Matchbox Dresser

by Lydia Fiedler

Stack matchboxes to create a little dresser.


  • 24 Matchbox die & sleeve cuts, Stampin' Up! Matchbox Die used here
  • or templates like these boxes
  • 8 pieces of 2 1/2" squares of patterned paper, MME Lost & Found Market Street Lovely paper used here
  • 2 pieces of lightweight chipboard
  • 4 pieces of 6" x 6" patterned paper, MME Lost & Found Blush Better Dotted Paper used here
  • 24 pieces of 1 7/8" x 5/8" patterned paper (MME Lost & Found Blush Better Dotted Paper used here
  • 24 Tim Holtz Hitch Fasteners (retired), brads or buttons
  • Paint dabbers for edges (optional)
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Bone folder
  • Scotch tape
  • Ribbon, stamps and embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Die cut 24 matchboxes and matchbox sleeves with the matchbox die.

  2. Step 2

    Assemble all matchboxes and sleeves, adhering the sleeves with glue.

  3. Step 3

    Put assembled drawers into sleeves.

  4. Step 4

    Add patterned paper to the front of each matchbox drawer.

  5. Step 5

    Punch a hole in the center of the front of each drawer (the side with the patterned paper).

  6. Step 6

    Attach a hitch fastener, brad or other hardware to each drawer.

  7. Step 7

    Glue three matchboxes together in a stack, making sure the edges of the sleeves are perfectly aligned. Repeat until you have 8 stacks.

  8. Step 8

    Using four of your stacks, build the base of the dresser, alternating a drawer front with a drawer side so that each side of the square has both drawer fronts and drawer sides. There will be a square hole in the center of your base when they are aligned properly.

    Tape the tops together to hold them in the right shape.

  9. Step 9

    Attach patterned paper to both sides of both pieces of chipboard. Dab edges of chipboard with paint dabber if desired.

  10. Step 10

    Put glue on the bottom of the dresser base, center it on one piece of the decorated chipboard and let dry.

  11. Step 11

    Assemble another layer of the dresser with the next four stacks, taping them together, and glue them to the base, being careful to align the edges.

  12. Step 12

    Attach the 2 1/2" squares of patterned paper to the sides of the project where you can see the edges of the drawers, and decorate the top piece and attach to finish your project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Matchbox Dresser. 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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Cutest thing ever smile
Thanks for the great tutorial!
merav  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 4:06 AM
Love this. Can't wait to try it! Thank you.
Michelle  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 5:14 AM
This is just adorable,
I am going to showcase this tutorial on my blog
on Thursday morning.
This is just too cute.

Thanks Tammy
Tammy Ortiz  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 5:28 AM
Wow, with 24 boxes this would make a beautiful advent calendar!! A small piece of chocolate or non food gift in each. Or a sweet jewelry box for a little girl who just got her ears pierced. My mind is spinning with the possibilities.
Laura Church  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 6:10 AM
Wow, with 24 boxes this would make a beautiful advent calendar!! A small piece of chocolate or non food gift in each. Or a sweet jewelry box for a little girl who just got her ears pierced. My mind is spinning with the possibilities. Thanks!
Laura Church  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 6:12 AM
This is the perfect idea for Christmas gifts for my BFF's two pre-teen daughters. Been trying to come up with something nice, but affordable. This is just the ticket! They can use it for all their little treasures! Thanks for the tutorial! (I actually have everything on hand to do these!)
Anne McIntosh  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 6:24 AM
Adorable! I think it is fabulous for a birthday or Holiday gift--lottery tickets, jewelry, cash, gift cards...what a fun present to receive! (And make!)
Susanne  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 6:35 AM
This is just a stunning gift for a special someone. What fun this will be to make.
Georgette  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM
This is a cute dresser but if you don't have the die to make it, you are out of luck. Kind of a waste of time showing it.
Chris  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 8:17 AM
Hi Chris! You don't need the die to do this project smile Here's a tutorial for the boxes:
lydia  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 8:33 AM
Awesome tutorial Lydia!!
MariLynn  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 8:34 AM
Thanks for the heads up on the boxes. I would love to try and make this!
Chris  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 8:36 AM
Oh this is so beautiful!!! What an awesome gift and it...thank you so much for it....
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM
Hey all,
I looked everywhere for the Hitch Fasteners. Don't waste your time. I spent at least 1 1/2 hours on line. BUT I did discover a substitute. Good ole push pins. I snipped the pokie end off and then used hot glue to fasten the rest to the front. You could also leave a bit of the pokie part and push it through and then hot glue a bit and stick round circle from a small punch to cover it! Where there is a Will there is a Way!! Cannot wait to share mine.
Vicki Hill  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 9:45 AM
HUGE THANKS for emailing me the Matchbox Dresser tutorial. What a fantastic gift idea! I'm really looking forward to trying it out as soon as possible. My very best wishes to you all. Old Trout.
biddybix  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 3:27 PM
OMG, I love this tutorial!! I can't wait to try it out, thanks so much for sending it via email, or else I never would have seen it!
Tess Martello  |  Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 7:04 PM
Finally located a free svg cut file to cut out matchboxes so plan to make up a dresser like this. Thank you for sharing the tutorial.
Carolyn Smith  |  Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Thanks for your informative and amazing post. I enjoyed reading your articles. This is truly a great read for me.
Elizabeth  |  Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 4:10 AM
Is this for two? I only see 12 match boxes but it calls for cutting 24.
I think this is way to cute and will make one for my daughter.
Marion  |  Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 5:47 PM
Hi Marion - I'm not sure where you're seeing 12 - there are 24 - 12 in each layer smile It's listed in the supply list above everything you need! You will have fun making it!
lydia  |  Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 6:05 PM

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