45 Craft Hacks for your Kids Craft supplies

Im obsessed with storage and everything i can find that can be reused i will. So take a look at these Craft Hacks.

Im into crafts myself so these really are good ideas for the crafters out there and can be adapted for all your little ones craft supplies as well. I honestly read those ‘life/craft hacks’ posts all the time but these are the best ones i have found so far. Is it bad to be excited about these? I just need to buy more craft supplies now! 🙂

 

45 Organization Hacks To Transform Your Craft Room

Mallory McInnis

1. Use magazine holders to group paper scraps by color.

Use magazine holders to group paper scraps by color.

No more shuffling through a huge stack to find that one sheet of purple floral scrapbook paper.

2. Wrap embroidery floss around a clothespin to keep it from getting tangled.

Wrap embroidery floss around a clothespin to keep it from getting tangled.

The floss-wrapped pins also just happen look rather pretty sitting in a bowl. Score.

3. Keep drawers in order with dividers made from cereal boxes.

Keep drawers in order with dividers made from cereal boxes.

Learn how here.

4. Paper towel holders can easily become ribbon and ric rac holders.

Paper towel holders can easily become ribbon and ric rac holders.

Instructions here.

5. It helped you carry your beer, now it can help you carry your tools.

It helped you carry your beer, now it can help you carry your tools.

Find out how to gussy up an old six pack container here.

6. An air vent is the perfect size for storing stamps.

An air vent is the perfect size for storing stamps.

7. You’ll never have to search for a pin again if your pincushion is attached to your sewing machine.

You'll never have to search for a pin again if your pincushion is attached to your sewing machine.

Instructions here.

8. Wine rack + cups = organized pens.

Wine rack + cups = organized pens.

9. Tic Tac fan? Save up extra containers to use as ribbon dispensers.

Tic Tac fan? Save up extra containers to use as ribbon dispensers.

10. Put up some crown molding shelves for larger rolls of ribbon.

Put up some crown molding shelves for larger rolls of ribbon.

11. Fabric yardage is easy to get at when you keep it in a magazine rack.

Fabric yardage is easy to get at when you keep it in a magazine rack.

12. Store little things in spice containers organized on a spinning rack.

Store little things in spice containers organized on a spinning rack.

Buttons, tacks, glue gun sticks….

13. Pop teeny tiny items into a pillbox.

Pop teeny tiny items into a pillbox.

14. An old bed spring can be repurposed as a rack to hang things on.

An old bed spring can be repurposed as a rack to hang things on.

Instructions here.

15. Hang up paint tubes using binder clips.

Hang up paint tubes using binder clips.

Much better than storing them in a tub or drawer.

16. Hang paintbrushes to preserve them.

Hang paintbrushes to preserve them.

Give those brushes a longer life.

17. Construct a simple thread organizer with some nails and a board.

Construct a simple thread organizer with some nails and a board.

Learn how here.

18. Magnetize a bowl to keep your pins in place.

Magnetize a bowl to keep your pins in place.

Avoid getting your foot pricked by a fallen pin.

19. Set up some hanging paint storage using wire cubes.

Set up some hanging paint storage using wire cubes.

Instructions here.

20. Have a closet in your craft room? Hang up some of your supplies.

Have a closet in your craft room? Hang up some of your supplies.

21. Display your ribbon collection on an old ladder.

Display your ribbon collection on an old ladder.

22. These organizers are good for so much more than just shoes.

These organizers are good for so much more than just shoes.

23. Turn a pin cushion into a pin sharpener with a bit of steel wool.

Turn a pin cushion into a pin sharpener with a bit of steel wool.

24. Print out labels to efficiently keep track of daubers.

Print out labels to efficiently keep track of daubers.

Download the labels here.

25. Affix velcro to the bottom of baskets to keep them in place.

Affix velcro to the bottom of baskets to keep them in place.

26. Plastic sleeves = perfect for die cuts.

Plastic sleeves = perfect for die cuts.

27. An insanely easy trick to turn a slotted tupperware bin into a ribbon organizer.

An insanely easy trick to turn a slotted tupperware bin into a ribbon organizer.

More info here.

