Intentional Spaces: Creating a Craft Station
I get so much pleasure making things lovely for those I adore, admire, and appreciate. I sometimes think the best part of gifts is giving them. A bit of baker's twine around a box. A sprig of lavender or rosemary tied around a card. A special piece of tape sealing the back of an envelope.
I've tried clear boxes, shelves, the kind of container with wheels that goes under the bed to organize my craft materials, gift wrap, gift bags, ribbons, paints, and so much more.
The snag that I always run into, is that I'm a visual person and want to see my stuff! I love being able to pick colors and patterns out and put something together until it's just right.
When we moved into our home last year, we were losing a little bit of our square footage we had before (in exchange for my dream colonial with 1939 charm - I'll take those boxy, light-filled rooms any day!)
I wasn't sure where my craft station was going to end up, but part of me was hoping it would be somewhere I would get to see because I love the bright colors and the bold invitation to come sit down and create.
We chose to build it into the guest room, positioning it in a corner next to a closet for some overflow.
The station works really well in this space for a few reasons:
- The natural light by the large desk is perfect for projects and intentional wrapping.
- It is also upstairs and out of the way enough so that I can leave it a little messy without having to worry about leaving it immaculate. (I actually love a little bit of a mess while I'm making - maybe that's just how my brain works :)
- My greeting card and stationery collections get a station of their own. I equally love a good card! This way when I'm out shopping and spot a card I love, I pick it up and bring it home to be waiting in the wings for the perfect person or occasion.
Here are some of my other favorite craft spaces. Aren't they inspiring?
When creating a craft station space, here's what I look for:
- A way for my ribbons to easily roll. I love the basket above with the wooden skewer!
- A place for rolls of wrapping paper to be displayed. You can see in my picture, I'm using a wicker laundry basket (found it at Goodwill). I also fold my tissue paper sheets and keep them in there, too.
- A surface for to spread out, wrap, paint, glue, and decorate.
No matter where or how you live, it really doesn't matter the size of the room or craft area. It can be a corner on a desk, part of a bedroom, maybe even an entire room, or a cool cart with wheels. What's important is that you have your basics readily available and that you have some cheerful, little surprises in your space.
What about you? Do you love to make things? What has worked for you for keeping things organized and happy? I would love to know in the comment section below.
Here are some links for my favorite pieces and "crafting ingredients" including the greeting card and stationary organizer. And you probably won't believe this, but I found my main wall mounted organizer on the side of the road. It had been put out with someone's trash! It is definitely one of my treasures...
tools of my trade:
my favorite picks: