Acrylic Paint Storage - Easy to See Colour!


I always have a mess of paint, and sometimes because I cannot find one, I buy another and end up with numerous containers of the same colour - which is not bad if it is a colour you use often, but if its puce?!?!?!
My mess of paint.
Cans and a roll of tack paper ( self adhesive)
Measure your can
Cut strips of self adhesive tack paper
cut each strip to the right size to go around your cans
roll onto can
Like this...
Cut more paper when you run out - or get more cans!
I put the paints in cap first so I can easily see what colours of paint I have. I am not quite finished as we need to eat more canned food before I can be done, need 5 more but think I will do 10, now that I can see them all, I want more colours!
I added this picture after the fact.. I needed 2 bigger cans and so used a large coffee can, and cut the metal rim off, papered it the same way and presto, a can for 6-8 ounce paints!

Suggested materials:

  • Empty cans
  • Self adhesive paper

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Candy Walsh
    on Jan 14, 2017

    That's a great idea for the small bottles (especially storing them upside down). Do you have any ideas for the 8 oz or bigger chalk, etc type paint bottles?

    • Glory
      on May 12, 2020

      Might be a silly question - Love this project and want to do it. My only doubt is -Wouldn't storing the paints upside down make it where the paint goes into the lid, and make it messy? TIA

  • Dmo8671202
    on Jul 10, 2017

    What size cans are you using to get 5 cans inside
    • Teresa
      on Jul 11, 2017

      They are from Canned tomatoes and fruit cocktail - the big cans?

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  • Elizabeth
    on Feb 12, 2019

    Great idea! Just started my paint collection and I have lots of saved cans. Thanks Teresa!

  • Brenda L Herrling
    on Dec 16, 2019

    I was just thinking I needed a way to store all of my acrylic paints. Great share.

    • Teresa
      on Dec 17, 2019

      Thank you, i like that i can see what colour i have.

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