I wanted to make a five drawer storage unit for my Prismacolor pencils and thought I’d show you how I made it. This is the first video and the second video will show making the cabinet to hold the drawers.
I made five drawers and in this video, I’ll show you how to make one and then you’ll repeat this process four more times.
NOTE: THIS IS CRUCIAL. WRITE ON THE CARDBOARD, SIDE, SIDE, FRONT, BACK, AS THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THE BOX TURNS OUT PERFECTLY. AND MAKE SURE UNTIL THEY’RE GLUED IN PLACE, THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS READ WHAT YOU WROTE ONCE YOU COVER THE TOP WITH CARDSTOCK.
You’ll need a medium weight cardboard/chipboard. I bought mine on Amazon and here’s the link to it. https://tinyurl.com/yhtu5ptv I do recommend you price shop when buying anything I provide a link for, as I want you to pay the lowest price possible.
You’ll need: Beacon 3 in 1 Glue or Colall Glue works best to make this project.
Cardboard needs to be 2 mm thick to work with the measurements I’ll be using.
You’ll need eight hinges that are 1 1/2″ tall x 2″ wide score on the 2″ length at 1″ made out of a lighter weight cardstock. Don’t use heavy weight cardstock as it won’t work well...
Two pieces of chipboard/cardboard that are 1 1/2″ tall by 7 1/4″ long for the sides
Two pieces of 2″ x 7 1/4″ cardstock scored at 1″ on the 2″ length, and you wrap one over the top of your side pieces and glue it in place as this makes the box more sturdy.
Two pieces of chipboard/cardboard that are 1 1/2″ tall by 7 3/8″ long for the front and back
Two pieces of cardstock that are 2″ tall by 7 3/8″ long for the front and back scored on the 2″ length at 1″. You’ll wrap one piece over the top of the front and back pieces
Putting the drawer together:
Start with the back piece and one side piece that already have their cardstock glued on the top. You’ll put the side piece so it’s butting onto the back piece at one end, then take one of your hinges that are 1 1/2″ x 2″ and glue it behind the back and side corner and another hinge that you’ll glue to the front of the side and back piece of cardboard to hold them in place. Take the other side piece and glue it to the other end of the back piece, making sure it’s glued onto the back piece, (and not beside it) then put a hinge behind and in front of the intersection of the side and back pieces to hold them together.
Eight pieces of cardstock that are 1 1/2″ tall by 7 1/4″ .scored on the 1 1/2″ length at 3/4″. You’ll need three pieces initially, and you’ll only put glue one one side of the score (so you’re gluing the entire length 7 1/4″ but only on 3/4″.) Take the first piece and glue it on the bottom back of your back piece, then glue one to the back of each of your sides so the extra flap lays inside the box you’re making. Once all three are in place, take your bottom that is 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ and glue it onto all of the flaps. It should fit perfectly. Take the next three of the 7 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ cardstock pieces and glue them inside the box on the two sides and the back. Take another of these cardstock pieces and glue it inside the front of the box lining the center up with the edge of the box, so our front has something to be glued to. Take your front cardboard piece that is 2″ x 7 3/8″ (with cardstock wrapped around the top) and glue it to the flap you just put in and making sure the two side cardboard pieces are glued to the ends of the front piece. Add two of your 2″ x 1 1/2″ hinges to the ends on the inside of the box and on the outside of the box. Add one of the 7 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ cardstock pieces under the front of the box glued to the bottom.
I used Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink that matched the decorated paper I used and went around all of the edges, top, bottom, sides, so the box matches the cardstock I cover it with.
I used PVA Glue link: https://tinyurl.com/3pxpm9f5 and a silicone tool I bought at the Dollar Tree in the makeup aisle to glue down the decorated cardstock. I cut decorated paper to 7 1/8 x 7 1/8″ to line the inside of the box.
I added a strip of cardboard for the center of the box that’s 7 3/8 x 1 3/8″ wrapped with matching cardstock. I lined the sides of the inside of the box that are 7 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ tall glued on each side and did the same to the outside of the box. I hot glued the center cardboard strip into the center of the box from front to back. If it bows the box, cut a small strip off before gluing it in place. For the outside of the box, it was a lot easier to use 1 1/2″ x 12″ long strips that I PVA glued and wrapped around the box. You want the pattern to be perfect on the front of the box, so make sure it doesn’t have a seam on the front.