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.

If you do any kind of beading, alot of the beads come in test tube like bottles with plastic screw on lids. They look like they would work nicely!
Jody Hammond  |  Fri Sep 16, 2011 at 12:40 AM
Lots of test tubes (vials) available in all sizes at: www.specialtybottle.com. You can buy individually or by the case. They have not only all sizes but different colors and choice of cork stopper or a plastic lid on lots of them. Be sure to click on "vials" on the column on the left of the home page. They are all less than a dollar each, the more you buy the cheaper they are.
Kirbygirl  |  Fri Sep 16, 2011 at 4:24 PM
Love these! Made the single holder tonight, but could not find the directions form the three test-tube older. Where would I be able to find it?
Lauren Gleason  |  Fri Sep 16, 2011 at 11:12 PM
@Lauren - addition patterns are posted under "variations" with the tutorial, or you can find them on my blog along with finished photos.
Lisa Somerville  |  Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 7:21 AM
I got my test tubes yesterday at Michael's. They were in the Halloween section of Martha Stewart Crafts. 8 plastic test tubes with cork tops for $7.99. With the 40% off coupon found on Michael's website, the final price was $4.79. Amounts to 60 cents a tube!!!
Pauline  |  Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Martha Stewart sells the test tubes in 8pks for $7.99 at Michaels for sure, and possibly Joann's.
Dianna  |  Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 10:45 AM
You can get the test tubes at Amazon.com. Very inexpensive.
B.Bair  |  Sat Oct 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM
This is a great tutorial, thanks for sharing.
Jayne  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 8:00 AM
Thanks for sharing your creativity.
batya  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 10:42 AM
you can buy the smaller test tubes from oriental trading on line. Michaels and hobby lobby carry them also
deb  |  Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 9:58 AM
I have looked for the referenced TEMPLATE but I cannot find it on the page anywhere. I am probably overlooking it. Can someone help me?
Pam M  |  Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 8:24 AM
@Pam - click on the link where it says cutting with a Cutting Machine - it will take you to another page where you can download the PDF. HTH - Lisa
Lisa Somerville  |  Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 8:32 AM
Fantastic idea. Many thanks for this wonderful workshop.
Fanm  |  Sun Oct 23, 2011 at 6:45 AM
search test tubes on amazon.com. They have really good prices!!!
Melanie  |  Sun Nov 6, 2011 at 8:16 PM
Love this idea; but are looking for a card template to hold the test tube in the spine. Have any ideas.
Jeanette  |  Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 8:37 AM
Thank you. I use them for 1 flower behind the cross with Jesus. Would you know if they carry 3" Jesus. I'm disabled and don't get out much. Thank you.
Big M  |  Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 11:41 AM
so easy to follow....love having these resources. Thanks for sharing....I'm off to make my first test tube treat holder....will be sharing.
Lisa Henke  |  Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM
Thanks so much for the great tutorial!! I wanted to make some for my grandson's class for Valentine's Day. They are just sooooo cute!
Lana Johanson  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Here is the Link to the TEST TUBES. This will take you right to them.

Jody Le Blanc  |  Tue Sep 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM

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