20 great storage tips for art rooms

For teachers by The Creatubbles Team14 Comments

Low on budget and short on space? You’re definitely not alone. We’ve put together a list of storage solutions to help art teachers and parents everywhere.

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1. Use free boxes from the post office or supermarkets as paper bins. We’ll leave the decoration ideas up to you!

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2. Velcro old Crystal Light, Pringle, or similar containers to a board to keep markers and chalk to hand.

http://snippetscraftboutique.blogspot.com/2011/06/sharing-my-new-craft-storage.html?m=1

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3. At last – a smart way to store glitter!

http://byyourhands.blogspot.cz/2010/07/glitter-storage.html

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4. Make cubby holes and shelving by zip tying crates together (be sure to attach to a wall for safety!).

http://www.thecoffeecraftedteacher.com/2011/08/finished-product.html?showComment=1315369285109

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5. Plastic cups in a muffin tin is a cheap way to keep supplies organised.

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6. Look up! All manner of things can be suspended and hung from a curtain rod, including shoe organisers for extra shelving space.

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7. Hot glue tacks onto clothes pegs for hanging art work.

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8. A wine rack and plastic cups make an elegant storage solution for pens!

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9. Shoe racks on desks help to maximize storage space.

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10. Use nails and clips to make a paint storage board on a wall or inside a cupboard door.

https://whynoteight.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/paint-board-with-chalk-lettering/

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11. Mountable bucket storage is practical and good looking.

http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2012/07/kids-art-supply-buckets-on-hooks.html

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12. Tie together plastic wire grids to make drying racks or storage space. More instructions here.

http://catricks-creations.blogspot.cz/2009/01/scrapbook-paper-storage-solutions.html

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13. Secure mason jar lids under shelves with a nail to store small items.

http://www.shelterness.com/diy-creative-under-shelf-storage/

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14. Give a six pack beer holder a new lease of life and use it to distribute supplies.

http://catonalimb.blogspot.cz/2011/09/trash-to-tool-caddy-using-six-pack.html

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15. Fill a plant pot or urn with pebbles for storing paint brushes.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/05/art-studio-hacks_n_6414330.html?utm_hp_ref=arts&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000030

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16. Construct an arts center using cardboard boxes glued to a board.

http://burtonavenue.blogspot.com/2012/08/easy-art-center.html

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17. Use empty sauce containers to store and distribute paint.

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18. Keep rolls of paper tidy. If you don’t have a wire rack, a piece of wood or bungee cord works as well.

http://diyhshp.blogspot.cz/2013/08/50-insanely-clever-organizing-ideas.html

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19. Keep glue soaked sponges in food containers with lids for easy distribution.

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20. Save space and store all of your student’s amazing artwork for free in an online portfolio on Creatubbles!

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  • Lakshmi

    It’s actually a good idea to keep it clean, tidy and neat…..
    Neat because whenever we use something we just use and keep it somewhere,so next time we take time to search that..
    I liked the idea,lbecause i like art

    • The Creatubbles Team

      We do agree, Lakshmi! How do you keep your classroom organised?

  • Faye Gray

    Marvelous ideas ,I certainly going to try them.
    Thank you.

    • The Creatubbles Team

      Thank you for your comment, Faye! Which of these storage ideas are you planning to try out this year?

  • KATIE

    THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL IDEAS. I LIVE IN A BACHLORETTE APT. SO I DEFINATELY STORAGE FOR SMALL PLACES. I USE ALOT OF SEAWEED BASKETS IN DIFEERENT STYLES. THIS BEING OPEN BASKETS AS WELL AS 3 DRAWER STACKING UNITS 2 HIGH. THIS IS THE MOST I CAN USE WITHOUT ATTACHING THEM TO THE WALL, WHICH IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE APT. I AM ALSO NOT ALLOWED SHELVES SO SHELVING UNITS ARE PERFECT, WITH ZIPTIES CONNECTING THEM TIGHTLY TO EACH OTHER. THIS MAKES A PERFECT WALL UNIT FOR STORAGE AND VERY STURDY. ALSO I MAKE HANGERS FOR ITEMS WITH RECYCLED WIRED WHICH I MAKE INTO A BRAIDED WIRE FOR STURDINESS AND LOOKS, AND THEN I PIN IT TO THE WALL WITH CLEAR PUSHPINS. VERY DECORATIVE, AND ONE WOULD BE ABLE TO CHOSSE HOW FAR APART THE HANGER WIRE IS ON THE WALL. I MAKE DIFFERENT LENGTH EAR RINGS SO NEED SO MUCH SPACE BETWEEN LAYERS FOR DIFFERENT EAR RINGS. THIS FORM OF DISPLAYING IS ALSO MORE CATCHY FOR DISPLAY AT A CRAFT SALE, AS MORE PEOPLE CAN SEE THE PRODUCT IN FRONT OF ONES CRAFT TABLE AS VERTICAL DISPLAY WILL LIMIT POTENTIAL BUYERS. THANK YOU AGAIN. KATIE

    • The Creatubbles Team

      Fantastic tips, thanks for sharing, Katie!

  • R.Seethalakshmi

    I’ve become a hige fan of yours..such lovely ideas:)

    • The Creatubbles Team

      That’s fantastic to hear, thank you!

  • SujathaBalachandar

    Fantastic tips…

    • The Creatubbles Team

      Thanks for your kind words, Sujatha! Glad you liked it!

  • Pamela Fitzgerald

    I,m new to this site but I also use takeaway plastic boxes to store as the can be stacked quite high and you can always use a strong elastic band to hold together and I keep the small face cream jars to store small bits

    • The Creatubbles Team

      Great tips, Pamela! Thank you for your comment!

  • Cerynna Gonzales

    I am so inspired to work on my creativity again and be back to the old me doing this creative stuff! Im looking forward in being employed in this kind of business! And Im dead serious about it. And because of this, Im thinking about opening a small business by creating some stuff and selling it to my friends. Thanks 🙂

    • The Creatubbles Team

      That’s awesome to hear, we really appreciate your comment, Cerynna! It would be amazing to see your art on creatubbles.com – would you mind uploading it there?