Up-Cycled Travel Watercolor Case

Up-cycled Travel Watercolor CaseThe Booga was going through one of the desk drawers yesterday when he pulled out a Mac Zip Disk.  Besides the fact I laughed knowing I will never get everything off of that disk; I realized how thick the case was and I thought wow, I could so do something with that.  I thought and thought then it hit me – this would be a perfect watercolor case.

I got to work and decided fun foam would work fantastic  for the wells.  The test went together well but when I added water to the paint my seams were not sealed as well as I had thought.  This led me back to the drawing board.  I decided to assemble the wells on the outside then attach them with hot glue to the container.  I chose hot glue because it is waterproof and works much faster than Tacky Glue (even the Quick Dry).

The dimensions of the case are 4” x 4”  I did six wells, each well is a 1/2” wide  by 1” in length.  The dimensions are 3” x 1” for the completed wells.  When I hot glued it to the case I went a little crazy I hot glued all sides and the bottom (I didn’t want the paint to mix).  I also cut a brush down and some paper to fit into the case for the perfect travel kit.

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The Zip disk if you are unfamiliar with what they are think of them as the precursor to USB drives.

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Look at all the room – oh the possibilities.

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Measuring, cutting to see it this is going to work.

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Not in this picture there are 8 wells.  I forgot that you need to be able to shut the lid and with 8 you could not.

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My modification to 6 wells.  This is the first one that I did with Tacky Glue.  No waterproof so I redid it.

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The new one made with foam and hot glue.  Not as neat as the first one but it is waterproof.

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What it looks like with the lid closed before I added the cover to the paint wells.

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The paint brush – I cut with an Exacto knife and sanded to fit in the case.

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The lid attached with my new B.F.F. metal tape.

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Everything closed.

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Top can hold paper and the bottom holds the brush and the paint.

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Showing the paint.

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The Travel Watercolor Case completed!

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