Saturday, June 5, 2010

Foam Board Copic Storage

I'm back with the dimensions and directions for my Copic marker cubbies.

Supplies - foam board (1) 20" x 30"
                craft knife and extra blades
                quilting ruler(s) and cutting mat
                hot glue gun and glue sticks (high temp)

outside dimensions - 14"H x 4 1/4"W x 5 1/2"D
side panels - 5 1/2" x 14" (cut 2)
shelves - 4 1/4" x 5" (cut 6)
top - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (cut 1)
bottom trim strip 1/2" x 4 1/8" (cut 1)

In order for the shelves to tilt back so the markers will stay in place, I offset the front and back measurements by 1/2".  The spacing between the shelves is 2 1/4".

Cut slots a little less than 3/16" wide and 5" long for the shelves to fit into on each side panel.  Remember to make the slots mirror images of each other.  Trim 3/16" of foam off the top edge for the top to fit into.

This is the right side panel.  The left side will be a mirror image.

Once all your slots are cut out, you can begin assembling.  Glue one shelf at a time onto one of the side panels.

This is the left side panel with the shelves in place.  Notice the top edge with the foam removed on the left side of the picture.  Doing this gives a nice finished look to the corners.

To attach the second side panel, I started each shelf about an inch into its slot, then ran a bead of glue in the remainder of each slot, and quickly slid the panel into place.  You must act quickly when glueing several edges at once.

Glue the top on, and if you want a finished look, a little trim strip on the bottom shelf.

Here are the finished cubbies.  (You can stop counting my Copics now.  heehee!  How do you know I don't have more?) 

I made two of these to hold all my Copics.  (As soon as I finished these, I ordered more.  Yes, I have a problem.)  Each shelf will hold 26 (maybe 27) sketch markers.  You could easily make it just a touch wider (1/2" wider would let you store 4 more markers on each shelf) to customize it to your marker collection.  I'm thinking I should have made mine bigger!

You may be able to make both cubbies out of one piece of foam board.  I used some scraps from my ink pad holder, and almost a whole new piece, so I'm not sure if it equals out.  I would buy 2 pieces to begin with, because I know you will want to make more projects!

Please see my foam board ink pad holder post for more details and tips.  If you make either one of these, or any other foam board projects, let me know.  I would love to see what you make!

And just because...  The content of this post is copyrighted by Karen Church, 2010.  Please feel free to use it to make your own projects, but please don't copy or sell it for your own profit.  Thanks.

Have fun!  Once you make one foam board project, you are sure to make more!



Jenny said...

I will only be making one for myself. I really needed a cheap way to store my Copics and didn't want to spend $20. Gotta save money for stamps =)
So sorry to hear of your friend's son! My thoughts are with you!

scrapping my heart out said...

Wow!! That's so awesome!!! Thank you for sharing this with us! Of course, I found your site while I'm three quarters of the way through making almost the same thing out of plastic canvas. I too started with the foam by making a CS storage cube, which I LOVE!!!! Quick question - How did you make the slots into the foam board without cutting all the way through? Saw this post and almost started to head toward the garage to steal dh's router. Thanks for the creative inspiration!

thescrapmaster said...

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful idea for storage! Your Copic storage idea was featured on the blog (linking back to your lovely blog of course) because I liked your idea so much! Love your blog!

Shanna Shands said...

I LOVE THIS. I recently tried this lol last week actually but my measurements were off and my daughter was trying to hard to help... I'll be having my fiance make me one out of wood when he gets home :)

Tina Makuc said...

Honey could you please tell me how thick is the foam board you've been using for this copic storage??
Hugs, TinaM

Paula Touhey said...

Would love to make one of these... but can you add to your instructions how to make the slots? Yours look so perfect. Thanks.

Shelly Lynn said...

Awesome idea! TFS! :)

Kim O'Connell said...


Stephanie T said...


Just came across your foam board for COPIC storage. It's such a great idea, just wondering where you did you purchase the foam boards? Steph

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen,

I've made my storage! With some alterations of course, because I don't have Copics I have ProMarkers... oh and I had a different sized space on my shelf. Thanks for the idea it worked a treat!

I have posted a 'tutorial' on my blog as I actually remembered to take photo's as I went along. I have credited you and posted a link back to this page so that people can have a look at all the wonderful things you make from foamboard.

Thanks again for the inspiration and instructions, they were very very useful!

My blog address is if you want to have a look at my post!


luvthatstampin said...

Maybe this is something I can make. I'm also outgrowing my Copic holders.

Lucinda said...

I am not seeing the instructions for a back on the copic marker storage board.Please help.

I am in the process of making both projects.I am so grateful for you sharing your hard work.I had bought foam board with intentions of making a storage system,Then I saw a blog that had your link.What a blessing.Thank You.

Unknown said...

You are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU