THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

October 14, 2006

Expandable Bead Stash Storage

Filed under: Embellishment,Organization — phyllisc @ 2:24 pm

For a while now I’ve been trying to figure out a way to deal with stash storage for my beads – how to you find a storage system that is infinitely expandable for a small but growing collection? Another dilemma for me is visibility – I like my embellishment stash, especially my beads, out in the open where I can see them and glean inspiration on a constant basis.

This year Ikea has two great products that can be used together, even though they weren’t necessarily intended to be:

The board is a white steel bulletin board, and the containers are actually spice jars with a glass top and a magnet on the back. The containers are 3 for $5.99 and the board is $12.00. For some reason that makes no sense to me, these are available only in Ikea stores. And typically for Ikea, they have the strange and non-sensical name of “Gruntal.” Look for them in kitchen cabinets and kitchen interior fittings.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking “Great idea Phyllis, but I don’t live anywhere near an Ikea.” … so I did some web research, and this system can be replicated pretty easily. Any magnetic whiteboard could be used just as easily as Ikea’s, and these boards can be found just about any office supply store.

The Container Store web site sells similar (and smaller) white plastic clear top spice jars with magnetic backs, and a company called Specialty Bottle sells, very similar to Ikea’s, clear top metal containers in smaller sizes. Best of all, Specialty Bottle has no minimum order:

The smaller sizes really appeal to me for seed beads, and all I’d need to do is glue a magnet onto the bottom. I might try these 8.5 x 11 inch adhesive-backed sheet magnets and stick a round piece over the entire bottom of the small Specialty Bottle tins.

Viola – infitnite bead & embellishment storage!

Keep on Sewin’
Diva Phyllis



  1. That is a very clever and neat way to store and display your beading stash.Thanks for sharing Phyllis.

    Comment by Els — October 14, 2006 @ 5:46 pm

  2. You can now get some pretty small high-power magnets at craft stores. Glue one or two to the INSIDE of the tin; that way you can slap the tin onto the magnetic board without having it wobble due to a bulky magnet on the base.

    Comment by Welmoed — October 14, 2006 @ 9:12 pm

  3. Ikea’s naming is only nonsensical if you don’t speak Swedish 🙂 “Grundtal” (with a d) basically means “number”, but don’t ask me why they chose that name!

    Thanks for showing us this interesting idea, I’m sure it could be used in many ways!

    Comment by Åsa — October 15, 2006 @ 4:52 am

  4. OMG, I’ve been looking for something like that! I had seen it on an episode of Neat. I have sheet magnets already so I think I’ll try to make my own. We won’t have an IKEA until fall of 2007! Thanks for sharing this with us, Phyllis. 🙂

    Comment by Gigi — October 15, 2006 @ 8:38 am

  5. I’ve been a fan of these spice boards for ages, but I’ve never been willing to part with the money that kitchen stores want for them. Thanks for the sources, Phyllis!

    Comment by karla — October 15, 2006 @ 8:43 am

  6. I bought one of those at the Container Store last year. They are really handy. I ended up giving mine to a friend who needed it more than I do. I think I need to run out and buy or make another. I think the idea of sheet magnets glued to the back of containers is a great one. You can cut them easily with an X-acto knife to just the right size.

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — October 15, 2006 @ 11:30 am

  7. This is how I store my button stash – sorted by color. (Granted, my button stash is not that big…at least YET!). I found the spice canisters at Bed, Bath and Beyond if someone is looking for another source.

    Comment by MN_SwimMom — October 15, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

  8. I store my beads and finding this way too but I keep them in a box. I really like the magnetic board idea. You can also find these little tins listed as watchmaker’s tins and they come in several sizes. I bought mine at Lee Valley & Veritas.,43326

    Comment by Izzie — October 15, 2006 @ 9:03 pm

  9. This is an excellent idea Phyllis!

    Comment by Kelly — October 16, 2006 @ 6:24 am

  10. What a brilliant idea! Thanks

    Comment by Nancy — October 18, 2006 @ 8:09 am

  11. Great idea! I like that I could use that for buttons too, and they’d be readily visible.

    Comment by FV Patti — October 27, 2006 @ 8:44 am

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