28. Set up an art cart and wheel your supplies wherever you need them.

Set up an art cart and wheel your supplies wherever you need them.

Here’s a helpful guide.

29. You can never have too many rolls of washi tape. This is an easy way to organize those rolls.

You can never have too many rolls of washi tape. This is an easy way to organize those rolls.

Hunt down a spool rack.

30. Another way to arrange your washi tape (using a shutter).

Another way to arrange your washi tape (using a shutter).

31. One more washi roll storage possibility.

One more washi roll storage possibility.

This one uses PVC pipe.

32. Make your own flat file storage using LINNMON table tops from IKEA.

Make your own flat file storage using LINNMON table tops from IKEA.

Here’s how.

33. Keep a spoon in your glitter drawer.

Keep a spoon in your glitter drawer.

Sparkle things up with ease.

34. Get a little too glitter crazy? Clean it up with white modeling clay.

Get a little too glitter crazy? Clean it up with white modeling clay.

Easy as pie.

35. Steal some drawer organizers from your kitchen.

Steal some drawer organizers from your kitchen.

Your muffin cups and egg crates would adore a change of scenery.

36. While you’re grabbing things from the kitchen, why not bring a few jars along too?

While you're grabbing things from the kitchen, why not bring a few jars along too?

Glue the lids to the bottom of a shelf and you have a few more storage options.

37. Turn empty paint cans into cubbies.

Turn empty paint cans into cubbies.

38. Voila! It’s no longer a wine rack, but a way to hold wrapping paper.

Voila! It's no longer a wine rack, but a way to hold wrapping paper.

39. Turn a shipping pallet into a charming and space saving desk.

Turn a shipping pallet into a charming and space saving desk.

40. Pour leftover paint out of the huge can and into smaller resealable containers.

Pour leftover paint out of the huge can and into smaller resealable containers.

41. File your fabric.

File your fabric.

It’s very easy.

42. Keep markers at attention using a ceiling lighting tile.

Keep markers at attention using a ceiling lighting tile.

43. Store acrylic paint with the bottom facing out to easily find the right color.

Store acrylic paint with the bottom facing out to easily find the right color.

44. Pair pails with a peg board for an attractive storage solution.

Pair pails with a peg board for an attractive storage solution.

45. Finally, add a chalkboard to your door to keep track of all the new supplies you’ll want to buy for your freshly organized craft room.

Finally, add a chalkboard to your door to keep track of all the new supplies you'll want to buy for your freshly organized craft room.

Sourced from the guys over at buzzfeed.

Rainy day crafts for kids

Here are a selection of rainy day crafts for you to do with your little one when you next having a rainy day in.

Use the horrible wet cold day to snuggle in, put the heating on and get all the best things out of the craft cupboard.

Im definitely going to be trying the sensory bags soon!

Find the instructions for these tootsies art at

projectbalancingact

sensory bags

I really love the idea of these and even as a grown up i cant wait to have a squish!

Here are the instructions for the soapy sensory bag:

sensory bags
To make it, I filled a ziplock bag with one bottle of blue ocean body wash which I purchased at The Dollar Tree.  Then I tossed in a bunch of confetti that we had left over from Jewel’s birthday party.   I reinforced the ziplock bag with clear packaging tape before giving it to the girls.
This sensory bag is so FUN!  The more you handle it the more soapy bubbles you create, and the best part, they sparkle!

I agree these bags look really addictive, to find the instructions for the others check out growingajeweledrose

 

This is another idea i want to try, play dough that can be made in minutes and last 6 months, what is not to like about that? i love that there are as many varieties as you mind can think up, im liking the glitter dough. I can see my little one now squeezing her hands and watching it move!

You need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • food colouring (optional)
  • few drops glycerine (optional- adds more shine!)

Method:

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (colour optional)
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the glycerine (optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)

Voila!

We use these Wilton Gel colours as they are much more vibrant and take only a tiny amount to colour the dough. We also use them in all our other sensory play activities to and they last for ever!

You can store this play dough in an air tight container for at least 6 months. If you live in a humid climate you might need to store it in the fridge and out of sunlight.

 

Find out more at theimaginationtree.com

Right, these have definitely got me excited for the next rainy day, rain dance anyone? 🙂