I often like to share mini makeovers that take a fair bit of time to do and can take some organising to get them started (and finished) but I also crave the simplicity of things that only take a few minutes and can make a whole lot of difference to the space that you’re in. Today is one of the latter. We can feel pretty time poor, so when we do get the opportunity to sit down and craft it can be a real pain to try to find all our small craft supplies and start using them. Here’s an easy way you can keep them on hand with things you might even already have around the house!
What you’ll need:
- Glass jars in different sizes
- Mugs or cups that you never drink from
- Paint Brushes
- Pens/Markers (Textas)/Pencils
- Washi Tape
1. Glass Jar Paint Brush Holder
I’ve been getting more into brush painting this year and one thing I’ve noticed is how difficult it can be to keep them all in one spot and especially in a place where they can be left to dry after they’ve been cleaned. I was initially keeping them in an old pencil case, but I found that there was nowhere to let them dry out first and it can be frustrating to have to come back and pack them up later on. I’m a lazy crafter, when I’m finished crafting I want to pack up as soon as possible.
This glass jar idea happened by accident as I needed something that would hold my heavy brushes whilst they dried and I realised that it was perfect for also storing them. It’s a pint size mason jar without the lid and I painted it with some leftover paint from this tutorial. We have heaps of these jars in our house for storing food in the freezer and this one was spare, so I repurposed it.
2. Mug of Markers
This mug was given to me for Christmas one year but I’m not much of a hot drink person so I decided to put it to good use in my office. I love being able to see what colours are available and something that’s just as easy to tidy up so my Little Miss Trouble mug has become a much loved feature. At first I didn’t love that it was Little Miss Trouble, but I’ve come to love it and I guess I am trouble in my own way ;) I hope to add Little Miss Sunshine some day soon!
This mug fits all 30 Sharpies and a gold paint pen and makes it really easy to start drawing or colouring right away. Novelty mugs can be great for these and can even be used in different parts of the house where you might need pens or pencils. You could even use a plastic one for kids if they are a bit little for the ceramic.
3. Glass Jar Washi Tape Holder
There are a million different ways to keep your washi tape together but this one has worked the best for me. I needed somewhere that I could keep it all in one place and where I could see the different colours at a glance. I originally had these in a pint size Mason Jar but I switched to a quart size when my collection of washi tapes grew. Now there’s room for even more!
You don’t have to go out and by the glass jars especially for these projects, you could use any that used to be for food once they are ready for the recycling. Just give them a proper clean out and remove any labels if you need to and you’re good to go!
Thoughts on the project:
These are super simple ideas but they have made a big difference to my office and how I craft. They make it really simple to see where everything is and sit nicely on a shelf in my bookcase when they’re not in use. They add colour to my workspace as well, which I love.
Not all mini makeovers need to take a huge amount to time to make a difference in our homes and I really love that!
What is your favourite quick idea for storing and displaying your craft supplies?