Have too many craft supplies? Now you don’t.

If you craft, that is if you craft a lot, you will understand the absurdity of this post.

I don’t have an official crafting room unless you count my kitchen table and several huge plastic storage bins of ziplocked supplies. And possibly a lot of stuff floating around my husbands garage hogging his work bench from real projects vs “What does my wife want me to miter saw for her next”.

For the record the most recent answer to that was wood slices. Because that’s why you need a huge ass 12″ sliding saw. To cut wood slices smaller than a nickle.


The thing with craft supplies is they breed like Gremlins. You buy one thing, say a package of beads because you needed a small specific bead for one project and now you’re stuck with 100 other beads that you have no use for in the package that you bought for that one bead.

This is a terrible habit by the way. If only because craft supplies cost money. Sometimes insane amounts of money. And I am not rich and I am very frugal and I will repeat this over and over, but this is also one of the main reasons you see me reusing everything under the sun in dozens of different projects and upcycling everything I can.

However after some time there comes a point where you will even look at the craft supply that you once loved and say “I seriously cannot think of one more Project Runway style, what can I turn you into” project. And then think what do you do with all those extra supplies floating around hogging your precious storage space (and if you read my blog you know I have issues with storage space).

The logical answer would be to stop buying as many craft supplies. But we’re not logical people, rather manufacturers are smart people. Let me give you a more detailed example. If say you want one key ring, you almost always need to buy a package of 80 and not just one. And if by some fluke you manage to buy one key ring, that one key ring will probably cost you half of what the 80 key rings will. So do you buy the one or the 80? It’s a vicious cycle.

In which case after you have the 80 key rings, approximately 75 of which you no longer have any use for after 5 more projects, what do you do with them and other craft supplies? Well I donate them to thrift stores or ask my daughter’s teachers if they could use anything. Or most recently I started to make this.

The Kids Craft Box Birthday gift.

Lots of my daughters friends are at the age where they are really into doing crafts, so I decided to start making craft boxes to go along with a gift certificate to Michael’s as a birthday present. They get cool new stuff to make crafts with, I recycle craft supplies, it’s a win/win!

This is a wooden tea box that I picked up at our local Dollarama for $2.

Kids Craft Box northstory (5)

Kids Birthday Craft Box northstory

Got rainbow ribbon? I wonder where that came from.

Kids Craft Box northstory (3)

Extra foam shapes. I think I step on these in my sleep.

Kids Craft Box northstory (2)

Then there’s the I need no introduction IKEA PYSSLA beads.

If you’re wondering how long one container can last you, I’ll let you know (as the fabulous Gilit from Shoes Off Please suggested in my Instagram photo) when my grandchildren make me bracelets with them.

Kids Craft Box northstory

Add a gift card, wrap it up and you’ve got a happy, crafty birthday kid.

Kids Birthday Craft Box gift

Make that a happy, crafty occupied kid which should lead to a happy parent. Which let’s face it, is the person who had to figure out where to put the new 100th Barbie or Transformer that their kid just opened up.

They can just step on PYSSLA beads instead. Hey it’s better than me putting in glitter…

DIY Kids Craft Box


  • Reply
    August 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    This is such a great idea! I know we had the talk of entry closets not to long ago and here you are on the same brain wave with crafting stuff. ALL of my craft stuff is in Rubbermaid tubs in what will be the nursery closet. Just this past weekend I had my sister in law come over and help me clear it all out. I managed to get through all four tubs and put everything in Ziploc bags that fit nicely into ONE drawer of the dresser I am going to use for my craft now. Four Rubbermaid tubs to one dresser drawer? That’s pretty good! Unfortunately this time around I dumped A LOT of stuff into a trash bag that’s going to the Goodwill, but this is an excellent idea for future reference. You’re so smart. (Oh and I forgot to mention that my sister in law did take home boat loads of stuff for her own use. I know my mother in law was thrilled. Ha!)

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    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    August 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    What a sweet gift idea! I always have lots of leftover crafting materials—this is totally doable!

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    August 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Love! WAY better than Barbies. Now if only I could figure out a way to give my old shoes as gifts…

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    Gilit @ Shoes Off Please
    August 15, 2013 at 12:36 am

    You are a genius! Why has no one thought of this before?
    The only problem is: how are you going to threaten me with all your extra craft supplies now?

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    Neaten Your Nest
    August 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    LOVE this! Now only if I can convince all of my 4 year olds sons friends that they need my hand me down sparkly beads instead of a remote control car. There’s not a little girl in sight at my house!!!!! Thank you!

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    August 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    This is such a great idea and if my daughter received a gift like this, she would think it was the best EVER! I often donate my extra craft supplies to our church, but I love this idea.

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    now at home mom
    August 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    oh! I love this Alex 🙂 not only these don’t go to waste but you will make little girls very happy with this and you add a gift card … my perfect gift! 🙂 (I like would love receiving one of these as a gift!) 🙂

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    October 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I just found your blog and am enjoying having a peek around. This is such a great idea! Anything to promote a child’s creativity is awesome 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project
    February 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    OMG!!! This is SUCH an amazing and thoughtful gift. What better way to upcycle your extra craft supplies! FYI – my birthday is in April. 😉

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    February 8, 2017 at 6:25 am

    THANK YOU! I know this is an old post but there isn’t really much else out there for those of us with too many craft supplies. Why should we be doomed to live with our unused craft supplies. 🙂

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    Jen O'Connor
    February 20, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Almost 5 years since this post, & supplies multiplying like gremlins still exists in today’s crafting world. Lol. Haha. Thanks for the great idea and hillarious post!! Lol!!

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      February 23, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Can I tell you, like yourself I still have this never ending supply? I fully blame Michael’s 50% off coupons.

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