Storage for bead projects on the go

Doctor’s office, laundry mat, even vacation can be places beaders wish to take their projects. The problem is getting the project off the craft table to convenient storage so it can easily go where you go. Here are a few suggestions for toting around our favorite addiction:

storage tin

    1. the travel soap dish– This is basically a plastic box with a plastic lid the size of a bar of soap. It can easily store plastic bags of beads, extra needles, and thread. If your project is too large to fit in the box as well, slip it in a plastic ziploc bag along with the dish.
    2. tins– This is a great storage idea because it can double as a work space. The bottom of these tins can be easily lined with a non-slip surface to keep your beads from rolling around. You can find look for them at a craft store or in many shapes and sizes around the holidays. I found some great cookie tins (pictured) that hold the longer tubes of beads!
    3. baby wipe container w/ flip top– This is a cheaper, greener storage option. The long rectangular shape is wide enough to fit tubes of beads, a work space can be created in the bottom, and it snaps shut when you’re done.
    4. photo keeper– I love these because one plastic box holds six smaller 4in by 6in boxes. If you have multiple, smaller projects going, this is THE best way to store them. The only disadvantage is that longer bead tubes do not fit. These are available in the scrapbooking section of many craft stores.
    5. pencil pouch– This nifty storage device has a clear plastic window so you can easily view all your beads and supplies, and 3 holes on the side so it can fit into a 3 ring binder. You could even place a few of these in a project binder so you have a choice of projects to work on. These can be found at craft or office supply store.
    6. the old fashioned way– I have one of those bead trays with 6 compartments that each have a plastic lid. To take my projects with me, I snap on the lids and load it all up in a ziploc bag. I organize many of my projects like this, and label each bag with a sharpie marker.

Thanks to the “big purse” style, many of these can fit in your bag along with your keys and wallet! I hope that you have found these ideas helpful, and that now it will be easier for you to take along your beading projects.

What do you think? Do you use any of these storage ideas already? Have another storage idea? Please share it with us in the comments.

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  • avatar Ralonda February 16, 2010, 4:27 pm

    I see more ringlets in there- and not the kit colors either–woo hooo!

  • avatar AlexDFox February 21, 2010, 9:33 am

    I have used the smaller “gift card” size tins for small projects.

    Perfect for on the plane or road trips & you don’t have lot’s of space. I’ve done the same of lining my lid with a bead mat & I even lined the sides so that the beads don’t slip into the edges. :)

    I just place my thread on bobbin cards & my seeds into little zip lock backs.

    & I use the free-be roll of dental floss that you get at the dentist as my thread cutter.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth February 21, 2010, 9:43 am

    @Ralonda- yes and I’m looking at them as components now, and who knows where that could lead :)

    @Alex- gift card tins and dental floss-thread cutter = genius ideas! thanks for sharing :)

  • avatar Suanough April 14, 2010, 6:16 am

    Years ago when AOL was the THING, they used to send out free CD’s to get you signed up. These CD’s came in little flat wooden boxes with lids attached. I saved them knowing that someday they would be useful. Well, I now use them for beads-on-the-go. They hold a small pad of Velux, scissors, thread, and beads. Now that’s really compact…

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