I’ve gone through many different storage systems trying to find the perfect way to organize my beads and projects. Here are my top 5 picks, how I use them, and where to get them.
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1. Snap ‘N Stack Organizer
These are the best project boxes I have ever used. I label the outside with the project name, and they all stack so nicely on my shelf. They are portable, and many ladies in the bead society use them to take projects and supplies to meetings. You can sometimes find them at Target, here at Jo-ann, and here on Amazon.
2. Screw-top Vials
I like these to hold accent type beads and strands. Without taking the lid off, I can see everything that’s inside and it makes finding things easy. If I’m pulling beads for a project, its easy to take out only the vial I need. You can find them at Michaels, here from Jo-ann, and here on Amazon.
3. Bead Pavilion
These are perfect for holding many tubes of beads in a small space so you can see all the colors. I like to have my whole palette out to inspire my designs. You can find them here from Sova Enterprises and here from Beadaholique.
4. Photo Boxes
These come with 6 cases or 12 cases, and they are perfect for storing beads you have pulled for a project. If the project is small, you can work out of the case and makes great traveling storage. You can find these at most craft stores in the scrapbooking section, and here at The Container Store.
5. Design Save’n Go
These are perfect for storing work-in-progress, and I wrote a glowing review of them a few months back. I like that the mats hold the beads in place so they don’t roll around. It’s perfect for bead retreats and classes. I work whatever I want on the first board during the free beading time. When its time for class, I don’t have to go through the hassle of cleaning it off and putting all the beads away. I can just grab the second board and use it for the class. You can sometimes find them at Jo-ann stores, but not their website. Fire Mountain also carries them here.