Looking for a pretty way to display and organize your Cricut Tools? I am sharing a little tutorial for a DIY Cricut Tool Organizer I made to hang above the craft desk in my office!
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Project Overview for Cricut Tool Organizer
You may be wondering if this project is for you…as it may look more complicated than it is! I can assure you this little DIY project is affordable, easy and quick!
I am not a serious Cricut crafter by any means, but I still wanted to find a way to keep my tools handy, up away from my toddler’s reach, and displayed nicely in my new office! We just moved a few months ago and now that I have an office on my main floor; my Cricut gets more attention than it did in the basement of my old house.
One day the inspiration hit to take an old picture frame I had laying around and DIY a Cricut Tool Organizer rather than buying the materials to make those popular Peg Board Tool Hangers I have seen around Pinterest.
My crafting desk AFTER
In case you are curious – this is an IKEA desk ; the MICKE desk 🙂
How do I organize my Cricut tools?
So first off you may be wondering in a general sense what are some ways to organize all those little tools that are neccessary for weeding, and doing Cricut projects?
There are many options – my idea being just one of them! Some common examples I have seen floating around are…
- Pegboards: people use framed pegboards to hang weeding tools, brayers, scrapers, and other cutting tools (such as rotary blades, rulers, precision knives, etc)
- In the machine itself: I know that the Cricut Maker does have a section designed to allow you to store your wedding tools and a couple of blades; upright in special little pockets built into the side of the machine.
- The new tool holders that Cricut made for holding tool housings and tips – if you haven’t seen one before they are pretty cool! Just wasn’t in my budget at the time. Here is a peek
What Cricut Tools is this particular DIY Organizer Tutorial designed for?
I designed this particular sleek tool holder to hold my Weeding Tool Set as that is all I own so far…
It is NOT designed to hold
- Precision Cutting Knife
- Cutting Ruler
- Machine tools (like the blades)
Materials needed for this DIY project
Hopefully you will have most of these materials on hand so this handy tool holder is as affordable as possible! You will need…
- An old picture frame: color doesn’t matter! I used a frame that was meant to hold 10 (4×6) pictures. So it is roughly 13″ by 22″ inside the frame.
- Spray paint! I used some Rustoleum Metallic Paint & Primer in One in the color Champagne Mist
- Decorative paper or wallpaper in the print/color of your choice! I used some leftover Magnolia Home Pre-pasted Wallpaper by Joanna Gaines in the pattern Olive Branch Green. I had this wallpaper leftover from my Pantry Makeover Project (Tutorial coming soon!!!!)
- Glue – I used some general all purpose craft glue that dries clear. Some Modge Podge would have also worked!
- Scissors or Exacto Knife
- Small Clear Command Hooks in the 0.5lb weight (17505CLR-DBEF) : I tried SEVERAL different types of hooks before I found the perfect sized ones for holding the Cricut Tools. Take my failures $$ and learn from them by just getting this size the first time! LOL.
- I’m so sorry, I could not find a link for them! But when you are looking for the hooks just take the product number I provided along with you to make sure they’re the right ones. That way you will be sure they are the perfect ones for this project.
I will note, I CANNOT NICELY hang my Cricut XL Scraper on these hooks. For some reason it does not hang flat (vertically) against the frame, and sticks out. That’s all! Now let’s get to the instructions.
How to make a Cricut Tool Organizer Frame
- Take your picture frame – remove all the glass and picture mats from it. Keep the back of the picture frame.
- If the frame has a smooth surface I recommend scuffing it up a bit with some sandpaper for better paint adherence
- Spray paint frame in desired color/colors
- Let frame dry well
- While frame dries you can start to assemble the ‘backdrop’. Glue down your paper or wallpaper onto the picture frame backing. This part took me some time because I was working with two pieces trying to make the patterns match up in the direction I wanted them. For a generic pattern this part would go really quick!
- You can now re-assemble the picture frame. You can add the glass back in IF YOU WANT.
- I did not, as I did not want the glare from the glass distracting from my pretty wallpaper behind it. A benefit to keeping the glass with this project is you would then be able to re-adjust the command hooks to your liking or as your Tool Holder needs changed.
- I did not think about the benefits of being able to re-adjust the hooks at a later time until just now as I am writing this ;P
- Lay out your tools on the frame surface to figure out their heights. As well as to help you decide how many hooks you want in a row etc. Attach the hooks one at a time, trying to keep them as level and even as possible. I did a terrible job of this and wish I would have measured better.
And just like that you are done! Add your tools onto the frame and hang on the wall or set up on your desk.
See I told you it was easy to make this DIY Cricut Tool Organizer!
How much does this DIY project cost?
For myself, counting only the materials I actually used it costed roughly
- Hooks (12) x $1.25 per package of 2 @ Dollar Tree = $7.50
- Paint – had
- Frame – had
- Wallpaper – had
- Glue – had
So it cost less than $10 for me to make this DIY Cricut Tool Holder Frame. Totally worth it in my opinion! The AFTER of the frame and wallpaper before adding the hooks.
It is really easy for you to take some materials you have at home and make your own version of this DIY Cricut Tool Holder Organizer Frame. Customize it to your liking with paint colors, # of hooks for your tools, and backdrops! It should be quick to do, super affordable and fun to make this handy organizer! If you have any questions at all please let me know in the comments below!
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this quick little tutorial and can now update your own picture frame into a Tool Organizer Frame for your Cricut!
Till next time,