Dollar Store Storage for Craft Paint

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10 Minutes

I have had a hard time figuring out how to store my craft paints. All the storage options are so expensive or didn’t work well. I tried stacking them on their sides in a box with their bottoms facing out but every time I took one out, the rest would fall. I needed an idea that didn’t cost a lot of money and would allow each paint to have its own place. I was in the dollar store the other day and found these mini cordial glasses and it gave me an idea!

Here are the supplies I purchased:

•4- six packs of mini cordial glasses

•a plastic storage container- this one is about 3X9 inches

•one bag of thick rubber bands

In case you were wondering, I attempted to first make this with hot glue but the plastic doesn’t bond to the plastic. I also tried gorilla glue but the plastic container is bendy and the elastics pulled it all tight together, keeping the storage unit sturdy. The elastics were an easy alternative and barely show once the paint is put in the cups.

The first thing I did was place two of the glasses into the end of the storage container. I then added a rubber band to hold them in place.

I continued to stack the glasses, following with a rubber band, until the container was full.

I then stretched a rubber band around the long way of the container and slid it between the glasses.

I then placed a second rubber band long ways to make sure the glasses were secure.

I also doubled up on the rubber bands on the short way between each set of glasses.

Doubling up on elastics made it so that the glasses didn’t fall out, even when I turned it upside down.

This picture shows the storage upright to show how I intend to use it.

Here is a picture of the storage unit on my craft shelf. I love how easily I can remove the paints for use and how sturdy it actually turned out. All for only a few dollars!

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  • Monique Monique on Jan 17, 2021

    Gotcha.....did you try E6000 glue? Plastic is definitely difficult to stay glued. You found a solution, which is what matters!!


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  • Carey Carey on Feb 03, 2021

    Another thought: If you eat Pringles those containers might be perfect for something like that! I don't know if they have gone from the original containers or not!

  • April April on Feb 08, 2021

    I would use a piece of cardstock or painted cardboard about 2 inches bigger all around than the top measurement of the plastic container- cut a hole for each paint bottle to fit through - then, attach the cardboard to the plastic bin, scoring and folding the extra over the outside of the bin. I would use "Quik Grab" or "Quik Grip" glue (which will adhere almost anything to almost anything and is not nearly as toxic as E6000,) then I would cover the "flap" of cardboard all around with a piece of pretty, wide ribbon.