I've been going through old boxes of things I never use, and there were bunches of markers that had gone dry, or that had the tips worn off them. I gathered up some of the thin ones and used ribbon to bind them into this neat desk storage jar!
It's great for holding tall things that won't sit well in my pens jar, like my 18" ruler.
So here's how you do it! You'll need markers of relatively the same height (I used 23. Make sure you have an odd number or the weave won't work right!), lots o' ribbon, hot glue, and a base. I used the metal lid from an old peanut butter jar.
Set up your markers in the base by dabbing a blob of hot glue on the bottom of a marker and pressing it down on the lid for a few seconds. The markers will look crazy at this point, but they'll even out once you start the weave.
Glue the end of the ribbon to the base of a marker and begin weaving 'round and 'round and 'round. If you run out of ribbon, like I did, you can tie on another piece and keep going.
My strategy for the weave was: make sure the ribbon isn't twisted, then grasp it with both hands, a few inches apart. Bring your hands together, making the length of ribbon in between into a loop. Slide the loop onto the marker behind which you want it to go and pull it down all the way. Then pull the end until it snugs up. I had to mold the markers a bit as I went, to make sure they weren't sticking to far out or in, but it was a fairly simple process all said!
After I'd secured the end at the top when I'd run out of marker, I squeezed some Elmer's glue into the spaces at the bottom, to give it a bit of extra stability. I would have preferred something stronger, but we work with what we have!