Thrifty Storage for Art Supplies

Supply Storage

I figured that this is as good a time as any to talk about how I store our mess. We have been, I mean I have been asked a couple of times how I store our stuff. I am really big on not spending a lot of money on things when I probably have most of the stuff I need on hand already. This has led me to come up with some creative storage for art supplies in our “Creative Learning Room” So here it goes.

We’re broke over here yawl! So that means I have to look for other solutions.  For all of my girls store brought toys (they have way to many of those toys) I keep them in two really big totes and two medium sized totes.

As for our creative supplies, I use creative storage. Such as

kool-aid storage

Kool-Aid and Country Time Lemonade containers. I love that they’re white once you take the packaging off. I let my oldest daughter paint them so I didn’t have to look at just the white container. With them painted I don’t have to look inside each container to see what’s inside, I just know what it is by the picture.

I use these to Kool-Aid containers to corral our

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Cotton balls
  • Bottle caps
  • Tabs from tin cans

Mason Jar storage

We also use a lot of Mason jars. I like that their clear, so I can see what is inside. Also, they are so pretty when I store our colorful items inside them.

They hold us

  • neon colored rice (use to hold all of our colored rice but I upgraded so now it’s just the neon colored rice in a jar.)
  • beans
  • glass beads
  • water gems
  • sand
  • one of our fishes
  • pom poms

box storage

Love the boxes from the large multi-package of Ramen Noodles (Yes, to those who know us personally my kids do eat Ramen Noodles too.)

I use the boxes to hold our

  • Lessons for the week
  • Store scrap paper
  • Decorated one as an inbox for the big girls school mess and I have to decorate the one we use as an outbox.


Update: these boxes also are great for them play dough play moments it holds all the play dough accessories that they are going to use for that play session. We also use them to hold sensory accessories, Crayola paint with kiddie supplies, my acrylic paints, mommies paint supplies,

container storage

By purchasing our spices in bulk, we have lots of plastic spice containers.  I use these to hold play dough,  little parts for lessons, traveling games, paint, glue, paper clips and so much more stuff in there.

easter basket storage

Easter comes around once a year, so that means I gain four new baskets once a year.  These little baskets come in handy even more so cause we always get more baskets than we have children.  We use the baskets to hold our play dough mess, mud toys, water toys, small trinkets, lesson plan material for the week that I allow complete access to.

box storage

When I was younger my mom made macaroni and cheese with Velveeta. I don’t buy boxed stove top mac and cheese because I learned how to make it with Velveeta. I use to throw those boxes away but when I saw we were collecting way too many crayons and they were being thrown all over the place, the bottom  of the Velveeta box came to the rescue. It’s the perfect size to fit a lot of our drawing and writing utensils. I store our boxes inside a three drawer little stand, two boxes per drawer.

Velveeta  box storage

  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Color pencils
  • Markers
  • Pens

Re-Usable Can Storage

How about Cans? Tin cans are great to use for storage. While I plan to have one of the girls decorate them, they work just as well with the labels ripped off and cleaned out. Because they’re cans I suggest that you take sometime push them edges in if you have a can opener that leaves sharp edges.

Tin Can storage

  • scissors
  • hole punchers
  • magnifying glasses
  • pointy tools in them.

dollar general storage

Now while most of our stuff is stored in creative storage that I just reused, we do have some bins and other things that I got from our local Dollar General.

Dollar General Storage Bins

Dollar General Spice Containers

Dollar General Condiment Containers



So these are just some of our storage solutions.  We are gaining more and more supplies by the day and it’s making me come up with more storage solutions. If the way we store stuff should change I will be glad to share with you all.

Art supply storage

Well, that’s all, for now. Later


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21 Responses to Thrifty Storage for Art Supplies

  1. great thrifty ways to reuse and organize! We also use Swiffer containers. I love that they have a clear top and even hubby uses them for organizing stuff in his garage!
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    • Tinytotsadventures says:

      Thanks Susen! Never thought about the Swiffer containers. So much stuff that we can reuse, I just love it!

  2. Chelsey says:

    Great ideas! I am constantly needing new storage containers for my crafts and this is way better than buying those expensive bins from Michael’s. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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    • Tinytotsadventures says:

      Yes, it is even though I have some of them bins. Wish I would have thought about recycled storage earlier.

  3. Great article. I am always look for empty container to store stuff that the kids I work with need to use again. Thanks for the tip.
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  4. These are all awesome ideas for sure. I love how resourceful they are. Recycling and reusing products is always a good thing.
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  5. Ack! I am so bad organizing and I have a huge cluttered art area in the basement for the kids. This will definitely help.
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  6. These are wonderful ideas for reusing and re-purposing containers. My son calls the plastic, cowboy tupperware, I laugh but continue to use. Thanks for sharing on Friday Features!!

    Happy New Year!!!
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  7. Great ideas! I didn’t recognize some of the containers!

    • Tinytotsadventures says:

      Thank you! I hope not, i love them decorated so when people see them they have to really look at them to figure out what something is.

  8. Ooooh, I just love all of these thrifty storage solutions! So cool!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop)!

    Wishing you a lovely evening.
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  9. Jill says:

    These are great ideas for thrifty storage solutions!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!
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  10. These are some great ideas! I especially love the re-used Kool-Aid containers! Thanks for joining us at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week! Feel free to bring a friend with you 🙂 Happy Friday! #TGIF

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