Stretching shelf space, adding color, and stashing crafts

March 9 | Guest post by Lenore Tucker-MacLeod

craft room

When I was gifted over 1,000 vintage buttons from my 94-year-old great aunt Wilma, I knew I had a major dilema on my hands: how and where to store them! Luckily, I had an ingenious idea.

I stopped by the hardware store and bought two basic wooden shelves and their hanging accoutrements. I also bought 12 small mason jars with lids, and some wood nails. Before I installed the shelves, I hammered the tops of the mason jars (the lid and the detachable disc) to the bottom of the shelf. I made them more stable by adding a bit of glue around the edges. After I had the lids in place, I attached the shelves to the walls. From there, I color coded my buttons in jars, and screwed the jars into the lids.

craft room

Now I can use the tops of my shelves for organizing, as well as the bottoms! This would work great in a craft room, kitchen, kid's room, or garage. My mom told me later that my grandpa had done the exact thing in his garage for his nails and screws. I guess great ideas run in the family!

  1. That's a great idea! And I giggled like a 10-year-old at "BUTTS, LOL."

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  2. Love it! Creative storage is awesome! A friend of mine turned me on to some magnetic spice holders from Bed Bath & Beyond. They're $2 a piece, and now I have a makeshift spice rack on the side of my fridge!

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  3. This is awesome. It's like the magnet jars, but vertical and with extra shelving space!

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  4. Such a great idea! And now I want a Lite Brite! Also, I am totally in love with your craft room!

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  5. SMART!

    I have tons of craft beads and would do that in an instant if I could (I can't because, living in Asia we have cement walls and while it is theoretically possible to install shelving, I'm not going to drill through cement to do it.)

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  6. This is AWESOME. I'm gonna have to borrow that for my craftroom/atelier space *-*

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  7. Wow, this is an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  8. I have seen this done before with baby food jars. You could probably do it with jam jars too!

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  9. This is a great idea. Now I only need to figure out a way to do this without using nails (oh, the joys of dorm living).

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    • @ Katie: Heavy duty Velcro?
      Put a tab on the lid and it's buddy tab on to the bottom of the shelf, and you have the bonus of being able to the jar and the lid whenever you want! :-)

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      • Edit:
        the bonus of being able to *remove* the jar and lid whenever you want.

        Sorry bout that!

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