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DIY Craft Drawers You Should Try

Materials :. 

Cardboard . Pencil . Ruler . Box Cutter . Glue . 

Optional Paint \ Glitter \ Newspaper \ Scotch Tape \ Plaster \ Sandpaper \ Clay

⭐️Step 1 .: Foundation

This piece will be the base or ‘skin’ of your organizer.

You’ll begin by measuring how big you want your organizer to be. Starting with the sides. You’ll have 2 sides and one middle square or rectangle. 

The size is usually determined by how many drawers you want and how big you want them to be. 

📍 I made my first 4 drawers to be around 2-3 inches in total and the last around 4-5 inches. With the number of drawers and their sized determined you can add up the inches using your ruler. From here you will have to add space for the drawer dividers. If you’re using one single piece of cardboard, that will be approximately 1\4th of an inch between each drawer space.

Lastly, in this step you will determine the sides, top and bottom of your foundation which is the width of your drawers. {mine was around 4-5 inches.} You can add all of this straight on to your piece of cardboard using your pencil and ruler. And it should look something like this.

📌 Side-note. Do not cut any drawer pieces just yet, cardboard is at times finicky so there may be more cuts to fit the creasing at corners when everything is folded. Makes life easier when you go little by little.

⭐️ Step 2 .: Drawer Spaces

The plan for the drawers to fit easily is to have a nice space dedicated to the drawer spacers. These spaces will create a necessary area for the bottom of each cubby to be  held in place.

Remember those 1\4th spaces made in the first step, from here you will measure each drawer rectangle with the bottom space NOT included. 

To help this along. Make your first and last drawer space. 1 being 2.5 inches in height, the other being 3. Then simply copy the first for the last 2 drawers and glue them to their designated spots.

⭐️ Step 3 .: Cubby Bottoms

Pretty straight forward. This pieces is designed to be the dividers of the drawers. When the entire foundation is folded these will be the pieces that hold the drawers up.

Simply measure the width and length of the individual drawer spaces a the side pieces then cut accordingly. Once cut you can assemble to make sure everything fits properly and make any adjustments

⭐️ Step 4 .: Glue the Foundation

Now you can glue your slot pieces and dividers into their proper places. {If you’re not using hot glue...make sure everything dries good. 

⭐️ Step 5 .: Assemble Drawers

Using each drawer slot and its measurements, you can make the drawers one of two ways. 

  • First way is a conventional box template. You will measure the bottom piece first and then the length pieces, followed by the width pieces and then cut out the ‘template’. And if you have a piece of cardboard or foam board big enough, you can have all your drawers on this one piece.

  • Second way is to do the same, but cut out all side pieces together. So, it’d be one large piece of cardboard with the length of the drawer pieces you need and you cut them to size. 

⭐️ Step 6 .: Tape & “Edit”

A lot of times when using cardboard, you’ll see a lot of people taping the edges. This; in my opinion, is used to make them look more neat.  

And what’s meant by editing is using bits of newspaper or tissue paper to fill out and cardboard and make a smooth surface. This is why the plaster is optional. The newspaper would work just fine, but during this time I was very plaster happy. So I tried to make it even smoother with the plaster and sanded it. Whatever your preference.

⭐️ Step 7 .: Paint

From here, you can choose to paint the inside of your drawers or just the outside of your unity. {I had various amount of random paints to be rid of so I painted the inside of my drawers with them.} 

📌 Side-note :. You can also you spray paint.

⭐️ Step 8 .: Decorate 

I made a paint filled ‘henna cone’ to decorate the outside of the box. 

You can also DIY some drawer handles. I made homemade porcelain clay and modeled some handles with it. This clay dries smooth and very hard. 

Final Results .:


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