One common organizing dilemma is struggling to find great ideas to organize your arts and crafts supplies area. Finding the right products to meet all your storage needs in this area may often seem daunting. Yet it doesn’t have to be quite as overwhelming as you thought.

One such area within this realm is that of the collections of small and very small items within the arts and crafts areas. Items such as sets of pencils, pens, markers, glue sticks, pom-poms, beads, craft sticks, and more can be so hard to keep organized and contained.

Keep reading to see 6 of my favorite storage products for perfectly corralling and organizing these very items once and for all. All of these items can work together to help you create a perfectly organized arts and crafts space.

Each of these products is on my own personal wish list. While I do not yet own any of these items, I’m still doing the research leg work for you. So come along and dream with me while we envision the nice neat arts and crafts areas these great little products can bring in to our homes.

Create-a-Space Storage Bundle by Learning Resources

Price: $49.14 USD for the complete 17-piece bundle (or $15.19 for just the center tray and 8 removable bins) plus applicable sales tax. Free shipping for Amazon Prime members.

Specifications: Plastic Caddy and Bins: Includes one 12 inch circular tray with circular center storage (appears to be approximately 3 inches in diameter) with eight removable triangular storage bins which seem to measure approximately 4 inches high by 4.5 inches wide. Coordinating magnetic containers: Four plastic storage bins and four fabric pockets (note: The actual material pockets are made of is not specified, I will update this information once received). Bins measure 3.75 inches height and 2 inches wide. Pockets measure 5.5 inches high and 9.5 inches long. Strong magnets to adhere to any magnetic surface. Also included: white write & erase labels

Color: Caddy includes tray in White and 8 vibrant multi-color bins with 2 each in red, blue, green, and purple. Magnetic bins and pockets come in same colors as caddy bins, but with one of each color.

Suggested Uses: Basic art and craft supply storage such as: colored pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, glue sticks, etc. Pockets are great for small embellishments such as buttons, pom poms, etc.

Reviews: Amazon currently only shows 3 reviews, but all have been pleased with their purchase. One mentioned that the one of the magnets fell off, but they were able to glue it back on with no issue.

Reasons to Love It: I love the sheer versatility of this set. So many uses, the possibilities seem endless! You will love that the tray has a storage compartment, the bins are removable, and the extra bins and pockets are magnetic. Great for a classroom, kids room, or play room art area.

Farmhouse Style Storage Carry-All Caddy by Alpha Living Home

Price: $28.99 USD plus applicable sales tax. Free shippijng for Amazon Prime members.

Specifications: Measures 13.5 inches in length by 5.5 inches in height by 10 inches in depth. Made of galvanized steel with a wooden handle. Enamel color coating on outside.

Color: Teal (looks close to a robin’s egg blue in the photo) exterior and rustic galvanized steel interior. Natural wood color handle. Also available in Cobalt Blue, Natural Galvanized Steel, or White exterior.

Suggested Uses: Perfect for storing small notepads and such plus pens, pencils, and markers. Manufacturer also suggests use for storing many other household items such as utensils or baby items. My suggestion is to create a small craft center with it by placing various colors of construction paper in the larger compartment and crayons or markers, glue sticks, and scissors in the smaller compartments.

Reviews: No reviews or specific guarntee or return policy listed, but the seller does mention they strive for your satisfaction and so you need only contact them if you are unsatisfied for any reason. This seems to imply they will try to make things right if you are ever unsatisfied.

Reasons to Love It: This all-purpose storage caddy is perfect for anyone who loves the shabby-chic or farmhouse chic decor styles. I love that it is made of a durable material which should last quite a while also. You’ll also love that it can be used in so many different areas of the home from playroom or study area to kitchen, bath, or nursery!

Storage Organizer Caddy Tote by mDesign

Available in 3 sizes: Small, Large, or Extra Large

Price: Add applicable tax for all. Free shipping available for Amazon Prime members.

• Small is $12.99 for 1-pack, $19.99 for 2-pack, or $36.99 for 4-pack.

• Large is $14.99 for 1-pack, $22.99 for 2-pack, or $34.99 for 4-pack.

• Extra Large is $14.99 for 1-pack or $22.99 for 2-pack.

Specifications: Made of durable BPA and Chlorine free shatter-resistant plastic. Made to be easily cared for by cleaning with just mild soap and water, but NOT dishwasher-safe.

• Small has 4 compartments total with 1 larger compartment and 3 small compartmetns. It measures 9.75 inches long by 6 inches wide and 6.75 inches high.

