24 October 2012

10 Minute Marker Caddy




I was using permanent markers to work on a project over the weekend (more on that later). Over the course of the afternoon I got so fed up with hunting for markers in various drawers and old coffee cups (you know the ones), that I halted the project for ten minutes to create a marker caddy.

I know, sounds nerdy. Marker Caddy. But it's actually pretty handy.

To make it, I just took an empty shoe box and some toilet paper tubes cut to the same height as the box, then stuck them into the box together standing up. No glue, no nothing. They stay up fine on their own and I like that they can move a little to accommodate the pens, pencils and markers that will be coming in and out over the years to come.

Well gosh, don't I feel handy.


41 comments:

  1. Great idea for my 2 year old granddaughters crayons and colored pencils most art supplies

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  2. Great idea! Do you drink V8? :-) Because I feel like I should hit myself, "why didn't I think of that". Oh well, I'm sure glad you thought of it & shared it! Thank You!

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  3. Maria from Whitestone, NYNovember 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Great idea! Thanks- I started making one last night!
    I have 3 kids and this will be great for them because they always lose their markers and crayons!!
    Thanks

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  4. I love this idea! So simple to make, thank you.

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  8. Thanks! Plastic frozen juice jars may work also. I have been told not to use TP rolls at school due to slight traces of germs on them due to where ithey are meant to be used.

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    1. I just spray mine down with Lysol first...

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  9. Can use the roll from wrapping paper instead of the toilet paper roll

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  10. I should do this!

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  11. love it..am going to do it..I made magazine holders out of cereal boxes.the instructions were inside the lid of honeycomb cereal..very neat and sturdy for the kids magazines in my middle play room..

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  12. Instruction inside the box? Those honeycomb folks know what we like!

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  13. Looks nice! Now I can do a lot with my shoe boxes.Thanks for the idea. Buy do all those markers work?

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  14. Yup, they work! The nice ones are usually stored upside down -- I reversed for photography purposes ;)

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  15. so clever but simple. LOVE this. I have lots of markers/colored pencils but I'm thinking this would be a cool idea for my mother in law who paints...keep her brushes in it as well.

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  16. brilliant Peaches, keep those ideas coming! Now if you could just help me with a jumbo version to organize all my stuff, that would be great!

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    1. Pvc pipe? There are lots of sizes and they're really sturdy!

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  17. I love this idea and just posted it to my blog
    http://brainstorminbloom.blogspot.com/2012/10/tissue-kleenex-box-upcycled-csa.html

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  18. That looks marvelous. But, what brand of shoes come in this box? I feel like it would look a tad bit ghetto if I used any of the shoeboxes I currently have.

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  19. A great way to organize all those markers! They will "keep" longer and also write & draw bettr if you store them points down.

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  20. That is a good point. Most of my markers are cheapo...but I do recall buying some expensive illustration markers that would do better upside down. Then again, so many markers are double sided these days! Horizontal storage is no fun...

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    1. Nail the shoe box to the wall then put in holders... horizontal storage!

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  21. Oooo -- good point. I have a whole drawer devoted to crayons and pastels that could use some organization.

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  22. This would be great for the 3,000,000 crayons in our home right now! Smart idea!

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  23. Annette {This Simple Mom}February 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Brilliant! I just pinned it!

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  24. Be proud. That's brilliant!

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  25. Awesome! Markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint brushes, they are all driving me nuts!!! Brilliant...

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  26. Right? I am thinking of swapping out the cardboard for something else to use in the kitchen for utensils....

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  27. what a great idea. I featured it on my blog. Thanks for sharing the idea.
    http://itsstilllife.com/2012/11/01/toilet-paper-roll/
    Karen

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  28. Awsome idea i used a empty ramen noodle box an wraped it in some atractive paper and its awsome i was able to organize three whole drawers in the one little idea ty

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  29. Oh my!!! thank you! I have ALOT of makers, and this is a great idea!

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  30. Thank you so much! I am a site coordinator for an elementary school extended day program run by the Deluca YMCA in Central FL. This is a GREAT idea for all their markers and colored pencils as well as paint brushes. I am going to make several of them and have the kiddies help me decorate them!

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  31. What a great yet simple idea! Thank you for sharing :)

    Just pinned it!

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  32. a frugal and useful idea like this = win!
    thanks for sharing..

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  33. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your caddy! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/marker-caddy/

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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  34. so simple and handy...and I love that you just happen to have 18 empty toilet paper tubes just waiting to be used. Either you have kids and a husband that have no clue what to do when they reach the end of a roll and so there are at least 3 or 4 sitting around in any given bathroom, or you keep them all and never throw anything away that "might be used someday". I can relate to either :-)

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  35. Just made my own version of this. I found a small shoebox that fit 12 toilet paper tubes perfectly in it. I wrapped the outside of the shoebox with purple polka dot wrapping paper that I got at Michaels for $1!
    If you want to check it out you can:
    http://polkadotsespressoshots.blogspot.com/2014/03/shoebox-pencil-caddy.html

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