Thursday, July 4, 2013

Marker Storage - Crafty and Free!

Hello Readers!  Today is the 4th of July, and while I didn't get anything seasonally made for the holiday, I do have a little organization tid-bit to share.  Behold!  My new marker storage caddy!  The first picture is a top down view.  The bee-hive separators are none other than toilet paper rolls I saved over time.  You can save the rolls from wrapping paper and cut them up, or from paper towels too.  They all work. 

Here's the how-to:
  1. Figure out how many markers fit into one roll. Count your total number of markers and do the math. That will tell you how big of a box you need to make this work. It's not a bad idea to have a few empty sections. These are prisma-color markers. I can fit 5 markers into one section. 
  2. Find a suitable box or make one from sturdy corrugated cardboard.  Mine is a cast off from buying a 12-pack of ginger ale from Costco last Christmas.  The sides of the box should be just a bit shorter than the length of your markers.  So, trim down the sides of any box that is too tall.  Or add height to the box with some deftly trimmed panels of corrugated cardboard, like I did. 
  3. Determine the pattern you want your bee-hive to take, mine is a simple 4 x 6, but you can create extra pockets near the walls of the box by alternating your pattern.
  4. Hot glue your bee-hive together outside of the box.  If you skip this it will still work, but I store my markers on the side, which makes the box a little top heavy, which in turn, will cause the upper level of your bee-hive to slip forward.  To avoid the potential mess of markers everywhere, and because I have a curious cat, I hot glued the bee-hive together.
  5. Slip the bee-hive into the box.  This has some give, so just push it in there.  You can hot glue the hive to the inside of the box if you choose.  I have not done that yet, but I see now, it's a good idea.
  6. Sort your makers by color - or however makes you happy.  Place it near your work table and you're all set!  If you really want to be fancy, cover the box in paper.  Me, not so much. 


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