• Large has 6 compartments total with 2 tiny, 1 small, 1 medium, 1 large, and 1 extra large compartment as shown. It measures 12 inches long by 6.25 inches wide by 6 inches high.

• Extra Large has 11 compartments total with 4 tiny, 2 small, 4 medium, and 1 large compartment. It measures 14.5 inches long by 7 inches wide and 5.75 inches high.

Colors: All sizes are available in Clear, Light Grey, Mint, or White. Extra Large size is additionally available in Light Pink or Wisteria (Light Purple).

Suggested Uses: These wonderful little caddies are perfect for those small arts and crafts supplies you like to keep out in the open and right within reach. Place on your desk or an easy-access shelf to keep items such as paints, paint brushes, scissors, glue sticks, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, sticker sheets, pipe cleaners, and more right within reach.

Reviews: All three sizes have mostly positive reviews with all ranking an average positive rating of 91% positive or 4.8 out of 5 stars. Most consumers indicated the product is exactly as described and quite durable. Those with negative remarks did indicate they did not recommend using these caddies to carry items around much as the handle is not very comfortable for toting and they do not believe it would withstand carrying heavy items. Those who indicate the purchase was for art supply storage all expressed optimal satisfaction with design, use and durability.

Reasons to Love It: I love the combination of design and durability found in these caddies. You’ll love the versatility offered by the different size options. Truly these are bound to become favorites for corralling so much around the house. From arts and crafts, to office supplies, to bath and even kitchen. These caddies are destined to become household favorites for sure!

Wooden 24-drawer Apothecary Style Storage Cabinet by Hyggehaus

Price: $53.33 USD plus applicable tax. Free shippijng for Amazon Prime members.

Specifications: Made of solid pine wood with outer dimensions of 14.5 inches tall by 12.5 inches wide by 4 inches deep. Unit contains 6 small square drawers, 2 larger square drawers, 8 small vertical rectangular drawers, 1 longer vertical rectangular drawer, 6 small horizontal rectangular drawers, and 1 longer horizontal rectangular drawer.

Color: Comes in an unfinished natural wood color. There is also a Nordic design in Red, White and Silver for Christmas available for $79.00 USD.

Suggested Uses: Perfect for storing sets of tiny art and craft supplies such as buttons, pom-poms, felt stickers, small paints, and more.

Reviews: Has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. 79% of purchasers gave a 5 star rating. Many customers were pleasantly surprised that it was sturdier and more well-made than expected. Several loved that the natural unfinished wood color lent easily to painting and/or staining as desired. One customer wished the knobs were more easily changed out, another wished it could be more easily wall-mounted and a third wished it was made to be stackable. Only one customer expressed it being too small for their intended purpose. Most intended using for small or tiny items so the majority of customers were delighted with the size.

Reasons to Love It: Offers perfectly chic-looking containment of tiny arts and crafts implements. Unfinished surface allows you to decorate with paint or stain to your liking. As mentioned in the listing, it could also double as a DIY Advent calendar each year. May be used for storing any collection of small things from tiny arts and crafts implements to teas and more.

Store-in-Drawer Cabinets with Drawers from ArtBin

Price: 9-drawer style is $19.99 USD or 30-drawer style is $31.49 USD

Specifications: Made of sturdy plastic. Available with 30 small drawers (5 rows of 6) or 9 medium drawers (3 rows of 3 drawers) as shown. Outer dimensions measure 14.375 inches long by 8.375 inches high by 6 inches deep. Medium drawers measure x 6 x 8.375 inches. Medium drawers in the 9-drawer unit measure 5.313 inches long x 2.188 inches high by 4.25 inches deep. Small drawers in 30-drawer unit measuer 2.25 inches long by 1.5 inches high by 5.5 inches deep.

Color: White outer box with transparent drawers.

Suggested Uses: Units are wall-mountable and stackable. 30-drawer unit is great for storing small arts and crafts supply collections such as beads, buttons, thread, and other tiny items. 9-drawer unit is perfect for storing larger items such as yard, stamp and ink pads, pens, tape, and more.

Reviews: Has an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars. 61% of reviewers rated product 5 out of 5 stars. Majority of reviewers indicated complete satisfaction with the 30-drawer style. One resounding complaint with 9-drawer style was that the drawers are not deep enough to hold items such as pens, markers, and such. So these are not recommended for storing longer items, but they work great for collections of shorter and smaller items.

