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!

Questions and Comments

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This is so awsome! I just love this site! I have one question. Where does Beate get that score tape? It looks easy and fun to use. Thanks!
Lola  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 8:34 PM
Oh! This is so cute! Words cannot say how impressed I am! Awsome, Awsome, Awsome!
Nancy  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 8:39 PM
Love this tutorial! Wonderful project Holly.
Janelle  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 9:15 PM
WOW, how adorable it that! I'm always looking for sweet ways to present the cards, thanks for it!
Chris Bjornstedt  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 9:36 PM
Thanks for another fabublous tutorial! I love the idea of making this and filling it with cards. It would make a really nice teacher-gift for the new year...
Beverly  |  Thu Jul 8, 2010 at 5:40 AM
Where can I find the "scoring buddy?" I've been all over the internet...gotta have it! Thanks...C
Cindi Close  |  Thu Jul 8, 2010 at 7:44 AM
All Scor-Pal products can be purchased directly at the Scor-Pal site.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Thu Jul 8, 2010 at 7:53 AM
I didn't get this tutorial in the 'newsletter' form as I usually do on Wednesdays. Will it be sent? Love this idea for making the a drawer to hold cards! Very clever! TFS
Marie Anderbery  |  Thu Jul 8, 2010 at 11:25 AM
Thanks...I did find it after I'd sent my message - that little tool is awesome and mine will be on its way very soon!!!!
Cindi Close  |  Thu Jul 8, 2010 at 1:11 PM
~ LOVIN' ~ IT!!! Im on my second box....great gift idea. I made thank you cards for mine. I was able to fit 12 in there comfortably - I have yet to put the envelopes in..hope they fit....Im afraid there won't be any more room. I think I pushed it to the limit but... Off to finish... I found it easier to apply your decorations before assembling the 2 boxes together.
UPallnite  |  Thu Jul 8, 2010 at 9:49 PM
Thank you for the wonderful tutorial, ladies. This is such an adorable little box. I don't know how you come up with all these ideas, but I'm sure glad you do!
Dixie  |  Fri Jul 9, 2010 at 5:23 AM
I am new to this site, but I am already impressed with what I see. Thanks for all the great ideas. I wish I was as smart as some of you ladys are. The video is such a big help, for visual people like me. I can't wait to try out this cute little box. Thanks for the inspiration. I needed it!
Deanna  |  Sat Jul 10, 2010 at 8:37 AM
Holly, this is a fabulous project! Thanks for sharing with us!
Paula  |  Sat Jul 10, 2010 at 10:33 AM
I love the box and made one right away. Now starting on several more.
Thank you thank you==for your great ideas
Sandi Doss  |  Sat Jul 10, 2010 at 1:50 PM
Thanks for this wonderful box Holly ~ the tutorial was so easy to follow and love, love the idea! I had a blast putting my version together!
Carolina Buchting  |  Sun Jul 11, 2010 at 12:13 PM
I did not receive this tutorial in my usual We. am inkings. Had to go all over to find it and can't get it saved. Help!
sandy gilbertson  |  Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 10:49 AM
I love your box and tried it using your measurements and your instructions as I sat in front of my computer and paused the tutorial as I went to make sure I did it correctly and the box ended up being almost 3/4" too wide and too deep for the drawer....so I tried again paying really close attention and -Same thing....what am I doing wrong? Yours is perfect!!
Suzi Poca  |  Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 1:16 PM
I think I'll stack 4 of these and make a whole chest of drawers. Thanks!
Becky  |  Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 8:23 PM
Ok Ladies...I had a request to do one for red hats ladies....any suggestions on what colors other than red? Purple is involved is it not? Not quite familiar as Im not eligible to be in the club yet...lol..... any color combo suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Upallnite  |  Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 7:55 AM
I think Red Hat Society is just purple and red....research on the "net" to verify. I just picked up some paper yesterday to get started on MY boxes - can't wait to get started!
Cindi Close  |  Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 8:29 AM

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