Santa’s Drawers

by Brenda Quintana

Create a darling box with multiple drawers.

Supplies

  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool

  • One 12" x 12" piece of cardstock, for drawer base

  • One 8" x 8" piece of cardstock, for drawer shelf

  • Two 9 3/8" x 9 3/8" pieces of cardstock, for square drawers

  • One 11-3/8" x 9-3/8" piece of cardstock, for rectangular drawer

  • Embellishments

  • Additional cardstock, stamps and ink to decorate

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Score your 12" x 12" piece of cardstock at 2", 4", 8" and 10".

  2. Step 2

    Turn the Card Stock 1/4 turn and score at 2", 4", 8" and 10".

    At the 6" mark, score two inches down from the top edge of the cardstock. On the opposite end of the cardstock, score two inches up along the 6" score line (see photo).

  3. Step 3

    Cut away the corner squares and the two adjacent squares on all four corners of the drawer base. You will be cutting away three squares from each corner.

    Next, cut along the score lines where indicated by the bold white lines - making four cuts total.

    Cut a 1/8" slot along the two score lines that you made at the six-inch score mark indicated by the bold yellow lines - making two cuts total.

    Optional:
    Cut away about a 1/8" strip of card stock from the areas indicated by the blue bold lines (4 places). This step will help your base fold together more easily. Set aside.

  4. Step 4

    Score your 8" x 8" piece of cardstock at 2", 4" and 6".

  5. Step 5

    Turn the cardstock 1/4 turn and score at 2" and 6".

  6. Step 6

    Cut away the four corner squares of the drawer shelf.

    At the 4" score mark, cut a 1/8" slot two inches in, on both sides of the card stock indicated by the bold yellow lines

  7. Step 7

    Making sure the front side of the drawer shelf piece is facing up, fold along the score lines as shown. Set aside.

  8. Step 8

    Take the drawer base piece and put it on the table in front of you, with the front side facing down. Fold inward along all the score lines.

  9. Step 9

    IMPORTANT:
    All parts of this project (drawer base, drawer shelf and drawers) can be assembled without adhesive. I recommend not using adhesive the first time you put them together. Once you know how to assemble the project, you may go back and add a little adhesive so that every piece lies flat. For the sake of clarity, I will use the positions of the compass to refer to pieces that will be folded and tucked in. Make sure that you have the drawer base positioned the same way as it was in Step 8.

    Start assembling the drawer base by folding down the North side of the drawer base, while tucking in the NE and NW tabs.

  10. Step 10

    Pick up the drawer shelf in the middle and place it inside the drawer base as shown.

  11. Step 11

    Make sure to position the drawer shelf all the way into the top of the drawer base.

  12. Step 12

    Fold down the two East and two West pieces on either side of the shelf.

  13. Step 13

    Fold in the South side of the drawer base, while tucking in the SE and SW tabs.

  14. Step 14

    The drawer base with shelf insert is now complete.

  15. Step 15

    Score your 9 3/8" cardstock squares at 1 7/8" and 3 3/4" on all sides of the card stock.

    Hint for Scor-Pal™ users:
    Shift card stock to the 1/4" mark (see blue arrow) and score at the 2-1/8" and 4" (repeat for all four sides).

  16. Step 16

    Cut away the corner squares and the two adjacent squares on all four corners of the drawer base. You will be cutting away three squares from each corner. Cut along the score lines, where indicated by the bold white lines

  17. Step 17

    Flip the cardstock over so that the front of the drawer is facing down. Fold in along all the score lines.

  18. Step 18

    Fold in the East and West squares.

  19. Step 19

    Fold down the North side of the drawer while tucking in the NE and NW squares.

  20. Step 20

    Fold in the South side of the drawer while tucking in the SE and SW squares.

  21. Step 21

    The finished square drawer should look like this.

    Repeat steps 15-20 to make a second square drawer.

  22. Step 22

    Score the 11 3/8" x 9 3/8" piece of cardstock at 1 7/8" and 3 3/4" on all sides of the cardstock.

    Hint for Scor-Pal™ users:
    Shift cardstock to the 1/4" mark (see blue arrow) and score at 2-1/8" and 4" (repeat for all four sides).

  23. Step 23

    Cut away the corner squares and the two adjacent squares on all four corners of the drawer base. You will be cutting away three squares from each corner. Cut along the score lines, where indicated by the bold white lines.

  24. Step 24

    Flip the cardstock over so that the front of the drawer is facing down. Fold in along all the score lines.

  25. Step 25

    Fold in the East and West squares.

  26. Step 26

    Fold down the North side of the drawer while tucking in the NE and NW squares. Next, fold in the South side of the drawer while tucking the SE and SW squares.

  27. Step 27

    The finished rectangular drawer should look like this.

  28. Step 28

    When you have all three drawers made, they should fit into the drawer base like this.

    Each Single drawer measures approximately 2" x 2" x 2" and the rectangular drawer measures approximately 2" x 4" x 2".

  29. Step 29

    Decorate your drawers as desired and fill with small presents or sweet treats.

Video!


Variations

    Try making the drawers with 4 single drawers or 2 rectangular drawers.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Santa’s Drawers. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is one of the most detailed tutorials I've ever seen. Your pictures are well marked and you made a complicated project very easy. Thank you!
mdislandgirl  |  Mon Nov 8, 2010 at 3:01 AM
So.... this is awesome. Couldn't wait to try. I don't have a scor pal so I used my trimmer w/ scoring blade.....for whatever reason.... it doesn't work. Please help! I so badly want to make one but my drawers aren't coming out right.
Angie  |  Mon Nov 8, 2010 at 10:42 AM
How do you make the back of the drawer? I'm trying to think if I have a cricut cart that would cut something like that. And what would the dimensions be?
Angie  |  Mon Nov 8, 2010 at 12:10 PM
Hi Angie,

If you don't have a scor-pal, please make sure you are using the measurements for NON scor-pal users.

The back width of the drawer is approximately 4"wide and the top note die piece sticks up 2-1/2" above the top of the drawer.

I hope this helps!!
Brenda Quintana (Qbee)  |  Mon Nov 8, 2010 at 1:29 PM
Thanks Brenda,
I did use those measurements. It was off a little bit but I was able to make one. I just had to cut a little bit off some of the ends. I LOVE IT!!! I uploaded a pic to the gallery. It's the first time I've done that. I love these drawers!!!
Angie  |  Mon Nov 8, 2010 at 2:33 PM
I love this. What stamps did you use?
Susan  |  Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 7:17 PM
Hi Susan,

The stamp sets that I used were:
Tags til Christmas, Sweet Shoppe Alphabet

You can find the other supplies that I used for this project here:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1811694
Brenda Quintana (Qbee)  |  Mon Nov 15, 2010 at 2:36 PM
What SU stamps sets did you use on this project?
Pammie L  |  Sun Jan 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM
Very very good project, you've made it so easy. I'd like try soon. Thanks for sharing and Well Done!
khatun  |  Wed Jan 26, 2011 at 4:03 AM
ery nice
Patricia Mitchelson  |  Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 5:17 AM
How in the world do you come up with these great things?!! I just made one and I am in awe! You are a genius!
Karen Tucker  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 8:06 AM

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