Sunday, April 10, 2011

Copic Marker Storage

I have been looking for the ideal Copic Marker storage for awhile. I would like one that keeps the markers in color order, has a cover for travel, doesn't cost too much money,  and most of all carries all of my growing collection. For now I think I have found an adequate solution. It only can hold Sketch and Caio markers. The original square markers do not fit, but I only had a hand full of them. By getting the ArtBin Super Satchel Double Deep container (model 6990AB) for a fantastic price, my total came to under $27.00. That includes the $12 I paid for a 2' x 4' egg-crate ceiling light tile I got at Lowe's. The picture show a package of 5 tiles but they can be bought singly at Lowe's or Home Depot.

The first picture shows the grid cut to fit into the bottom of the ArtBin container and 2 wooden "posts' are going to be holding up the back edge of the upper grid. Glue dots hold the wooden posts in place. The front edge of the upper grid will set on the inside from ledge just about handle height. When the top and bottom grids are in the right alignment, glue dot the bottom grid in place.

Glue dots were put on the front inside ledge and the top of the posts. That keeps the top grid from moving.
Here is my box with most of my markers in it. My blender refill is in the front and my Copic original blender pen is on the side. I later found a front hole that it fit into.

I am excited about having all of my marker in one place ready to go now. I need to give thanks for the ideas and help I had getting this together.  I combined 2 ideas I found here and here. And I couldn't have gotten it done without my terrific friend Rebecca who had a razor saw to cut the plastic grid for us. (A razor saw has 25 or more teeth per inch. Razor saws can be found at Art Supply Stores.)  If this Copic storage doesn't work for you, maybe you can find a picture here that would work. Just click on the picture you want and go to the blog for more information.

If you would like to see a smaller version of this case, check here.   The smaller version holds 186 Sketch and/or Ciao markers.


  1. This storage solution is awesome!!
    Great idea.

  2. That is such a clever idea. Just goes to show what one can come up when we use a little creativity. Do you ever think, when some of these companies make certain things, that they would think they were used for some of the odd things they end up being used!

  3. The guy at Lowe's didn't even look surprised when I showed him one of the original pictures (that I took the ideas for the grid from)and asked him what he would advise me to use to cut the plastic.

  4. Helen! This is such a great idea for storage! I have been looking for something that I would be able to use for travel and this would be perfect! You are such an inspiration!
    Big Hugs!

  5. How nice to have all your copics in one place and ready to color! I love it!
    Have a great week!!!
    Love n hugs,

  6. Helen, it was a pleasure to meet you and Rebecca and spend the day with you at Copic class. I bought an ArtBin box and just used the dividers that came with it for now. I can get all my markers in the box plus many other stamping supplies. I took the box to my monthly Copic class and shared it with them along with your blog. They all loved it. Thanks so much for the idea! ~Karrie Cook

  7. What a great idea! I remember you from the Columbus OH class! I enjoyed it and Coleen also.

  8. What an amazing solution Helen! I calculate you can hold 361 markers in that ArtBin box and then you have the side areas for extras. If I hadn't already a solution I like, I'd be changing over for sure. Thanks for sharing your storage idea.

  9. Thank you for visiting my blog and adding the history of the storage for me. I have now edited my post and added a reference to your blog post. I think you came up with a great idea! I love my Copic storage!

  10. Love your instructions and your pic. My husband added an augmentation if you wanna check it out: I also linked to this post. :)

  11. This is so awesome! I've been looking for cheap marker storage too and I think I'm gonna have to do this! Thank you!

  12. This is such a great idea, but my hubby tried putting one together and the Sketch marker caps pull off when I try to get them out of the holes in the grid. Does this happen to you, also, and does anyone have a suggestion on how to fix it?

    1. You do need to angle the sketch markers from corner to corner instead of straight across.

  13. Oh, I like this! Thanks for the quick tut! :)