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Use recycled half-gallon milk jugs as convenient containers for colored pencils, markers, and other craft supplies. This is a perfect trick for kids’ supplies.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • Kelly

    Now if I could just figure out how to do it so that I could hang them on the wall or from my curtain rod that holds other craft storage…

  • Becky Stern

    That’s a cool idea! I bet you could screw the inside of the jug to a wall with the cutout facing up.

  • pocketina

    Maybe a shoe organizer could work as a neat shelf system for these…just pop some color-coded stickers onto the lids, and put the open end in first…
    I think either the hanging kind or stackable kind could work.

  • Alma Charlotte Engelbrecht

    i would cut them differen so you could use the handle to hook them on to your wall so they hang…