Mini Crate Rotating Craft Storage

You can make this super cute and functional rotating craft supply storage crate with just a few supplies.  It’s an easy way to get a lot of craft supplies stored in a unit that has just a 12″x12″ footprint! These Walnut Hollow Mini Crates and a 12×12 wood panel are perfect for the project.  I only stacked my rotating tower two levels high, but you could go several levels higher I think, creating even more space!

DIY Rotating Craft Storage that holds a lot of supplies while taking up a very small amount of space! #craftorganization #craftstorage #craftroom


Here’s what you’ll need:

Rotating craft storage supplies

Step one:

First, you need to attach your lazy susan swivel plate to the center of the smooth side of the 12×12 wood panel.   To do this, I glued the plate to the panel.  You could use hardware to do this as well, however, the wood panel is quite thin, and I didn’t want screws poking up through the other side.  A good quality multi-surface glue that is rated for both metal and wood will attach the plate just fine.   *Optional: Glue felt or cork to the bottom of your swivel plate to keep the metal plate from scratching your surfaces!

Lazy Susan Swivel Plate

Step two:

Glue four crates together to form a square configuration.  The best way to see how to arrange them is to see the picture included. Lay the crates on their sides with the openings facing out, and glue the handle sides together to the bases. Use wood glue, and clamp the crates in place until they dry.  Repeat this with as many levels as you want for your rotating storage.

Mini Crate Glued Configuration

Step three:

Paint or stain the pieces of the storage unit.  I used simple white spray paint to paint the wood panel and the crates.  You could stain them, leave them natural, or paint them bright colors if you prefer! Whatever matches your space.  Customize them to be perfect just for you!   Whichever you choose, allow the crates to dry completely before moving on.

Paint the pieces

Step four:

Glue the parts together.   Add a line of glue around the frame of the wood panel.  Note that the smooth side of the panel with the swivel base is face down.  Stack your first level of crates on the wood panel base.  Place something heavy on them while the wood glue dries.  Repeat with each additional level you wish to stack.  I varied the configuration of the crates so that the solid sides didn’t line up.

Use wood glue to attach the pieces together

Step five:

Fill up your new craft storage!  Acrylic paint bottles fit perfectly in the cubbies.  As do pint size mason jars!

Rotating Craft Storage Cube

Fat quarters sit nicely, as well as thread, small wood slices, and my glue gun! So many possibilities! The center hole in the middle of the crates was great for paintbrush storage. *Tip: If your tower is more than 1 level high, you will need to place something in the bottom of the hole to keep the paintbrushes from falling through too far. I used an empty water bottle turned upside down and pushed into the hole before placing the paint brushes in.

Rotating Craft Storage Cube

What will you store in your awesome rotating craft supply storage tower?


You can check out some more awesome wood storage ideas here.

organizing ideas with wooden storage




After studying Culinary Arts in Portland Oregon, Kelli went back home to the sunny South West where she decided she wanted to do different kinds of Art. This busy mom of three spends all of her available free time creating in her Craft Shack “she shed” where she can be found burning wood, repurposing old stuff, crafting, and painting just about anything she can get her hands on.


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