Bead Storage Solutions on a Budget

Tins, Tubes, Tackleboxes and Other Economical Bead Storage Ideas

Is there such a thing as ever having too many beads? Collecting beads is as much a part of beadwork as learning the basic beadweaving stitches and how to weave beads on a loom.

Whether you have just started with beadwork or you have been doing it for years and accumulated vast quantities of beads, finding s

While you may not have vast quantities of beads, there are a few things you can do to keep your beads organized as your collection grows. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able...MORE to find the beads you want for a project - especially when you know you have them!

Review these bead storage options to start getting organized. Just remember that what works for someone else may not be right for you. The bottom line to getting and staying organized is to find what works best for you.

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    Bead Organizer Boxes and Caddies

    Beads Stored in Photo Organizer
    Beads and supplies stored in photo organizer case. Lisa Yang

    There are so many different types of organizer boxes and caddies available in craft stores that you will most likely find at least one type that works well for you. Some styles are made to fit into tote bags to make it easy to take your beads with you.

    Try venturing beyong the bead aisle and into the scrapbooking section.  This photo caddy is a great storage solution for tubes of seed beads, thread and other beadwork supplies.  Meant to store 4x6 photos, there are 16 individual containers in a...MORE portable case.  It's a great way to store supplies or organize the supplies for projects you are working on at the moment.  You can even make a travel beadeding case with one of the containers.

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    Plastic Tubes to Store Beads

    Bead storage tubes
    Tubes for bead storage.

    Clear plastic tubes are great for storing seed beads. In fact, most bead stores sell their smaller seed beads and cylinder beads packaged in plastic tubes. Plastic tubes work great for storing smaller gemstone and glass beads as well. 

    They are easy to organize by color, size and shape and easy to select the ones you need when working on a project or when taking your beads on the road.

    A word of caution: make sure that the tops on the plastic containers stay firmly closed to keep your beads from...MORE spilling. For loose-fitting caps, a small piece of clear tape can ensure that you won’t have little seed beads all over your favorite tote or in the bottom of the drawer.

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    Reclosable zip top plastic bags to store beads
    Reclosable zip top plastic bags come in all different sizes and work great for storing beads.

    Whole hanks of seed beads, larger gemstone and glass beads, and long strands of beads can be stored securely in plastic zip top bags of all sizes. Plastic bags also work well for transporting these beads.

    Personally, I prefer not to put loose seed beads in plastic bags, as it tends to be difficult to get them in and out without spilling lots of beads everywhere.

  • 04 of 08
    flip top boxes to store beads
    Flip top boxes for bead storage.

    Flip top boxes are a great way to store smaller quantities of seed beads, cylinder beads and crystals.  They come in a range of sizes and there are even totes designed specifically for storing and taking your beads with you. 

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  • 05 of 08
    Plastic compartment ring for bead storage.
    Plastic compartment ring for bead storage.
    Plastic storage rings are nice for bead storage because each individual compartment comes apart. They are great for storing several different kinds of beads for a single or multiple projects.
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    Tackle Boxes to Store Beads and Tools

    Bead Storage Tackle Box
    Lisa Yang

    Tackle boxes aren't just for fishing gear anymore. Along with beading threads like Fireline and Power Pro, beaders have discovered that these storage boxes and soft-sided carriers are great for storing beads, supplies and tools. The carriers make it easy to take your beads with you, and the adjustable compartments in the plastic storage boxes make it easy to customize your storage.

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    Space saver jars for bead storage.
    Space saver jars for bead storage.
    Space saver jars are great for making the most of a limited amount of storage space. The clear plastic jars make it easy to see what's inside of them, and they are a great way to store larger beads.
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    Watchmaker's jars for bead storage.
    Watchmaker's jars for bead storage.

    These nifty watch makers cases come in a wide range of sizes. Most have clear lids so that you can see what's inside of them. They make it easy to store and organize several different types and colors of beads, and they fit into a larger box to make the most of your limited storage space.

    Edited by Lisa Yang