Picture of Art Caddy from Cardboard (Toilet Paper) Rolls
This caddy holds more than 300 pens, pencils, and markers and is almost a year old. It turns out to be remarkably durable and easy to repair.

When my daughter began to use markers and crayons, we ran into a problem: If the container holding them is taller-than-it-is-wide, it will tip. Wider-than-it-is-tall won't tip, but you can't see what you have; it is a big pile in a box. SO: the perfect solution is lots of tall things, glued together into something wide.

Step 1: Lining up to rolls.

Picture of Lining up to rolls.
A key step in making the caddy sturdy is making sure that the rolls have good contact with each other and the base. First line up to rolls without glue to make sure they will stand next to each other and flat on the board. Sometimes rolls are cut on a slight angle on one end.

Glue them together standing up, so that the bottoms are flat on a flat surface.

Then, lay the whole row on its side so that it dries flat and straight.

Allow the glue to dry overnight.

Nadflick2 years ago
Great idea! I need to try this!
kelana5 years ago
I like your idea. Thanks for sharing
seamster6 years ago
Good instructable! It's well written with good photos, and it's a simple, practical idea. Keep it up!
rachslloyd26 years ago
KAG -- definitely the best! and the only one that I would actually consider making because it's fun and practical :) a must for any kid (and mine are almost old enough). Glad to see your creativity still finds lots of outlets. -- Rachel
ekushner6 years ago
I have encouraged all my Facebook Minions to vote for you. This is very cool!
Nice idea. Looks like you have a special artist that did the painting.
kendrickgoss (author)  porcupinemamma6 years ago
Thanks for the comment! Yes: this was a highly collaborative effort!
bakingbeth6 years ago
Looks awesome! I'm going to have to try this with my girls!!