Make a Place to Make Stuff: 6 Creative Workspaces For Your DIY Crafting
Welcome to Make It By Monday, GOOD's weekly DIY feature in which we curate, demystify, and add our own tips for craft projects from around the web (and our apartments). This week: Make a space to make stuff in.
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This week, I decided to focus on one of the tasks from this month’s GOOD 30 Day Challenge to add more art into your life. One of the assignments is to design your own artist’s workspace.
My space for unleashing artistic fury is my craft room. Ok, it's a repurposed laundry room that is small, cramped, and dimly lit—but it's still my dedicated space to be creative. This is where I stash all my discarded styrofoam lids, bits of crayon, reused gift boxes, baby food jars, and scraps of trim—everything that can be reimagined and shared every Friday in this space.
The key to turning such a small space into a place I actually wanted to spend time was keeping it organized and upbeat. I focused on finding a dedicated home for all of my excess supplies, then decorating the space with the products of past crafts for inspiration. Check out these five alternate spaces to help motivate you to carve out your own space, whether in shelves above your desk or in a nook of your bedroom.
Minimalist. Building a good artist's workspace isn't about finding inspiration for your crafts—you've got that. The trick is figuring out the right way for that inspiration to be displayed. For their space, Young House Love curated postcards from around the world, then displayed them in clean lines on above-the-desk shelves. If your inspirational materials are compact, this is a great approach to keeping them in sight.
Outdoor. For some, nothing breeds great ideas like the great outdoors. Take this fresh-air space from Design Crush, which centers your creative energy in nature. Take over a small shack for your supply storage, commandeer a desk, and then open up your doors to your artistic oasis. Or, if you don't have an extra shack handy, situate yourself under an open window and build your space around it.
Ad hoc. Before I upgraded to the laundry room, all I had for my artist's workspace was a nook in a room of my house. But it was my nook, and I allowed nothing else to infringe upon that 3-by-4-foot space. Just like this sewing alcove from A Beautiful Mess, all I needed was a few sources of inspiration—like the fabric hanging on the wall, a thread organizer, and my machine. If you have an extra corner in your house, think about how you could rearrange, reconfigure, restyle it—and own it enough to make it your dedicated workspace.
Classic. This workspace from Claire Neirem is a more typical artist's space—lots of room and plenty of supplies strewn about. Its centerpiece is its hardy, tall working table—if her secret to producing this kind of lovely artwork is the table, I will be in line at Home Depot before the end of the day.