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5 Great Beading Storage Containers For The Serious Crafter

Updated on October 7, 2015

Discover the Best Containers for your Beading and Craft Supplies

Let's talk about storing your beading or crafting supplies.

Let's talk containers.

Containers are a necessity when is comes to keeping your materials organized and easily accessible. Like most things there are lots of selections in shapes, sizes, styles and colors. But the big question before you can decide what to buy is what are your needs?

First, ask yourself these two questions, "What beading supplies am I storing?" and "Where am I going to store my beading supplies?".

Once you answer these questions it will help narrow your selection of containers to fit your specific conditions.

Crafting containers are always a great gift to have on your wish list for birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day or any special occasion. Providing hints like "I want this one" will hopefully get you exactly what you want.

Let's check out a few and see what will end up on your wish list of needs.

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How to Decide on the Best Containers for Your Beading Supplies

What beading supplies will I be storing?

As stated above there are two questions you need to ask yourself.

"What will I be storing?" -and- "Where will it be stored?"

Let's tackle the first question.

Here are a few possible suggestions of beading supplies that you may accumulate over time.

Beads (obviously)

Beading Tools

Beading Magazines and Publications

Beading Catalogs

Spools of beading wire and other stringing materials

Findings, findings and more findings. I mean a lot of findings.

Do you have a list of items in mind for what you will using?

Create your own list of supplies you will be using to determine your container needs. But I encourage you not to buy any containers until you first determine this........


Where to Store your Beading and Craft Supplies

What's available to you?

Before considering what type of containers to store your supplies in first decide where will the supplies be stored?

If you are fortunate enough to have a whole room dedicated to your craft then your options are endless. But for some you may only have a closet or a corner of a room.

Decide your location first.

Determine how large of an area you have and be realistic.

From there, decide the type of containers that will suit your storage needs most effectively.

Once you have determined where you will be able to store supplies then ask yourself 'how can I best use the space I have'?

Are there shelves or can shelves be added?

Is there space behind doors to add peg board and hooks?

Are drawers available to you or will a drawer unit fit anywhere in this space?

What will you use as your work surface for your projects?

Explore these questions and more, based on your specific needs, to determine what fits your scenario the best.

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5 Great Containers for Storing Beading Supplies

Let's go shopping!

If you have done the work of determining what supplies you need to store and discovered where you will be storing your supplies then now it's time to look at a few options of containers that are available to help fill your needs.

These items listed are my top 5 picks for storing your beading or crafting needs whether you are a 'stay at home' or an 'on the go' crafter.

Check them out and see which ones will end up on your wish list.

Handy Rolling Cart - Very convenient for mobile station

When it comes to convenience this rolling multi drawer cart can not be beat.

With the available storage it's uses are boundless. To increase the usability of this cart having wheels makes moving the cart much easier and makes any spot in your home or work room easily accessible adding to the organization this unit allows.

No hobby or work room is complete with a mobile cart.

Multi Craft Container - One Container, Many Uses

In all my years of crafting I have always struggled with the best way to store craft supplies. Now that I make jewelry on a regular basis I am always looking for new and improved ways to store all my many supplies.

This handy tower with the multi drawers has been a dream storage container that I have been wishing for some time. With the many uses it's endless the items that could be stored.

This Christmas this will be on my wish list. The wait is over and the time is now. So I better clear some counter space to make room for it. I'll let you know how I like it.

Tools tote to go - Travel in Style

If you are on the run to a craft class or girl's night out having a compartmental bag to keep your tools and supplies in is a necessity.

The storage makes it convenient having all your most used tools and components in one spot. There are enough pockets to keep all of your basic needs with you at all times.

Even if it's just to travel from one part of the house to the other, having this handy tote will keep everything right at your fingertips.

This is another must for your crafting containers.

Mobility At It's Best - Tote and Go

Are you busy hosting beading classes or heading off to another beading party? Do you ever feel like your packing everything (including the kitchen sink) to take with you?

This fabulous rolling organizer allows you to keep everything in one easy to roll tote. Just grab and go.

No more packing lots of bags with loose trays of beads, findings and supplies. This tote provides nice fitting lid trays to keep all of your components in and allows for easy storage until your ready to grab and go.

The fold down front flap provides compartments and pockets for storage of other items needed for your events or for toting your favorite craft magazines.

Any busy beader should not be without this great mobile storage unit to keep yourself organized and ready to go. I know it'll be on my Christmas list.

Stackable Containers - I would not live with out these

These stackable round containers are the best little invention since sliced cheese.

These 2 3/4" round trays screw together for easy storage. The bottom of one tray screws to the top of the other. This allows them to be completely interchangeable. These are my size of choice but they are available smaller.

They store easily and travel conveniently keeping all small components such as beads, findings and more securely within the container. They will not spill and do not come apart until you unscrew each container.

But be careful! Some stackable trays just fit into each other and you have to pull them apart and I have found that sometimes if the trays get bumped to hard while traveling they pop open and leave your materials a mess.

The greatest convenience for me with these containers is when I am doing a class I am able to conserve on space and then can quickly set up. I haven't found anything as handy as these trays and I bet if you try them once you will feel the same.

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      Tracy Smith 3 years ago from Maryville, TN

      Wonderful suggestion for beading storage and useful for many crafts. I like the larger storage units so my cats can't knock them over.

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      @Margaret Schindel: Yes, I would agree. I use one as well for most of my findings that I carry to class. I couldn't live with out that one too. I actually found mine in the fishing tackle dept at Wal-Mart. I will have to share a picture here soon.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Teri, great suggestions! My favorite bead storage containers are "small parts" hardware organizer cases with 25 removable bins and a handle for portability. They're made by Stanley and can be found on Amazon as well as in big-box hardware stores like Lowe's and Home Depot and also in some automotive parts stores like Pep Boys. I couldn't live without mine!

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      @Im2keys: Glad to hear we work on the same page...that's the very reason it made my top 5. Thanks for visiting.

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      Im2keys 3 years ago

      that fabric tote is great- I could definitely fill that up with crafty stuff :o)

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      @RoadMonkey: Thx for the visit and yes these would be great for all sorts of storage.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      I love storage containers but haven't got into beading - yet! Some lovely containers above, would suit all sorts of crafts.

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      @Merrci: Isn't it true, any crafting hobby always has parts that need storage. I like the idea using the shoe size bins. I actually use those for my sewing supplies as well. I see we think alike. Thx for the visit.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I do love storage containers! I haven't tried beading, but for the crafts I have I've been using shoe-size bins. Fun lens with tempting products!

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: Love to hear beading interest you and seriously if you need any help getting started or just need to know that what you are doing is right, please please contact me, I love helping anyone and everyone that wants to bead get a foot up. It's too easy to do beading but not so easy getting started. I'm a great cheerleader.....Thx for stopping by for a visit.

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      I just use old mason jars...

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      Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I've been wanting to do some beading since I moved to Idaho last June. I bought one of those stackable containers you featured, and that's enough for what I have on hand right now, but I'm really wanting the six-drawer rolling cart. Well, it will take a while to get all the supplies. One thing at a time. I'm just a beginner-beader.

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      Teri Hansen 4 years ago

      @Craftypicks: Isn't it great! If I could only have just a few these are the ones I could easily live with and it cover it all for me. Thx for visiting.

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      Lori Green 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      I have that multi craft container and it's fantastic. Loved your lens.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I have a multi-compartment bead holder plus a bead design board. I like them both - - but the bead design board is more unique, so I will pick it as my favorite. Now I need to motivate myself to get some fun jewelry made. I love beads of all sizes and shapes. I enjoyed this lens. Thank your for doing it. :-)