Test Tube Holder

by Lisa Somerville

Create a little holder for test tubes out of cardstock for a darling treat.


  • One 4" x 11" piece of cardstock
  • Test tubes
  • Circle Punch size depends on your test tube, try 1" or 1 1/4"
  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive
  • Stamps (Halloween Treats from Artistic Outpost used here)
  • Additional cardstock and patterned paper to decorate the holder
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Score your 4" x 11" piece of cardstock at 1/2", 1 3/4" , 4 1/4" and 5 1/2",

  2. Step 2

    Turn your cardstock so your short side lines up with the top of your scoring tool. Score at 1 1/4" and 2 3/4".

  3. Step 3

    Rotate cardstock back to original position in step 1 and score at the 8" mark to the 1-1/4” mark, then score from the bottom edge to the 2 3/4" score, leaving the center panel score-less.

  4. Step 4

    Cut away pieces as shown per template.

  5. Step 5

    Punch circle in top section as shown.

  6. Step 6

    Add Scor-Tape™ to sides

  7. Step 7

    Assemble box.

  8. Step 8

    Decorate and add treat filled test tube.



  1. Make Room for more
    Create Test Tube Holder for several tubes. You can find templates for them here:
    - Double Holder
    - Three Tube holder
    - Four Tube Holder

    Cutting with cutting machine?
    Use this file.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Test Tube Holder. 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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soooo cool! love how easy this looks and how cute! tfs.
Lisa Henke  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 5:18 AM
Fantastic, Lisa!
Dawn Easton  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 5:48 AM
Can anyone give me an idea where to buy the test tubes. I think these are adorable and would love to make some.
Michele  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 7:14 AM
I love these, but despite my efforts, I don't know where you can get the test tubes. Please help!
Susan Baer  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 7:15 AM
Thanks so much for the tutorial! I am also unable to purchase test tubes where I live, but as an alternative, I did find gobs of those little test tube like plastic thingies with the rubber top that they put on a single flower with water. KWIM? So, you might be able to buy some from a florist? I get mine from a hobby wholesaler here in town so I can't offer you any better advice.
wenchie  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 7:18 AM
These look like fun to make and give but where do you get the test tubes?
Andrea  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 7:21 AM
You can find test tubes at http://Tayloredexpressions.com and http://eclecticpaperie.com.
Taylors tubes have a silver lid (check my sample in the gallery), EP tubes have a plastic lid as shown in one of the tutorial samples.
The samples with the cork on top are from EK Success. I don't know where to get those tubes.
beate  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 7:21 AM
I couldn't get the variations to work. Any help?
Andrea  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 7:22 AM
What an interesting idea, and it is so cute!!!! Great idea for Halloween. Thanks for thinking outside the box.
Anne Brashier  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 7:24 AM
The variation files are in a google document. I am not sure, but you might have to sign into google for that (gmail account).
beate  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 7:25 AM
These are adorable! Love the cowboy set too!
stampersuzz  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 7:27 AM
Excellant tutorial Lisa. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. These are so cute!
Kris  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 7:29 AM
As Beate mentioned the ones with the plastic lid are from Eclectic Paperie, the larger/longer test tubes are from EK Success - in the past I've bought them at Michaels and Joanns.
Lisa Somerville  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 7:33 AM
WOUW thanks soo very much for an awesome tutorial here. It is such an awesome idea. I just hope, we can get these testtubes somewhere here, as Iīve never seen them anywhere, but else, Iīll have to search the interneet for them and hope someone will ship here. Unfortunately I know, that neither Michaelīs or JoAnnīs will, so hope someone else will have them too.
Thanks again soo much for the great idea.
Maryann Laursen  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 8:24 AM
yes, I have checked each of these stores for months now looking for some. I wanted some for my daughters bridal shower, a very similar idea to this (though I like this better) and have not been able to find them.
Michele  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 8:53 AM
I found my test tube favors with the cork top at Micheal's last year at Halloween. They are by Martha Stewart.
Dana  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 8:59 AM
Great tutorial - thanks for the halloween idea. I've been pulling my hair trying to figure out what to give my kids class... THANK YOU!!
I ran out and bought some from Taylor Expressions (before they run out). Not a bad price 6 for $4.95.
Maria  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 8:59 AM
we have a great store here in the Chicago suburbs called American Science and Surplus. They have lots of different sizes of test tubes. Their website is www.sciplus.com
Cindi Copeland  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 9:02 AM
Michael's is selling them in the Martha Stewart section. I think 8 for $7.99. I think you can you use the 40% coupon on them.
sandra  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 9:03 AM
Did I miss the link to the gallery???
jlr05m  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 9:06 AM

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