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Crafts Cupboard




If you don't have a spare room, just dedicate a corner to creativity. This compact cupboard keeps all your supplies in one spot, so you won't have to search for paper or paint when a crafty mood strikes. Start with a plain bookcase; install a curtain to keep everything under wraps. We mounted a shelf high on the wall for extra storage and display space, and added a strip of cork just underneath for mounting artwork.


  • Bookcase
  • Patterned cotton
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread and needle
  • Buttons or Velcro tabs
  • Utility knife
  • Sheet of cork
  • White paint
  • Wood glue
  • Wooden dowls
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Craft supplies for storage


  1. Step 1

    Outfit a bookcase to hold supplies: glass jars for markers and pencils; a three-tier cooling rack for paper; baking pans for crayons, ribbons, scissors, and pastels; a lazy Susan for easy access to glues and paints; paper-covered shoe boxes for photos; and clear-plastic toolboxes for sewing notions.

  2. Step 2

    Sew curtains from two panels of patterned cotton, or shorten a store-bought set to fit your bookcase. We hung our curtains from buttons, but Velcro tabs would work just as well.

  3. Step 3

    Cut a sheet of cork to fit between an existing shelf's brackets.

  4. Step 4

    Paint cork white and affix beneath shelf with wood glue.

  5. Step 5

    3. Suspend wooden dowels from grosgrain ribbon to hold sheets of paper.

Martha Stewart Living, Spring 2002



Reviews (24)

  • dawn kaseoru 25 Nov, 2013

    To Waterspider….I think the tags are like those used for keys, they have a round white name tag attached to a round key ring…baking pans generally have a [filtered word] in the handles…that is what they look life to me! I agree the directions are vague…what is the cork for? Not understanding those directions at all!

  • jozee 8 Oct, 2011

    Have any of you gals notice lately that the instructions are not very clear on the projects, or very scarce, and not all of the tools or supplies are noted..... At one time, they use to do step by step, if I remember clearly!

  • nana2oneboy 15 Oct, 2010

    To repurpose old baking pans instead of using new ones, you could paint them. I recently read a tip about painting galvanized metal (and might be helpful for painting metals in general). Before painting, rub vinegar on the surface to help the paint adhere. Looks like a great project. But I agree with barnabysgirl that my craft room is never tidy for very long.

  • muffin6 15 Oct, 2010

    how do you attach the curtains? She said she used buttons but i can't see it to understand how.

  • WaterSpider 15 Oct, 2010

    Love the look of the baking pans with metal rim tags...handy too. But how are the round tags attached? Looks like they hang on a hook. Is the hook magnetic, glued? Is it a jump ring, not a hook? Can't tell from photo.

  • MelissaI 15 Oct, 2010

    I did this concept with two side by side closets. The sliding doors were so narrow that I couldn't get into the closets so I took off the doors and hung curtains over the openings. Now I can get in easily. I hung wide metal shelves and have big see-thru plastic bins with all my yarn. It's perfect!

  • UNCVW 4 Sep, 2010

    Is there a visual of the display shelf idea? I really need a visual...

  • shearsnip 1 May, 2010

    nice, but I'd need a couple entertainment center to store all my 'stuff' :-/

  • Rupee 13 Mar, 2009

    I put nails on the inside door of my craft cupboard and hang all sorts of things from them. Those clear plastic bags you buy underpants and socks in have their own hanger attached, and can display paint tubes, embelishments, ribbons etc. I did try Martha's idea of hanging ribbons, but they kept floating and peeping out when I shut the door. Very tempting to toddlers and cats, so I wouldn't recommend that :)

  • barnabysgirl 9 Feb, 2009

    I love these how to organise your craft cupboard/areas None of the crafters I know can keep tidy for more than 5 minutes - looks good though

  • sewlovely 25 Jan, 2009

    I wish my crafts cupbaord looked like that ! :o)

  • MissMarple 16 Jan, 2009

    I agree that the repurposing of the cooling rack is a good idea (though I don't, personally, have one). It's sometimes surprising what we have around the house that can be put to good uses other than the originally intended use. I always appreciate these ideas, and Martha tends to have a lot of them. Thanks again, Martha and company!

  • cathysmallwood 15 Sep, 2008

    I am so excited! I was ready to throw out a new 3 tiered cooling rack from Wilton as I had no use for it!!! now I do! Usually, I find a use a couple of days after I throw the item out. Thanks for these great ideas!

  • egreitzke 15 Sep, 2008

    @gekkolisa - I believe that "a shelf high on the wall for extra storage and display space, and added a strip of cork just underneath" are not references to a part of the bookcase, but are rather additional items placed above it - and in this case - not in the photo.

  • doridoll 15 Sep, 2008

    Yes, I couldn't follow this either. Where is the cork board? It would be great if your instructions actually showed the complete project.

  • kelsker 15 Sep, 2008

    I agree, picture and directions don't match! Where's the cork board? Where are the dowels? Someone didn't think this one through...... I like the comment to attach doors with cork board on the inside of the doors, better solution than curtains!!!!!!!!!!

  • Louella 14 Sep, 2008

    I can't believe my eyes, I came across a bookcase on the curb just yesterday and brought it home! My husband says, we can't fit anything else in here, little does he know that the cupboard is going to give us extra room once I put all my craft supplies in it, AND it will still look neat too as I will Definately put the curtains on it too! Thanks!!! Louella

  • gekkolisa 14 Sep, 2008

    I couldn't follow. Where is the cork for mounting artwork. Plus, most bookcases don't have a big first shelf. Oh well. No big deal.

  • AuraLee 14 Sep, 2008

    I work with children and this is perfect for the more adult type of office I am in! What a fun surprise for the child when they peer through the curtain's!

  • bjhinokcok 14 Sep, 2008

    I made this a couple of years ago for extra storage. Blankets, sheets, etc...Very cute! In my extra bedroom.

  • pbbenn 14 Sep, 2008

    I wish you had shown the entire project--including the shelf with dowels and hanging paper and corkboard.

  • kickypants 14 Sep, 2008

    I WISH that all of my "stuff" would/could fit into such a cute and small area.....almost big enough for my 7 year old's crafty things though.

  • tinkonthebrink 14 Sep, 2008

    I think it makes more sense to fit doors onto a bookshelf and use the door surface for the corkboard mentioned in the display how-to. This also keeps the contents of the cabinet free of dust more effectively than a curtain, and keeps pets from browsing.

  • mamina51 27 Dec, 2007

    i made it and it organized my cubboards