felt holder tutorial

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All kids love felt markers, their bright and fun to colour with. Only thing about felts is that around here the lids are always getting lost. Well not any more !

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I made them a felt block, I got the idea from a mom and tot drop in we go to all the time. The kids can grab a marker and put them back, nothing gets lots and all the markers stay fresh. When they do die you can just buy new ones and plunk them in.

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It was easy enough to make. Start with a 2 x 4 and cut it down to about 8 inches. Then map out your marker holes. I measured a grid starting in from each side 3/4 of an inch, and down from the top and bottom 1 inch. The measured out at 2 inch intervals from there (1 3 5 7 inches.) The markers will be staggered slightly within the grid to make room for little hands.

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Once your grid is drawn, drill into the wood about half and inch using a huge drill bit, we had one the same size as the marker.

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Sand it all nice. I then let the boys paint it with glitter paint.

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Once the paint is good and dry, glue the marker lid down into the holes. I used wood glue but any could probably work. A few of my  markers did not stick well, so I scored them with an emery board and re-glued them. I think it would be best to just score them all to begin with to give the glue something to grab.

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Let it dry really good, mine took 2 days (Vancouver is pretty humid right now)

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One little boy was ready to colour as soon as the felt holder was done 🙂

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And Ta-Da ! no more lost marker lids !!

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