I recently created my own pencil storage unit, using a DVD cabinet and some empty DVD cases. It didn’t take too long to build, and cost me less than £20. I’ve just started studying from the book, lifelike drawing in colored pencil by Lee Hammond. As I opened my tin of Prismacolor pencils, it became apparent that I needed somewhere to store all my pencils. There are loads of them! Those tins are like the Doctor’s Tardis lol
I needed to store them safely, securely while still having them be viewable and easily accessible on my desk. This unit fits the bills beautifully, the most awesome thing is, it doesn’t take up that much space on your desk, seeing as the unit is standing upright, but if you wanted you could actually lay it on it’s side, or even hang it on your wall.
I searched high and low, it was getting a bit annoying actually as it was distracting me from studying. I kept thinking, “How am I going to store all these bleeding pencils?” In the end, I couldn’t find nothing, I bought a rotating carousel thing and it was cool, but it just didn’t feel right. So I decided it was time to make one myself, and so here is a guide on how you can create your very own Pencil Storage Unit, ideal for coloured pencils and accessories.
I’ll list all the things you’ll need to make this, with links where appropriate, and offer a simple guide, together with little hints I learnt during my process of making it, so yours doesn’t collapse in like mine did lol
COST AND WHAT YOU’LL NEED
ARGOS 33 DVD Media Storage Unit – £10.19 (Argos code 903/6240)
Empty slimline DVD cases – £3 (Poundshop sell them in packs of 7, I needed 16 cases, so 3 packs)
Non Slip Grip Liners – £3 (Poundshop sell them in rolls of 150x30cm, and 1 roll covers 7 DVDs, so 3 rolls were needed)
Felt Floor Protectors – 99p (Wilkos, pack of 12 does 16 shelves)
Super Glue – £1 (Poundshop)
Screwdriver Bit of String
TOTAL COST £18.18
Approximate time to make it depends on how OCD you get when placing your selves, but I would say about 2-4 hours.
Finally, I turned the top section of the unit into storage for my Derwent battery operated sharpener, erasers and Zest It blending tools. I also slightly undid one of the screws, tied a bit of string around it and then screwed it back in so that I could hang my Dusting brush in place. That’s pretty much it, now all you have to do is arrange all your pencils on the shelves in colour order lol