Monday with Megan: Storage solutions!

Monday with Megan: Storage solutions!

If you’re familiar with my work over the years, you likely know I’m a craft-storage junkie. I can’t get enough of the topic of getting our crafting supplies organized. So I thought I’d introduce the topic of storage to our weekly exchanges from time to time. What do you think?

Since my overall goal is to share trend-related posts, I thought I’d tie this topic in by sharing ways to organize some of the trendy products on the market at the moment. Today, that means…paint brushes & sequins! Woot!

Paint-brush Placement

With the popularity of watercolor and brush-script stylings, many of us are loading up on paint brushes. So let’s brush up on clever ways to store these tools.

1. It’s Log!

A bitty log?!?  Get out of town with how cute this is. Sure, this is holding make-up brushes (also cool), but you could just as easily incorporate this approach into your crafting area.


2.  Embrace the Embroidery

I’ve really enjoyed using embroidery hoops as decor in my craft area, but I’ve yet to modify one to extent Erika Ripley has here. It is shown holding crochet hooks, but you know it would work for paint brushes too.


 3.  Canning Cuteness

Cosmo Cricket is definitely the star of the jar, and I adore what they’ve done with their Show Toppers in this image. The sell both the jar lids and the sconce, making it easy to grab the dynamic duo and get your brushes in business.


4.  Can It!

No, I’m not trying to offend. Instead, I’m suggesting you decorate and stack a series of soup cans to create an affordable DIY brush display, like this one from Little Stamper.


Sequin Storing & Sorting

It’s a sequins sequence! Check out these colorful ideas for organizing the newest bling on the block.

 1.  Sequin Slots

I put a small wood tray I picked up at Michaels to work as a sequins sorter. I adore this approach, because my sequins are at my fingertips, where I can use them often.


And since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d share a little greeting I made using a few of those sequins. I simply stitched them behind a clover I made from tracing paper to create this shaker card. *pinch pinch*


Bonus Idea: Scrapbooker Smitha Katti has another idea. She suggests using one of the small Prima wood trays that their wood wood veneer pieces come in as a way to sort sequins and other small embellishments. Great thinking!

2.  Now Serving

Move over coffee brew cups. Thanks to The Crafty Pickle, we now have a new use for this this tree! Use small cups with lids as your sequin container, selecting cups that will fit a coffee caddy like this, and you’ve got a sequin sorter that will offer more get-up-and-go than any cuppa joe could.


3.  Message in a Bottle

The message is loud and clear here: bitty bottles make amazing storage solutions. Especially when the item you’re st seeking to store is sequins, like these from the adorable Torie Jayne. Don’t they look beautiful?


4. Testing, Testing, 1…2…3…

I’ve mentioned these cuties on the blog here before, but I couldn’t conclude a blog about sequin storage if I didn’t reference them again—the Hazel & Ruby sequins. They come in these groovy test-tube bottles that look so pretty when bundled together, and they’re sold in sets of three. Open the package, and your storage is ready to rock.


Say What?!

What up-and-coming supplies have you recently added to your stash and want to know more about? Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my list. After all, I aim to please, especially if that means seeking out storage solutions for you! Thanks, all. Happy spring cleaning. 🙂


~  Megan Hoeppner

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  1. Kathy P. March 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Awesome ideas, Megan! Love that coffee caddy…bright and cheerful with the sequins!

  2. Patti J. March 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

    What a great post! Can’t wait to give some of these a try. Love the Can it idea!

  3. barbara macaskill March 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

    You could also use many of the sequin storage ideas for brads and eyelets. Love the coffee tree and am thinking I might need to get one!! Right now I am gaga over the spinning clip it ups. I get mine from Hobby Lobby for app. $20 after using my 40% off coupon. I have three so far and am already budgeting for at least 2-3 more! I love having my bits hanging in plain view. It is so easy to just grab it off the spinner and then replace when I am done. No looking in bins or crates because they are all in plain view!
    Thanks for the new storage ideas!
    Would love to know if you can think of a way to display my glitters that are all in s&p shakers. Right now they are all on a couple of 4′ shelves but am looking for a more creative way to keep them out in the open but not taking up floor space. THANKS!

  4. Kim Thomas March 17, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I love it! Thank you for the great ideas. Take care. 🙂

  5. Cresta Woodruff March 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Fun ideas! I am in the middle of remodeling my craft room, so I am on the look-out for great storage solutions. Thanks for the inspiration, Megan!
    P.S. I just got all of the fabulous sequins from Hazel and Ruby and put them in a beautiful old glass on my desk. Love!

  6. Jean Marmo March 17, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Cute ideas!

  7. Vickie Farrow March 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Love these ideas. going to use some of them myself. Thanks to all of you!

  8. Nita K. March 17, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Very cute ideas!

  9. chark March 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    cute ideas, love the ‘coffee’ sequins!

  10. Jennifer Reynard March 17, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Some pretty awesome storage ideas! You can actually see all
    of the product and it is displayed so nicely! Well done!

  11. Dorina D March 18, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Fun ideas for storage. thanks for sharing.

  12. TracyM #6773 March 18, 2014 at 4:37 am

    LOTS of FABULOUS storage ideas – thank you for searching them out and sharing them with us Megan!!!
    I would LOVE to start using them so that my stash was out looking pretty and waiting for me to use them but sadly my craft space is the kitchen table and I have to pack away my goodies into the garage (… and, if truth be told, over the spare bed too).
    I’m interested in learning more about storing bling, glitter and flowers, mine always seem to be hard to find when I need them.

  13. suzanne ponce March 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Creativity, isn’t it awesome….just look around you, you’d be amazed on 2nd uses for things. Love all these great ideas….thanks for sharing

  14. Jeannine H March 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Great post and always interested in learning how to have more time to craft and less time looking around for things. My biggest problem is probably with storing patterned paper so it is easy to leaf through to pick out an assortment for a project. Also interested in knowing how other people deal with collection packs and kits. How long do people keep them together vs distributing them in the overall supplies.

  15. Heather Thompson March 19, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I love the soup cans idea!! very neat. I think I should try it but I think I need a bigger room!!!

  16. Beverley Leeson March 22, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I LOVE These Ideas and Would Love to See MANY More. I have A Craft Room That is as Sorted as it Can Be for now, But, have to say that My Storage is Mainly Those Gift Boxes with Lids that Range from X-Large-X-Tiny and then I have Dymo Labels on them of what is in Each Box. This has been Okay but not Great when I Need something from The Second Largest Box and have to Lift Eight Boxes off the Stack to Get to It. I would Also love an Idea of How To Store All My Specialty Papers and Patterned Papers Too. Thanks for the Tips.

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