Crafting tool station with wall organizer

Crafting tool station with wall organizer, photo

This project is what Elizabeth would call “finding crap on the curb and making something fabulous.” I found this mint-green wooden railing (from a crib?) in a pile of debris. Add some galvanized wall-pocket planters (on clearance at Joann for $1.50 each), a few daisy-shaped coat hooks (thanks, Kristi), a repurposed spice rack ($3.50 at a thrift store), a paper/pen bin (thanks, Jim), two dowels, and wire for hooks (from Freecycle), and I’ve got a dirt-cheap craft organizing solution. A power strip and a salvaged bench vice (thanks, dad) attached to my newly made rolling toolbox make the crafting station complete. I can’t wait to use it! (This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something, I may earn a small commission. You can read my full disclosure here.)

Crib railing that was used as tool organizer, before photo
Crafting supplies wall organizer, photo

How to make a crafting tool station with wall organizer

SUPPLIES
  • salvaged railing (from an old crib, porch railing, etc.)

  • wood screws

  • 16- or 18-gauge wire (or a wire coat hanger)

  • ⅜-inch dowels

  • nuts, washers, and bolts

  • primer & paint

  • scrap 1×4 piece of wood

  • newspaper or drop cloth

  • drywall anchors or molly bolts (optional)

TOOLS
INSTRUCTIONS
Wire cut and bent into hooks, photo

1. If you can’t find hooks that will work with your railing, get some wire and make some yourself. Use pliers to bend into shape, then cut with wire cutters. I made 18 hooks.

Using miter box and pull saw to cut wood, photo

2. Cut your scrap piece of wood into four 2- x 3-inch pieces, then drill a 7/16-inch hole at one end of each piece. These will hold the dowels.

Paint the dowel holders, photo

3. Prime (one coat) and paint (two coats) the dowel holders.

Attach dowel holders to railing, photo

4. Attach the dowel holders to the railing with wood screws. Drill two holes in the dowel holders, then drill matching holes in the railing.

Counter-sink the holes, photo

5. Counter-sink the holes with a larger drill bit, then screw in 1¾-inch wood screws.

Attach the railing to the wall, photo

6. Attach the railing to the wall at the top and bottom with four long screws. Find a stud to hang them from or use molly bolts.

Crafting supplies wall organizer, photo

7. Cut your dowels so they stick out at least a half inch beyond the dowel holders. Slide ribbon and paper onto the dowels, then insert into the holders. Hang all your bins/pegs/etc. on the rack using the hooks you made. Fill with craft supplies.

Attach power trip to dresser, photo

8. Mount a power strip to the side of your workstation. Use screws or nails. Make a pencil-rubbing template of the back of the power strip on scrap paper first to determine where to place the nails/screws.

Old vice attached to dresser, photo

9. Attach the bench vice to the front left corner (if you’re right-handed) of your work surface using bolts, washers, and nuts.

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Jessica Ripley repurposed a crib rail in her craft room and shared this photo on Facebook. Everyone go tell her how great it is!