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.


  1. says

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

  2. says

    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!

  3. Maria from Whitestone, NY says

    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!!

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  7. says

    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.

    • Anonymous says

      I just spray mine down with Lysol first…

      • aunt peaches says

        That would work just fine. Cardboard tubes from any purpose. The quantity will depend on the size of the box.

  8. Anonymous says

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

  9. Amanda Taylor says

    I should do this!

  10. says

    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..

  11. PeachesFreund says

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

  12. Blaire Nadal says

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

  13. PeachesFreund says

    Yup, they work! The nice ones are usually stored upside down — I reversed for photography purposes 😉

  14. Gemma Ash says

    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.

  15. sara says

    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!

    • Paula says

      Pvc pipe? There are lots of sizes and they’re really sturdy!

  16. IanWilson says

    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.

  17. Kathy says

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

  18. PeachesFreund says

    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…

    • Anonymous says

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

      • Roni Wetherbe says

        Or hang from a peg board. No extra holes in the walls.

  19. PeachesFreund says

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

  20. palak says

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

  21. Annette {This Simple Mom} says

    Brilliant! I just pinned it!

  22. michele says

    Be proud. That’s brilliant!

  23. says

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

  24. PeachesFreund says

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

  25. Anonymous says

    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

  26. Brandy Rosmarin says

    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!

  27. says

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

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  29. says

    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 🙂

    • Laura Harrison says

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  30. Rick says

    FYI: My class and I determined that placing markers upright with the writing tips down seems to make them last longer.

  31. Kay Hartt says

    You could do this for makeup brushes, just on a smaller scale Pencils, scissors, tubes of glue, etc. All kinds of different things for a classroom..

  32. Awesome says

    This will be great for organizing my locker!



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