Brush Holder




This is an inexpensive way of keeping any number of brushes wet while painting with water based paints or between sessions. It can also be used for hanging brushes to dry tip downward.

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Step 1: Materials Needed

You will need:

1) A fairly deep square or rectangular water holder.  I bought surplus motel 'ice buckets' at a kitchen supply store.

2) Pipe insulation - approximately 1.75 inch diameter with a 1 inch center hole. (From any hardware store) Other sizes will probably work.

3) Something for marking where to cut the insulation - chalk, pastel, paint, sharpie - you just have to be able to see the marks

4) An Exacto knife... this will need a fresh blade!

Step 2: Cut Insulation

Cut a length of insulation to fit on a side of your container.

Step 3: Mark the Area for Cuts

Mark on the end of the foam where the brushes will fit without hitting the top rim of the container... You must leave enough room at the bottom (next to the tube opening) so that there is enough material to hold it all together.

Mark along the length of the insulation at those two points. You will not want to cut slits beyond these lines.

Step 4: Mark Slits for Brushes

Mark out slits for the brushes.
Bigger brushes need wider slits, so you'll probably want a variety of widths. The length of the slits will all be the same.
Important....The ends of the slits need to be bigger so that the foam doesn't just 'spit out' the brush when you push it in.

Step 5: Cut the Slits

Use an exacto knife with a NEW blade to cut your slits.

When done,  put the holder on your water container and try it out. You may find that you want to do more trimming.

Step 6: Dry Brushes, Too!

Bonus! Dry your brushes safely! You can put this brush holder on a weighted cardboard box to safely dry your (completely cleaned) brushes tip downward. Rocks, water bottles etc work well as weights.



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    42 Discussions


    3 years ago

    First thing tomorrow, I'm finding me a box.! When I use my small brushes, I end up using about 6 at the most on one piece..I might put a piece of tin foil on the inside to catch any drips after I clean them. Usually I pinch them as dry as possible. Getting ready to start painting a couple of rooms this weekend so the pool noodles would be good.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks for looking, JudyB56. See if this big brush holder solution will also work for you. For heavier and larger brushes I think it's more secure... and who knows, you may already have a plastic bucket and a few clothes pins around the house.


    3 years ago

    Brilliant. Just what I needed and will save me a few pennies too. Thanks.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks for you kind words, SamanthaP22. It just occurred to me that these would make good stocking stuffers for the artists on my list. Tis the Season.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I see there's some Macgyver in you :P

    Think I'll make a house paining version of this next time I do a remodel. Great Idea!

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I'll take that as a compliment :) (Some day I'm going to
    have to find out who Macgyver is. I know there are fans in the family,
    but I've never seen an episode. Have been TV - less for decades. )


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Amazing! So easy anyone can do it! Thanks for the well put together 'ible! You rock!