I promised a dedicated post featuring my Craft Carousel awhile back and thought today was the perfect opportunity to share since my #OrganizedByFriday video is an OLJ Q&A with no coordinating blog post.
My Craft Carousel, as I have come to call it, is the only item aside from a coaster (handmade for me by my sister-in-law, Emily) that has a permanent place on my project table in my home office. I like to keep that desktop clear for the most part, with the exception of these two items, so that I don’t have to move a bunch of stuff whenever I want to film, work, or craft using this space. I purchased this white spinning desktop tool organizer by Making Memories from Michael’s last fall using a 40% off one item coupon. I love how versatile this piece is! You can store a variety of items in it, and it certainly does not have to be dedicated to crafting only. I choose to keep mainly crafting tools and some work necessities in mine.
The spinning carousel has seven upright partitions, with six side sections flanking a deep space in the middle. Here’s what I store in the six side sections:
1. My favorite felt tip pens by LePen and Papermate.
2. Sharpies, pencils, and a bone folder.
3. Double sided colored Sharpies.
4. Paper crafting and ribbon scissors, wrapping paper cutters, and crafting blades.
5. Different size hole punchers.
6. All purpose scissors, a rotary cutter, and single punch. Plus a photo of my pup, Winnie.
I set a small pail in the center part which holds some small items I use when seated at my project table for filming (more on that in a moment). This middle section is particularly deep so I stuffed some white tissue paper into the bottom of it to prop the pail up. I used clear decorative filler pellets (available in the floral section of crafting supply stores) to keep my pens and tools upright in the vertical partitions. There are a few built-in tool holders on two sides of the carousel. I keep small scissors secure in the elastic bands. I have craft tweezers hanging from one of the small hooks. I wedged a Scotch Pop-up Tape Refillable Deskgrip Dispenser between two of the other hooks and the bottom ledge of the carousel for easy access when gift wrapping. It is easy to remove from it’s spot by simply rotating it about a quarter turn.
The only alterations I made to the carousel were to line its three small drawers with felt. I used one of the drawers as a pattern to cut out blue adhesive felt to fit inside each drawer. I chose to leave the paper backing on the felt for now in the case that I’d like to change out these inserts at some point in the future.
The three drawers hold some smaller items I reach for on occasion when sitting at my project table:
1. Makeup remover and cotton swabs for when I film makeup tutorials for TBBB.
2. A selection of paper clips, binder clips, and safety pins.
3. Some of my favorite lip products.
I’ve filled out the small pail I mentioned previously that I keep in the center partition of the carousel since I took the original photos over a month ago. This pail contains some items I like to have within arm’s reach when I am filming videos. They include a hairbrush, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, a sparkly lip balm, floss picks, a hair clip, and a Model Mirror (which is very handy for travel as well!).
I love having these craft tools and items to aid in my filming in such an attractive and accessible desktop organizer on my project table. Organizational tools like this one are great for display as well as functionality!
*I am not affiliated with any of the brands or stores mentioned in this blog post or video. All opinions are my own.*