Making a 5 Drawer Storage Cabinet to Hold 150 Prismacolor Pencils

I needed storage for my Prismacolor pencil set of 150, and made my own.

To begin, you’ll need:

For the bottom and top of our storage, you’ll need two, 9 x 9″ pieces of 2mm cardboard. I bought mine from Amazon and here’s the link. (I’m not an affiliate of Amazon and always recommend you price shop before buying the products used in my videos.)

I bought the paper I used from Joanns in their loose paper dept. They are by American Crafts, the flowers are #320394 and the blue leaf paper is #359981. I bought 20 pieces. 16 of the floral and 4 of the blue. Here’s a link to the blue leaf paper the floral pattern is on clearance, so you might be able to find it in your local store.

To cover your 9 x 9 cardboard, use scrapbook paper that is 11 x 11″ and glue it to the cardboard with Beacons 3 in 1 Glue or Colall Glue if you’re in Europe link: Cut the corners of paper out in a fan shape so there’s not a lot of bulk on the corners. To ensure your paper doesn’t crack when you wrap it around the cardboard, take a score tool, or the back of a butter knife and score around the edges of the cardboard on your paper, then fold it onto the cardboard, making sure you have enough glue to hold it in place. You’ll need to cover the underside of the bottom cardboard piece, and can use 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scrap of paper since no one will be looking under the box.

You will need four Shelves:

Four pieces of 7 9/16 wide x 7 5/8″ tall cardboard.

Make16 hinges 1 1/2″ tall x 7 5/8″ wide cardstock scored on the 1 1 2/” side at 3/4″.

I covered the four shelves with blue cardstock I had on hand that was 9 x 9″. You’ll cover your shelves with cardstock (you don’t need to cover the bottom as no one will see it) and the paper is large enough to wrap around the edges like you did with the bottom and top of the container. Make sure the paper is well adhered to the cardboard.

8 more cardstock hinges that are 1 1/2″ by 7 9/16″ to adhere to the back of your shelves. I would glue half of this hinge down first by lining up the score line with the back top edge of the shelf, then glue down both side hinges by lining up the scores with the side you’re adhering the hinge to. You’ll glue a hinge on the top side of the shelves and you’ll also glue a hinge to each side on the bottom and top, so you have a flap above the box on the two sides and the back, as well as a hinge under the shelves on both sides.

I used Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire to ink the front of the shelf so the blue paper matches the drawers. I’m not sure why I said you should ink the back, as you’ll never see it.

I forgot to cover the underside of the drawers in the first video, so took a piece of the same blue cardstock that’s 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ we’re using for hinges and shelves to cover the bottom of each drawer.

To make the sides of my cabinet, use two pieces of cardboard that are 7 5/8″ x 8 5/8″ tall and cover them with 9 x 10″ Park Lane Floral Watercolor paper from Joanns, link:, and a piece of the same blue cardstock we used to line the shelves with that are 7 x 8″.

You’ll need a piece of cardboard for the back of the cabinet that is 7 5/8 x 8 5/8″ tall covered with the same cardstock, inside and out.

Attach knobs to the fronts of the drawers. Link: Make a template out of cardboard that is half the height of the drawer with a mark where you’d like your knobs to be, and lay the template on the drawer, make marks on the drawer directly above the mark on the template, then drill holes where the marks are on your drawer. I had to buy different screws for the knobs I bought, as the screws that came with the knobs were too long and wouldn’t have held the knobs in place.

Place a drawer centered on the bottom of the cabinet and made a mark with a pen where the front, back and sides of the drawer would be, then remove the drawer from the bottom of the cabinet.. You’ll need six hinges of blue cardstock. Two for the back that’s 7 5/8″ by 1 1/2″ scored on the 1 1/2″ length at 3/4″ and four for the sides that are 7 9/16″ by 1 1/2″, scored on the 1 1/2″ length at 3/4″. I’ll tell you what to do with the other three hinges when you’ve got your drawers in place. Place the back hinge so the fold of the hinge lays on the mark you made toward the back of the cardboard, gluing only one half of the hinge to the cardboard. Then glue the two side hinges so the front of the hinge is on the mark we made on the front and the length of the hinge is on the mark you made on the side of the cardboard, again only gluing half of the hinge in place.

Once the hinges are well adhered, glue the sides and back to the hinges, and glue two hinges with the same Floral Watercolor cardstock that are 8 5/8″ by 3″, scored on the 3″ length at 1 1/2″ to the back outside corners to adhere the sides to the back of the cabinet. Make two blue hinges 8 5/8″ x 3″ and glue to the inside of the back corners to adhere the sides to the back.

Using the extra three blue hinges made for the back and sides of the shelves, glue them to the very top of the sides and back of the cabinet with the fold laying flat with the top of the back and sides of the cabinet.

After all of your drawers are in place, you’ll glue the top of the cabinet to these flaps making sure it is centered over the cabinet. Rub the flaps inside the box to ensure they are well adhered..

You should number your drawers on their undersides, 1 through 5, so when you glue the drawer with its shelf inside the box, you always put that drawer back inside the slot you created for it with the shelf laying on it , as each slot might be a little different from another, and that drawer should work perfectly in the slot you created for it.

Once the sides and back of the cabinet are well adhered to each other and the bottom of the cabinet, place one drawer inside with a shelf laying flat on top of it with glue adhered to all of the flaps on the shelf. Make sure the shelf is flat on the top of the drawer or you’ll have a real problem. Do the same with other three drawers making sure this shelf is flat on the drawer will make your project simple, if the shelf isn’t flat on the drawer, the box won’t fit together in the end.

If you make one of these cabinets, I recommend that you only use my measurements for the cabinet as a guideline, because your drawers might be a little bigger or smaller than mine, and if they are, my measurements won’t work. Here’s how you can adjust the size of the sides and backs to fit your drawers. Lay each drawer with it’s shelf laying on it on top of the other drawers. Measure how tall they will be and how long they are front to back. Once you know the measurement for how tall it will be, write down that measurement, and that’s the height of the sides and back of the cabinet. To determine the width of your sides, measure the drawers from front to back and add 1/16th of an inch to your measurement, to ensure the drawers will be able to close all the way. Measure the shelves across the front and that is the width of the back of your cabinet.

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