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!

Questions and Comments

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

These are fabulous ideas!! Love the wonderful packaging. The SRM Press carries these tubes in two sizes (just like the test tubes) and wands. Here's where you can order from. They are perfect for any occasions. http://www.shopatron.com/products/category/3258.
Virginia Lu  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 9:06 AM
Found it!!! This is great.
jlr05m  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 9:06 AM
Try this web site: http://www.sks-bottle.com/WeddingFavorPlastic10.html
They have them in several sizes.
Dana  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 9:06 AM
love the idea, but you mentioned a template for cutting certain areas. Where is the template?
donna  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 9:10 AM
To Cindi - I live in the chgo burbs - the "surplus" store only sells plastic 3 inch tubes... incase you are wondering .. they don't sell the tall 6 in ones..
Maria  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 9:13 AM
This is awesome, Lisa - I can't wait to try it!
Ali Manning  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 9:25 AM
Lisa, FAB as always!!!!
Adela  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 9:55 AM
I went on line and typed in "Test Tubes" and quite a number of places to order came up. Some with very good (cheap) prices. There were glass and plastic. Good Luck
Gail  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 10:01 AM
I sure would like a template to the single test tube holder. One link just takes me to google docs.
I have never used google docs and don't know how to get the template.

Denise  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 10:29 AM
Really cool tutorial. Thanks for the cut files! I can't wait to make these for my niece & nephews. grin
fthhoplove  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 10:30 AM
Where can I find the large test tubes? This project is priceless! Thank you!
Pauline  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 10:33 AM
I found some at hobbiesdepot.com and they are coin tubes for 100 quarter size coin tubes for 100 with a screw on cap 29.49 a box of 100. I have not recieved them yet....but they sound pretty reasonable in price, I am thinking they may be smaller than a regular test tube.
Lorraine  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 12:17 PM
just got back from my local M's - they do still carry these test tubes, but are currently sold out, as they were on sale this week for 30% off. But I did find some sprinkle filled ones by Wilton, that will also work. They'll also be great for an upcoming Test Tube project that's in the works. smile
Lisa Somerville  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM
PS - for those having problems accessing the google docs - feel free to email me for the files.
Lisa Somerville  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM
I love these. Where do you guy the test tubes? Thanks!
Patty  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 1:06 PM
i have ordered some plastic ones at oriental express. very reasonable. have seen the test tubes in the martha stewart section of michael's and joann's.
lupe martinez  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 1:29 PM
I can not get the test tube holders for multi to work for me any help here. Love these great job
Tammy Lee Braswell  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM
the variations for the holders are in google documents, if you have problems opening them - please email me.
Lisa Somerville  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 1:50 PM
Thank you do much everyone for responding to locations that I can find the test tubes. I did not expect such rapid replies! You are all so wonderful! smile
Pauline  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 2:20 PM
Where do you get the test tubes?
Deb Wilen  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 3:57 PM

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