Friday, February 18, 2011

The Corner Craft Station

Just because you have a small space doesn't mean you can't have a cute, organized station for crafting.  Or, if you're like me and prefer to craft on the living room floor in front of the TV, at least you'll have a cute, organized place to store all your crafting supplies and trick people into thinking this is where all the magic happens.

Until the day I have a huge furnished attic or basement to devote to a Martha Stewart-style Crafting Mega-Center, the little corner in my bedroom will have to do.

Here are my tips for creating a craft station in a small space, on a small budget.

Trestle Desk
A trestle desk is a classic choice for creatives.  It's open design is clean and, if kept uncluttered, adds an organized feel to your space.  I have the Braxton Trestle Desk in white.  They are currently available on Amazon for $135.99.

Peg Board
One of the most important pieces of a craft station, in my opinion, is a peg board.  There are countless creative ways to utilize this space, too!

To make:

1. Have your hardware store cut a piece of peg board to the desired size.  I suggest having a length that measures the same width as your desk or table.  It looks more streamlined. 

2.  Use wood glue or Gorilla Glue to attach pieces of trim to the edges of the pegboard.  Frames really class things up.

3.  Spray paint your desired color.  I would choose something bright and colorful that inspires you when you look up at it.  Also, don't spray paint inside.  Even if it's winter.  Trust me.  I'm still scraping little bits of dried paint off my wood floors.  That spray flies up in the air, across the room, and settles on the flooring that you didn't cover with newspaper because you thought there was no way spray paint could travel that far of its own volition.

4.  Add accessories:
  • Hooks (Single hooks, as in #2 on below diagram, or multi-hook sets, like #4)
  • Magnetic strips (#3, purchased at Container Store)
  • Bins, baskets and containers (#1, magnetic storage containers purchased at Container Store)
  • Inspirational pics
  • To do list
  • Clipboard
  • Pattern ideas
Make good use of your wall space to help avoid a cluttered feel.  I love my Making Memories Embellishment Center (below).  They are available at Michaels and on Amazon

Vary what you place on your shelves so that it is both functional and visually appealing.  I displayed some of my favorite stamps on one shelf, and placed a candle alongside some ribbon and a couple shape cutters on the shelf below it:

I love to introduce a few pops of bright colors.  Clear jars filled with colorful embellishments or stickers are perfect for that:

This will have to tide me over until I can achieve this:

or this:

or this:

or this:

Yeah, mine doesn't look so good anymore, does it?


Blue Lotus said...

Wow...So neat..I'm no crafty person..I like craft work but my fingers definitely don;t agree with me..Sigh...

Kim said...

I love your craft corner. I love the white shelf with all the cubby holes. Then I scrolled down to some of those pro-caliber crafting rooms and absolutely drooled. I suppose I need to find a hobby before I can develop the dream set-up, though.

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