or organized, they can end up being all over the place in your home or crafting area. This will make it harder to find the supplies when you actually need them!  Children of all ages enjoy creating arts & craft projects, especially for gift ideas during the holidays.  Homes can be overrun with supplies. Now is the time to organize the supplies to one specific area. A person will be more productive with their craft projects when they are working in a clean, comfortable space with all of the supplies visible and accessible.

Tips for Storing Arts & Crafts Supplies

  • It is very important to keep “like” arts and crafts items together. Each type of supply should be sorted and stored with like items. For example, do not mix pencils and markers; keep them separate. Specific tools, such as stamps, scissors, rulers, etc. should be kept with like items.
  • Keep the items that you will need to access the most within arm’s reach in your crafting area.
  • Before you start a crafting supply organization project, take inventory of the items that you currently have in your home. This prevents overbuying items that you do not use. This is also a handy shopping list when you do need to re-fill your supplies.
  • Use plastic storage bins to store your craft supplies, so you can see what is in the bins. Label the bin on the lid and side with the types of supplies, so you can easily find what you need. Plastic bins come in all shapes and sizes. There are specially designed bins for bead storage to rubber band loom bracelet supply storage. Plastic bins are also much easier to stack on shelves.
  • There are many types of arts and crafts supplies storage ideas from store bought solutions to DIY ideas such as re-purposing paint cans to store pens, pencils and other crafting supplies or using a door shoe organizer to hang up your craft supplies. Pinterest is also a great place to find storage ideas for your home crafting area.

Scrapbooking Storage Tips

The same organization and storage tips can hold true for scrapbooking supplies. There are so many types of supplies that are needed for scrapbooking including stamps, stickers, photo albums, glue sticks, and photos. If these scrapbooking tools are not properly organized then the project will take a lot longer than originally thought. 

  • There are many different types of supplies needed for scrapbooking, so you need to make sure that you have the supplies that you need and create a system for these supplies.
  • Evaluate the space that you have allotted for your scrapbooking supplies and decide on a goal for the space. The supplies should be easily seen and within reach. The area should leave room to expand and it should be portable.
  • The amount of storage that you need will depend on the amount of scrapbooking supplies that you have.
  • Plastic bins are a great idea to store scrapbooking supplies. Just like with arts and crafts supplies, the bins can be labeled and stacked easily.
  • There are also DIY solutions such as glass jars or bins for storing pens, markers or paint brushes.
  • Keep an inventory list of the supplies that you currently have on-hand. This prevents overbuying supplies that you won’t use. This is also a great shopping list as well.


Every home has an arts and crafts area for children’s projects and hobbies. If there is not enough room in the home for arts and crafts storage, then it is time to consider renting a self storage unit. A 5x5 storage unit would be ideal to store arts and crafts supplies. If you require a larger storage unit for your arts and craft, use our storage unit size guide to help you estimate what unit size you need. Adding shelving units in the storage unit will make the supplies even more organized and easy to find when you need access to them.