Reasons to Love It: I love that these units are stackable and come in two different drawer styles. Transparent drawers allow you to always see what’s within which is great also. I would definitely love a bunch of these in both sizes to organize all my small collections of arts and crafts supplies.

Stackable Storage Boxes with Hinged Lids from mDesign

Price: $8.99 USD each or $49.99 USD for a pack of 8 (which works out to just under $6.25 USD each)

Specifications: Sold individually or in a Pack of 8. Made of transparent plastic. Rectangular box design with hinged lid attached. Each box measures 6.6 inches long by 5.5 inches wide by 3 inches high. Boxes are stackable.

Color: Transparent/Clear

Suggested Uses: Great as your main storage units within your arts and crafts area. If you find you reach more for one and less for another, rearrangement is super easy. Stack upon one another or within an inexpensive shelf unit (or units depending on how many you use.)

Reviews: Has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. 70% of purchasers rated this product 5 out of 5 stars. Many users who loved these said they were well made of a heavy ribbed plastic and perfect size for so many things. Those who rated it lower mostly indicated displeasure that the lid does not lock or snap closed so they are not as secure as they would like.

Reasons to Love It: Versatile, stackable, and transparent. Keep everything in sight, but still neatly organized. Purchasing in the multi-pack makes the price quite competitive with similar items on the market. Smaller size allows storage of everything from tiny embellishments to packs of pencils, markers, and more.

So Many Arts and Crafts Items, So Many Clever Ways to Store Them

I think it’s fairly safe to say that most of us have a variety of small items in the arts and crafts area that need storage solutions. As you’ve seen, there are many great products that will provide just the right solution. Whether you need something sitting out on your desktop, or stacked and tucked away until ready for use, there is likely a perfect storage product for you.

So tell me, which product are you hoping to get first? Which items in your mess need the designated storage space first? What type of products do you still need to see? If you liked what you saw here, be sure to stay tuned to this and future posts for purchasing info to be added. As always be sure to comment below and let me know your thoughts!

12 thoughts on “6 Ways to Organize your Arts and Crafts Supplies Area

  1. Do you have to assemble the wooden 24 drawer units? I like how they look but think the stacking plastic bins might be more practical. I’ve also used plastic drawer towers for my paints which I find super helpful for separating them.

    1. Great question! No. According to one purchaser, the unit comes already fully assembled. I agree though that the stacking plastic bins may be a more practical starting option.

  2. Hello there. What great ways to keep your arts and crafts organized and ready to use. I am so bad at mixing up my scissors, colored pencils, and paintbrushes. This is extremely helpful for anybody looking to get to them easily. I am naturally an artist. Not professionally. (Self-proclaimed. Not a sponsor). Anyways, I love to draw as I design realistic animal replicas that require paint, glue, and many other things. Having products such as these where I can get to it all quickly is just nice to have. Thanks for the post. It was helpful. Now I know who to come to the next time I have an art need for my profession!

  3. I can totally relate to needing this post for those of us who are less than organised! Personally, I use boxes which aren’t very pretty lol. I feel inspired by looking at your ideas here to consider unpacking my boxed and finding proper homes for all the little bits and bobs I’ve got for craft. I love the storage caddys as well as the wooden storage cabinet which has different sized drawers which I think would be really handy for different sized craft items, depending on size and volume. Thanks for sharing this valuable list of storage options for organizing.

    1. You are so welcome. Here in the early days of the site I’m trying to focus on those areas I struggle with personally since others likely struggle with those same areas. So glad you found the post helpful.

  4. Wow – tons of great ideas for a dad here! :p My little girl could definitely use some of these, and I need some good advice on the subject. I found it especially helpful with “suggested uses”-paragraph! This whole build-up of the review is so nice and straightforward, and makes for a good and easy read.

    Thanks for the help!

  5. Hi,

    Your post is just what I needed! Keeping my craft supplies organized is an ongoing struggle. It´s especially hard to find a storage solution for keeping them all in one place.

    I like the apothecary style storage cabinet, because there are so many drawers on it. It seems great for organizing small craft supplies. They could still be kept all in one place but separated, thanks to the many drawers.

    1. Hi, Kirsti. So glad you enjoyed the post. I completely agree about the apothecary style cabinet. I too thought it seems perfect for those collections of tiny things you never quite know where to store.

  6. Great article. Thank you for the practical advice and help. Trying to come up with ways of storing my kids’ art materials is nearly always a headache for my wife and I. We will definitely check out the recommendations mentioned.

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