Written by Maggie Chan of Girly Creation

I have started drawing again and making cards & scrapbooks recently. One of my fellow crafter friends informed me of a sale from a closing site, I bought so much scrapbook supplies. Since I have not drawn for years, I did not even have color pencils or markers. However, Copic Markers are so expensive. I bought some Prismacolor markers. And….there is a problem….storage and convenience to choose the colors…..

Finally, I used several toilet paper rolls and color papers to create a markers station. I am really proud of myself recycling and re-purposing materials to create a personalized tool to facilitate easy crafting.
Materials required:
7 toilet paper rolls (create the pattern of a flower, you can use 6 to form a pyramid)
Colored origami papers (6 yellow as petals, 1 red as center and 1 green for the stand)
14 card-board circles of the same size of the toilet paper roll (6 of yellow color, 1 of red and the rest whatever colors or patterns)
Glue and scissors
Ribbon for decoration
Step by Step Instructions:
1) Use a piece of yellow origami paper to wrap around a toilet paper roll. The origami paper should be longer than the paper roll. Make some vertical cuts at one end and wrapped the excess back to the interior of the paper roll, glue the excess paper firmly.



2) On the other side, cut also some vertical cuts, put some glue on the paper and stick it on a cardboard circle (the whatever color or pattern one). Then put a yellow circle on top and press it firmly. This is the end of the container that store the markers.




3) Make 6 yellow toilet paper rolls and 1 red one. Arrange the red roll in the middle and surround it with the 6 yellow rolls to form a flower. Use some glue or double-side adhesive tape to stick all the rolls together.

4) Cut the green origami paper in half and roll the 2 halves with a pencil to form a stand and glue it under the flower station.


5) Finally, personalize it with wrapping a ribbon around the flower markers station. You can add embellishment or stick on some stickers to show your style.



I love this idea which can utilize those toilet paper rolls and make it something that I can use. With all the markers, I really need to be more organized. This one is actually good for the kids to store their accessories too. This craft is totally extendable – you can add as many paper rolls as you need.

About Maggie Chan

Maggie born and was raised in Hong Kong. She spent her sweet golden years there to pursue her career in media industry. Then she met the man in her life and her life turned to a new page when she landed the lovely Northern California in 2003. Now, she lives with her hubby and 2 kids. Family is her current focus but she will never give up my dream to be a crafter. Her posts reflect her attitudes of life, practices to raise the kids to be good people, care of the community and expression of her inner creativity.

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July 12, 2013

Recycled Marker Station

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  1. Ellen Christian

    July 12th, 2013 at 6:41 am

    What a great craft. I am always searching for easy ways to get organized.

  2. Maggie Chan

    July 12th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I love this one as it is extendable, I can make many of them or just stack up as many as I can.

  3. Dawn

    July 12th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Love it! My favorite kind of craft, cheap and easy. I am definitely saving my toilet paper tubes from now on.

  4. Maggie Chan

    July 12th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Yes, cheap and easy, just a bit time consuming on preparing the toilet paper rolls. I have a lot of paper rolls at home, toilet paper is used up too quick.

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  6. laura

    July 12th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Great idea! Love finding uses for those rolls.