Tuesday, August 16, 2011

DIY Jewelry Tool Storage...

I did some craft room organization yesterday...
and realized that I finally had gotten tired of losing track of my jewelry pliers. ;-)

I had most of my pliers sorted in these vintage memo/paper sorters,
but they sat on one of my craft desks.

The three pliers I used the most I just took "to" each project.
Since projects were/are generally done wherever I could find surface space,
this was not necessarily near the neatly organized sorters. ;-)

Often I'd end up losing track of them under some bin of beads,
or in amongst a basket of beads, or wherever.

Yesterday, I realized that this green basket was now going to be empty and an idea
just came to me. Luckily it worked!
The basket was big enough so that conveniently my two sorters of pliers fit into it together.

So here is what I came up with.

I posted this photo on Facebook and had several inquiries about how the storage was put
together, so I took a series of photos to show the details.

Finding the basket that will fit two memo/paper sorters is probably going to be the trickiest part. The basket should also be of sturdy plastic with a sturdy handle,
since it will get a bit heavy when it's full.

My two memo/paper sorters are from the thrift store and both vintage.

The blue one is one of my very favorite vintage finds ever.
It's marked on the bottom eldon office supplies 1980. I love the cool color and shape and that it has a space for pencils, which allows me to have a space for all those small tools.

Of course, now I won't be able to see the awesome blue color much, but
that does not detract from the overall awesomeness (and usefulness) of this item. :-)

I have a mishmash of pliers. LOL

Then you just stick the pliers in however they fit most conveniently for the space and for you!

I didn't check the original photo before I put the pliers back in,
so the order of how they went in changed somewhat, but that's the beauty
of this DIY project. You can put them in and take them out, any way you want! :-)

Happy Creating!