Let’s build Some Art Supply Storage! Epic Colored Pencil Rack!

Hi friends! This might be the most useful $9 you spend to store your crafty supplies!


  • Scrap 2×4 lumber & plywood If you don’t have a scrap of plywood you can purchase a seasonal “wooden” sign at dollar tree, it doesn’t matter the design as you will cover it and it will be cheaper than buying a small sheet of plywood at a lumber yard.
  • 9 wood crates like these from dollar tree. You can buy a minimum of 4 online and they will ship it to your local store for free if you are worried about not being able to find these at your local Dollar Tree. I discovered that each crate will hold about 100 pencils comfortably so determine how many pencils you want to store and divide that number by 100 to see how many crates you will need. You can put jam jars in the crates if you want to store fewer or if you do not wish to use dividers so that you have more options to use this for other things in the future.
  • Wood glue
  • Hot glue (optional but it holds things tight while the wood glue sets up)

Important! You don’t have to use as many crates as I did, also you can configure them in different ways to fit the storage space you have. You might prefer a 4 long, 2 deep situation to go along the edge of a desk and in that case, you don’t need the plywood, just glue the lower layer to the wood in the back. Make it your own. Consider turning it on its side for other art supplies you want to store. Happy crafting!

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DIY Craft Desk & WOYWW

Howdy folks! It’s funny how after a few days away from home you can look at your surroundings with a fresh eye. When I went down to craft yesterday my desk was so uninspiring. My binders of unmounted stamps were hard to pull out and I didn’t feel that I had room to work, also I had left my craft area in a bit of chaos so that didn’t help either…so…I spent $5 at the lumber yard and transformed my workdesk from this:


To this:


Here is a video to show you how I revamped my workdesk. Now, don’t go expecting a “Bob Villa” quality project here, we are talking saw horses, cinder blocks, an old door and boards but I am thrilled with the results, have a look:


See, how easy, anyone can do it! I wonder if I can get a guest spot on This Old House? Nah, you probably have to at least break out a hammer 🙂 I will say that I did measure everything and sketch out a design before I underwent this re-do. It probably saved me an hour of moving stuff around because I had a good estimation of what would fit. So my tip is make sure to measure to stuff you want to contain on your desk shelves!  Here are so more after shots:


…and now for something completely different…

Now, I realize that my studio will never be featured in House Beautiful but it is a WORKING studio and I need to be able to make a mess, hose it down and make another one. It works for me! So head out to the lumber yard, pick up a few cinder blocks and let’s get this party started!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pssst…wanna see more crazy tables? Head on over to the Stamping Ground for What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday or as I affectionately call it  ‘my craft hoarding support group’ you will get an eyeful of creativity and it is so much fun!

Let’s Make a Ribbon Shelf!

It’s easy and inexpensive too! I made this shelf {and the video} yesterday and it only took about 20 minutes and two of my favorite craft materials: Foamboard and hot glue:


You will need 3 dowels 3/8″x48″, a 40″x32″ sheet of foamcore {foamboard}, a hot glue gun and glue sticks, a saw for cutting the dowels, a yardstick, x-acto knife and pencil and white acrylic paint.

Watch the video to see how it’s done:


I kept the dowels a bit longer than my box because I wanted to hang my ribbon scraps from them. I wind up short lengths of ribbon on little paper bobbins and put them on a large binder ring sorted by color. I can hang the rings off the end of the dowels for more storage! You can download a bobbin template (printable & SVG) for free here.

Now my ribbon will stay organized and dust free and I have some room to grow my stash if I wish (or I can just make another ribbon holder!)  Here is the cutting diagram from the video if you want to print it out:

This project qualifies for the following challenges: DDH Challenges, Happileigh Scrappin, Make it Monday, Woodware USA, Cheerful Stamp Pad , Emerald Faeries, I Did It Creations, Crafty Catz, Inspire Me Fridays, Peachy Keen Stamps Let’s Face it Fridays, Tellen’s Place, Paper Romance, Shelly’s Images, Crafting for all Seasons, Creative Belli, Penny’s Paper-Crafty, Truly Scrumptious and http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/ 

 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!