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How to organize your arts & craft cabinet

I always kept all my art supplies in a drawer under my bed. But I am a bit of a hoarder so recently the drawer became a bit to small. And it was alright for a while but I kept pushing more and more things in that drawer.

So solution to my problem was simpel: A new cabinet for my art supplies.

Luckily my father had a small cabinet with three drawers like this one that would fit most of my supplies. So that was perfect.

The start

When I got the cabinet it was really dusty so I cleaned it really well. I think I needed to clean it three times to get it completly clean.

When that was done I got all my art supplies out of the drawer it was currently in. This gave me a good idea of all the things I had and how I got sort them out.

I knew I wanted to make one drawer for paint and one drawer for supplies like pens, knives, pencils, glue etc. So I put al the thing in those two drawers. When I was reorganizing the old drawer I got the idea to fill the last remaining drawer with my portfolio and craft paper.

After everything was in the right drawer I was not really happy with the way the top drawer was layed out. It still looked really messy. So I got a few cardboard boxes to also organize that a bit beter.

Now

It looks great. Everything is easy to acces so I know all the things that I have. I have no reason to forget things that I have or to be to lazy to do art just beause I am to lazy to get the supplies. It is all organized. Even my parents can find things to borrow again. (I am not sure if that last thing is a good thing.)

To make this process a bit easier you can also buy drawer organizers here. This is an affiliate link. Ifyou buy it using this link it won’t cost you any extra but it does help me.

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apothecary cabin tutorial

apothecary briefcase for witches and wizards tutorial so you can easy make it yourself.

How did I make it?

  • I made this by painting my brothers old play toolbox black.
  • I then spent some time finding odd looking bottles, cutlery, candles, knives, glasses, tea cups, chains and nuts. Some of those things I had lying around but I did not have enough my self.
  • So I went to a second hand store to find some more. I looked around the kitchen things and the vases.
  • Then I puzzled until every inch of the box was filled with something interesting.
  • When you think you are done make sure that not everything will fall out when you open and close it.

 

Why you need to make this?

I made this cabinet for an impostor roll I had for the scouts. So I took a long black coat and made this to go with it.

I loved making this. It gave me something to do during the covid pandemic and I loved to puzzle all the pieces together and decorate them. I gave my mind something to be occupied with. Specially during the corona pandemic because at some point I felt really lazy and unmotivated to do anything creative. So doing this really help spark some interest in my art and crafts projects again.

 

How can I use this?

A very simple tutorial on how I made this apothecary cabinet that can be used for different costumes for witches, wizards, cosplay, scary people, doctors or any other caracter you can think of. I used this for an impostor roll. I wore a long black coat almost to the floor and black boots. This made me look like a shady person standing in the woods. When someone asked for something I had small bundle of lavender to give to them.

Something that would have fit with the really well was black, rotten teeth.

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Little apothecary bottles

apothecary small bottle tutorial in black with paint and hot glue. Very easy to do.

Easy apothecary bottles made from old pil bottles I had from years ago.

You can easy skip the step with the hot glue if you want to. No need to do that or maybe you can use other craft glue you have that is not to watery.

 

The only things you need:

  • pil bottles
  • gesso
  • chalkboard paint
  • hot glue (optional)
  • silver or gold paint ( or other color if you want.)
  • brushes