Marker Storage Tutorial!

Today, I am going to show you how I went from this:

To this!


  • Six wooden tissue boxes, sliding lids removed
  • Gesso (I used Liquitex)
  • Acrylic Paint (I used Golden Cobalt Teal)
  • White Craft Glue
  • Cardboard for backing (I used a heavy mailing envelope)
  • Washi tape
  • Golden Gel Medium (Matte)
  • Golden Matte Medium (Gloss)
  • Sanding Block
  • Foam Brushes
  • Scissors or Craft Knife


I started by giving the boxes a light sanding, inside and out, using a sanding block.


Decide on your configuration.  I used 6 boxes, and arranged them in two horizontal rows of 3.  Obviously, you could use as many boxes as you wish, and use any configuration you wish.

Coat the insides, and all outside panels with gesso.  Allow to dry thoroughly.  Sand lightly.  Paint all insides and exposed outsides with acrylic paint, using a disposable foam brush.  Mine required several coats (2-3) to get a thorough coverage.  Allow to dry thoroughly.

Adhere boxes together with a generous amount of white craft paint.  Allow to set overnight (or at least several hours).

Decoupage outside with washi tape and gel medium.  Apply a top coat of matte medium (gloss).

Paint cardboard backing, first with gesso, and then acrylic paint, and adhere to back of unit with white glue.  Trim off excess with either scissors or a craft knife.

VOILA!  I think I am going to make another one!  🙂


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Harriet Hensley
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 11:11:11



  2. cindy redding
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 21:57:10

    Where did you get your kleenex boxes?


  3. rhondac
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 09:49:03

    This is a great idea. Very creative and inspiring!


  4. Jennifer Lewis
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 22:42:43

    Brilliant! What a great idea, thank you for sharing!


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