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  • How to Store Decorator’s Tips {For Serious Baker’s Only!}

    filed under: Decorating on April 1, 2016

    Have you have looked for a specific cake decorating tip but just found a jumbled mess? I have found a way to organize my tips that eliminates the headache that used to accompany any cake decorating experience!

    Ever had a jumbled mess of tips that you sift through for hours until you find the right one? I will show you how to END that headache!

    I have spent more hours than I care to admit sifting through tips. Trying to find a certain number or to see if I had enough of a certain number to see if I had anything that might possibly work for a specific idea.

    It is maddening!

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    With the help of a smart hubby, I have found a method that really works for organizing all those tips.

    Ever had a jumbled mess of tips that you sift through for hours until you find the right one? I will show you how to END that headache!

    He picked this up for me at the local home improvement store. It is simply called a Drawer Storage Center. (There are a lot of varieties and shapes so I am sure you will be able to find on that fits your space.)

    Now, you are probably thinking… don’t the tips COME with storage?

    Ever had a jumbled mess of tips that you sift through for hours until you find the right one? I will show you how to END that headache!

    Why yes, yes they do. But here is my dilemma. I have more tips than I have of these boxes. I have ten #1 tips and 8, 323 1M tips. (I kinda make a lot of Rose Cakes)

    When you have more than one of any specific tip, there is simply no room for it in these handy dandy containers. Not to mention if the tip is larger than standard size!

    Ever had a jumbled mess of tips that you sift through for hours until you find the right one? I will show you how to END that headache!

    To make this storage personal and specific, all you need is the drawer organizer and some sort of labeling system. I chose tape and a sharpie because it was handy and easy.

    Just cut a small piece of tape, place it on the drawer and then add the number of the tip. Some tips are big and need their own drawer, some tips can be stored with others to save room.

    I set out all my tips and first organized them by number.

    THEN (and this was important to me) I organized them by similarity.

    Ever had a jumbled mess of tips that you sift through for hours until you find the right one? I will show you how to END that headache!

    These are all open round tips. It was important to me that they were all somewhat together in storage.

    (The method of labeling the tips is lost on me… the numbers don’t always match up with similar styles and it can be quite difficult to find what you need if you rely on number alone.)

    Ever had a jumbled mess of tips that you sift through for hours until you find the right one? I will show you how to END that headache!

    Here I have my 13, 16, 17, and 18’s together. They are all quite similar and can (sometimes) be used interchangeably.

    This method of organizing tips saves me HOURS of searching.

    The bottom drawers are larger and can fit coupler sets, large tips, as well as any other miscellaneous tools that I need to store.

    Ever had a jumbled mess of tips that you sift through for hours until you find the right one? I will show you how to END that headache!

    Because I love ya so, here are a few tips of what NOT to do with your decorator’s tips:

    • Don’t just throw them in a bowl. This will create hours of extra work for you next time you want to decorate!
    • Be sure to DRY them completely after washing. Any water that remains can cause the metal tips to rust.
    • If washing in the dishwasher make sure they are in a safe place. Most dishwashers have a utensil section that can be closed and that works well for keeping your tips safe in one spot. If you do not have that, try using a small mesh bag.

    Ever had a jumbled mess of tips that you sift through for hours until you find the right one? I will show you how to END that headache!

    The storage container I have chosen is only about 6-inches deep, so it can fit pretty snuggly into most spaces. I have it tucked into my prop closet where I can easily access it.

    This method of storing decorator’s tips has worked EXTREMELY well and I highly recommend it to anyone who uses a lot of tips!

    But what if you only have a few tips? Here are some fun ways to store them!

    Genius idea from The Bearfoot Baker. She puts the # on top for easy access!

    Awesome organization from Simply Sweets by Honey Bee!

    This is SO stinkin smart!!! Great idea Wicked Goodies!

    Cylinder storage from Sweetopia!

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    What a great husband. 🙂 Since I only have one or two of each tip, I found the best way to store them for me was in a giant plastic bead organizer. I separate them out by shapes, and it has saved me so much time! Thanks for sharing!

    Fantastic idea. Will keep this in mind for my next house. Currently renting and looking for the perfect home. All my cake decorating stuff is in boxes still.

    I don’t have any extra room on the counter or pantry so am trying to figure out an under shelf solution. I could make this work with a little thought. Thanks for the great ideas!

    If someone doesn’t have a tremendous amount of tips, plastic boxes for small fishing gear (hooks, etc.) can be used. These can be bought separate or in a case which contains 4 or so boxes and is handy for traveling. I like your idea of grouping similar tips together instead of by number.

    This is a great idea. I work at Harris Teeters and this is how our tips are set up but everything is individually.

    Love this! I’ve been trying to figure out a storage system for mine, but I’m always left hunting for the right tip(s).

    I have two. Yep. Two cake tips. I am such a slacker. However, if you ever need to borrow a whisk, I’ve got you covered.

    Your system though? It makes my organizational heart go pitter pat.

    i love that idea

    my granddaughter turns 7 on Sunday i must make a Frozen 3 tier….pls help!!!!

    Absolutely LOVE this idea. It’s amazing how many of the same tip I can go through doing one cake. AND…best of all, they seem to be VERY reasonable in price. In fact, this is one of the most reasonably priced items to use for cake decorating in any way I’ve come across in a long time. I don’t know about anyone else but the cost of supplies seem to be skyrocketing. The worst of it all is though, ALL the new tools and supplies there ARE out there. Personally, I can’t keep up with all of it. Every time I turn around there is a new technique, a new tool to use when doing it, and as far as molds, stencils, presses, you name it, there must be THOUSANDS out there. A fantastic business idea would be for someone to begin online a USED cake decorating resource. Every baker knows what its like to spend $40, $50 or even $70 on a mold or stencil for a cake and you use it one time in two years. Wouldn’t it be nice to sell it and get something for it or on the other end, buy a used one for a half or third of the price?

    Now, if you can just create a way to make ALL that cake pan washing easier or go away you will have revolutionized my life. Of ALL parts of cake baking and decorating that exist, THE very worst for me is washing by hand cake pans. I have actually emailed asking multiple corporations like appliance companies, detergent companies, cake supply places as to WHY do our cake pans turn color when washed in the dishwasher. Is it the detergent? Is it the heat? (that one doesn’t seem to make any sense). WHAT is it? Can they create a special detergent for this type of item so we CAN wash them in a dishwasher? I detest handwashing almost more than anything else in keeping a house. If you can solve this problem I’ll nominate you for some sort of Nobel Prize. No Kidding!

    How about one of those under the Keurig storage drawers for K-cups?? I bet that would work great!

      That’s a great idea!

    I’d like to say Thank You! I love trying your recipes, but most importantly the recipes are very easy to follow and always taste DELICIOUS!!! I think the Ding Dong Cake was the best ever!!! 😁

    I can’t wait to get organized like this, terrific idea. My tips are all in zip lock bags

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