Coaster Box Prismacolor Pencil holder

So I'm in the middle of trying to get my stamping space organized and I decided I needed a better way to hold my Prismacolors and such, so I came up with this cute little box!

The basic box is the same as you've seen in a gazillion galleries and blogs, but the center divider and Gamsol holder are mine :)

You need:
8 4" medium weight coasters
15 4" squares of PP
small corner rounder
Modge Podge (I like the Matte)
a large-ish paint brush
sanding block
20 4" - 5" lengths of ribbon
good scissors or kraft knife (I used my Kai's and they worked great!)
a ruler, a centering ruler is nice if you have one
a hole punch (I used my Crop-a-dile)
good strong glue (I used Glossy Effects, basically CE)
2 6" lengths of 1/4" elastic

First thing you want to do is use the corner rounder and round the corners of your PP. Then adhere them to the coasters using the Modge Podge. I like to use a fairly thick layer so it stays wet and if I mess up the placement of the PP, I can move it around a tiny bit. Then I put a piece of CLEAN copy over the top and rub so there are no bubbles. I also use my brayer to make sure the PP is down really well. Do this to both sides of 7 of the coasters and 1 side of the last one, this is the bottom of the box.

Let these dry. I like to weigh them down while they are drying so they stay flat. If you don't, they will warp slightly and that just doesn't look as good. Once they are dry, decide which 4 will be the sides and which 3 will be the center divider pieces. Sand down the edges and corners for a shabby-chic look.

Using the templates as guides (these are NOT to scale, please go by the measurements!) make the 4 side pieces. You need 5 holes in each side. I used my Mat Pack to get them even on mine. Punch out holes with hole punch or Crop-o-dile.

Again using the templates as guides, make the 3 center divider pieces. I used my Kai scissors to cut the slits and they worked perfectly! You want to make the slits the width of the coaster, maybe "slightly" thicker. And only go down about 2 inches. These slide onto each other creating the 6 spaces for the pencils, stumps and sharpener to go in.

Now you want to make the box. If you are adding the holder for the gamsol, take the elastic and poke one piece through the 2nd and one piece through the 4th holes down and tie a knot in the back. Run them across the front and poke it through the same holes on the other side, pull taut and tie another knot. You want the knots to be on the inside and the elastic to have a little bit of give, but slack enough so that you can fit the Gamsol bottle in. Now you can construct the box. It's pretty self explanatory. For the bottom, I take the last coaster, the one with one one side covered with PP and kinda force it into the bottom, PP side up. Then I run a bead of CE around the seams. Let dry before putting the divider inside.

I have my pencils by SU color family because this is how I am used to all my colors. I have a separate box for the rest of my colors. I really like having all my Magic Pencil materials in the same space. I can keep the whole box on a shelf and when I want to color with them, I just take the whole thing down and I'm ready to go, everything is right there together!


Danita said...

Love it!! Great idea! :) Thanks soooo much for the step-by-step!

Rachel Hope said...

ESOME!!! I will have to try that, Great idea

Karen - Jusgottastamp said...

this is so cool!!! I may have to try it...of course, then I'll have to find a place to put it! lol!!

Ila said...

Super Idea!! I've been looking for something like this for my pencils. Great tutorial!!!

Taylor said...

GENIUS!!!!! You are so fabulous!

Jami said...

This is so cool! I know I would use my pencils a lot more if I had them out (especially the SU colors). I'm out of table space at the moment but I might need to do some re-arranging so I can make one of these!

Jan Scholl said...

I bought the 72 count pencil box and when I found that I needed more greys, went and got th 120-using coupons of course. SO many penicls that I burned out my electric sharpener-which is odd as its one for office use. I need a bigger box than this but this would be great for a desk anywhere.

StamperSharon said...

What a cute idea -- thanks for the tutorial!

Sue said...

What does PP stand for? Cute idea.

Juliehrr said...

I just stumbled across this today, so, while it's rather late to the party, I just had to comment on what a delightful project this is! TFS!

Jennifer said...

I looked at this a while ago, but have came back now to make my own. Thanks for sharing your great idea. I love it!

jlazarski said...

Such a great idea! I made one as a gift for a friend's birthday. I posted it on Splitco, being sure to include a link to your great instructions! Thanks for a fun project.

Lindsi Dawn said...

I love this! Thanks for the tutorial.. I'm definatly going to do this!

Keri Lee said...

This is just way over the top great!!! Thanks for sharing your brilliant idea!

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