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It’s so fun to look at the new design trends for spring 2014. They include Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid (PMS 18-3224). If you’re a designer like I am you live in the world of the pantone matching system so it’s always fun to see their announcement. Other trends include nautical, floral and geometric. Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website.
Feeling inspired, I set to work incorporating several of these trends into a task I’ve been putting off for a long time now; organizing my art desk. See if you can spot which trends are used!
So here it is. Oh bother. Last fall I started an online art course called MADE and it inspired me to set up an art table dedicated to all things crafty and creative. We don’t always have the luxury of a space set aside just for this purpose and when we do it’s usually pretty small right? I’ve found I’m not alone with creativity and clutter often coming hand in hand. I set to work trying to maximize my surface with some creative craft storage ideas. I found everything I needed on Joann.com.
What You’ll Need:
- Mason jars : I dug through my husband’s canning collection and even saved an old jam jar with a handle that I just love. Try to find different sizes and heights. I love the wide-mouth jars because they fit tall items.
- Containers : Any empty container will do. Get creative. Dig around the house to see what you can find. I even used empty bullion containers.
- Mason jar inserts : I fell in love with this daisy design instantly!
- Washi tape : You’ll find TONS of patterns and colors online. Be sure to check how much you’re getting. I didn’t realize the birds came in a pack of four (good thing it’s my favorite design).
- Small Knobs : This one is optional. I love these Tim Holtz curio knobs. See how I use them below!
- Mason jar lids : I didn’t find these online since my husband had a stash with his canning supplies. These aren’t a must-have since most of my jars I left open at the top. Find at a local store or on amazon.com.
- Scrapbook paper : Again you can pick the color/style you prefer. I used 2014 spring trends for my inspiration.
Unpacking art supplies is like Christmas morning for me. Oooohhhhh aaaaahhhhhhh. Insert happy dance. I set to work pulling out all of my art supplies that would be handy to have on my desktop (which was easy since most of them weren’t put away from that last project). I took some time finding the right container for each of my supplies. This jam jar looked so beautiful with vintage buttons. I used a tall jar without a lid for scissors. My largest jar with a lid worked perfectly to store my washi tape collection. I even found some old bullion containers and finally found a spot for my little stamping alphabets. (Now to figure out how to rid them of the soup smell!)
For the jars that I used a lid insert and the bullion containers I wanted to add a punch of color/pattern with a decorative paper lid and some washi tape (decorative art tape). I traced each of my lids and then cut just inside the line for a perfect fit to each lid. I used a glue stick to adhere the plastic lid papers. The mason jar lids hold the paper in place if you don’t want to use glue. This allows you to swap out the colors/patterns whenever you’d like. I tacked mine down with a tiny touch of glue on the rim so it didn’t fly out when I open them.
I applied several stripes of beautiful washi tape on most of my jars. The clear glass and bold colors/patterns look so fun and brighten up an otherwise boring work space.
TIPS: Start your tape at a natural seem on the jar or container. For the mug I started at the glass seem under the handle. Be sure to place your starting tape on a straight line so as you work around the jar it aligns at the same point. If you get it straight from the start you shouldn’t have a problem. The tape is forgiving so if you go offline, pull it up and start again.
I found it easiest to let the tape roll across the jar as I went around. This kept my tape from bubbling and was easiest to create a straight line.
Because some of the tape designs are partially transparent you can play with overlapping if you’d like.
While shopping for jars on Joann.com I found these beautiful daisy lid inserts. They’re designed for a straw to sit in the center. I bought these cool vintage knobs and screwed them into the center instead! They’re completely decorative since you still have to unscrew the actual lid to open the jars but I think they add a beautiful finishing touch. The added closure on my button jar keeps them safe from spilling. I also discovered that the slots on the top were perfect for storing my watercolor brushes!
On a whim I accessorized my old dresser too! This piece is in tough shape and stores my art supplies. I’ve had dreams of totally revamping it in the future. For now a quick stripe of tape with my favorite washi pattern adds such a sweet touch. I just love it.
I’m used to working on the computer every day so it’s nice to use real paper again! (Did you notice my print in the background? It, and many more designs are available on janellewourms.redbubble.com.)
This post is part of the Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores ® National Craft Month campaign. I received compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.