I was contemplating a pvc based storage system, when I realized I have all the materials for a zero cost, cute, easy storage caddy already.
Yep, tp/paper towel tubes cut short and the top of a kid sized shoe box.
and slapped on the first coat of paint.
One coat was OK, but not quite as vibrant as I'd hoped. I might go with a primer coat first, if I were doing this project again.
I let them dry for a little while - I used the Kiddo's craft paints, so the paint was dry (or mostly dry) in less than an hour.
The second coat was much better.
I glued the tubes to each other, and to the sides of the box top, to keep the tubes from flying around when the Kiddo grabs for a new color. I mysteriously don't have any white glue laying around the house, so I went with the wood glue I do have in the garage.
I let the glue dry, and had the Kiddo help me sort his supplies into colors.