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One of the things I get asked about most is punch storage. Punches are a great addition to your card making supplies but they can be bulky and hard to store. My philosophy is if I can’t see them I won’t use them. So I have most of my punches hanging on my wall like this…

Punch Storage on Wall

My husband built this handy punch holder using 3 towel bars from IKEA and a scrap piece of white board he had lying around. The towel bars are flat, not round so the punches fit over them better. You wouldn’t absolutely need the white board, but it protects the wall from the punches and requires fewer screws into the wall.

At first I wasn’t sure how I was going to store the new style of Stampin’ Up! punches, but if you leave them open they’ll hook over the bar just fine. I’ve arranged my punches by type – you’ll notice circles along the bottom row, ovals and squares in the middle row and fun shapes in the top row.

Are these all the punches I have? Of course not. I also have a few stray punches stored in a drawer. But I rarely remember to use them because I can’t see them.

How do you store your punches? If you’ve got a great punch storage idea, we’d love to hear it!

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  • Gail Holcomb says:

    I have the same system – my son installed round curtain rods on a wall next to my work desk and I love that all my punches are visible!

  • Miriam Watson Peterman says:

    I purchased a hanging shoe bag and hung it on the back of by craft room door. My punch fit in the individual holders and the I can get two in the holder it they are small. The shoe holder is clear so I can see each punch without taking them out to check. Love it!!

  • Lisa says:

    I am trying to figure out a new system. I really want to store punches along side the stamp sets that they coordinate with…would love any ideas you may have for me!

  • Vivian says:

    I’m currently using a curtain rod from Walmart which sits too far from the wall. I typed towel rods in the search box at Ikea but didn’t see anything that looked like what you have. Could you possibly provide a link? Thank you.

  • Mary says:

    I have my punches stored in a clear over the door shoe bag.

  • Katie Mertens says:

    I use a metal shelving unit that has 72 holes for storage, similar to the boxes used in the post office. I use the punch with colored scraps and adhere it to the bottom of the “hole” where that punch belongs. Works good.

  • Rachel Brooks says:

    I purchase the StampNStore punch storage units and LOVE them. They come all put together – you can stain or paint if you wish – and have both the whale wail units and the one for the flat punches. They are all right there to grab as needed and some of my more “difficult” punches work in them too. (MS and some of the long edge punches.) They are very well built and come with backing strips for slots where you want to put one of the very small punches so they dont go to the back of the opening.

    To be sure I recall I have a punch for a given stamp set, I mark the case the stamps are in “punch” to remind me. The ones with dies I store right together.

  • Cindy Haselip says:

    I use an over the door shoe rack. I would love the stampnstore punch storage unit. I am thinking Christmas.

  • Liz Lucero says:

    I have a toy china cabinet from when my grandmother was a little girl, it has a clear door and shelves so I can see what I have. It is 8x16x24. Here is a picture: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2554453

  • Rita Falquette says:

    I have the punch system from http://www.Stampnstorage.com I love them! They also have great storage systems for your ink pads & markers. I have some of my older punches on curtain rods. It works well also.

  • Lucinda says:

    I store my punches in a c;ear over the door shoe storage unit. They are easy to see and each “shoe” compartment holds 2 punches. My new punches are in a drawer and I don’t have trouble remembering to use them.

    I have a little 3 ring binder that has a copy on an item from each punch, so if I need some inspiration, I can just look through that.

  • Becky Taylor says:

    I had an older stamp pad storage unit that I bought on ebay (similar to those at scrap and stamp and I keep my punches in it. The shelves are removable so I move them in and out as needed to fit the most punches in them My border punches I store in a cabinet above that

  • Effie C says:

    I purchased a 6 shelf storage rack that was supposed to hang over the door but screwed it into the inside of my closet door. It holds all of my punches and I have a lot!l The only problem is that if I keep buying all the new ones that Stampin’ Up comes out with, I will soon need to start putting them elsewhere! lol

    I also purchased a DVD Video cabinet. The Stampin’ up boxes of their stamps fit into it wonderfully! I don’t have a craft room, so I have to find creative solutions to storage.

  • Linda Neese says:

    Jessica, I bought 2 clear over the door shoe hangers. I hung one on the door into my craft room and one on the closet. Works great because you can see them and easily to choose from when you are looking for a certain punch.

  • Dawn Knous says:

    It really cool. Will buy this sometime soon.

  • I also have mine in a clear shoe rack which hangs on the back of my door. It is full though!

  • Julie Klar says:

    I look to sometimes – unusual places for storage ideas. My small and some of my med punches as well as decorative scissors are kept in “tackle boxes” Actually I shop around for bargain storage and I wanted something easily transportable! The small ones fit in a more shallow case while the medium ones and the scissors are in deeper cases. They stack great and fit easily in tote bags. 🙂

  • Betty says:

    I shop garage sales for wooden shoeracks – the ones with the two solid sides and three groups of three wooden rods for the shoes to fit over – stamps sit on bottom spindle and lean against the other two – they will hold many many punches of varying sizes.

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