How to Organize Your Tools in a Craft Room

How to make a wall mounted framed pegboard to hold all your craft room tools from rulers, scissors, paint brushes and mor.

Tool-Organizer-with-copy creative wall

The tool frame is the most utilitarian aspect of my craft room, but without it – the room would not function and without the function as well.

craft room wall storage and organizing

On the wall on either side of the pegboard tool organizer is a Gift Wrap Organizer and a $20 Photo Studio.

Before making this tool frame for my craft room, I kept the tools I used daily in cache pots I made that I kept on the worktable. These looked very pretty, but whenever I began to make something – they were in the way and I had to move them – not functional.

Craft room organizing ideas

Having the tools on the wall and off the table keeps my worktable clutter-free and easier to work on projects while the tools are still easily accessible.

This is what I love about design and decorating  – customizing for the way I live and work in a space –  the process is the same for every room.

How to Make a Craft Room Pegboard Tool Organizer

supplies needed:

  • Frame
  • Pegboard
  • Pegboard Organizer Kit
  • Staple gun
  • 1/2-inch staples
  • Saw tooth hanger and wall hanging nail and hook
  • White gloss spray paint
  • Tin cans
  • Ribbon
  • Awl
  • Hot glue and gluegun
Tool organizing ideas for a creative wall

I bought the pegboard at Lowes. It comes in white, but only very big sheets of it.

How to organize tools on a creative craft wall

I only needed a small section, so I opted for this $6 brown piece and spray painted it white.

Once the paint was dry – I stapled it to the back of the frame using 1/2 – inch heavy duty staples. You could also nail it on with small nails

Tool organizing ideas

I added two saw tooth hangers to the back of the frame – one on each side, then hung it on the wall. Since the frames are butted up against each other, use a level to make sure you are placing the picture hanger on the wall in the right spot.

How to organize a craft rooms

If you have trouble doing this – here is a picture hanging trick that may help you figure out exactly where the nail and hook should go on the wall.

Pegboard-Set for Organizing tools

I bought this pegboard organizing kit at Lowes for $12.  I didn’t use all of the hooks.  The blue plastic just didn’t do it for me.

They would be fine if this was in my basement, but in this room, I decided to use tin cans covered with ribbon to hold some of the smaller items I use daily. I used an awl to punch a hole into the top edge of each can and hung them on hooks that came in the kit.

Painting Tips and Tricks

TIP: Details count! 

I wanted to change the blue tips that were on some of the hooks, so I went into my daughters’ stash of nail polish. I picked pink and green. I dipped each blue tip on the hooks into the nail polish and let it dry. Now I have colors that coordinate with the room. Easy!

I used nail polish instead of craft paint since it is shiny and has an enamel finish.

Trying to come up with functional pieces that also look good for my craft room – is what good design is all about.

Tool organizing ideas

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  1. Thanks so much for this post! Every time I make the effort to clean my office/craft room, it gets super messy in a day or two =( But I think I just don’t have the proper storage and organization. The peg board is totally going to help with all the hammers and pliers I have around.

  2. LOVE your ideas and your philosophy! The nail polish trick was ingenious!

  3. Hi..I love your board. I am going to be making a craft room in a spareroom and wanted a peg board but it looked to “workroom” looking to go with what I have in mind. I LOVE your idea of framing it and painting it.. Thank you for the inspiration..Can’t wait to see what I can come up with. Thank you.

    1. Hi Winnie- What a fun project you are about to take on – creating a craft room in a spare room. The best part – you get to customize it and design it just for you! Love to see it when you are all done. Enjoy!

  4. I jsut saw something on pinterest the other day with the peg board and I love the idea. I just commented on your other post so like I said before I love your whole set up. Your board is 100 times better then the other one I saw. I don’t think I have the space for all three frames but I definitely want to try and fit the too. Pinning both of your posts!


    1. Hi Ginger – Thanks for the nice note. Having each frame separate lets you customize it for your needs and space. Two will work perfectly! That was one of the reasons I designed it the way I did – to easily place together or separate in case I have to move. If I don’t have a large wall in my next house, I will still be able to hang them individually and not lose the function :)

  5. preppy home decor says:

    This is really a great one!!!
    This is so wonderful and informative one that there will be many other moms over there that will benefit in this post that you shared to us.
    More power!!!

  6. Katharine says:

    It turns out my husband wants our computers kept separate. My computer will stay in the pink room and his will stay in the yellow room. I’m going to create an inspiration board in my room by putting some cork squares together. I’m going to cover them with paper or fabric. I love the nail polish idea!!! That is so clever! I’ve enjoyed watching this project unfold and look forward to the next segment. :)

  7. Melissa Mead says:

    Diane – you are now officially my hero! You are so very clever. That nail polish trick especially. With your blog maybe I can redo our house.

  8. Christina Rodriguez | The Diva's Home says:

    I love the nail polish trick! Good idea!

  9. Love how this came together. Thanks for sharing the tips on the cans and painting the tips of the hooks with nail polish. Those are some great ideas.

  10. I love how pretty you made this functional piece. The nail polish was brilliant! :)

  11. I love the little details like the nail polished tips and the ribbon to dress up the cans. I’m all about the CUTE FACTOR and your ideas are always that! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas:)

  12. Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants says:

    It look beautiful! I made one of those for my craft room last year and I love it! The only problem is, since I am organized and everyone knows right where my stuff it, because it’s always in it’s place, things seem to sprout legs and walk off but never walk back! I may have to get a lock for my room. ;) Your place is really pretty!

  13. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    That is fantastic, Diane! I love seeing your creative wall evolving!

  14. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    I love this one most of all and your nail polish to cover the blue tips, very clever. I can not wait to get some money to do this one and the craft paper roller one. I love everything you do. It is like you borrowed my mind to check out my likes and did them all just for me.