I’ve used several different techniques to form individual compartments for pens in the boxes that I’ve re-purposed, including:
- Flocked corrugated tray
- Wood strips with felt faces
- Wood strips covered with microfibre suede cloth
- Cardstock folded into V channels and covered with felt or suede cloth
- Felt folded and glued to make dividers
Each has its advantages, and some show off the pens better than others, but I’ve continued to look for another style. Recently I found some vacuum formed plastic pieces in a cigar box and an idea hit me: paint the plastic, then fit microfibre suede cloth inserts into each channel.
My first such effort was in a CAO MX2 box that is covered inside and out with black “velvet.” I used an all-black theme and achieved a rather dramatic result. Next I decided to mix it up a little and combined brown suede cloth with the black plastic. I like this look even better and will make it available as an option in many boxes.