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Any crafter knows that you’ll need to have a lot of supplies on hand. In fact, picking out the perfect bits and bobs to further your project is nearly as joyful as the crafting itself. But having lots of supplies, whether it’s a yarn stash or dozens of pencils in every hue, can quickly tumble over into clutter and chaos. That’s where craft organizers come in handy, helping to restore order, so you can easily put your hands on the supplies you need when you’re crafting (and stash them neatly when you’re not mid-project).
Here, the best craft supply organizers for every type of crafter.
Best for Buttons: Rebrilliant Scofield Store 30 Drawer Storage Chest
Finding the perfect button is a tricky task if all of them are piled in a single container or stashed in a bag. This 30-drawer cabinet makes the task easier. This cabinet can sit on top of a desk or cabinet or you can mount it on the wall.
Each of the 30 drawers can be subdivided (with dividers that are sold separately) to create even more organization—that way, you can have a drawer for yellow buttons that’s divided up so that pale and neon buttons are in separate areas. The containers are also stackable if you have a lot of small items, like beads, that you need to keep very organized.
Each of the small transparent drawers is 1.5 inches by 2.25 inches by 5.5, allowing you to fit plenty of buttons in each one.
Best for Paper Crafts: Recollections 10 Drawer Rolling Cart
Paper crafting requires a lot of different items in many different sizes. Storing it all—the card stock and papers, the embossing materials, and all the small supplies—can be tricky.
This rolling cart makes it easy to keep materials organized. Plus, you can either roll the cart to your work table or remove drawers, making it easy to craft wherever you want.
While the container is relatively small in size—it’s 13 x 15.33 x 38 inches—it’s large enough to hold standard sheets of paper and card stock, plus glue sticks, sticker sheets, and more.
Best for Painting: Artist's Loft 3 Tray Storage Box
This box comes with several compartments and removable dividers, and expands open so you can easily access the compartments at the bottom of the box. You'll find a place to store all of your painting supplies, from brushes to paint tubes. When you're finished painting, the shelves collapse down into the box for easy storage.
The perfect size for beginners or anyone who likes a separate kit to store supplies for active projects, this kit is on the smaller side. Its portability makes it easy to bring with you wherever you're painting, but more frequent painters might need more storage for larger collections.
Best for Drawing: Advantus Super Stacker Pencil Box
This clear, stackable box is ideal for storing pencils, markers, and other drawing utensils. Buy several of the boxes, so you can organize supplies by type. Thanks to a locking lid, the items will stay put if you opt to throw one of the boxes into your bag for drawing on the go.
These stackable boxes are sturdy and well made, and the lid snaps securely in place. If you have any kind of collection of drawing materials, you’ll likely need to buy several containers (each one will hold about 50 colored pencils), but they’re quite affordable, and if you often want to bring a pencil case with you, the small size will come in handy.
Best for Ribbons: Iris Clear Ribbon Box
Avoid tangles with your ribbon collection. With this clear box, you’ll be able to easily see your ribbons. The box accommodates ribbons of varying widths. Since it doesn’t have a rod, once one ribbon is empty, it’s a snap to remove (no need to remove all the ribbons resting on the rod to get to the empty one). The box is designed to be stackable, so if your ribbon collection is large, you can keep them all neatly organized by color or material.
Just place the ends of the ribbons through the opening in the top so you can easily pull out the length you need. The sturdy box comes with an adjustable divider, which helps keep all the ribbons spools upright. The box also has a removable tray that sits below the lid, which is handy for storing other gift-wrapping supplies, such as scissors or gift tags.
Best for Yarn: Innovative Home Creations Colonial 4850-BLK 6-Shelf
There are plenty of ways to store yarn. Some crafters opt for baskets, shelves, plastic bins, and so on. The advantage of this hanging shelf is that it stores and displays a great deal of yarn without taking up a ton of space.
Unlike a bookcase or shelves, moving this shelf from one location to another is an easy process, since it weighs just a bit over a pound. One side of the container has small side pockets which you can use to store knitting or crochet needles, patterns, and other small materials.
Best for Photos: Simply Tidy Rainbow Photo & Craft Keeper
If you have photos—and lots of them—you’ll want to make sure they’re safely stored so that their quality doesn’t degrade. That is, you need an option that’s better than a shoe box. This acid-free Recollections storage box has 16 small, colorful cases within that will each hold 100 photos. Together, the container can store up to 1,600 photos.
You can organize photos by year, occasion, or the method of your choice. And of course, the versatile cases can also be used for other small memorabilia or craft materials. Thanks to the colorful cases, organizing photos will feel like fun—not a tedious chore. A handle makes it easy to tote this case, which is 15 x 12 x 5 inches in size.
Best for Thread: ArtBin Thread Storage Tray
Keep up to 21 spools of thread organized on this tray from trusted brand ArtBin. You can opt to place this durable yet lightweight tray on the table next to your sewing machine or mount it on the wall.
Once you’ve loaded the tray up with your thread, you’ll have a colorful and organized display and be able to easily snag the color you need for the project at hand. That’s easier than rooting through a drawer or a case, and also lets you know at a glance if you're getting low on certain colors.
This easy-to-assemble tray is a convenient option for both large and small spools of thread, but note that the pegs may be too large for bobbin storage.
Madeleine Burry has written for the Spruce since 2019. As well as writing about crafts, she’s also written about food, health, and more for outlets including Women’s Health, Prevention, Health.com, and other online outlets.