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.

Lisa Somerville....what's your e-mail to get help with the google doc's?
Pam Roundy  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 4:01 PM
you can email me at [email protected] for help with the google documents. They are set for public viewing, so you do not need a google account to access them.
Lisa Somerville  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 4:34 PM
wonderful you clever lady what a good idea for christmas lollys
wendy reynolds  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 4:53 PM
@Wendy Reynolds, What ideas do you ideas do you have for Christmas using the test tubes?
Pauline  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 6:49 PM
You can get the tubes at www.orientaltrading.com.
Glass one are availible at most science supply stores.
Tina Smith  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 6:54 PM
Papertrey Ink carries Trendy Tubes. They have round tubes with the silver screw tops, small ones are three for $2 and large ones are three for $3 they also have a square one that is three for $3
Devina  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 7:17 PM
For those who cannot get the download (google), here is another website for the single test tube holder and it is free.
Adela Rossol
[email protected]
I hope this helps.
Pauline  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 8:02 PM
@Pauline - that same link was also shared in the SCS write up, as I asked Adela to create a cut file from my template and she also created a PDF. Thanks for reposting.
Lisa Somerville  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 8:05 PM
I found tons of test tubes on e-bay (some are buy it now) for as little as 10 cents a piece.
Janet  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 8:21 PM
Here's the additional info you ladies need on test tubes! Good Luck & God Bless! :o)



Hallie  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM
THANKS to everyone who responded about where to buy test tubes. I really appreciate it!

Patty Brett Kolbo  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 9:07 PM
Are these test tubes 50ml size?
Heather  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM
I just got some tonight @ Michaels on sale for 5.98 for 6. I have looked for test tubes the last 4 years & finally found them. wink
Jan  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 10:42 PM
oops I can't count I got 8 test tubes for 5.98 on sale @ Michaels
Jan  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 10:44 PM
Regarding the info shared on Lake Charles MFG for the Test Tubes, I have not personallly used this brand, so I don't know how they fit with the templates, I'm sure you can adapt as needed though. The ones I used (longer/cork ones) are by EK Success, the (smaller/clear top) I got from Eclectic Paperie.
Lisa Somerville  |  Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 6:13 AM
For all you bakers, Penzey's Spices sells whole vanilla beans in test tubes. I have one in my cupboard and I'm going to use it to make this right now!
Nicole Steele  |  Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 11:06 AM
The big test tubes can be found if you google "baby soda bottles"
I found a good price for them here:
cristina saldana  |  Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 12:04 PM
@Chris Saldana, I checked out the Baby Soda Bottles. The video was so interesting! Thanks for sharing.
Pauline  |  Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 12:12 PM
Does anyone know the size of the larger test tubes in the photo?
Angie  |  Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 4:18 PM
@Angie - the EK Success brand (longer ones in the photo) are 6-1/2" long without the cork and fit into a 1" opening. Depending on the tubes you use - you'll need to adjust the pattern height and hole opening.
Lisa Somerville  |  Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM

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