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!

Questions and Comments

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thanks, I printed it out and I guess I looked at it wrong. OH silly Me! Thanks for your help.
I really like this tutorial. and have the SU die and had wondered what I could make with it.
Thanks again!
Marion  |  Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM
where can I find hitch fasteners??? Please help
Vicki Hill  |  Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Hi Vicki! I bought mine in the scrapbooking section of Aaron Brothers framing. However, they are also known as button studs - here's an example of a leather working supply site where you can get them.
lydia  |  Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Tim Holtz is re-releasing the hitchpost fasteners. He announced it on his blog during CHA.
Lori  |  Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 7:59 AM
love, love, love this - I am going to have to make one for my new grand-daughter in-law
barbara  |  Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 9:11 AM
What a great project. I might give this a go today as it is - 35 here and I am hibernating!!
Enid Rudyk  |  Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 9:34 AM
So cool and cute this rocks
Lucy  |  Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 4:52 AM
Just bought a Tim Holtz matchbox die this week...made my the fun part--decorating! Thanks for this great tutorial Lydia! smile Great job!
Susanne Gleason  |  Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM
Lydia, you did an excellent job! Just a heads up. I did see another version of this on another site (maybe the idea for the project came from you Lyidia) but in hers she added a box on top and put a bow on it as if a present. Also, she punched a half circle out of the drawers so no hardware was needed as a drawer opener. But REALLY love this! Thanks again, Lydia!
Cheryl Ashley  |  Sat Dec 3, 2016 at 11:51 AM

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