Best Organizing Trick
For Your Faux Florals
Here’s an Easy & Cheap (Brilliant) Storage Trick for all your faux floral stems. Now you can see them and access them easily.
I admit it. I am one lucky, lucky lady with the size of our “craft room” (yes, also storage room, utility room, laundry room). But I have a problem.
This problem is why I like small handbags. Whatever size, I will fill it. I don’t need all that stuff, but if there’s room … why not? You just never know, right?
And then, neck and back spasms. You too?
It goes the same with closets, and with “craft rooms”. I will fill it, and then fill it just a “tiny bit” more!
Most professional organizers advise going vertical.
Take advantage of the vertical space, not just floor space.
Ever play Jenga? We all know stacking a tall tower doesn’t work out well.
Hence the proliferation of shelving. But what about tight spaces where shelving won’t fit?
Here’s a great trick for one place where shelving may not fit easily but yet there is some spare vertical space. If you have an old HVAC unit in your basement or storage room, check this out.
With ceramic disc magnets and sturdy cardboard tubes, you can create your own florist shop. “What?” you ask. Follow along.
Cut your cardboard tubes, I used a narrow one from a large gift wrap roll and two beefier ones from rolls of decor fabric.. I used a hack saw. Of course a chop saw would work even better. I eye-balled it and cut the tubes in lengths of 8 – 12-inches. (I started with 5 – 9″, but just didn’t like them as well).
Now don’t glue your magnets onto the tubes; rather, glue your tubes onto the magnets!
Use two magnets per tube or else your tubes will rotate sideways due to being top heavy. Here’s where you learn from my mistakes — you’re welcome!
It’s much easier to lay your magnets out in columns of two. And be sure to leave plenty of space between each pair or the magnets will pull each other out of whack.
Now add your glue onto each magnet. Gorilla glue worked fine, but the second batch, the longer tubes, I used E6000 and I think it was a bit easier.
Gently place a tube on each pair of magnets. Let them lay there for several hours.
Once your glue is good and set, Plop those tubes all over your big hunking HVAC unit, or maybe just a a column of duct work that you have available.
Now your stems will be readily accessible and visible. Hopefully, you won’t be running out to get new stems when you have an itch such as this. For me, I can just go to my own turquoise flower wall and start creating.
It was looking good! But . . . .
. . . . . I decided these tubes needed just a touch of tissue peeking out of them. Two reasons. For function, to help keep any particularly thin stems from sliding right through. For form, it just takes me a small step closer to floral-sidewalk-vendor styling,
Now for the fun! Distribute and arrange your tubes of flowers — by color? by season? by thriller vs. filler vs. spiller? You decide what works best for you! I started by staggering the tube placement to maximize storage. But I have plenty of space and it was looking a bit helter skelter. I wanted it more purposeful, more rhythmic, easier on the eye. I even have some empty tubes, but I’m sure there are more to be found as I continue organizing this room.
For now, it’s a bit more structured. And I love this greeting I receive every time I walk in our crafting room.
It is such a creative boost to be able to see all the stems I have available when I want to change out a vignette, or a wreath, or a tablescape.
I plan on getting some clear cellophane bags at the dollar store to cover them and keep them dust free. But for now, I’m enjoying the almost Parisian-sidewalk-flower-vendor feeling I get with my tall vintage shutters and the variety of flowers ready and waiting.
I went ahead and packed all the specific Christmas in their tubs, but only after refreshing and repairing them. Check them our here.
And while organizing and storage are front of mind, here are a few more ideas to checkout: How to build conveyor-belt-ish storage in the garage, the best way to organize spices, how maximize and organize a walk-in pantry. One more: how I hacked these Ikea cabinets for extra depth and closed storage.
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This is such a great idea! Storing my faux florals is a huge problem and I’m trying to think of a way to implement this idea in my basement where I keep my supplies.
This is such a great idea! It is such a creative boost to be able to see all the stems I have available when I want to change out a vignette, or a wreath, or a tablescape.
Love this! Wondering about using PVC pipe? It’s cheap but is it too heavy?
Anyone try it?
The PVC pipe is too heavy for the magnets. But I’m on the hunt for some kind of a tiered frame that I could attached PVC to it with screws. I will certainly update when I find or build such a frame.
What about the closet elves at Lowes. The wire shelves that are white
Hmmm, that’s an interesting thought! I’m going to have to look into that idea.
I’m getting a new furnace in a few weeks looks like I will be doing some recycling/ upcycling of the old furnace parts. Thanks for the idea.
Perfect opportunity! Hope it goes well!
I’m so excited to find this information, I was desperate to find a way to store my florals and this idea will work perfectly. Thank you so much!
I’m so glad you found it and it has inspired you! Just be sure to get the really good magnets.
This is fantastic! There’s nothing else like this out there that I’ve seen. I have about a dozen rolls from vinyl and a huge bucket of floral! I’m thinking in going to go command strips since I’m planning to attach atleast 9 rolls inside my closet wall. This helps accomplish my goal of setting up my closet like a craft store. The idea is that my stash is in the open and accessible to avoid “out of sight, out of mind” syndrome. Thanks for the inspiration!
I love the idea of using command strips and a wall! I’m so glad I was able to inspire you and now you’ve built on it so well, I need to update the post! Everything’s better when we work together and share ideas! Thanks bunches!!! Hopefully, you’ll be sharing more ideas here too.