How to Build Containers for Art Supplies Using Items From Dollartree!

This blog post is sharing with you one of several ways in which you can create and build containers for art supplies using items from Dollartree. I love making things out of nothing and sometimes I think people don’t realize some of the cool things they can make to contain their art supplies when they think just outside the box.

This project overall should cost you less than five dollars depending on the size of your containers, the amount of foam-core you need and the amount of duct tape you decide to use along with whether or not you have some of the tools already, The directions below are for one piece of foam-core board (20x 30) which creates five – 5 x 5 squares with backs, and three shelves.

Feel free to experiment, and share your creations with us on social media!


Below you will find the supplies needed to create this project, keep in mind de

Supplies Needed

  • 1 Foam-core Board (20 x 30) (however many pieces you need)
  • 1 roll Duct Tape
  • Exacto Blade / Utility Knife / Boxcutter* (choose your weapon)
  • Ruler*
  • Pencil to mark*

*we are assuming as a creative you have access already to these items, if not this project should cost you around or less than 20 bucks or two dollars if you already have these items.

Step by Step

  1. Laying your foam-core on a flat cutting surface, taking a ruler and measure the board to determine what shape you would like to make. In our case, we are using the measurements of 5 x 5 inches to create equal squares to utilize the whole board in this project. 
  2. Once measured, taking your pencil mark out your cut lines, and using your blade along with your ruler we are going to cut through the foam-core.
  3. Once cut, we can assemble our squares, using duct tape in strips. 
  4. Keep repeating process until you have the desired amount of squares, to finishing it off use duct tape to cover edges to create a finished look.

If you decide to build a container, please feel free to use this guide as a loose guideline, and get creative with your space. Everyone’s different and what may work for me, may not work for you.