decided I needed to try to design one for myself. I want storage for my Prismacolor pencils I’ve tried pencil rolls, and my girlfriend even made some for me for Christmas a few years ago. If you’re not familiar with them, they look like this…
I thought I’d really like using the rolls, but I have the set of 150 Prismacolors, and I had to go through three or four rolls looking for the color I wanted, and decided that wasn’t a workable solution. So then I decided that one box large enough to hold the pencil set would be great. I even made dividers so I could put pencils in three different partitions, red/orange/yellow/pink, blue/green/purple, tans/browns/grays/black and it still seems too tricky to find colors I wanted. Here’s an idea of the type of box I used, and I just hot glued in partitions.
I thought about buying storage normally used for pastels, but figured if it didn’t work, I’d have to figure out another use for this. My main concern is that it won’t hold all of my pencils. In looking at these, it seems the largest number of pencils each drawer would hold would be 40 (and that number seems high to me.) So that would leave me with 30 pencils and no place to store them.
I watched a video by Mixed Up Craft and really loved the idea of it. It’s a set of drawers that she made with foam core. I will be trying to make this project from foam core in the future, but decided I work better with cardboard, and I have to create my project from scratch, as the size I want each drawer to be, is 7 1/2 x 7 1/2″ cy 1 1/2″ tall, which is much larger than anything I’ve seen a crafter do. Plus my unit will need five drawers, each divided in half. I figure that will give me one section for reds, oranges, pinks, yellows, greens, blues, purples, grays, tans/browns and the tenth section will hold black, white and blending tools.
I worked on it today, and it will take me a long time to make. I finished one drawer and cut out a lot of cardboard and a ton of hinges to make the drawers sturdy. I’m happy with the drawer I made, but hope that eventually I can make drawers faster. Four hours is way too long to plan measure, cut and adhere everything to make one drawer. I am looking forward to the time when I can measure, cut and adhere the outer case for my drawers, and hope this storage system is the last one I consider for my pencils. I’ll be making a video showing the project, but won’t be doing anything until I can make a drawer rather quickly, and then I’ll make the outer case for the drawer so you can make your own. I have to say, if mine turns out anywhere in the neighborhood as cute as the one Sam Calcott (Mixed Up Craft) made, I’ll be thrilled.