The first thing I did (as so many do I expect) is search Pinterest for storage. Now I know that you can buy custom made storage but aren't they expensive!!! I discovered a great idea using a DVD rack. I searched high and low for a rack that would work but to no avail. My next idea was to create a similar effect using lots of dvd cases and copious amounts of glue and washi tape. This worked to an extent but I could only house some of my pens this way and it was very labour intensive to create just one box so many was a daunting job!
My latest breakthrough came when a wandering through the Range (a pastime of mine! lol) I found these lovely boxes made by Curver. The thing that attracted me to them were the holes in the sides and also that the sides were square. many boxes have sloping edges which makes things much harder!
I discovered that I could Fit 2 wooden skewers into the holes. I measured the width of the pens and pushed through two skewers at even intervals up the front edge of the box. I then pushed through one skewer at the same level but further into the box so the pens would have something to rest on.
I used wire cutters to cut all the skewers flush with the side of the box and then used a glue gun to secure all the ends in place.
I discovered that if you make a mistake with the glue gun and wish you had put a skewer somewhere else then just heat it over with a heat gun and it melts enough to move it.
Once cooled I then started to fill with pens!
My earlier attempts at this storage included created a twine lattice grid behind the front skewers, this did stop pens going side to side but it also meant that the pens bounced a bit inside.
You can also see that I washi taped the front sticks together to add a bit of decor on this one. My aim was to use white stickers to cover the two rods and then colour them in with the pen colour above them.
Well here is my colourful corner! Fab pens and beautiful paints.
Well for now I love it! I may find an even better way to store my pens but until then... yeah!
Do you have the same problem?
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