Craft Closet Essentials

We moved into our new house in October (2011) and along with MANY things to be excited about in our new home was a great space for a craft closet. ┬áBut with all the craziness that comes along with moving, having 2 small kids, and working part-time … I didn’t have a chance to organize it until this past week. We’ve done LOTS of home improvements over the past couple months … so it’s kinda funny that spending a couple hours and $30 on plastic storage containers to get it all organized was something that really made me feel more settled and like I had accomplished something! PlayDrMom's Craft Closet Essentials .... everything you need for crafting with kids.  Great for gift ideas too! So, … What’s in there?

  • Re-purposed tackle/fastener storage container filled with small bits: google eyes, jingle bells, feathers, sequins, gems, buttons, foam pieces, beads, etc

  • Paper Tubes
  • Cardboard Boxes and pallets
  • Stickers
  • Straws
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Glitter
  • Fuzzies (pom pons)
  • Stamps and (washable) ink pads
  • Crayons
  • Scissors


  • All kinds of Washable Markers


  • Tempera Paint
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Liquid Watercolor
  • “Dot Art” Paint Dabbers

  • Paper

  • Coloring and Activity Books


  • Coffee filters
  • Craft Sticks
  • Liquid Glue
  • Glue Sticks
  • Gel Glue
  • Rubber Cement
  • Craft Foam sheets and shapes
  • Felt

  • Crayola Color Dome
  • Crayola Crayon Maker
  • SpinArt machine
  • Melty/Perler Beads
  • Glue Gun

ANY of these Craft Closet Essentials are great gift ideas for kids, families, schools, and offices/agencies that help kids. ┬áDepending on your budget and the age of the crafter you could get one item … or several and put them together in a container to make a craft kit. ┬áPurchasing the tackle/craft/hardware box and filling it up with supplies is great way to do it!

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam

    You are so organized. I have most of our crafts stuffed into cabinets.

  2. Terese

    Please tell me WHERE you found all those storage containers for $30!! I want them!!

  3. Laura

    Terese, my husband picked them up on sale at Home Depot! They really work great!

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