Craft supplies are changing all the time – we're adding to our stash, bringing in new tools, and even incorporating new crafts with all kinds of new supplies of every manner of shape, size and color. It's alot to keep up with. There's a saying that we crafters spend as much time organizing as we do crafting, if not more!

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On the Hydrangea Hippo Facebook Page I recently asked what you all want to see from Hydrangea Hippo and the overall answer was “ways to organize craft supplies”. So I've been doing research because there are alot more ways to organize than just how I organize my space. A couple times a month I'll be sharing a roundup on a theme, all on the topic of organizing! I hope you find these ideas helpful and use them as a resource and inspiration for organiznig your supplies and your space. Be sure to pin the collage image below to bookmark this post and save it for later ;)


Today I want to focus on ways to use jars, like Mason Jars, in organizing your space and supplies. I love the look of jars and they are an affordable and pretty way to store and display supplies. I personally use a mix of jars from Ikea and Mason Jars to store my buttons and flowers in. Check out these 10 ideas for using jars to organize your space:

1. Mason Jars + Cupcake Tower Lazy Susan of Craft Supplies

I like how cute this idea is and it uses a couple sizes of jars – great for using leftover jars from jam and jelly making! Mason Jars + Cupcake Tower Storage

2. Use Candle Jars

Who knew it was this easy to reuse old candle jars to organize with them?! This post shares how to steam the jars to remove the labels and wax from the insides. Using Candle Jars

3. To hold twine

Baker's twine, kitchen twine, small balls of yarn – put them in a glass sugar jar! You can find these jars at most 99 cent stores… Hold Twine

4. To Hold Odd Shaped Items + Keep Them Dust Free

Creating Keepakes shared this online and in their mag circa 2011 but I think this idea is still good. When you have just a few items and they are an odd shape, putting them into a jar is a great way to store them, keeping the dust off and displaying them at the same time. Hold Odd Shaped Items

5. Make “Challenge” or “Goodie” jars

This post has organzing tips and just features this picture but I like the idea and I do this myself. I have a jar on my desk where I put all the leftovers from kits and packages of stuff I don't want to put away. A stray button here, a couple flowers there… then I take that with me to crops and challenge myself to use the contents inside. Make Challenge Jars

6. Hang them on the wall

The Mended Nest shares a tutorial for how to make this on your own – so easy and affordable!

7. Store Beads or Small Items

Of course, right? Buttons, beads, whatever — they look pretty and the jars are great for storing things that are mixed up. Store Beads

8. Attach the lids to a shelf

This guy shares his workshop with tools – hey, you can do this same thing with jars full of glitter, beads, and what not. My grandfather had baby food jars mounted like this in his garage, full of nults, washers, and screws. Attach Lids To A Shelf

9. Use jars with slide-on lids for easy access

I like these jars that are used in this craft room because they provide easy access to regularly used supplies, like glue sticks. Use Slide-On Lids

10. Pen or Desk Organizer

This is a great way to make a pen, paint brush, or desk organizer using jars – so cute and easy! Desk Organizer

11. Organize Flowers

I use jars from Ikea to organize my flowers by color. And it is pretty to look at too! Organize Flowers


Check out this post by Angie Holden of Crafts With Jars, showcasing even more ways to Organize with Jars!


Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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