My 5 Favorite Acrylic Paint Pouring Paint Mixing Storage Containers I Use

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Paint Mixing Storage Containers 

Working with acrylic paint can be fun, but it can be a little frustrating to find containers to use to store paints in. When you are prepping for a project, and you have mixed your paint, what Paint Mixing Storage Containers are you going to use? 

It is best to be prepared when painting so that you are spending your time having fun and now worrying about the details. This is where I can help.

I have searched the internet for leftover paint storage containers, and many of those ideas I wish I did not try. I ended up wasting my time and money instead of having fun painting. Here is a list of tried and true plastic containers for paint storage that I use every day in my art studio. What containers do you like to use? Let me know


1. Jump on the Mason Jar wave!

There is a good reason why Mason Jars are all the rave with DIYers, hobbyists, and crafters. These jars are durable, easy to clean, leak-proof, and affordable. They come in various sizes, and they can be purchased online, in grocery stores, dollar stores, hardware stores, and craft stores.

Using these jars makes finding your mixed paint color real easy with the see-through glass but be mindful of storing it for long periods of time. The paint will dry the lid shut, making it real hard to open if stored too long without opening.

2. Condiment Squeeze Containers

Ketchup and mustard, move over! 

These multipurpose containers are perfect for storing your mixed acrylic paint. The pointed nozzle is perfect for creating lines in your art and for applying the paint in smaller, more specific places.

FILL THEM UP & WASH THEM EFFORTLESSLY! These containers are easy to clean with mild dish soap and warm water. I also use a bottle brush to help clean the bottom of the bottle.

TIP: Put a marble in your container to help mix your paint before you use it. The marble helps to move the paint around. 


3. Plastic Portion Cups with Lids

These paint storage containers with lids are wonderful to use to store paint. They stack very well, and they are available in 1 oz.-5.5oz.

AIRTIGHT SHUT: Airtight lids that snap shut to ensure a secure lid seal and no leaks at all, which makes these perfect for travel. Mix your paints and then bring them to a friend’s house for a wine and paint party!

4. 8 Oz Clear Plastic Cups

I love these plastic cups! They are easy to clean and are readily available in bulk quantities. 

The only disadvantage to using these cups to store mixed paint is that they do not come with lids. I use Press’N Seal wrap as a lid. This wrap creates an airtight seal that I love, and I can cut the wrap to size. The disadvantage to this is that the cups can not be stacked when storing.


5. Yogurt Cups

I love Yogurt! Using these cups is a great way to recycle. 

After these cups are cleaned, you can store your mixed paint in them and then seal them with the Press’N Seal wrap for an air-tight lid.

TIP: You can even use these cups as canvas holders/feet during your pour!

4 thoughts on “My 5 Favorite Acrylic Paint Pouring Paint Mixing Storage Containers I Use”

    1. Hi Arlene, the longest I have stored paint in this type of container has been 2 months. I hope this helps you! ❤️🌵✌🏻

  1. hello I don’t know if you’ll respond to this or not but how long does paint last in the mason jars and what type of paint do you use?

    1. Hi 👋🏼 in an air-tight jar, your paint could last up to 30 days. I have used condiment squeeze bottles with paint up to 30 days; sometimes the paint will thicken so adding pouring medium or water will bring it back to fluid consistency.
      I generally use craft acrylic paint in my projects, unless it is a special custom project, then I will use professional artist acrylic paints.

      I hope this helps!

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