Do you need to store all of your bottles of craft paint, but want easy access to it? This pretty and colorful DIY “wallflower” craft paint storage organizer not only organizes your paint, but looks oh so cute doing it!
So you know those chic women who love black and white? The ladies who always look sophisticated with their neutral decor and dramatic blacks? Yeah, that’s not me. I love COLOR! And lot’s of it. So it’ll come as no surprise to learn that I have a lot of paint colors in my craft room. During my 30-day craft room organization challenge, I found that I had over 50 of those little 2 oz. acrylic craft paint bottles in one box alone. So when I decided to organize my paint, I knew I had to make some sort of craft paint storage that held a LOT of paint.
I could have just made a shelf unit and set all the little bottles up on the rows, side by side, like little cheerful soldiers. But I was worried it wa just take up TOO MUCH of my previous wall storage space. So I came up with another idea—if I let the paint lie on its side, I could fit more paint bottles on the wall and I could still see all the colors.
So I scoured Pinterest, hoping for some ideas. I didn’t find much, but I DID see people using PVC pipes to build things, specifically to build craft organizers. That’s when I got the bright idea to use cut pieces of wide PVC for my paints. And while I was at it, I could arrange the PVC pipes into a pretty flower!
And that’s how my wallflower craft paint storage was born.
I am SO happy with it! Not only am I storing all of my paints efficiently, but it looks SO CUTE on my wall. And the great thing about this is that it didn’t cost much to make at all!
Since I made this tutorial, I’ve repositioned the Paint Wallflower on my embellishment wall and it now looks like this:
I am excited to show you how to make my wallflower, so let’s do this!This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
Materials Needed to Make My Craft Paint Storage Wallflower
- Two (2) Charlotte Pipe PVC Basin Extensions (blue) — these are two feet long with a 6 in diameter ($15.27 each at Lowe’s)
- One (1) 12″ Steel Starting Collar (duct ring) ($7.68)
- Medium clear PVC cement
- Blind (pop) rivets (1/8 inch diameter 3/8 steel rivets)
- Five (5) Machine screws (#10-24 x 1 1/4 in)
- Ten (10) washers
- Five (5) Nuts (#10-24)
- Five (5) Spacers (nylon)
- Spray paint (We used Rust-oleum Inspire Designer Series Paint & Primer – High Gloss Sunset Glow)
- Acetone (for cleaning the markings off the PVC pipe)
- Large D-Ring hangers
- 50 lb. Picture Hangers
- Tools Used: Pencil, Measuring Tape, rubber mallet, cordless drill with 1/8″ drill bit, Pop Rivet Tool, and Table Saw
Tip: If you need a Pop Rivet Tool, try Harbor Freight for inexpensive tools!
How to Make My Craft Paint Storage Wallflower
Mark your PVC pipes at 3 3/8″ intervals with a pencil. We determined this size by measuring the little paint bottles and subtracting just a little bit so the edges of the bottle would stick out a little paste the edge of the PVC and make it easier to grasp.
Cut your PVC pipes at each marked interval. We used a table saw to cut them, but you could also use a handsaw. You want to cut nine PVC pieces that are each 3 3/8″ deep.
Note: If you do not have a table saw, you may find it easier to use a Dremel. Reader Tracy Gooch said she had goo success using a Dremel with a cut wheel and a duct clamp with a worm drive fastener. She says it was a little slower going but I got a smoother cut and it wasn’t as scary.
Pound down the protruding metal pieces halfway down your duct ring with a rubber mallet.
Test fit your PVC pieces around the duct ring, which will probably be too big. If it is too big, open up the duct collar with the tab on the side and narrow the opening until the PVC pieces fit around the duct ring perfectly.
If you resized your duct ring, secure it to its new size with pop rivets.
Arrange the PVC pieces around the duct ring again, making sure everything is well distributed.
Remove the duct ring, spray paint it, and allow it to dry.
Mark the PVC pipe pieces with a pencil in the spots you want to drill the holes for the blind rivets. We put the marks in the middle of the PVC pieces.
Drill the holes in the PVC pieces at the marked spots using a 1/8″ drill bit.
Glue the PVC pipe pieces together with the PVC cement, matching up the drill holes. Note that this may not be necessary, but we’d bought the cement, so we did it anyway.
Push blind rivets through the glued PVC pipe pieces and attach the pieces together with the rivet tool.
Put the painted and dried duct ring back in the center of the attached PVC pipe pieces.
Drill holes through the duct ring and into the PVC pipe pieces. We drilled holes for the top three PVC pieces and the bottom three PVC pieces, rather than all PVC pieces.
Insert machine screws from inside the duct ring into the PVC pieces, putting spacers in between the duct ring and the PVC pieces as you go.
Put washers and nuts on the ends of the machine screws that extend out into the PVC pipes.
If there are any pipe markings visible on your finished wallflower craft paint storage organizer, you can clean the markings off with acetone.
Attach the D-ring plates to the insides of the two PVC pieces using blind rivets. See the second image below for the location of those D-rings.
Hold the wallflower unit up on the wall to see where you’d like it to hang and mark the location of the D-ring hangers.
Install the 50 lb. picture hangers according to the directions. It’s important to install these properly so they can support the weight of the unit filled with paint.
Hang your paint storage organizer on the wall and gently push down on the yellow metallic pieces to make it look like the center of a flower.
Now fill up your paint storage organizer with paint … or whatever! I sized this to work with the little paint bottles, but you could use it for other things, too.
Note: If you’re curious about the overhead shelf and lighting, check out my DIY Under Shelf Lighting tutorial.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! We had a lot of fun designing and making this. All of the credit for constructing the wallflower goes to my partner Greg!
If you make the craft paint storage wallflower, please do send me a photo at [email protected] or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.