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

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

When you mention the addition of lightweight chipboard or backing do you mean putting it inside the bottom of the drawer to make it sturdier? Or is it somewhere else you use it to make it sturdier? My brain isn't working right now!
Cindy Brumbaugh  |  Wed Sep 24, 2014 at 7:45 AM
Hi Cindy -

She means you can make the whole project out of chipboard instead of cardstock, with her slight measurement adjustment to account for the difference in thickness.
lydia  |  Wed Sep 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM

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