Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cheap Stickles Storage

Back with more cheap storage ideas. Here's one for storing your Stickles. Here's a completed rack containing all 41 of the current Distress Stickle colours.

The key is the following: 1/2 inch Schedule 40 PVC couplings from Home Depot. I got them in a 10 pack for easy counting. They were less that $2 per bag. The holder above cost me less than $8 in parts. It's not the lightest of materials - the rack weights just over 1.5 pounds.

The coupling will have 2 ends-one with writing on it, and a plain end. I ended up putting the plain side down so that they sat a bit more flush. You might need to do some light sanding since the smooth end has some slight burs and could scratch up your work surface if left un-sanded. I used hot melt to glue them together in a space efficient honeycomb type pattern. I think it kind of has a "space station part" look to it.
If you're worried about getting the Stickles out from such a tight arrangement, there is enough give inside of the couplings for the caps to move around, like a joystick. They will move out of the way when you reach in to grab one. You could also assemble the couplings into rows, and then arrange the rows in an elevating fashion.

19 comments:

  1. Terrific idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Brilliant idea - I see a trip to the hardware store in my near future!

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  3. Thats a great idea! now i need to buy more stickles :)

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  4. Terrific idea! And hubby can jump on this over the weekend... Hon, are you reading???

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  5. Fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. That's awesome! Thank you for the idea!!!

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  7. Very clever! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. What timing! We just replumbed the house, I have lots of that laying around here. Definitely will be doing this. Thanks!

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  9. Phew..no need to do any drilling. Love this idea

    #5734

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  10. Can you glue the bottom to a piece of wood and hang it on a wall? Or do you think they'd all fall out? I think this would make an awesome art piece! Thanks!

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  11. That is an awesome idea, I especially like the idea of doing it in the elevated step form, would sit nicely on a shelf that way and you could clearly see the name and colour.

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  12. Wow I love this idea. I think I'll give it a try!
    One for my tubes of sparkles and one for my sticklers.

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  13. Hi!

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

    Nancy Ward
    PaperFriendly
    http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

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  14. New follower here :) Fantastic Idea thanks for sharing

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  15. Hi, Ron! Thank you for the FABULOUS idea! I saw your system over on the Ranger products blog, and knew it was perfect for me! I blogged about it today and gave your credit here: http://www.gaalcreative.com/2012/03/07/organizing-01/

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  16. Might have to look for these on my next hardware store visit. I am in the planning stages of converting my (rarely used) dining room into a craft room. Still searching for ways to store things especially stickles, markers and washi tape. I have found several for each but these one seems to click and I think I will place the entire thing into a fabric drawer on a shelf on my desktop. I want things accessible but out of sight. The dining room is pretty much the first room you see when you enter the house.

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