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!
I came up with this project because I absolutely hated the case my set of 72 Copics came with.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 of 144 markers. That doesn’t count the gaps in between which can hold one or two.
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!