Mini Crate Craft Paint Storage
I have a LOT of craft paints. I love having a large selection of colors when I’m working on a project, and there are so many colors to choose from! Crafter problems, right? Recently my friends at DecoArt sent me a few of their favorites to add to my collection, and I found myself in need of better paint storage. Luckily, I had some of my favorite little mini crates on hand from my good friends over at Walnut Hollow. I found such a simple solution to my paint storage problem! It works perfectly like the mini crates were made just for these paints!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Mini Crate Paint Storage Box:
Stain or paint your mini crates to fit your decor style! I stained 5 of my crates with gel stain and painted four in varying shades of aqua/turquoise.
The number of crates you use will depend on how much storage you need. I used 9 crates (and probably could have easily used 12…) However many you use, they’ll need to stack evenly… 3, 6, 9, etc…
Let the crates dry completely before moving on to the next step. My crates dried for 2 hours.
Glue your crates into rows of 3. I wouldn’t recommend doing more than 12 crates in a unit because the paint is so heavy the little crates will eventually become unstable. If you need more storage, make two cubes of crates.
Clamp the crates together and let dry at least an hour. Two is best.
Glue your rows of crates together to make a cube. Clamp and dry again at least an hour.
Fill with craft paint! I separated my cubes mostly by color. There are a couple cubes that have a specific type of paint in them, instead of a specific color. The paint bottles are exactly as tall as the crates, so they sit inside so perfectly. I was able to fit 15 paints per mini crate.
I love how it looks, and now my paints are easily accessible and take up less space since the paint storage is vertical rather than horizontal.
My paint cube is sitting on a desk surface. If you want to hang yours on a wall, I would suggest mounting the group of crates to a flat board first before you hang. You’ll need anchors in the wall because all this paint is super heavy!
How do you store your craft paint collection?