For the longest time, I had all of my paints thrown into a bin. This worked in the short term, but it was really annoying to find certain paints, because I had to go digging through the bin every time. So I came up with an easy organizational system that upcycles one of the most common items: toilet paper rolls.

This project is quick, easy, and you don’t need a ton of supplies for it.




  • Bin/box/drawer to store paint in
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Toilet paper/ paper towel rolls


1. First, cut the cardboard to fit the bottom of the bin/box. If you are using a cardboard box, you can just glue the toilet paper rolls directly to the bottom, if you prefer.


2. Put glue along the edge of one end of the toilet paper roll.


3. Firmly press the toilet paper roll to the cardboard.


4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the next tube, but also put a line of glue along the side where it meets with the previous roll. If you are using paper towel rolls, you can cut them to size.


5. Continue this way, gluing the bottoms of the tubes to the cardboard and any sides that attach to other rolls. If there are any gaps, you can press them together with a clothespin while they dry.


6. Do this until you have filled up as much space as you would like. If you don’t have enough tubes to cover the entire cardboard, you can add them as you accumulate more or leave empty space for paints that don’t fit or that you use a lot so they are easy to access.


7. Organize your paints in whatever fashion works for you. Then slide the bin/box inside a drawer space/under a table or bed/ whatever floats your boat.

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