Happy Sunday crafty friends! I was asked for instructions after posting pictures of this box card on a FB group, so here it is!
While I am not the original creator of the 4-drawer easel card that were all the rage 10 years ago, I thought of a way to create the drawers from designer paper, when others were creating it using cardstock. Some had dies that cut the drawers and others were clever enough to come up with the correct measurements to cut and score and tape, but I couldn't wait to find what I was looking for so I just made a simple origami fold box for the drawers and wha-la! It worked ... and is prettier than plain cardstock IMO. :) So I'm here to share it with y'all again, this time using Stampin' Up!'s Ornate Garden Suite (stamps, dies and paper!)
Step 1) Drawers
Take one pc of 6” designer paper and fold in half, then open it and fold in half the opposite way so it looks like this…
Fold each corner up to the middle. You can make a dot in center with a pen if that helps as it can be difficult to see where the center is
Keeping the corners folded in, fold one edge up to the center. Unfold that section and fold the next edge to center. Repeat on all sides.
Open the top and bottom sections, leaving the sides folded. Bend the sides up (you can fold to center again and bone fold them if you wish).
Take your pointer fingers and push in on the outter section – if your folds are well creased, the box ends should fold into place and the triangle end should pop up.
Fold the triangle section over and inside the box. Repeat on opposite end.
*Optional – you can glue the small triangle ends down if they are sticking up.
Hole punch one of the thicker ends of each drawer. Insert a “handle” whatever you choose as your drawer pull. The ones I used were gifted to me and I’m not sure where they are from. But I’ve also used large gems that were flat on one side and adhered it with a dimensional. You can also use pipe cleaner or twist tie with a bead on it.
Step 9) Drawer Casings
Cut a piece of 8 ½ x 11” cardstock to 7 5/8” (off the long edge). Now cut into (4) pieces that are each 2 1/8” x 7 5/8”.
Score each strip at 7/8”, 3 1/8”, 4 ¼”, and 6 ½”. Fold using bone folder to crease all folds well.
***This is very important –
one end is a li’l bit smaller than the other. Glue the small end over the top (outside) of the larger end. Repeat on all casings.
Step 11) Adhering drawers to base
Cut one piece of 8 ½ x 11” cardstock to 10” x 5”, then cut in half at 5” so you have (2) 5” squares.
Lay your drawer casings onto one 5” square, centering them and so they are almost touching.
***IMPORTANT – arrange them so that each base side has only ONE drawer opening, and that the seams are all facing inwards (no seams should show on outside). Glue them down, one at a time.
Step 13) Creating your easel card
Cut a sheet of 8 ½” x 11” pc of cardstock to 5” x 10” and score it at 5” and 2 ½”.
Tape just the bottom half of the card front (part that opens, not fold) and adhere the other piece of 5” square cardstock that you cut in step 11.
Add one piece of the 4 ¾” square dsp to the top of your 5” piece. I did this step before taping it onto the easel front. You can choose to fully decorate this top portion now or after you glue it on top of the boxes. Up to you, but it’s probably easiest to do it before.
Adhere your 2nd piece of 4 ¾” square dsp to the inside of your easel card.
Add glue to the tops of drawer casings and carefully center the card to the top, lining it up with the base.
It’s easiest to press down if your drawers are in the casings!
Decorate your card front -- add sentiment and image, embellishments etc and have fun filling the drawers with whatever tiny goodies you can imagine!