Craft Room Ideas on a Budget

Last weekend, while we were down in New Orleans to see the family, I took pics of Lauren’s cute craft room that she did on a budget.  Well, not the whole room, because it wasn’t ready for photos yet, but she has a dedicated room that she uses for all her crafts, namely her sewing studio.  She’s an avid monogrammer (if that’s a word) and has a nice machine that does monograms and she has come up with some great ideas for ribbon storage, which is a big part of what she monograms with.

craft room organization board

First, she found this Ballard Designs frame on Craigslist in Atlanta and kept it for a future project.  She added the pink painted pegboard behind it and then used it to organize her sewing supplies.

craft room organization

I love how she added the thread spools on that gadget she found and all her other tools are handy too.  You can’t get TOO organized, can you?  In fact, I have a ways to go to get my home organized the way I really want it.  Why do we procrastinate?  She has a great little monogram machine and does some beautiful things with it.  She doesn’t sell anything, but makes things for family and friends.

ribbon storage idea

Another great solution she came up with was making this ribbon and paper storage piece behind the door in her craft room.  I love this!  She bought thin dowels at Lowes (7/8″) and cut them to fit and used simple cup hooks screwed into those long wood pieces.

ribbon storage

I didn’t take a closeup of the cup hooks, but they are just those small ones.  She made sure the dowels fit the hooks before she bought them.  She simply painted those strips of wood her signature pink color and screwed them to the wall.  Then added the cup hooks and dowels, threading all her ribbon on there.

Genius, I think!

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Here are a few of the designs Lauren has done with her Husqvarna Viking Designer SE monogram machine.  Cute peacock on a pillow stitching.

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A cute dress for Parker, whose middle name is Fox.  Love this!

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She even decorates her cloth diapers for cute burp cloths and adds ribbon for extra detail.

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Aren’t they cute?  Lauren loves strawberries too.

Just thought y’all would enjoy seeing how Lauren got organized in her craft room.  I thought it was all very cute and smart.


- Rhoda


  1. Creativity certainly runs in your family! Love the re-purposed frame. The bee and fox are adorable, I can see Parker will have lots of custom touches in her wardrobe.

  2. Lauren is talented! Your whole family is very blessed and gifted. If Lauren had a blog, I would definitely subscribe!

  3. what a talented lady. she could sell those burp cloths!

  4. Carol D. says:

    I have seen many ribbon/paper organizers but none as simple as this. The cup hooks were genius! I will be adding this to my laundry room door which is where I store all of my paper rolls….standing up in a trash can….this idea is much neater and easier to use.

  5. She certainly is creative and organized! Although I do not comment frequently, I want you to know that I really enjoy seeing pics from your family members also, Rhoda!

  6. Very cute! I love the Ballard frame that she found! Very fancy! And the strawberry burpcloth is TDF!!!!! She could totally sell those! I thought it looked familiar and I realized I have a hairclip for my daughter made out of the same ribbon!

  7. Oh how I Love This !
    Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, p

  8. What a creative family! Thanks for sharing these creative, organized ideas, please continue to share as she does more organized projects in her craft room. I purchased a monogram machine approx year ago, and it is an ongoing learning experience working with it. Also, looking forward to seeing more pictures of your yard, good you installed sprinkler system to use in this hot Georgia heat. Hope you are having a good summer!

  9. Talent certainly runs in your family. Her designs are adorable! 🙂

  10.! I am dying over the cuteness of that fox dress! What a blessing to have THREE generations of Proverbs 31 women in your family. 🙂 Thanks for sharing Lauren’s talents with all of us!

  11. Such a well-thought out space. How great for a busy working mama like Lauren to have this outlet. At Rivercrest Cottage was right- Lauren could sell her beautiful work. It’s neat to see how the creative talent among the women in your family manifests itself in different ways- cooking, decorating, sewing, etc….

  12. Looks like talent runs in your family. Love the organization for wrapping paper & ribbon…so easy! Love the strawberry burbs cloth & the darling dress! Can’t wait to see more! Love the posts on your family!!

  13. Those are all adorable, but I really love the peacock pillow. I know you said she doesn’t sell her work, but any chance she could share her pattern source (unless, of course, it’s original). That would be the PERFECT touch for my guest bathroom. I’ve been trying to incorporate peacocks as my 1930’s shower door has a beautiful one embellished on the top and scrolling down the sides.

  14. Very creative and organized!

  15. Oh my gosh, how cute! I love using those pegboard walls at our space in the antique mall, but to have one at home would be oh so fine! Love that ribbon rack too. Lauren’s really talented with her Viking – Parker will forever be a fashionista!

  16. Very talented! I love the designs…and the pink painted peg board! Very nice! 🙂


  17. What size wood did you use for the ribbon holder?

  18. I loved the rack for organizing ribbon, fabric, etc so much I had to have. But because I don’t have the time to craft as much as I like to, everything tends to get dusty. So I took vinyl and added it to the top to lay over the spools when not in use. I just roll it up and tie it with ribbon when I need it. Ta da….not more dust ribbon.


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