DIY Copic Marker Storage

When it comes to DIY, I’m a pretty lazy gal. Despite being a crafty person, I prefer DIYs that take minimum effort, and more importantly, minimum cost. Today’s little project meets both of those qualifications! I’m showing you a DIY Copic Marker Storage method that can be modified in many different ways and used for so much more than Copic Markers. Pens, pencils, brushes – you decide!

DIY Copic Marker Storage via My Open Sketchbook

I came up with this project because I absolutely hated the case my set of 72 Copics came with.

DIY Copic Marker storage - original copic case

Those teeny little slots at the bottom were all that held the markers in place. It wasn’t stable at all so between cats + the five year old it was often tipped over (wrecking my color order, nooooooo!) and it was all around the pits. Plus, I had separate gray tones and flesh tones sets that were just floating around in a ziplock baggie because I didn’t have any place for them. I knew I needed a storage space for them that could hold all my markers with room for more, and didn’t cost me much. Inspiration hit, and here’s how you can make your own!

You will need:

  • A shoebox. Any size. (I already owned mine – got it last year at Michaels on clearance for $2)
  • Toilet paper tubes and/or paper towel tubes (cut in thirds) – enough to fill your size shoebox. (For me, this was 24.)
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • *Acrylic craft paint in whatever color matches the inside of your shoebox – cheapest kind (Mine was black, and $.97 at Walmart.)
  • *Small paint brush

*These two are completely optional. It’s definitely easier and takes less time if you just keep them cardboard colored, but I wanted mine to match my box.

DIY Copic Marker Storage - supplies

Saving toilet paper tubes is definitely the longest part of this project, but it’s also what makes it so cheap (plus environmentally friendly!) I recruited my mum and BFF to donate their empties to me as I am impatient.

DIY Copic Marker Storage - painting process

DIY Copic Marker Storage - painted

Once your tubes are all gathered, begin painting if you’re doing this step. I painted inside and out on one end, waited about ten minutes for it to be touch dry, then finished off the other and let them sit overnight. As you can see, I wasn’t too worried about a nice super even coat; they’re all getting glued down out of view anyway.

DIY Copic Marker Storage - hot glue

Once the paint is dry, it’s time to start gluing! Line one end of the tube with hot glue, and stick it to the bottom of the box. I glued in one row at a time, making sure to keep them evenly spaced. Once the rows build up, you do have to be a bit careful placing them in so the hot glue doesn’t crash into the other tub sides, but with a steady hand it goes pretty quickly.

DIY Copic Marker Storage - finished empty

Once they are all glued, it’s time to fill up the slots! The tubes fit six Copic Markers comfortably, which means this can hold a total ofΒ  144 markers. That doesn’t count the gaps in between which can hold one or two.

DIY Copic Marker Storage

I organized mine in color groups, and added a couple other pens and things I use with my Copics. I love it! It’s sturdy, and best of all it cost me next to nothing to make. I may need to make another one for my pencils as well!

DIY Copic Marker Storage via My Open Sketchbook



  • B.

    OMG! This is the best! Affordable AND easy to do!

    • Kay

      Thank you! I’m glad you like it!

  • This is BRILLIANT.

    • Kay

      Thanks Kendall!

  • Great idea! I love that you can’t even tell they’re toilet paper tubes anymore.

    • Kay

      Thanks! And I was amazed at the difference a coat of paint made. I was debating just leaving them plain and I’m glad I didn’t!

  • Suuuuper creative!!

    • Kay

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Super simple, but I love the result!! Definitely a much more functional storage option for all those markers:P What’s up with that crazy case, Copic?

    • Kay

      Thanks! And seriously, I don’t get the cases they come in. You can buy separate cases but ugh, so much $$$.

  • Wow that is really creative! I love it! And on the plus side your little one can help with the project as well. LOL I save all my paper waste products for this reason. Wanna paint? I got plenty of egg crates to go around.

    • Kay

      Thank you! My little totally helped with the painting of the TP tubes – she loved being able to help with a ‘grown up project’ haha! And we do the same thing, saving paper recycling for painting.

  • Ari Carr

    Such a great storage idea!

    • Kay

      Thanks Ari!

  • I love it!
    Right now evertything of mine is in a big bag LOL – I should try this out!

    • Kay

      Doooo it. πŸ˜€ I still toss a couple in a pouch if I’m going out and need some, but I love this for permanent home storage.

  • Leah Chiasson

    My sister in law collects sharpies and we did this for her collection!

    • Kay

      Nice! It works so well!

  • Sonya

    This is so clever and I love it! I don’t know if I’ll ever have enough of any kind of marker/pen for it (although I guess I could make a smaller version), but I want one. P.S., We were at Michaels last night and I was teaching Dan about Copics and I thought of you!

    • Kay

      Aw, yay! πŸ™‚ A smaller version is definitely do-able. If I make one for pencils it will definitely be smaller since I can fit so many more in, and have less.

  • Ah that looks great. I dont quite have enough pens collected to warrant storage like this but it’s a brilliant idea πŸ™‚

    • Kay

      Thank you! You easily make a smaller version with a smaller box too! πŸ™‚

  • That is completely brilliant! It seems so organized, which I can imagine is very handy while drawing!

    • Kay

      Thanks! I definitely have to keep my colors organized otherwise there are just too many all jumbled together!

  • So simple and so useful. Great post. I might have to make my mum one as she’s the artist in our family.

    • Kay

      Thanks! And I hope she enjoys it if you make one for her!

  • gamerwife

    This is so clever. And easy!

    • Kay

      Thanks! Cheap and easy are my fave kind of DIY. πŸ™‚

  • Danielle Knapp

    This is a fantastic idea! I might do this for my son’s art supplies πŸ™‚

    • Kay

      Thank you! I’m thinking about doing the same for my daughter’s as well.

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  • Sarah

    This is great… and cheap! I’ve included this (and a link back to
    your post) on my blog post about β€œ20 Clever Ways to Organize Your Coloring

    I hope you’ll pick up some new interest from my readers!

    • Kay

      Thank you so much Sarah, I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚


    I just did a variation of this as well. I bought an art bin but could’nt keep the markers from falling over in it. I tried solo cups, etc. but settled on the TP rolls (My kids hoard them for crafts). I like them because they are flexible so can be made to fit the space they are in. Thanks for posting this so I didn’t think I was crazy to do it!

    • Kay

      Excellent! Glad I’m not the only one enjoying cheap craft DIYs (we also hoard TP rolls for crafts!) I’ve actually modified this since then so it can sit on it’s side, which is better for ink distribution in the nibs. I’ve also made a second one for my colored pencils so I can organize them by color. It’s quite a handy storage system!


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