craft room

By Maricel Mendoza of A Sweet Cottage inspiration & lifestyle

Starting a craft area at home doesn’t have to mean that you will have a craft room of your own to use as your creating space. Though that would be great, it is not a necessity. A crafting area can be as simple as one table, a wall space, a shelf or even a basket or bin that is dedicated to your crafting tools and materials.

Before we start talking about your crafting area, let’s talk about why we craft. For me, crafting is a creative output that helps me practice my imagination and creativity. It is also a relaxing and therapeutic activity that helps me to zone out of the stresses of life and focus. It gives me a serene feeling while creating and making something beautiful and worthwhile. For moms, it is also a great bonding activity with our children. Having fun together is one great result of crafting together.

SO, WHERE TO START?

As I have mentioned, the amount of space is not an issue here. Whether you have a dedicated room, a closet space, a small shelf, a craft trolly or a craft bag for your craft stuff, you can still have fun and enjoy the art of crafting just the same.

When I did not have my own craft space yet, I used a vanity make up box to store all my scrapbooking supplies. It was great because of the staircase like boxes that open wide, and you can see all the materials you have inside! The important thing is that you have all your crafting materials organized and all together, so that it is easy to take them out and use them wherever you can. (The dining table is a great spot to do your crafting because of its large space to work on.)

A simple plastic bin for you art materials! (photo from decoradvosor.com)

A simple plastic bin for you art materials! (photo from decoradvosor.com)

A Craft Trolly --- for easy moving around of your things

A Craft Trolly — for easy moving around of your things

You can use a vanity box to store your crafty things -- easy to store and pack away (photo from decor advisor.com)

You can use a vanity box to store your crafty things — easy to store and pack away (photo from decor advisor.com)

Empty drawers anywhere in the house can house your craft materials (photo from decor advisor.com)

Empty drawers anywhere in the house can house your craft materials (photo from decoradvisor.com)

A few shelves in an unused cabinet can also be your craft area (photo from assortoffairytale.blogspot)

A few shelves in an unused cabinet can also be your craft area (photo from assortoffairytale.blogspot)The content of your craft “area” will depend on the craft that you are most interested in — painting, drawing, arts and crafts, sewing, scrapbooking, calligraphy, card making and so on. It can be a combination of some or all, depending on your interests.

Remember that you do not have to purchase everything all at once. Your craft stash will naturally grow as you craft and learn what are the materials and tools that are most useful for you.

A Craft Wall with pegboards can also hold odds and ends of your stuff (photo from lushome.com)

A Craft Wall with pegboards can also hold odds and ends of your stuff (photo from lushome.com)

I love this great idea-- a fold away table with a connecting wall shelf! (photo from hgtv.com)

I love this great idea– a fold away table with a connecting wall shelf! (photo from hgtv.com)

The content of your craft “area” will depend on the craft that you are most interested in — painting, drawing, arts and crafts, sewing, scrapbooking, calligraphy, card making and so on. It can be a combination of some or all, depending on your interests. Remember that you do not have to purchase everything all at once. Your craft stash will naturally grow as you craft and learn what are the materials and tools that are most useful for you.

TIPS FOR STARTING YOUR CRAFT AREA

  • Gather all the craft/art materials that you already have and put them together in one container/basket/bin/area
  • Look around your home and try to see what spaces are available for you to use to house your craft materials — hints: look inside closets, maybe a shelf or two from your bookshelf, an empty drawer, under the stairs etc.
  • Once you have located a space, organize your craft materials for easy access and so that you see everything at a glance — having a gazillion materials that you cannot see and find, is as useless as having none!
  • Look at your materials and see what crafts you can create and make by using these items — start with what you already have!… Research and browse the web for what will interest you and make your heart skip a beat when you see it. Try out one project a week to see what will capture your heart.
  • Create the day away and enjoy this time that you have to craft!!! Craft with your kids, your friends or use this as your alone time. Your dining table will be your playground!
  • Pack away – be sure to put away your materials and tools after you use them especially the sharp and dangerous ones. Putting them back after your craft time will help you avoid having to look for things that have been misplaced.

The important thing to remember here is that you love what you do, and create with all your heart! No matter what the size is or where your space may be, crafting can be as enjoyable as can be if it adds bliss in your life! Happy crafting!

Craft Room Tour — a short video clip of my own crafting haven…my home office, craft space and happy place!

Visit Maricel’s blog & lifestyle website, A Sweet Cottage, where she writes about the sweet life, posts craft ideas, announces her craft workshops, and creates meaningful party experiences.