DIY Craft Storage House


Today’s DIY project was inspired by the house shaped boxes on the wall in this post. I thought they were so cute, and knew right away that I wanted to try making my own! But instead of building the house from scratch, I found a flatware organizer at Goodwill for $2.99, which served as the main part of my house. I’ve seen a lot of flatware organizers at thrift stores, so I’m pretty sure you could find one too if you look. Of course, you could always build the house yourself with wood boards from the hardware store. That way, you can make the shelves exactly the size you want!

DIY craft storage house // At Home in Love

To make your own DIY craft storage house, you will need:

-One flatware organizer
-One thin wood board (mine was a 0.25 x 2.5 x 48” poplar board from Home Depot)
-Detail sander or sandpaper
-Two colors of paint (one as the base coat, and one for the accent color)
-Painter’s tape
-Hot glue gun

Turn a flatware organizer into a cute “house” to hang on the wall and store craft supplies

My original intention was to cut the boards at an angle to form the roof of the house, but as you can see in the photo above, I couldn’t get the angles to meet just right (I only have a hand saw, no fancy power equipment). So I went with Plan B, which actually turned out even better. This time, I simply cut the board into two pieces with straight edges, meeting up at a 90 degree angle. I let the edges of the boards hang over on either side to form the roof. Next, I sanded the flatware organizer and the boards, then painted them gray. I taped off off the border of the house with painter’s tape and painted the edges pink to give them a pop of color.

Steps to build a DIY craft storage house

Once the paint was dry, I peeled off the tape. Next, I used hot glue to connect the two boards at the top at a 90 degree angle. Once that was secure, I centered the roof and glued it on either side, where it met the corners of the flatware organizer.

DIY craft storage house--made out of a flatware organizer and two pieces of wood

Lastly, I flipped the whole thing over and nailed a picture hanger on the back.

DIY craft storage house made from a flatware organizer

And that’s it! I think this project turned out really cute, and once I figured out the roof, it was really easy. You could also use your DIY house box to store other small things like nail polish, or to display little treasures and tchotchkes.

DIY craft house -- hang on the wall and display your craft supplies (or nail polish, etc.)

Now, let’s talk about all the craft supplies stored in my little house. Aren’t they cute?? Except for the acrylic paint, everything in there is from Cutetape. They seriously have the best selection of washi tape, not to mention other awesome craft supplies like baker’s twine, stickers, pens, gift bags, and stamps. And that squirrel tape dispenser…SO adorable, am I right?

Thanks to Cutetape for partnering with me on this post!

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  1. Posted by Debbie on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

    Love this! It's so great to have your supplies out and ready, but also to have a "home". :)
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

      Good one! I should have made that the tile of this post "A Home for My Craft Supplies." :)
  2. Posted by Laura on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

    This is so cute! Great idea for my home office!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

      Thank you! I'd love to see a picture if you do it!
  3. Posted by Dusty on Thursday, March 6th, 2014

    so fun! what a creative idea
  4. Posted by Alvina on Thursday, March 6th, 2014

    Found this on Pinterest! I'm thinking I would use it for my nail polish collection! :)
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, March 7th, 2014

      It would be perfect for that! Just the right depth.
  5. Posted by diane on Thursday, March 6th, 2014

    Cute! I run across those organizers all the time and using them as shelving is genius!
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, March 7th, 2014

      Thanks, Diane!
  6. Posted by Aimee / Wallflower Girl on Friday, March 7th, 2014

    So cute ♡ and very useful too!
  7. Posted by Valerie Kuan on Friday, March 7th, 2014

    what kind of paint do you use to pain the house? thanks for the lovely tutorial!!!
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, March 7th, 2014

      Hi Valerie! I painted the majority of it with one of those small sample pots of paint you can get at the hardware store (for testing out colors). It was a Benjamin Moore sample. I used some pink acrylic paint I already had for the edges. Hope that helps!
  8. Posted by Katie on Friday, March 7th, 2014

    I love this idea and the pink color you used. If I made this house I would probably use it to store all my sewing thread and glitter :)
  9. Posted by Lorna on Friday, March 7th, 2014

    Love this idea, very useful way of using some thing you could just throw out.
  10. Posted by Ice Pandora on Monday, March 10th, 2014

    Very neat, well done c; Xx
  11. Posted by Pat on Sunday, December 25th, 2016

    Tell me about the cute little squirrel. Where can I get the pattern to make my own?
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, December 26th, 2016

      It's this one!