Drawer Box

by Holly McMillen

Create an adorable box with a drawer to hold cards or other goodies.


  • One 8 1/2" x 7" piece of heavy cardstock or lightweight chipboard (drawer)
  • One 9 1/16" x 6 1/16" piece of heavy card stock or lightweight chipboard (Part A)
  • One 9 1/8" x 6 1/8" piece of heavy card stock or lightweight chipboard (Part B)
  • Paper cutter with scoring blade
  • Sticky tape or other strong adhesive
  • 1/2" circle punch
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Stamps, paper and embellishments to decorate the box


  1. Step 1

    Score the 8 1/2" x 7" piece of cardstock on each side at 1 1/4".

  2. Step 2

    Cut up to the score lines on all four sides as shown.

  3. Step 3

    Fold tabs and apply sticky tape to the back of them. Form into a box bottom.

  4. Step 4

    Using the 1/2" circle punch, punch a 1/2"circle in the front of the drawer and set aside.

  5. Step 5

    Score at 1 1/2" on both short sides and at 1 1/2" on one of the long sides of both Part A and Part B.

  6. Step 6

    On Part A (which will nest inside), cut in on each side at the score line to the interior score line.

    On Part B (which will nest outside), cut up on the two bottom score lines to the interior score line.

    Apply sticky tape to the tabs and fold both pieces in to form an open ended box.

  7. Step 7

    Apply sticky tape to the interior walls of the Part B (slightly larger piece).

  8. Step 8

    Slide the smaller piece (Part A) into the larger (Part B) and press together.

  9. Step 9

    Slide the drawer into the box and it is ready to decorate.

    Lightweight chipboard works well - you can use the backing to the 12 x 12 designer paper packs.

    If you use regular weight chipboard, adjust Part B to measure 9 3/16” x 6 3/16”, but keep the score lines the same. This will allow for the slightly thicker paper.

    Fun tip:
    When made with the lightweight chipboard, you can stack the boxes for storage of Nestabilities™ or other supplies.

  10. Step 10

    Decorate the box and create matching cards.

    This box holds up to 10 cards (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") and envelopes.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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Spangler  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 4:56 AM
Unable to access the VDO tutorial as coming up as PRIVATE and you must "accept the invite fm the friend offering."
Lynda  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 5:18 AM
I changed the settings of the video. I apologize!
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 5:28 AM
Thanks Beate! This is such a pretty project.
Spangler  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 5:58 AM
Awesome tutorial...for a wonderful project. Well done, ladies!
Lynn Mercurio  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 6:37 AM
What a wonderful project. I have plenty of heavy cardstock and lightweight chipboard. I am always looking for new ideas. Thanks for sharing.
Cathy  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 6:56 AM
bravo super md
md  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 6:57 AM
Awesome!!!!!!! Can't wait to try this project!
Gramma  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 7:01 AM
FANTASTIC! Love this! Can't wait to try it out! TFS!
Dawn Easton  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 7:31 AM
Great tutorial! What a great little gift idea, love it!! TFS!
Anne Harada  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 7:38 AM
Such a cute idea!! Looking forward to making this project!! THANKS!!
Shell  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 8:16 AM
Thanks for the tip on putting the glue tabs to the back so the drawer slides all the way in without sticking. I wouldn't have thought about that until the project was done and the drawer didn't slide.
Love the color combo you used!
Sharon  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 8:27 AM
Thank you so much for sharing! Very appreciative that these tutorials are free. What would we do without you! And where would we be?
Love ya!
Charlene Andrews  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 8:27 AM
This is so cute! I love it. I will for sure try this cool box. Also, the movie was so helpful!
Page  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 9:30 AM
beautiful I LOVE IT thank you so very much! smile
lauretta  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 10:25 AM
Hi, can you tell me where to buy the adhesive you use on the video ??
angie  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 10:34 AM
Thank you for the great tutorial. I really appreciate having free tutorials for so many great projects! This will make wonderful gifts for Christmas!

I know lots of work goes into preparing and making these tutorials for us. Thanks for taking the time!
FiberArtist4Him  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 10:45 AM
Loved the box tutorial. Would it be easier to decorate the top before you put the box together? Also, where did you find the template for the paper piercing tool? Thanks. Its beautiful and I can't wait to make one.
Jane  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 11:11 AM
Wow...stunning project & video tutorial! I can't wait to try it!
Big hugs for sharing this with us!!
Vina  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 11:36 AM
Got to try this one how nice to just before Christmas
Earline  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 3:47 PM

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